After over a month of unmitigated product information leaks and photos, HTC has officially released its newest HTC One flagship phone.
The HTC One was revealed today at the HTC One Launch event in NYC on March 25th. The HTC One (codenamed the M8–also being used publicly), features a Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which puts it in a small class of new smartphones utilizing a quad core chip. It comes preloaded with Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest Android operating system, albeit skinned with HTC’s new Sense 6 UI. The newest version of HTCs popular Blinkfeed is also on the phone, which allows the user to view all sorts of data like emails, news, social media streams, and other pertinent items in a personal live stream.
The HTC One has a 5″ full HD display which is fairly standard nowadays. It weighs in at 160g (~5.64 ounces) which makes a bit heavier than the Galaxy S5 (145g) and iPhone 5S (112g). That’s most likely due to the premium metal unibody that HTC opted to use for the phone. During the event Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, took it upon himself to “shame” other phone manufacturers for using plastics in their phones. He cited that build quality was important and I have to agree that he’s right. It looks much sleeker than the typical smartphone.
Other standout features of the new device are its dual, LED flash and 4MP Duo Camera that shines more so due to the software than the hardware. For example, while the camera is actually the same one from the previous model, software features like UFocus let you do useful tricks like refocusing shots after you’ve taken the picture. However, and somewhat bizarrely, the front facing cam is a 5MP wide angle cam that can “capture superior selfies with ease”.
HTC One (M8) Specs
While its clear that HTC is catering to the more faddish cross-section of consumers with the “selfie” talk, it remains to be seen if their main back camera has better quality than before (early tests point to a lukewarm result). Nevertheless, HTC sweetened the deal by doing their customers a huge favor; if you somehow break or crack your screen, and its within 6 months of ownership, HTC will fix the screen for free (one-time replacement).
The HTC One is available for preorder starting today in North America. You’ll be able to preorder online at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and Radio Shack. In the U.S. the HTC One will be on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. T-Mobile customers will have to wait awhile as it won’t become available until April. It’s also important to note that in a curious partnership, Verizon Wireless has an exclusive 16 day jump start on the competition. Specifically, while you’ll be able to preorder from the other U.S. carriers, only at Verizon can you walk into a store today, purchase the phone, and have it in hand immediately.
Finally, if you’re looking for the HTC One without the Sense 6 skin (stock Android) then you can purchase it direct from the Google Play Store for $599 $499 with free shipping. With all that being said are you still excited for the HTC one? Running out to preorder it right now? Tell us in the comments below!
Note: If you wanna see how the reveal went down for yourself, HTC is showing the recording of the event here: http://www.htc.com/us/go/launch/