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HTC One (M8): Hands-on Gallery

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We got our hands on the One (M8) from HTC, and we gotta say, this is a nice device. This morning in New York City, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou spoke of making the best smartphone in the world even better. Featuring a slight, yet significant bump in specs and hardware, the M8 will lead the charge against Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in 2014. 

Overall, the device feels like a One, but much more premium. There are no sharp edges as you would see on the original One, yet it does keep the overall shape, size, and weight of the M7.

The M8 features a 5″ 1080p display, dual back-facing cameras (1x Ultrapixel / 1x 2MP BSI sensor), a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, 5MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, expandable microSD storage up to 128GB, Sense 6, running on top of Android 4.4.

Check out our brief device gallery below, then keep your eyes peeled for our full hands-on video coming right up.

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  • jim

    ill stick with my superior Note 3

  • cancerous_it

    Looks great but I’m more interested in the OS. Are they going to F up android again with Sense?

    • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

      Undoubtedly, yes. Even TW is better.

      • flosserelli

        Yeah, Touchwiz is much better…if you like your phone to feel underpowered and weighed down like the Titanic.

        • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

          Current Sense worse than the Current TW. TW of yore, I’d agree with you.

  • HoosierDaddy

    Current S4 user here. I’m holding out on the flurry of phones right now and will likely purchase the G3 as my next phone (Verizon).

    • Geoff Johnson Is Dumb

      Current Gnex user here. I can’t hold out that long so it is either this or the S5.

      • Pratik Holla

        Why not the Z2? May not be available on your carrier but of the three flagships out right now, seems the strongest competitor to me. Easily has the best display, front facing speakers, noise cancellation, great camera specs, decent looking UI, largest battery and a beautiful build. (Ok… glass might not be for everybody). Sony has the least “fluff” features and stuff that makes it better on a day to day use.

  • RoadsterHD1

    lets see a side by side comparison.

  • iNomNomAwesome

    I can’t believe they made it even taller than the original One, that is an instant disqualification for me. You can have a big screen and keep the phone compact, just look at the Moto X! Yes I know, this has the front speakers, but they still waste tons of space with the bezels.

  • Jee

    Looks like Samsung and HTC are taking a page from Apple’s book: make minor improvements and hope that brand loyalty will bring success.

    • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

      Samsung is saving their upgrades for the Note 4

    • jim

      its getting to the point that there isn’t really all that much more your can add to a phone

  • chris125

    Looks like the camera is still the weak point once again. Looks like will be waiting to see what LG and moto and potentially google unveils on verizon.

  • MikeSaver

    ITS NOT REAL TILL I SEE A VIDEO DOI

  • morteum

    I’m surprised at how much criticism the phone is receiving. I think it’s a great update. I’ll admit it would have been nice to see more improvements to the camera rather than just adding another one, but overall I think this phone is awesome. The bezel thing doesn’t even bother me that much, it actually is not terrible aesthetically (functionally is obviously a different story). Almost everything is an improvement. How do you people become satisfied?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Every phone gets criticism for something. Doesn’t matter you like it anyway.

  • Godzilla

    That off center charge port really bothers me

    • OneForTheGoodDays

      Yeah this is not an OCD phone.

    • Kevin

      The whole design is stupid. So far the only thing that I like about the phone is the material.

  • JSo

    Well that was short and sweet

  • Scott Tucker

    - Rounded backs are awful for using while it’s set on a hard surface, like a desk.
    – The color is, objectively, atrocious.
    – The oversized HTC bezel is unnecessary and ridiculous.
    – The camera is, according to rumors, still in the “blurry/not good” category.

    Quite frankly, I think both the S5 and M8 are garbage updates this year. I’m holding out for this year’s Moto X update.

    • Kijus

      You are pooping by your mouth.

    • Steve B

      Moto X 2 is going to be a turd as well. You’re better off seeing what we get out of the One+. If it’s what they’re saying it’s going to be, it’ll be the flagship device of the year.

      • eeeeeeeeeee

        If they release 2 flagships that close together they can just pack their bankruptcy bags now.

        • Steve B

          One+ is not made by HTC, if that’s what you were alluding to with your comment.

          • Dude

            OnePlus is not a phone…it’s a company who’s making a phone called the One.

          • eeeeeeeeeee

            Oh you mean some random company who isn’t going to sell any phones.

            In that case, lol ok bro.

          • Steve B

            You sound very intelligent…

      • Kevin

        Any prove that it’ll be a turd? Or are pulling those ideas from your ass?

    • Carlos Poblano

      I agree with you on the bezel and the round backing. The camera, though, we can’t really speak for yet. I believe the dual camera might make the pictures a bit more high-res, kinda like our eyes do. The color, I like :)

      • MistaButters

        The second camera doesn’t change the number of pixels at all. Still 4MP. Obviously there is more to resolution than that though

        • Carlos Poblano

          Well…that’s disappointing :)

      • Sqube

        Phone Arena has a pretty solid comparison of all the different cameras. The M8 is better, but it still can’t really bang with the competition. UltraPixel is a genius idea that I love. It needs more megapixels. It doesn’t need to be 20… but I really feel like it needs to be more than 4.

        http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Camera-comparison-HTC-One-M8-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S4-Galaxy-Note-3-iPhone-5s-LG-G2-Nexus-5-Nokia-Lumia-1520-Sony-Xperia-Z1S_id3626/page/3

        • Bionicman

          the problem is in the details of the picture. when zooming into letters or looking for any detail, the M7 and M8 are lacking. other than that they seem to take decent pics. IMHO better than the Moto X and Nexus 5.

    • James_75

      Objectively speaking, the color is similar to a Gun Metal. I think you meant to say it’s color is “subjectively” atrocious.

      • Scott Tucker

        Yes, you’re right, my mistake!

    • Morris

      I’d wait for the silver but per The Verge review the camera still sucks. They said the single thing they’d reserve about recommending the phone is the camera.

      • George264

        The Verge has gotten very biased lately. It’s already in Verizon stores and HTC gave me one today and I have to say, the camera is much better than M7. I was talking to one of the execs and the camera specs are the same but it’s a different manufacturer and it was re engineered for better color balance and other improvements and also avoids the original pink tint. Try it in store first.

        • MistaButters

          Even Gizmodo said the camera was bad, and they haven’t been biased in Android handset reviews in a couple years.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            You guys know me, and I actually think the HTC M8 takes great pictures. Write up on the way!

          • Robert Muldoon

            So in your opinion, if you were upgrading from the amazing gnex… Would this be a suitable replacement or is the S5 worth waiting a little longer for?

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            Ohh, that’s tough. I haven’t had the Galaxy S5 in my hands like I do the One (M8), but I personally would just wait.

        • DainLaguna

          the verge biased lately? did you see the last vergecast? josh, dieter and david sat around talking about how awful ios notifications are and how going back to using an iphone isnt the experience it used to be. dieter was using his personal nexus5. unless you mean biased against htc specifically? because they seem to be in love with both iterations of the phone, outside of the camera.

        • eeeeeeeeeeee

          They liked the phone, only .5 less than the beloved 5s.

          • Elliot Kotis

            They are apple fanboys

        • Elliot Kotis

          Lately? They have always been iPhone bias, they are oh so stupid, when S5 was announced they said it had more pixels than the S4…..NO GUYS IT HAS THE SAME! Idiots…

      • chris125

        It seems like every review seems to have the camera as the weak point. Like with the moto x, that is what is keeping me from buying one.

    • hkklife

      Agree about the HTC rounded back and huge bezel. The bezel, in particular, kills it for me. LG set the bar awfully high for a 5.2″ screen in a smallish formfactor. I also concur that the S5 and M8 are very mediocre updates. While they have a few notable improvements (camera, waterproofing, USB 3.0 on Samsung + the return of the microSD slot and 32GB standard internal storage on the HTC) they still fall short in key areas.

      New Moto X will likely be another underwhelming spec bump (I am guessing Snapdragon 600-based X8 “quad” architecture & same screen size) but still a nice little device…though I do worry abut Lenovo yanking support for all of the legacy devices after they start the belt tightening.

      What I am really holding out for is a GPE variant of the LG G3. THAT might really shake things up!

      • Scott Tucker

        I had the Moto X for a bit, and at no point did I ever find it to be underpowered. I’m a firm believer that the spec war is just about over for this gen of smartphones, and ART is only making the existing hardware faster. I’m more interested in battery life, which the Moto X delivered in spades. Its downfall was a clunky body and terrible camera, two things which I’m hoping a 2nd iteration can iron out.

        • George264

          Using the One M8 which has a manufacturer UI on top, the newer processor is leaps and bounds better than the original One

          • chris125

            the snap800+ (800&801) are HUGE improvements over the snap600. So all the devices that are using the processor you are going to notice a sizable difference in usage. Now from the 800-801, it is not near the jump that from the 600-800 was.

        • Dave

          I bought the Moto X and returned it after 3 days. My Note2 still performed equal or better and got monumentally better battery life, and it’s 16 months old. Both are nice devices, but I’m not going to shell out money just to have a newer device.

          • flosserelli

            How dare you suggest any phone is better than the vaulted Moto X on DL. Get ready for the deluge of downvotes and haterade.

          • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

            i downvoted u

          • Dave

            Haha…I know. Didn’t DL used to be sub named “A Motorola Droid Forum” or something along that line?

          • Kevin

            It’s a phablet. I’d be surprise if it didn’t have a decent battery life.

          • Mike Robertson

            Totally agree with everything you said! I’m waiting too.

      • chris125

        I’d be 100% ok with that in the moto x if they bump up the camera to get it on par with other flagship devices. that was the one and only reason holding me back from getting a moto x this year.

      • jnt

        I’m not asking this with any sort of “snark” or tone, but sincerely… with regard to your comment “they still fall short in key areas” – Obviously on the One, the camera appears to be one of those areas. But what about the S5 falls short? Especially since we haven’t seen it on the street yet?

    • JRomeo

      Hold out for the Next Nexus Phone !

      • Scott Tucker

        On Verizon, not an option.

    • George264

      I was at the event too and HTC offered me the choice of silver gold or gunmetal. Ihated the gunmetal the whole time of leaks but seeing it in person. Wow. It looks majestic almost but also very stealthy. Look at the color in person before judging. If it’s not for you check the gold and silver. The silver looks like the original .

    • ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

      Not necessarily garbage, but last year’s flagship devices are still very capable. The G2 is still a beast. So is the Note 3. Moto X is a solid device as well as the S4. We probably won’t see anything really wow us until maybe later in the year.

    • Mario Lovato

      well if you are waiting for the Moto x you will be disappointed, they will only make minor changes.

      • Scott Webber

        1080p + faster processor and I’ll be the first inline to buy it. Preferably, not any larger than last year’s device.

        • Mario Lovato

          no doubt the fan base will love whatever they do.

      • eeeeeeeeeee

        Just a sweet backup system that keeps a copy of your data on the Communist Party’s servers.

    • panicswhenubered

      Two things that disappoint me with this phone: 1. The crazy large bezel, although this is forgivable. 2. It sounds like early reports all say the camera is horrible, especially for a flagship smartphone. That’s a deal breaker for me. Other than that, the phone seems like it would be awesome.

      • Pratik Holla

        yeah, dont really care about the bezel but that camera is what did it for me. If you are going to lower the resolution to 4MP, the M8 better be taking shots that put the Lumia 1020 and iphone 5S is to shame. Clearly that isnt the case and you can chalk up “ultra pixel” into the gimmick category. Pretty big deal breaker there although the rest of the phone is pretty nice.

    • grumpyfuzz

      Did you forget the Moto X has a curved back?

  • BRIM

    As a current One owner, this will be the first time I’ll be keeping my phone for over a year.

    I really like the design of the first version more with the less rounded corners and even preferred the “sharp” edges.

    • Alan Paone

      I’m upgrading, but I’ll miss the hard edges. I miss the OG droid’s design so much. I really won’t miss the top headphone jack though, for me that alone is worth the entire upgrade.

  • Kijus

    Simplesmente lindo esse smartphone! Esse corpo em aço escovado com aluminio é fabuloso. Bom trabalho, HTC! Está mostrando que smartphone de verdade é bonito por fora e por dentro. Sem plásticos e sem band-aid, como a samsung.
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    In English: That smartphone is just beautiful! That body in brushed steel is fabulous. Great job HTC! You are showing that a truly smartphone is beautiful inside and outside. No plastic (like Samsung) or band-aids.

    • Kevin

      Gracias
      ________________

      In English: Thanks

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Saw that color in the VZW Store…. I’m not the biggest fan. Bring on the Silver!