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HTC exec talks about the Galaxy S5, says 8 million people watched the One M8 being announced

HTC exec talks about the Galaxy S5, says 8 million people watched the One M8 being announced

There’s no doubt that HTC’s One M8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 are two of the hottest smartphones right now. Naturally, this means that they’re directly competing to win the hearts of users in need of a new high-end handset.

Last week, Samsung allegedly presented (internally) some of the reasons why the Galaxy S5 was better than the HTC One M8 - including the smartphone’s water resistance, and its 16MP rear camera among the reasons.

Talking to BGR today, HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said that the alleged Samsung comparison is “another sign that this is not just a Samsung/Apple world.” Referring to the new One M8, Mackenzie said that it’s a product that Samsung “should be concerned about.”

HTC exec talks about the Galaxy S5, says 8 million people watched the One M8 being announced
The HTC exec went on to point out that, in fact, the One M8 is the better device among the two. Reportedly, the things that make it better are its design, the BoomSound speakers, the HTC Advantage program, and the duo rear camera, which “lets average users take photos that are professional quality.”

Of course, customers will have to decide for themselves if the One M8 is better than the S5, or vice-versa. Our own Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One M8 comparison should help with that.

Besides talking about Samsung, Jason Mackenzie also re-confirmed that initial One M8 sales are satisfactory: “Our first week of sales with one operator - with Verizon - was significantly better than the first week last year across multiple operators.”

Interestingly, Mackenzie said that more than 8 million people visited HTC’s website to watch the live announcement of the new One last month. Unfortunately for HTC, not everyone who watched the live streaming will be buying the handset.  

Mackenzie ended by saying that HTC’s “objective is not to sell the most phones, but to build the best phones and build a strong, loyal base.” Well, as long as that helps them having better financial results than until now, we wish them luck.

source: BGR

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posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:07 12

1. hamza14860 (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


HTC one m8 is best

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:13 6

4. Doakie (Posts: 2108; Member since: 06 May 2009)


:-/ I would buy one if the rear camera was an 8 Ultrapixel. I took my M7 to Hawaii and took 3,000 pictures and you can't zoom in on any of them to see stuff close up. I was highly disappointed.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:17 24

8. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


No offense, but if I was going to Hawaii on vacation, I would take my DSLR. It wouldn't matter what smartphone I had or how good the camera was, I would absolutely go for the best photos I could get.

In day-to-day life, my M8 takes perfectly acceptable pictures. I don't zoom/crop much. If I was going to an event or location, though, I'd take my DSLR.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:28 1

15. iMemo (Posts: 110; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Now that's just hilarious!

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 05:48

62. surethom (Posts: 719; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Why are you mentioning a DSLR, if we are going on holiday or special occation most people would use a Proper camera, but for days out & everyday use a Camera focused phone, is the ideal device to use, & staying with last years camera was a mistake.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 05:57

63. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I completely agree. The m8s camera is the source of disappointment for the PA editors, and I can understand why, but for day to day use the picture are nice, and the focus affects are cool and easy to use.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 10:29

65. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


No offense but he probably doesn't have one. (isn't it obvious?)

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 11:42

66. hamza14860 (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


Correctly said HTC m8 camera is for daily life usage .it's not a professional camera . however the htc m8 takes really good photos

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 17:33 4

30. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


why go to such a fancy place and only rely on a sub standard mobile phone camera, ok the pics may be not bad quality but really, even a novice camera user with a dslr can take better pics then ANY mobile phone can do, i travel a lot and having used mobile photography a lot, you can just see the lack of any real detail and quality in a mobile shot, your next investment should be at the very least a decent mirrorless or beginners dslr.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:28

43. papss (unregistered)


I agree for the most part.. I thing the 1020 being the exception as you can zoom and there is lots of detail.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:20 1

11. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Oh, how i wish that was true.. It would make my decision so much easier, cause its certainly the "best" looking!!

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:08 8

2. papss (unregistered)


Love the M8 hardware. It's freaking sexy

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 18:51 2

39. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Do not confuse the buid quality with the cheap, sealed aluminum (that is chock-full mess inside)

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:32 1

45. papss (unregistered)


I don't care what's inside man.. I trade/buy/sell phones way too much to keep the m8 for more than a few months. Its my second driver next to my L1520 and honestly its a great phone (M8), and better than mostly any phone on the market

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:10 13

3. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


You know you can keep saying it's not about selling the most phone but ultimately it all comes down to profit and to make make profit you have to sell a ton of devices. If you keep on losing money eventually you will burn out and also increase sales mean more profit meaning you can make a even better phone next time.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:18 4

9. papss (unregistered)


I agree but as you know the best phone isn't always the sales leader. I'm sure there are many reasons for great sales but SS got in with the right phone at the right time and now they are a force regardless of how great the phone is

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 18:16 5

38. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


But the best phone is the sales leader. Only a small number of HTC, Sony, Moto fans think otherwise, who think that they know better than most people.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 18:58 2

40. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Those "small number of HTC, Sony, Moto fans" are actually, mostly ifans, that pretend to be so, on the comment sections and the polls. To fight with the Enemy-Samsung.

P.S.
M8 is far, far, far from the best, though. And not only because of the camera.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:38 2

47. papss (unregistered)


Again "best" is subjective depending on your wants and needs.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 19:34 2

46. papss (unregistered)


Says you.. My opinion differs than yours because I don't think SS makes the best phones nor iPhone even though they sell more.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 23:18 2

54. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4492; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


A lot of people also think Mikey Cyrus and Justin Bieber are great singers.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 07:15 1

64. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


At least M. Cyrus and J. Bieber have more fans than HTC. HTC can use some help from Cyrus and Bieber.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 19:29

67. true1984 (Posts: 825; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i think you missed the point...

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:20 1

12. Doakie (Posts: 2108; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I think HTC needs to take out a huge loan so they can afford to market the hell out of the M8. Then maybe people may actually buy it once they know the name. Also this whole Verizon retail store exclusivity is stupid too. I wanted to go to the AT&T(my carrier) store and see the M8 in person but nope, online only. Only the fanatics about this phone will buy it without being able to hold it first. Which means all their lead time on the Galaxy S5 is pointless.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 17:34 2

32. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---"Then maybe people may actually buy it once they know the name."---

It's not all about how much the name is presented, but how it's presented.

We can't forget about the thousands upon thousands that left HTC because of eliminating key offerings in its handsets. Rather than appeasing the pleas of its diehard customers, it decided to oppose the requests. Many of us stayed with HTC even when the iphone was easily at reach. HTC decided to follow Apple. We spoke with our feet and bypassed both companies for manufacturers that met our needs. It is going to take more than just a pretty face or marketing to lure us back in. We want results to prove they want us. Reinstating expandable memory is a start. Give us back removable batteries. There is absolutely no reason why a solid design such as the ONE can't implement the feature. Absolutely none.

John B.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:14 9

5. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Not even 1 million people watched the M8 introduction video on Youtube...

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 20:25

50. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


the first official recorded video was on the htc website not on youtube

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:15 1

6. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


M8=S5 imo.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:35 7

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


S5 fits my lifestyle a lot more than the One does because of the 16MP camera and the OFFICIAL (not a YouTube demo) IP67 rating.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 16:16 7

7. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"8 million people watched the One M8 being announced"

...7.5 million of who were Samsung and Sony fans waiting to pounce, if PA comments from that day are anything to go by...

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