After the enormous success with M7, HTC released its successor and generated some buzz because of the Duo camera and bigger display. But here’s a comparison between the old and new model, and how many improvements does the M8 bring.
Likewise the M7, the M8 has the same unibody metal body, but its back is more curved and has more rounded corners and the edges are now covered with aluminum.
Displays and dimensions
The One M8 has a slightly bigger display of 5inches, compared to the 4.7inches display from the M7, but HTC didn’t manage to increase the resolution and kept it at 1080x1920pixels, and instead of improving the pixel density, the manufacturer downgraded it at 441ppi from 469ppi.
The M8 is 0.1mm thicker, measuring 9.4mm, it has a width of 70.6mm and a length of 146.4mm, weighting 160grams, with 17grams more than the M7. The dimensions of the older model are 137.4×68.2×9.3mm.
Being an older model, the M7 was among the first Android smartphone to benefit from a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor with four cores, clocked at 1.7GHz, and in 2014, the M8 repeated the history, being privileged to feature a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 processor with four cores, but it came in two variants of 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz, depending on the region where it was sold. While the M7 used Adreno 320 graphics, the M8 used Adreno 330 graphics.
A big step was taken with the internal memory, because the M8 supports now a microSD card slot and allows expansion up to 128GB from 16 and 32GB. With the M7 you’re stuck with a capacity of 32 or 64GB. However, both models are equipped with 2GB of RAM.
The M7 came loaded with Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), then it suffered a few updates and now it’s waiting to be upgraded to v5.0 (Lollipop), just like the M8, which came initially with v4.4.2 (KitKat). The older model had Sense 5 and HTC redesigned it and renamed it Sense 6 UI.
The M7 had a 4MP Ultrapixel camera with optical image stabilization, LED flash, autofocus, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size etc, while with the M8, HTC made some changes: removed the optical image stabilization, but added a Dual Camera with the same 1/3” sensor size and 2µm pixel size and replaced the single LED flash with Dual-LED flash. The front camera of 2.1MP on the M7 was replaced with a 5MP shooter, which is ideal for selfies.
The M7 was fitted with a 2300 mAh battery which lasts 480 hours in stand by mode (3G) and provides 18 hours of talktime (3G), while the M8 has a bigger 2600 mAh battery with extra 2 hours of talktime on 3G and which withstands 496 hours in stand by mode, on 3G.
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