Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 25, 2014.
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The All New HTC One (M8) is finally new. The most-leaked smartphone of 2014 officially debuted today at twin press events in London and New York City, giving the press and phone fans a chance to fill in the fine details about the phone that has appeared in so many premature blog posts and videos.
As reported previously, the basic facts and HTC One M8 specs for the 2014 model were accurate. The phone is largely an iterative follow-up to the critically praised and commercially disappointing smartphone released last year. Specs include:
- 5-inch Super LCD with Gorilla Glass 3
- 1920x1080 pixels (440 ppi)
- 2.3 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801)
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 GB internal storage, 128GB microSD
- 2,600 mAh battery (non-removable)
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE, nano SIM, NFC, 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in)
- Weight: 160 g (5.64 oz)
- Software: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
HTC also confirmed rumors that the new One has dual cameras, or Duo Camera as the company calls it. The 4-megapixel cameras are able to produce photos with unique perspectives for focusing, HDR, and enhanced effects using a mix of software tricks and different images. The One builds on the momentum of the larger sensor size of the ultrapixel cameras, with 2 micron pixel size, in order to support better images in low light. The video records at 1080p HD video at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, and HDR video is supported.
The new HTC One is on sale today in the UK and US. Carphone Warehouse has started selling the phone at select stores and Verizon Wireless retailers. The phone costs $199 on a two-year agreement or $599 for full price.
UPDATE: At 1 PM, be sure to visit your carriers because AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and TELUS will sell the phone online and make the phone available for shipping.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.