HTC One M8

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HTC follows up its wildly successful handset from last year with the oddly named but really very impressive One M8.

Design

The HTC One M8 manages to include even more brushed metal than its predecessor – with almost 90 percent of the body non-plastic this time. The plastic accent at the top allows for better phone signal and the IR blaster – ideal for controlling the TV at home. Tall, thin and gloriously curved, the M8 is cool to the touch and the very definition of a premium handset and also adds to its durability.

Display

The metal construction cradles the 5 inch screen gracefully, with a minimal bezel making the most of that real estate. At 1920×1980 with a ppi of 441, bright and clear images are what you’ll get from the M8, all protected Corning Gorilla Glass 3. You could literally hit the front face of the M8 with a hammer and see no damage. Though we don’t recommend it!

Camera

HTC continues to innovate with its mobile cameras, offering up a 4 megapixel sensor built around UltraPixel tech. The idea is that the pixels themselves are larger, allowing for better light gathering and particularly good results in places with little illumination. Together with an impressive two tone LED flash, the results in dark places are second to none – and you can read more about them in our camera comparison from P. 12. The M8 even lets you change the focus of a photo after you’ve taken it, thanks to the new duo depth sensor.

Inside

A premium handset deserves premium specs and that’s what you’ll get with the M8. A 2.26GHz quad core processor with 2 gigs of RAM will keep any game, app or movie chugging smoothly and the 16 or 32GB’s of storage can be supplemented with the ever helpful microSD card. The 2,600 mAh battery should keep you going all day.

Sound

One of the marquee features of the HTC One is back for the sequel, and it’s even louder! The dual front facing stereo speakers remain a sonic revelation, markedly better than those dull speakers which are always facing away from you when you’re trying to play video or music. The update promises 20% louder sound and it certainly sounds great, with room filling bass and distinct tones.

Extras

If you need more the HTC One M8 also comes with an updated version of the HTC Sense software and a new version of BlinkFeed – which keeps you up to date with everything from your social media, contacts and favourite websites in one place. The new motion controls are also a great addition, letting you double tap the screen to wake it and flick to enter certain modes.

HTC turned some heads with the One in 2013 and they’re set to convert the public at large with their latest offering. It’s one of the most uniquely gorgeous looking phones on the market and sports a number of useful and accessible features as well as internal specs which are top of its class. You’ll even find some quality head phones and a silicon case in the box. Will this be your next smartphone?

Available now at Carphone Warehouse stores nationwide.

Dot View Case

And if you’re looking for a great accessory for your new HTC One M8, check out the official Dot View Case. It’s a flip style cover with a series of holes on the front which light up to tell you the time or provide basic updates. And it also looks retro and cool at the same time.

You can find a Carphone Warehouse outlet at all Harvey Norman stores across Ireland, find your local here!

In Short: HTC follows up its wildly successful handset from last year with the oddly named but really very impressive One M8.

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