News by Luke Jones on Friday April 03, 2015.
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HTC has gone high end crazy over the last few weeks. The company launched the One M9 flagship, followed it up with the One E9+ and is even working on a Butterfly 3. On top of that, HTC has even decided to update last year's flagship One M8 in the form of the almost identical One M8s. In this case, the differences are subtle.For a start, the design is exactly the same, which of course is no bad thing considering how good looking the One M8 is to begin with. It also receives the same 5-inch 1080p HD screen and just about all the other specs you had in last year's flagship. The differences here are the addition of a 64-bit Qualcomm 615 processor and the removal of the 4 megapixel UltraPixel rear camera in favour of a regular 13 megapixel lens. Here are the specs in detail: Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.55mm, 5.64oz (160 grams) 5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC (4x Cortex A53 1.7GHz, 4x Cortex A53 1GHz) 2GB of RAM 13-megapixel f/2.0 main camera with dual rear camera setup, 5-megapixel front, selfie cam 16GB internal storage with microSD card expansion option 2840mAh battery (slightly larger than the battery on the One M8) It is certainly surprising to see HTC remove the Snapdragon 801 for a lower clocking 615, but then the latter does bring with it 64-bit processing. The company was not going to use the high end Snapdragon 810 because the One M9 carries that and needs to be different, so the 615 was the next best option to bring 64-bit to the One M8. The HTC One M8s is a high mid-range device and is certainly more affordable than the One M9 and will cost £379.99 or the equivalent in Europe. It is launching on the continent soon, but HTC has not confirmed it for other regions.
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