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HTC shares an insider’s video behind the design of the HTC One (M8)

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HTC shares an insider’s video behind the design of the HTC One (M8)
The newest generation HTC One (M8) is a slick piece of hardware. From a standpoint of build quality, it is arguably at the top of the list. HTC managed to wrap the aluminum all the way around the device, eliminating the polycarbonate edges.

The rounded back compliments the subtle accents at the bezel to provide a feeling of no hard edges to be found anywhere on the device. Frankly, it is gorgeous.

As end users, it is easy to take for granted what goes into the manufacturing of such hardware, but with uni-body designs, there is much less margin for error, particularly when working with metal. While we noted in our review that looks can only get you so far, we were impressed with the overall function of the HTC One (M8) and lauded the build quality.

HTC put together a short video featuring some of the people that brought us the design of the HTC One (M8) and the challenges of putting more in to a package without making it feel too big. Aesthetically, HTC hit a home run with the new M8. Is the new HTC One (M8) on your list?



source: HTC (YouTube)

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posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:49

1. Bioload25 (Posts: 190; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


This video was played at the uneveiling event,right?

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:51

2. Kishin (Posts: 583; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Yes, it was.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 17:07

36. engineer-1701d (Posts: 552; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


if they just did not do the Dept camera put a 20 megapixel snapper it would be perfect, also a little bit bigger battery most people will give a millimeter to millimeters to have a big battery on a phone no one's gonna notice or care so much if you tell us up front

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 03:59

38. me.si (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


yeah that is right

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 17:53 4

3. Kishin (Posts: 583; Member since: 30 May 2013)


The design is fine but it could been better.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:03 3

10. omaianu (unregistered)


What the hell are you talking about? That's easy for someone to say that just sits there waiting for a product. Did you see how much work went into that design and construction? That team and HTC should be applauded for their work on this high quality product. Everyone is so SPOILED

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:56 10

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Design is good...but it's too big for 5 incher....that's what he said I think...

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:15

20. Kishin (Posts: 583; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Thanks for the cover.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 07:20

23. papss (unregistered)


Its not that big... It feels small imo tbh.. Its narrow like an iPhone or the LG nitro.
I've already went back to my L1520 but not because the phone but because the os

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 18:04 4

4. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Bezel is the name of the game

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 18:47 1

5. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Xperia P and ION videos were cooler. HTC sucks even in marketing.

http://youtu.be/S0J80bDHlRQ

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 19:06 4

6. shahulvm (Posts: 110; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Screen-to-phone ratio is not for the 5 incher.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 20:07 1

7. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


" From a standpoint of build quality, it is arguably at the top of the list. HTC managed to wrap the aluminum all the way around the device, eliminating the polycarbonate edges."

Pathetic!!!!!! ROTFL

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 20:16 3

8. LATOKYO (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


As an owner of the HTC One (m7 google edition), I must say that the phone has a premium look, feel, and design. However, The phone is only superficially designed, meaning, only on the outside the phone looks "tailor made" and "designed." Once you open up the phone, which takes time, all you see is a complete mess and mashing of parts. Yes– some may say you're not suppose to open the phone, but to limit accessibility of the phone from the user is in my opinion, not a well designed product. I say this because, what if your battery dies and you are out of warranty? Personally, I know how to replace my battery on the HTC one, but many people will not be able to replace their batteries. If we take for example, the iphone 5, you simply screw off the bezel and replace the (10 dollar) battery in a matter of 2 minutes; the internals of the phone is well organized like a Mercedes engine. The iphone is well designed, both inside and out. The HTC one is only well designed from the outside. If they are going to market how well designed their product truly is, then they should make a holistically designed product, and not a superficial one.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 21:11 1

9. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They can't show the insides. If they did, good engineers would immediately notice how much space is wasted and how their pyramid stacking technique would cause a lot of potential problems with components not working properly in the future due to no air flow and overheating. Possibly electrical problems as well with wires and ribbons sandwiched between components.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 04:50

22. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Well Said

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:08

11. omaianu (unregistered)


If I hear one more thing about bezels, I'm going to lose my mind. WTF!!! Has it ever occurred to you people that there may be functional/operational reasons for the slight bezels? These people sit at there desks for years at a time designing these phones. Do you think they haven't considered bezels? How are the bezels hurting your life?

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:51 4

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3017; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Bezels,bezels,bezels ugly htc bezels. They suck no matter what you say. Dont tell me circuitary s**t and all components, thats a lame excuse.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:56 3

19. vincelongman (Posts: 1015; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


If you look at the teardowns, there is only a fat display connector behind the htc logo bezel.
Which IMO is extremely disappointing because htc/their display OEM, should have design a better slimmer connector (like in other phones).

The M8 is literally the same tall as the first Galaxy Note.
If that htc logo bezel wasn't there, the M8 would literally be a cm, which would make it much more comfortable to use with one hand.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:59

15. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Operational reasons that are not very good reasons if they make the phone too big.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:49 1

18. LionStone (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Sure I believe 'you'.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:24 1

21. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's true. Don't tell me that you are not intelligent enough to realize that a secondary camera for depth effects is not worth making the phone huge. There are plenty of things they should have cut out to keep the phone compact.

Heck, I would even give up the speakers if I had to. Some things just need to be done and HTC needs to make hard choices, not make HUGE phones with big useless bezels.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 07:23

25. papss (unregistered)


Your comment was lost with calling this phone huge...
most tech geeks must have little girly hands.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 10:11 1

29. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's huge. Pretty close to the height of the Note 3 and one of the, if not biggest phone with a 5 inch screen ever made. The One Plus 1 with a 5.5 inch screen might be smaller than this for example. That is HUGE.

Judging by your profile picture, you might be used to huge Nokia level bricks like the N95 and Lumia 920 but most people are not so that makes this phone huge.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:43

32. papss (unregistered)


Fair enough but being tall doesn't make it unwieldy.. it's still pretty narrow. I'll gladly take the speakers on the front for tallness over speakers on the back..I mean speaker.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:37 4

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3017; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Took a m7, elongated it with a chest expander. Made it curvier(uglier) at edges. Took some metal chips sticked it at sides and edges. Tada M8.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:47 2

17. LionStone (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Sure pal

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 07:59 1

26. ToxiD (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


And now talk about Samsung phones, the same cheap plastic crap since S3.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 09:49 1

27. wilsong17 (Posts: 782; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


And let talk about who is going to succeed more oh wait samsung.. stupid HTC fan becoming like apple crap choosing design over function

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 07:40

39. ToxiD (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Stupid shamesung fan saying bullsh!ts. Samsung is going to succeed mainly cos of marketing because it is everywhere and well-known, that's why many people buy it.

PS: I have never owned an HTC device nor iPhone, so you are completely wrong.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:19 3

16. phonepro (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


I love these videos as a designer myself to see all the hard work they have done

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 07:21 1

24. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


As a s4 owner, I have to say how frustrated and pathetic I can be when looking at this gorgeous design. If only my beloved corporation would make such a phone. At least now I have an ugly plastic brick that can take my heart rhythm. That's what I've always dreamed on.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 16:33 1

35. The-Sailor-Man (limited) (Posts: 682; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Should we believe, that you are S4 owner???

"If only my beloved corporation(samsung) would make such a phone."(ROTFL)

You really underestimate our intelligence, iboy.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 09:50 1

28. wilsong17 (Posts: 782; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


I love it how people talk about samsung plastic. ... nobody is forcing you to buy a Samsung phone dumbtwat

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:45

33. papss (unregistered)


Good thing too.. I'd never have another phone if I were forced into one brand..

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 10:41

30. NoFanboy (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


I have the note 3 and trust me the bezeless thing looks cool for a while.. after a while it means nothing

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:06 1

31. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Um, it means the device is more compact. Hardly what I would call nothing...... In fact, I would say being as compact as possible for the screen size, which means the bezels need to be as small as possible without it affecting your user experience, should be the number 1 priority for MOBILE phones.

Not a race between Nokia, Sony, and HTC in who can put the most useless hardware that no one asks for that needlessly increases the size of the handset.

Even Samsung has fallen victim to this with the GS5. Let's hope the Note 4 isn't 10.5 mm thick in order to make it waterproof or add OIS. Honestly, iPhone level camera is ideal, no need for 40mp, ultra, waterproof, heart rate monitor, dual camera bull crap. Give it next gen specs and performance, make it the same size as the GS5 and bam. Almost everyone that can live with OLED screens would buy it, even the haters.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:49

34. papss (unregistered)


Number one priority? Are you serious man? What about battery tech? Imo phones are already too thin. I don't have baby hands and my hand cramps up on these current phones

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:47 1

37. Taters (Posts: 2648; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Think about it. If you can get a Note 4 and all of its features into the size of a GS5. That would be an instant runaway success. You would have phablet and Spen power in a package that is smaller than tyhe new HTC One. I would buy it instantly.

That is definitely where companiess s
hould go. Yes battery is important but it just needs to last the day easily IMO.

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