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HTC One (M8) review Q&A: your questions answered

HTC One (M8) review Q&A: your questions answered

Last week we were given the pleasure to take the all new HTC One (M8) through its paces, and in case you've read our in-depth HTC One (M8) review, then you surely know that the phone is not to be underestimated. But as extensive as our tests and articles might be, we still could have missed a detail or two that you, dear reader, might have been curious about. That is why shortly after posting our review, we invited you to ask us anything that you wanted to know about the HTC One (M8). Below you'll find the answers to some of the questions that we received.

jasonjerkoff asks: I heard that the htc m8 does not have 4k recording is that true ..........and that the ram is ddr2 instead of ddr3 on the sg5 and sony z2 ?

No, there is no 4K video option on the HTC One (M8), and it can't be added via software. As our reader StraightEdgeNexus pointed out, the resolution of a 4K video exceeds 8MP, while the (M8)'s sensor has just 4MP of resolution. As for your second question, we're 99.5% sure that the HTC One (M8) actually uses LPDDR3 RAM. A teardown has revealed that the chip in use is the "Elpida FA164A2PM" for which we couldn't find the specs sheet. But then we realized that characters from the model code were missing. After consulting with the website of Micron, the company that owns most of Elpida now, we learned that the letter F indicates the chip's kind - an LPDDR3 module in this case. 

tiara6918 asks: What happens when you cover one of the camera sensors when taking a pic?

That's a very good question. Well, if the main camera is covered, you'll end up with an unusable photo of your finger, or whatever is blocking the light's path. If the lens of the secondary cam is obstructed even patrially, a pop-up message will let you know. You may still take pictures even when the smaller cam is covered. 

tiara6918 asks: Why does the us version use a 2.3 ghz processor compared to the 2.5ghz found in the international model?

To clear things up, both the international HTC One (M8) and the (M8) model sold by US carriers have the Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB chip with a maximum speed of 2.3GHz. The Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC is for HTC One (M8) units sold in Asian markets. We're not sure why HTC chose to market two different models of its flagship.

Zakriya asks: Does the bokeh blur effect of duo camera has range/length limit? As its 1m for the background defocus app in Xperia's.

If you apply the UFocus effect on an extreme close up, you won't be happy with the results. The entire photo gets blurred if you're too close. UFocus seems to be working best for portraits. Also, we can confirm that the effect isn't available in all photos. The secondary cam is useless if you've used the flash or if you're shooting in a dark environment as the effects it enables will be disabled in your gallery app.

cheeseycheeser asks: Does the secondary camera interfere with using apps with their own camera interface (like Snapchat, Instagram, etc.)?

We've had no issues with third-party camera apps so far.

GamePlayer asks: Is the front-facing camera(5mp) better than the back camera(4mp)?Does it have better details?

Not really. In this case, you can't expect a fixed-focus camera to produce a better photo than an auto-focus one, especially when the latter has a larger sensor. You can see samples from the front-facing camera of the HTC One (M8) in our review.

alexnapo asks: How does the stereo speaker holes fair against dust accumulation in long term?

We have no build-up of dust on our HTC One (M8) unit. Speaking of which, there's none on our HTC One (M7) either.

DEATHSTROKE9 asks: Does it feel more premium than the original htc one? Just asking.

A little bit since there's now metal on the sides as well.

pecemece asks: How much free internal storage is available on the base 16 gb model ?

You get 9.87 gigabytes to work with as 5.2 gigabytes are occupied by system files. The 32GB model, which should have 29.8 gigs of formatted space, will probably provide you with about 24.6 gigabytes.

Dude2014 asks: Is Sense 6.0 faster and smoother than previous Sense 5.5?

The HTC One (M8) running Sense 6.0 feels a little bit faster than the HTC One (M7) with Sense 5.5. Animations are faster and the better processor could be helping as well.

NoFanboy asks: Does it overheat as much as the m7? Is the lowest volume setting as loud as it was on the m7?

I've been using the HTC One (M7) for a couple of months now and I've never had any overheating issues with it. As for the HTC One (M8), I just spent over 30 minutes running CPU and GPU benchmarks on it. No overheating issues whatsoever. The back of the phone got just a little warm and that was about it. Are you doing some processor-intensive work on your phone while charging it? Because if you do, that's not a good habit and might lead to overheating. As for its volume, they both sound about the same at the minimum level when used with a basic set of earphones. On the (M8), however, the BoomSound loudspeakers seem quieter when set at minimum level compared to the (M7)'s speakers with BeatsAudio on.

timukh asks: When can we expect it to be released in India or Asia?

The HTC One (M8) should launch on April 5 in Singapore. Other countries across Asia should get it by early May.

magnanimus asks: Are there 2 versions? One with gunmetal and one with anodised aluminium? Or is it just gunmetal?

Gunmetal Grey is just one of the three colors for the HTC One (M8). The phone will also come in silver and gold colors, although availability may vary from one region to another.

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:23 1

1. maherk (Posts: 898; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


pecemece asks: How much free internal storage is available on the base 16 gb model ?

You get 9.87 gigabytes to work with as 5.2 gigabytes are occupied by system files. The 32GB model, which should have 29.8 gigs of formatted space, will probably provide you with about 24.6 gigabytes.

Samsung delivers 10.6 gb out of the 16GB offered. Turns out that features packed TouchWiz uses less memory than the Sense. Not hating on Sense, I find it sleeker and more eye appealing than TouchWiz, but that's another plus for the S5.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:25

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I have to say, with the AT&T model it comes with 32 gb of rom. That is pretty good size to start with and on top of that, you got SD card slot. That's just icing on the cake.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:40

6. maherk (Posts: 898; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


don't get me wrong, I won't have an issue with it even if it offered 2gb out of the 16gb. I have 2 32gb sd cards myself. I am just pointing it out for those who criticize Samsung for offering 10.6Gb out of the 16GB. For me, as long as there is a micro sd slot, it won't matter how much the built in rom is.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:46

7. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Personally, I don't care how big the custom skin take out haha As long as the phone run smoothly with a SD card slot teehee

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:21

10. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Where can you even find a 16gb version? All the ones for sale that I've seen are 32gb. The M7 was also 32gb standard.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 16:04

13. maherk (Posts: 898; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


the m7 as well as the one x were sold only in 16gb versions in the middle east, and I am sure there was many other regions getting the 16gb as standard.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:23

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1273; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Pretty good Q&A section :D

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:28 2

4. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Sounds like that secondary camera is very limited in its available uses. This whole camera thing is a big mistake I think, most customers would be satisfied by a nice detailed 13-16mp camera on this phone. We can download apps for that re-focus crap. Now the whole camera system sucks. Thats the only reason I wont be getting this phone and I was sold with everything else. IMHO

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 16:56

14. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


I totally agree with you. I thought this was going to be my phone too but apparently not. But on the bright side though, HTC has proved they can challenge and make a good phone. The only thing they need to do now is get Sony to make their camera and they are fine.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:40 2

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Hey nick T. i'll tell you why 4k recording cant be added to m8. Because it has a measly 4mp sensor. For 4k you need a dense 8mp+ actual resolution. So more megapixels is certainly not a gimmick.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:23 2

11. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Why does anyone even care about 4k home video? We don't even have access to 4k TV or movies yet really. Not to mention, almost no one has a 4k TV either.

I'm not being rude, I really want to know why people want more. It takes up too much storage to even be worth it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:24 2

12. Withtechfriends (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


PS, this guy StraightEdgeNexus, never seems to have anything positive to say about anything.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:59

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Truth's always bitter dude. I just answered nick t about 4k. And its not about 4k tv. Scale down 4k to full hd or 720p and it has better quality than a video shot in full hd

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:22

8. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 374; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


They mainly covered the camera questions but didn't answer so many other good questions.. Disappointed.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:32

9. NoFanboy (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Heyyy that's me! Thanks Nick. I actually picked up the m8 a few days ago and I'm loving every bit of it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 16:57

15. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


The camera too?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 02:44

16. tiara6918 (Posts: 1397; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


follow up question, does it still have the same mic as the m7?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:15

18. dj8cl (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)


Is there a region code with the HTC One M8 like the Samsung S5 has got?

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