HTC was the first company that launched an Android phone and was doing pretty good with the new platform until the arrival of the Android juggernaut Samsung. With the news S2s, S3, Grands and Notes around, the HTC smartphones slowly shifted out of focus. HTC couldn’t just get out the right stylish high spec phone that everybody wanted and it recorded a loss in its last fiscal year. But now, the company seems to be back in track in recent times with the new HTC One series.
HTC One m8 is second in line of the HTC On series. The specs are good and the physical features are just as fancy as the rest of the fancier smartphones in the market. But does it have the credentials to beat the other smartphones of the Samsung and Sony in the huge Android market? Let us find out.
M8 continues the same methodology as the HTC One, with the same metal body which feels and looks good. The back of the phone is almost completely aluminum giving the phone a solid and cool feeling which isn’t there in most of the phones around except for its predecessor and iPhone 5S. It’s a completely different feeling than the S5’s plastic look and feels better.
Although it looks very much like the HTC One, there are significant upgrades and differences that were small issues in the One, like the sharp edges have been removed and smoother curvy edges are now in place. Due to the metal build of the phone, the sharp edges turn out to be a real soothing experience to hold and it just feels so great in the hand. Plus there are no plastic inserts that were foolishly dangling around in the One.
There are three versions being launched by the HTC, the lead version is the metal grey which has a smooth metal finish. It is a much better design and style than the sand blasted HTC One so it can be said that the new metal design can pull of much better sales based on looks than its previous version. The other two designs are more closely related to the previous versions; a gold version and an Arctic Silver version. Its 5 inch 1080p display uses an SLCD screen which is more or less like the original One’s screen. The colors are great and provide excellent contrast and pixel detail.
Specs and Performance
The core specs have been one of the reasons why the recent models of the HTC had some declining reviews. It has a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB Ram and there is no visible lag much. The HTC Sense 6 is the new software and it performs more or less the same but with a complete visual refresh. Blinkfeed is a free moving scroll of updates and has better modular approach. The camera is a 4.1 MP Ultra pixel sensor that HTC claims to have added in it. The constituent pixels are a lot more than the average pixels in a standard mobile phone. It gives better accuracy, dynamic range and low light performance. It has one of the most dynamic camera set ups you will ever see so a great job done in the camera department by HTC. You can also add depth to the focused object but the transition from unfocused and focused isn’t very smooth and it needs some work. The camera resolution is somewhat inferior to the likes of Galaxy’s 16 MP monsters but still good enough.
It is great to see HTC finally gearing up to compete with others. The M8 offers much but it still falls short of a true market changer. But it is definitely innovative and elegant for those who like it.