The official release announcement is till over a month away, but the images, specs and juicy leaks are coming fast and furious for HTC’s next big thing, the M8. Their current flagship, the One (designated M7) is a fantastic phone. I for one hope they just call it the One again and put the M8 in parenthesis, so yes, I’m taking liberties with the title.
If you’re looking at these renders thinking “hey that’s the same phone as last year,” you wouldn’t be wrong if you were referring to the design language. The One is a great looking phone, not necessarily deserving of a complete remake. People loved the shape, the feel and design. They (I) love the metal body. We didn’t care much for some of the placements, the seams, etc, and it would appear they’ve addressed these things in what I’ll call an upgrade. Look carefully: The body is more metal than ever (no seams on the side), on-screen buttons on a slightly larger screen baked into the OS, the power button and light sensors have been shifted to the right, the flash has been doubled and there’s TWO cameras on the back. Don’t ask me what it’s for – I can only dream about better focus, depth of field and post-shot editing without HDR blur. More metal is usually a problem for reception, but HTC seems to have overcome this hurtle. What you get is an even more flawless phone.
What’s inside you ask? Well Android 4.4 KitKat on the software side wrapped in Sense 6.0 running on a new quad-core 2.3 Ghz snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM (sigh) and plenty of GPU and storage. Bring it on!