The oft-leaked HTC One (M8) is now official as the company took the wraps off their latest flagship smartphone on Tuesday. The new HTC One features a 5-inch Super LCD3 display operating at 1,920 x 1,080 that’s good for 441 pixels per inch – all covered by Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood is a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of system memory and your choice of either 16GB or 32GB of flash storage.
Around back is a 4-megapixel, f/2.0 UltraPixel camera with a 28mm lens. It’s certainly not going to win any awards in terms of sheer pixel count but the combination of a one-third-inch BSI sensor with 2µm pixels capable of absorbing 330 percent more photons equates to a shooter that isn’t half bad – so long as you don’t need to zoom in on anything.
It may look like there are two rear cameras on the new One but you’d be incorrect. The aforementioned camera is flanked by the dual LED flash and what you see above it is actually a depth sensor. This sensor works in tandem with the phone’s camera to offer up some pretty nifty post-production effects.
Love it or hate it, selfies are trendy among those with a flair for social media. HTC is one of the first smartphone makers that I’m aware of to recognize the trend as evident by the 5-megapixel, f/2.0, BSI, wide-angle front-facing shooter on the new One.
Elsewhere, the M8 features dual-band, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX, NFC, a 2,600mAh non-removable battery and Android 4.4.2 with a Sense 6.0 overlay.
Pricing is set at $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for the larger 32GB variety with a standard two-year service agreement. Those wanting to purchase the handset outright can do so sans agreement for $649 – or in other words, typical pricing for a smartphone of this caliber.
It’s being offered online via AT&T, Sprint and Verizon as of writing; T-Mobile customers will have to wait until next month, we’re hearing. All said and done, the phone will be available through 230 carriers in more than 100 countries around the globe.