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Sprint and HTC Introduce One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition, Give Spotify Away Too

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This morning, Sprint and HTC announced the One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition, a special edition model of this year’s flagship that features a fresh paint job (mixture of black and gold), special audio enhancements, and includes a pair of Harman AE-S ear buds. This product announcement has been a “culmination of a months-long project” with the three players hoping to “redefine the way people listen to music on their smartphones.”

The device will be available May 2 for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $28.34. If you do some basic math there, the phone will retail for somewhere around the $650 mark. With that in mind, the Harman Kardon AE-S ear buds retail for $149, so the whole package carries a solid value. 

Here are the two major audio enhancements:

  • A revolutionary application — HARMAN’s Clari-Fi — that restores and “rebuilds” music fidelity lost during audio compression. The first time in a mobile device, Clari-Fi yields richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music (like MP3 downloads or streaming services like Spotify®).
  • Lossless HD Audio music reproduction via a 24bit/192kHz DAC that delivers roughly six times the information of compact disc music and 60 times the information of an MP3 or streaming music source when playing high-res digital (FLAC) downloads from sources like HDtracks.com.

The rest of the phone is the same as the other One (M8) models.

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In related news, Sprint announced all sorts of new music initiatives through “Sprint Sound Sessions,” one of which includes 6 months of free Spotify service for Framily plan members. The rest of the music news includes Sprint Music Plus, the official music store from Sprint with a player, albums, ringtones, and ringback tones (those still exist?). Sprint is also still promoting NextRadio and a service called Music Live, which sounds like an all-in-one music experience with news, downloads, and connectivity with services like Spotify.

  • Spotify – Sprint is giving customers access to Spotify’s catalogue of more than 20 million songs. Spotify allows users to play music on demand, create playlists, discover new music, share tracks with their friends, listen to songs offline, and listen to music without ads across multiple devices.
  • Sprint Music Plus – Sprint’s official music store and player for music tracks, albums, ringtones and ringback tones.
  • Music Live – an immersive and interactive experience that is continuously updated with the latest music news, current hits, new music and featured services. The “always-on” live experience enables customers to discover and engage with services that include Spotify, Music News Feed, Top Songs, NextRadio (FM Radio) – Music Downloads, Ringback Tones, Ringtones and ID-a-Song services.
  • NextRadio – an application for listening to local FM broadcasts on customers’ smartphones.

On the Spotify front, Framily members will indeed receive 6 months of free service. After the 6 months as completed, they’ll see promotional pricing on monthly charges depending on how many lines are in their Framily. For 1-5 users, you are looking at $7.99 or $4.99 for 6-10 users. This pricing lasts for 18 months before jumping back up to $9.99.

Harman Kardon, anyone?

Via:  Sprint
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  • Christian Wagner Jr

    Interesting..if you browse the default.xml on the M8 (I have the AT&T version), there are lines in there pertaining to Beats and Harmon. Yes I know Beats is no longer associated with HTC , but if you set it to true, instead of the BoomSound icon in the statusbar, it will change to the Beats logo, and the Harmon..I would assume is a reference to this announcement

  • TC Infantino

    Huh. Rezound reboot anyone? I did like my Rezound, but the supposedly $100 earbuds that came with it were just crap.

  • https://twitter.com/AndroidRevenge Mike Sullivan

    it pisses me off that things like this arent known when the phone is released. I would have definitely waited to buy this version of the phone, had i known it existed, or even that it was coming at some point. Instead I bought the original version, which is great, but leaves me wishing i had waited.

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  • Daistaar

    Wow. HTC just broke up with Beats by Dre and they’re already dating?!

  • BoFiS

    Woah, so this has a different DAC and can hardware decode FLACs? And this is NOT on the normal M8?! That’s really hot, I wish other phones or companies cared about having decent DACs in their phones…or if the M8 Mini would use the same on Verizon ::hint hint:: ;-)

  • DC_Guy

    Do gestures like this distract people from largely subpar network performance? I wonder…

    • MistaButters

      Don’t you want to be apart of my Framily?

      • DC_Guy

        LOL negative!

    • miri

      It’s great in my area now. Don’t even bother to use wifi anymore as LTE is faster and more stable, though I should probably reconsider as I’m averaging 40~50GB/mo…

  • SplashMTN

    The G2 can play back Flac files as well, although the speakers don’t even come close to the same quality. I haven’t tried it yet, but I need to.

  • reyalP

    Co-branding is not helping this company sell phones. Marketing fail for the second time. All they had to do was remove the black bar and HTC logo from the front, shorten the device, so it’s not like your holding Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe up to your ear, and I bet this phone would have sold like hot cakes.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Too bad it’s with Sprint.

  • WitnessG

    Who chose the colors for this ugly thing. The black and gold looks bad together. Then they added a brown HTC logo on the back with blueish grey stripes and a white ring around the camera…

  • ki11ak3nn

    I would get it if it were available on T-Mobile. Looks good and I have a few FLAC albums I could throw on there. I need to get a bigger SD card though.

  • K

    Pretty cool for anyone who is on Sprint already. I still don’t regret leaving Sprint.

  • Cael

    LOL, HTC is trying so hard.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    OMG… the black looks soo sexy on the back…but it doesn’t work with the Gold in the front. From the front it just looks like a case… Either way, Good Option for Sprint Users I’d say if you want the M8.

  • TopXKiller

    I can dig it, wish Verizon would offer a nice package like this

  • EC8CH

    So they swapped the Beats logo on the back for a HK logo then?

    • Marikel

      Considering there was no Beats logo on it in the first place…
      No.

      • EC8CH

        Stick with me…

        One (m7) = beats

        One (m8) = HK

        • Marikel

          The M8 on every other carrier has no logo whatsoever. So saying they “replaced” a logo that was never there doesn’t make any sense.

          • EC8CH

            You do realize I’m referring to the entire One series of phones right? Last year Beats, this year HK. I’d say it’s an improvement actually, but I’m surprised HTC still thinks these types are audio partnerships are going to help their sales.

          • Marikel

            Sigh, you just don’t give up, do you? Fine, you’re right. Better now?

            You still didn’t make any sense at first, though.

        • Hershel

          you need to stick with us….

          the m8 never had any logo. my sprint m8 doesn’t even have a carrier logo….

          • EC8CH

            stick with me…

            I never said the m8 specifically, I’m referring to the entire series or HTC One phones.

          • SkylaC90

            i get what you mean and your right, so next year the M9 with have boise integration

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  • Carlos Lopez

    That actually looks kinda cool