This spring, HTC brought the successor of the famous One M7, naming it, simply, One M8, with the hope that this new smartphone will win many hearts and will be considered the best Android smartphone of 2014. Indeed, it’s an awesome, device, but how changed it is compared to the One M7?
The One M8 has the same unibody metal shell as the M7, but its back is curvier and the corners are more rounded. This time, the edges are covered with aluminum, with a glossy effect, and the logo is in the same place. On the M7, the two capacitive buttons were in front and behind the familiar logo, while the M8 brought three capacitive buttons and moved the logo far below.
The resolution was retained at Full HD 1080×1920 pixels, and both models come with Super LCD3 displays, but M8’s screen is larger at 5inches and has a lower pixel density of 441ppi, while the M7 has a 4.7inches display with 469ppi.
Processors and Memories
The One M8 is powered by a much more powerful Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 quad core Krait 400 processor with two options of clock speeds – 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz, and the graphics are from Adreno 330. The One M7 comes with an inferior Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 quad core 1.7GHz Krait 300 which pairs with an Adreno 320 GPU. The M8 has the same RAM capacity of 2GB, but it made significant changes in terms of internal memory. This time, you’ll be able to add a microSD card to expand the memories of 16 and 32GB. The older model doesn’t give you a choice but to accept the fixed memories of 32 and 64GB.
The HTC One M7 came with Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), then it was upgraded to v4.4.3 (KitKat), and likewise its successor, it’s waiting the 5.0 (Lollipop) version. The One M8 came with v4.4.2 (KitKat) and for now, it runs on v4.4.3 (KitKat). The Taiwanese manufacturer refined its UI, making the Sense 6 more complex by introducing BlinkFeed and Zoe captures. Thanks to the Motion Sense feature, you can interact with you device, wake it up by double-tapping on the screen. Plus, thanks to the improved BoomSound technology, you’ll get more volume, like up to 25% louder
HTC equipped the One M8 with a dual 4MP Ultrapixel camera, but retained the same 1/3” sensor size and 2µm pixel size and other features such as geo tagging, face detection etc. However, the One M7 had a simple 4MP camera with optical image stabilization and this feature was removed from the new model. But the 2.1MP front camera on the M7 was changed with a 5MP camera for selfies.
The M7 had a 2300mAh battery, which was slightly increased by 300mAh. Unfortunately, while other smartphones come with wireless charging and Fast Charge 2.0 support, the One M8 lacks these options.
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