The HTC One (M8) has finally arrived after months of hype and rumours and we couldn’t be happier with it. It looks amazing and brings some great improvements over last year’s HTC One. To help you decide if the new phone is the one for you, we’ve answered a few questions about how it compares to the original, awarding winning HTC One.
What does the new Duo Camera do and is it a big improvement?
The Duo Camera is unique. It uses two cameras on the back of the phone to work out how far away things in your photos are, which lets you play with some amazing effects.
To start, you can make sure your photos are perfectly in focus with a feature called uFocus™. This lets you change what’s in focus on your photos after you’ve taken them and it works really well. Then there’s Dimension Plus™, which adds a unique 3D-like effect to your photos.
Aside from the awesome new features, the image quality seems to be a bit better. Image size is still 4MP, so you can’t zoom in too far, but HTC’s special UltraPixel camera technology has been improved and creates sharper photos with better colours.
Is the HTC One (M8) a lot faster?
Yes, the new phone is noticeably quicker than last year’s HTC One. Even the menus feel more instant because it has a new processor that runs more than 35 per cent faster. But the biggest advantage is when you open an app like Google Maps or a game. Everything loads incredibly quickly and keeps running unbelievably smoothly.
Will the bigger battery last much longer?
The battery on the HTC One (M8) should easily last you a day or two, even though it’s only around 8 per cent bigger than the one in last year’s HTC One. That’s because the other new hardware and software is a lot more efficient.
Is the HTC One (M8)’s new screen better for movies?
The screen’s a bit bigger – it’s now 5” instead of 4.7” – making it great for watching movies. But the colours, brightness and sharpness haven’t really changed. One big bonus for the screen is that it should be harder to scratch and break as it’s covered with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass, a special type of toughened glass.
Are the stereo speakers really 25 per cent louder?
It’s hard to say for certain but what we do know is that these new speakers are more than loud enough and have no problem producing high quality sound even at full volume. Last year’s HTC One had Beats Audio software to help and while the new One doesn’t, it hasn’t suffered any loss in quality.
Is there a lot more to learn?
There’s only really two new things to learn on the HTC One (M8); the new camera features and the Motion Launch controls. Both are really easy. The new camera app is probably even easier to use than the old HTC One despite the new features. And Motion Launch just uses simple swipes when the screen’s off to take you to different parts of your phone instantly.
Does the HTC One (M8) look and feel that much better than the original One?
The answer to this is a definite yes. The frame of the new phone is now made from 90 per cent metal and it has a gorgeous brushed aluminium finish. The back of the phone is more curved and the corners are more rounded. All of this adds up to an unrivalled look and feel of quality and style.
Is the front facing camera on the HTC One (M8) noticeably better?
Yes. There are a couple of things that make the new front camera better. First, it’s now an impressive 5MP, which definitely helps to get sharp photos. Second, it has a super wide angle lens so you can fit more friends in your selfies. We’re really impressed by how many people you can squeeze into a shot that’s taken at just arm’s length.
To find out more about the HTC One (M8), head over to YouTube channel to see our hands on review of the new phone.