HTC's One M8: Smart-Looking Smartphone Has Sixth Sense

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-03-26

During live-streamed events in New York and London March 25, HTC introduced its newest flagship smartphone, the One M8. The M8 is a looker, featuring a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) display and a unique metal unibody that wraps up around the phone's rounded corners and tapered edges, right up to its display. (The metal on its predecessor, for reasons of antenna usefulness, didn't wrap up so far, leaving room for a bit of polycarbonate.) The M8 pairs Android with the sixth version of its sensor-rich, more-intuitive-than-ever Sense user interface. HTC added improvements (and developer partners) to BlinkFeed, to make it more of a user resource; improved BoomSound, making the M8's sound 25 percent louder than the M7's; made the front camera a 5-megapixel wide-angle, for way better selfies; and, in a smartphone first, put a "Duo Camera" on the back, along with a depth sensor and a dual flash, for all together better results in low light and capabilities that have been the domain of professional cameras. It's an attractive, thin, feature-rich, very likeable smartphone. But time—and HTC's marketing budget—will tell whether HTC can sell a good number of them. Helping it will be its carrier partners, some of which began selling it just hours after its introduction.


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