HTC's next One: What we want

HTC will unveil the successor to the HTC One M8 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March. Here's what we would like to see.
HTC's next One: What we want

About a year ago, HTC unveiled the gorgeous One M8. And now that we’ve had a chance to find what we love and hate about it, we’ve decided what we want to see improved in HTC’s next flagship.


The most controversial thing on the HTC One M8 is the camera. HTC took a chance two years ago when it launched its UltraPixel technology in the original HTC One. The idea is that each pixel is much bigger than normal so they can let in more light, which would give you a better photo. And last year, HTC stuck with UltraPixels and added its new Duo Camera tech to give your photos fun 3D effects. But we want HTC to work harder on the basics of the camera, rather than develop radical new technologies. We think we’d get much better photos if the next flagship had a regular 16MP camera.


The screen on the One M8 looks great, until you put it side by side with its competitors from Samsung and Sony. You don’t notice any problems watching a movie normally, but the direct comparison shows HTC should be able to get more from its screens. We think the biggest benefit would come from a Quad HD resolution as it’d give much more detail.


One thing HTC doesn’t have to touch is the design. The original HTC One and this One M8 are the two best looking smartphones around. Unfortunately, HTC will have to make its next phone look different somehow. But we hope it doesn’t change the looks too much as the M8 is already pretty perfect.


HTC doesn’t need to do much on the speed front either. The M8 already feels really fast, so the software and hardware obviously work well together. And we’d expect HTC to use the very latest processor in its next top phone, so hopefully it’ll feel even faster.


We always want bigger, better batteries in our smartphones. We liked that HTC added its Extreme Power Saving Mode to the M8 to make your battery last longer in an emergency, but we want it to last longer without changing all the settings. We also want to see fast charging added, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Nexus 6 have, so you don’t have to stay plugged into the wall for so long.

The camera is the only thing that we really want HTC to improve. But we’re sure there’ll be plenty of other exciting new things that HTC shows off in 2015.

Next week, we’ll be looking at what we want to see in Sony’s next flagship. And we’ve already taken at look at what we’re hoping for from Samsung. If there’s anything you really want to see HTC make better this year, let us know in the comments below.

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