HTC launched their much awaited flagship the HTC One M8, here in India today. They’ve priced the M8 at Rs. 49,900 and the phones should hit the retail shelves in the first week of May. The M8, which is the successor of the HTC One which launched last year, see a few upgrades from the predecessor.
Let’s start with the specs of the HTC One M8:
- Body Finish: The HTC One M8’s features a brushed metal body for a premium feel on the phone.
- Dimensions: 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm weighing at 180 grams
- Display: 5.0 inches, Full HD 1080p with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 2.5GHz Quad-core processor
- Operating System: Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6.0
- Memory & Storage: 2GB RAM & 16 GB onboard storage. According to HTC, you may get only around 10GB usable storage. You can opt to use an additional microSD card for more space on the phone.
- Camera: The Rear Camera is a HTC UltraPixel™ camera, BSI sensor, pixel sensor size 1/3”, f/2.0, 28mm lens. They have a secondary rear camera which is used to capture depth information. The front facing camera is a 5 Megapixel shooter capable of capturing HD video
- SIM: Nano Sim. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll have to as your telecom operator for a new SIM to use this phone.
- Connectivity: 3.5mm Headphone Jack, NFC, WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G,MicroUSB & DLNA for wirelessly streaming media to compatible devices
- Battery: 2600mAh battery rated for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time.
- Colors & Finishes: Gunmetal Gray & Glacial Silver available during launch and the Amber Gold version will follow after the initial launch.
HTC is pushing hard with the imaging capabilities of the M8, with a dual camera & dual flash setup for the rear camera. With the secondary camera used for depth capturing, the HTC One M8 can take pictures like the Nokia Re-Focus app, which HTC calls UFocus. Ufocus snaps can be re-focused after you’ve taken your snap. The HTC one also offers Panorama modes, an “Always Smile” mode, and Video effects to help you capture the best of your moments.
Regarding the LTC capabilities of the HTC One M8, there are some reports that HTC will be selling the LTE version in India, which should get Indian LTE support after a software upgrade.
In the pricing section, HTC seems to have priced this flagship product below the Rs. 50k mark, bringing in a price war with Samsung’s flagship the Galaxy S5. There are reports already that Samsung has reduced their pricing already in response to this.
Let’s see how this competiton turns out in the market. I just hope that HTC learns from their past mistakes and makes this phone available properly through their retail networks.