TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC unveiled the rumoured HTC One M8 smartphone on Tuesday, and said that the device will go on sale in the UK immediately.
As expected, the HTC One M8 improves on the original HTC One with a larger 5in full HD 1080p 441ppi touchscreen, which comes powered by an upgraded quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the same chip found in both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.
It also arrives running Google's latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system, which comes skinned in HTC's updated Sense 6.0 custom user interface. This equips the phone with HTC Blinkfeed, with the firm boasting that users can now set up "bundles" of news based on specific topics. Sense 6.0 also adds new gesture controls to the latest flagship HTC smartphone, such as the ability to double tap the display to unlock it.
The HTC One M8 features a design similar to that of the initial HTC One, but HTC has tweaked the design slightly, with the HTC One M8 boasting a unibody aluminium chassis that features a more rounded design than the original. There's also the addition of a microSD card slot, which will allow users to expand the handset's 16GB of internal storage with up to 128GB.
HTC director of commercialisation product management Graham Wheeler said, "Unlike a lot of smartphone makers, design is at the heart of what we do. Creating the One M8 we put design at the centre of the creation process and fitted engineering around it to upgrade it in every way."
If HTC's big claims are anything to go by, the handset's real selling point is its camera. Improving on the original, the HTC One M8's 4.1MP Ultrapixel camera now boasts an improved imaging processor along with HTC's new Duo Camera technology. With two lenses on its rear, the One M8 will be capable of capturing more depth in images, HTC said, while the improved processor will make taking pictures quicker than before.
"Unlike most software-based applications that capture a number of images and let you focus to one of them, the [HTC] One M8's camera captures spatial information so you can refocus [images] to any depth off one shot," explained Wheeler.
The HTC One M8 also comes with a larger 2,300mAh battery, which HTC claims will last for up to 30 hours on standby.
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