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HTC One M8 Review

A lot of talk has revolved around the premium build and design of last year’s HTC One. Now, it has set higher standards for smartphone manufacturers, especially for HTC itself. Can the new HTC One M8 sport the same luxurious appeal, and more importantly, prove that it is more than just a pretty phone?
Build and Design
We’ve all been mesmerized with the older HTC One’s (M7) aluminum chassis, but now HTC ditched the plastic sides from M7 totally and wrapped it with metal, aiming for an all-metal build for the M8, which was equally, if not more gorgeous than its predecessor.
The M8 is slightly larger, measuring 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm. This gives room for a bigger 5-inch display as compared to M7’s 4.7-inch screen. What’s nice is that despite this increase in size, the M8 is just a little taller and heavier. It has the same 1920×1080 pixels full HD resolution as with M7, however, with the slightly larger display, it means the pixels are spread out. But display remains gorgeous regardless.
Hardware and Storage
The M8 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the one that is also found in the newest smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5. The device has 2GB of RAM with 16GB internal storage. What’s new is that HTC now offers a microSD card slot expandable up to 128GB.
With an upgraded processor, plus the newest Android KitKat and Sense 6.0, the M8 runs smoothly with no signs of lag at all. While the M7 was one powerful machine, it seemed a bit slower in comparison.
The battery is a 2,600mAh that is a bit larger than last year’s model, although it might pale in comparison with nowadays top phones, such as the 2,800mAh battery found in the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the 3,200mAh powering the Sony Xperia Z2. Still, size doesn’t always matter. It can last easily throughout the day until evening with single charge with moderate use.
Camera
Surely, one of the reasons for the popularity of last year’s One is the 4MP camera dubbed as “ultrapixels”, which aimed to produce better results in low-light scenarios. Now, there’s this Duo Camera that is composed of two lenses- one of which is the main Ultrapixel sensor for image capture while the second one functions to capture depth information.
While the same 4MP camera is a bit of a letdown, there are noticeable improvements from the older sensor. For one, there’s the new Ufocus, a feature that allows you to alter the point of focus after taking a shot. There’s also a host of other features that make editing that much fun. All in all, the camera is incredibly fast, and produces amazing results, despite it not being the best in the market today.
Pros

  • Gorgeous build and design
  • Magnificent display
  • Great sound quality
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Same 4MP camera
  • Irremovable battery

The Verdict
The HTC One M8 is stunning in every way, perhaps even more beautiful than its predecessor. Sure, appearance isn’t everything. But if you’re looking for that one handset which you won’t get tired looking at for a good two years, and one that delivers any task you throw at it fluidly, then the One M8 is your phone.