updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue March 25, 2014
Five-inch Full HD display, depth-perception camera system in new HTC One
As expected, HTC has launched the updated "all new" One at events in London and New York. An extension of the original model, the HTC One (M8) offers a similar distinctive external design to the previous version that includes a new dual-camera system on the reverse, with more general improvements made to the internal components and the smartphone's display.
The unibody design of the casing uses a higher amount of aluminum than before, at 90 percent instead of 70. The larger 5-inch Full HD display offers a pixel density of 440ppi and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and continues to be flanked at the top and bottom by front-facing stereo speakers, though the capacitive buttons from before have been updated to software-based keys.
HTC One (M8)
Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. Storage options for 16GB or 32GB are available, along with a new microSD card slot offering up to 128GB more capacity. Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE, and a 2,600mAh battery are also included, with the battery supported by a power-saving mode that gives it an extended standby time of up to 14 days.
The two cameras on the rear, dubbed Duo Camera, combines last year;s 4MP Ultrapixel camera with a depth sensor. The depth sensor will work out which objects are in the background and foreground, adding the information to the final image, and letting the user apply effects to different parts of the picture, such as selective blurring or colorizing. Autofocus times have dropped to 300 milliseconds, and the accompanying video mode The accompanying front-facing camera uses a 4-megapixel sensor and a wide-angle lens.
Running on Android 4.4, the sixth iteration of HTC Sense offers a modernized user interface. While features from before, such as BlinkFeed and Zoe, make a reappearance in the new device, the company is also including a number of gestures for accessing the various functions without having to turn on the display beforehand. HTC is also making its BlinkFeed available to developers for pushing information to users, as well as preparing Zoe for Google Play.
HTC is shipping the new One to over 100 countries, though it is starting to sell the smartphone today, with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus offering it through their websites, and some Verizon stores will also stock it later today.
The new HTC One will also ship with stock Android onboard in Google Play and Developer editions. Available for pre-order now, the Developer edition sold via HTC is priced at $650, while the Play version sold through Google will cost $699.