The new HTC One 2014 review: Will Sense 6.0 change the game?

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Finally, HTC has officially announced its new Flagship smartphone – HTC One M8 – with Sense 6.0 UI, Duo Camera, and More! Here’s a complete review of the new One M8 device. Check it out.

The original HTC One (M7) was arguably the best Android phone of 2013, and now the Taiwanese smartphone maker has come up with a successor to this flagship smartphone. Dubbed the HTC One (M8), the device is a meaty update to its predecessor. Even with more appealing metallic design, a larger 5-inch display, louder BoomSound speakers and revolutionary dual rear camera, HTC One M8 is sure to blow away its predecessor. In fact, the new HTC One is claimed to be the best Android smartphone the world has ever seen. This much-anticipated high-end device will retail for $899 and come in three exciting colors – glacial silver, amber gold and gunmetal gray. Now, a complete review of HTC M8 is given below. Simply go through it to know more about HTC’s newest offering.

The new HTC One 2014

HTC One M8 Review

Design

As we all know, the original One M7 was probably one of the best-looking smartphones ever made, but HTC has smartly designed the all new M8 device in such a way that looks even sleeker, smarter & more premium than the M7! Just like its predecessor, the new HTC One also has a very refined aluminum unibody, but this time, the chassis is 90% metal, as against 70% in the original. The new One has more rounded corners, and this makes it more comfortable to hold and use.

On the front, you’ll be greeted with a stunning display and a pair of BoomSound speakers that have a matte Gunmetal Gray finish – making the device’s polished chamfered edging pop. Moreover, HTC has given a cleaner look to new One by incorporating on-screen Android buttons instead of soft touch buttons found on the M7.

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The volume rocker placed on the right edge is now more pronounced. HTC has also shifted the headphone jack’s place to the bottom edge (next to the micro USB port), which means the top portion of the device will now house just the power button and IR blaster. On the rear side, there’s dual-lens Camera.

As the new HTC One features a large 5-inch display (which is 0.3 inches larger than its predecessor), it’s no wonder that the new chassis is slightly taller and wider than last year’s model. The new M8 handset measures 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.37 inches compared to the original’s 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.36 inches. Moreover, the One M8 is a bit heavier (5.6 ounces) than its predecessor (5 ounces).

Display

The new HTC One’s 5-inch Super LCD 3 display ensures stunning visuals with bright & vibrant colors and wide viewing angles. Thanks to its full High-Definition resolution (1920×1080 pixels), pictures, videos and text looks fine and crisp. What’s more, the screen is also easier to see in direct sunlight as long as you keep the brightness level up to 75% or higher. As far as protection is concerned, the phone’s screen is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3. In addition to this, the manufacturer has even applied a special protective coating so as to protect the glass from additional scratches and impacts.

All new HTC Sense 6.0

One of the most exciting things about this new HTC One is that it comes loaded with HTC’s newest Sense 6.0 User-Interface on top of Android 4.4 KitKat OS! One notable difference between Sense 6.0 and the original HTC One’s Sense 5.0 UI is the new color coding theme – which give different colors to proprietary apps based on their function. For instance, entertainment apps like Sense TV and Gallery are given an orange banner, whereas productivity apps like Email and Tasks will get Blue. Users can also customize their device’s theme by picking one of four available home screen wallpaper themes.

Motion Launch is probably the biggest new feature in Sense 6.0. It’s nothing but a series of gesture controlled shortcuts that allow users to answer calls, activate the display, and turn the lock screen on and off quickly and easily. Simply swiping your finger in different directions will completely bypass the lock screen and direct you to specific functions (swipe up to go to your homescreen, swipe left to access the widget panel, swipe right to launch BlinkFeed, and swipe down to activate a call). And if you want to take a picture, then just hold the volume key (when the phone is locked) and lift the phone up in landscape mode.

Moreover, BlinkFeed is now more intuitive and simpler to use in the new HTC One. With the help of its impressive tile-based interface, BlinkFeed will bring together all social network updates, news, and calendar updates in one place.

Duo Camera

The unique ‘Duo’ Camera system on the back is clearly the most eye-catching feature of the new One M8 device. Along with a 4MP “Ultra Pixel” sensor, HTC has also incorporated a secondary, depth-capturing camera right above it. The photo-taking process is exactly the same as you do with a normal smartphone camera, but thing is that you’ll get plenty of new and interesting editing options with these duo cameras.

The best part is you can apply a new UFocus effect to images. The device actually uses the depth information from the secondary snapper to selectively adjust the focus to objects in the foreground or to the background. To apply this effect, all you have to do is go to the gallery, first select ‘Effects’ then ‘UFocus’ option, and lastly tap on the image to set the focus.

With this duo camera, you can easily add a blurred, bokeh effect and even parallax-based 3D effect in your photos! Not just that, the snapper itself has got exceptionally quick, locking focus in about 0.3 seconds. Above all, the device has a few fun image effects as well.

The rear camera also offers 1080p video recording support, and it comes with an optional HDR video recording feature. Furthermore, the device has a front facing 5 MP snapper with wide viewing angles for video calling and selfies.

Throwback Case And Notifications

Another interesting part of HTC One M8 is its innovative case. HTC has developed a revolutionary Dot View case that makes use of above-mentioned Motion Launch gestures to provide some vital information at a glance. More specifically, this case will show off some key info like calls, texts, emails and weather notifications even without activating the display – in a cool retro dot-matrix style!

Other specs: Powerful Processor, microSD card support, 2600mAh battery

Under the hood, the new HTC One features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor – which is one of the latest and most powerful system chips out there. The processor is clocked at 2.3 GHz, and coupled with DDR2 RAM.

Based on storage capacity, the device will come in three variants – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. However good news is that – the new HTC One also supports expandable storage via a microSD card unlike its predecessor.

The new HTC One is superior to its predecessor in terms of battery as well. The One M8 device runs on a 2600mAh battery, whereas the original HTC One uses a 2300mAh battery for power. Plus, the company has introduced a new Extreme Power Saving mode in the M8 model. In this mode, your smartphone will be converted into a feature phone with only some core features working like receiving calls and texting. You can either choose to kick off this mode automatically or manually. The company claims that the device can deliver up to 15 hours of standby time when running on this mode (with 5% battery remaining).

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that the new HTC One improves over its predecessor in many ways. The metallic design and large 5-inch screen are absolutely stunning. The new and revolutionary Duo camera ensures superb photo-taking experience. And with improved BlinkFeed and HTC Boom, the new HTC One is indeed the best Android phone yet in 2014. Undoubtedly, it is going to give a tough competition to flagship devices like Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Now, check out the comparison table given below to know how the new HTC One M8 device actually stacks up against the original One M7.

HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7 – Comparison of Specifications

Specifications HTC One M8 HTC One M7
Dimensions 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.35mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inch) 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inch)
Weight 5.64 oz. (160g) 5.04 oz. (143g)
Screen size 5.0 inches 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (468 ppi)
Screen type S-LCD3 S-LCD3
Battery 2,600mAh (non-removable) 2,300mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16GB (32GB version coming) 32/64GB
External storage MicroSD (up to 128GB) None
Rear camera 4MP UltraPixel, f/2.0, 2.0µm pixel size, 1/3″ sensor size, 28mm lens 4MP UltraPixel, f/2.0, BSI, 1/3″ sensor size,2µm pixel size, OIS
Front-facing cam 5MP, f/2.0, BSI, wide-angle lens 2.1MP
Video capture 1080p 1080p, 30 fps
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 with AptX v4.0 with AptX
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (Asia variant uses 2.5GHz); Adreno 330 GPU 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064T)
RAM 2GB 2GB
SIM slot Nano-SIM Micro-SIM
Connectivity MHL, DLNA, IR, HDMI, GPS/GLONASS MHL, DLNA, IR
WiFi Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
Operating system Android 4.4.2, Sense 6.0 Android 4.1.2, Sense 5.0 (at launch)

HTC One M8 Review Hands On video from youtube:

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