All new HTC One (M8) is now official: "Duo" camera is real

After countless leaks and rumors, the all new HTC One (M8) has finally arrived officially. HTC’s new flagship smartphone features the much-talked-about “Duo” camera (it sports two cameras on its back), comes with an upgraded processor and a more intense metal finish. 

Moreover, HTC has added a fresh layer of polish to its Sense user interface, it has introduced expandable storage with a microSD card slot, and - best of all - it’s putting the device on online store shelves right away (at least in some parts of the world).

Design and Display

The new HTC One (M8) has kept the excellent, sturdy aluminum unibody of the original One, but this time, we have a more intense, brushed metal finish (HTC says it’s now using 90% metal material in the case, against 70% in the original One). The new One will also come in Glacial Silver and Amber Gold for a total of three color options. It’s almost identical to the original One in terms of design, save for a few changes. The biggest one is that the aluminum body now extends to the sides (while the 2013 HTC One featured plastic side elements), engulfing the whole handset, and the most eagle-eyed readers will notice a strip of plastic at the top of the phone as a new element, which will certainly contribute to the phone’s signal and reception.

In terms of size, the all new HTC One has grown slightly bigger and heavier. The new phone has actually gotten a lot taller, but just a bit wider, and it now weighs 5.64 ounces (160g), which puts it among the heaviest 5-inch devices out there.

The new One has also gotten a larger, 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (the original One featured a 4.7” 1080p display). HTC has also gotten rid of the capacitive navigation buttons and it’s now switched to on-screen buttons.

Up front, the phone features an even more powerful pair of front-facing speakers (HTC claims these are 25% more powerful than the speakers of the original One) that it calls HTC BoomSound. The company reveals that it uses a brand new amplifier and software to make sound even cleaner as well.

Duo camera

The biggest highlight of the new HTC One, however, is clearly the unique ‘Duo’ camera system located on the back of the phone. The familiar big cutout for the UltraPixel (4MP) camera is now complemented by a secondary, depth-capturing camera right above it. Taking pictures with the Duo cameras is not any different than what you’re used to, but now you have plentiful new editing options. 

Having ‘Duo’ cameras allows you to apply a new UFocus effect to images, which basically uses the depth information from the secondary rear camera, to selectively adjust the focus in images to objects in the foreground or to the background. To do this, you just go into the gallery, select Effects > UFocus, and then tap on the image to adjust the focus. Right below, you can see how changing the focus with UFocus can change the appearance of a picture.

This Duo cameras effect adds nice blurred backgrounds (for a ‘bokeh’ look) to suitable images like portraits, and that’s an effect that’s commonly achieved with larger-sensor cameras like DSLRs. In addition to this effect, you can also transform images with a parallax 3D-like feature that changes the perspective depending on your point of view. Not just that, the camera itself has gotten extremely quick, locking focus in around 0.3 seconds.

Apart from that, the new HTC One has a few fun image effects, but those are not very different from what can be found in other camera apps. The rear camera is capable of capturing 1080p video with an optional HDR video recording feature. Then, up front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter with wide viewing angles, which is suitable for selfies and video conferencing. The camera interface has been redesigned with large, round buttons that are easy to press, but dig deeper in the menu, and you have some more advanced options for camera enthusiasts.

New HTC Sense 6.0

With the new HTC One also comes a new HTC Sense user interface that runs on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. This newest Sense carries a version number of 6.0, and it features a more streamlined, flatter interface that matches current design trends.

Probably the biggest new feature in Sense 6.0 are motion gestures, a series of time-saving new shortcuts. First, you now get the double-tap to unlock feature, which we imagine many would use, since the lock key is a bit too far to reach at the top. You can also quickly open BlinkFeed (by holding and doing a right swipe) and widgets (by holding and doing a left swipe) straight from the lock screen. Another useful feature is the quick-start of the camera that you trigger by holding the volume key when the phone is held in landscape orientation.

In addition, HTC’s BlinkFeed has gotten more intuitive and easier to use in Sense 6.0. With its tile-based interface, BlinkFeed brings together information from your social networks and news channels that you follow.

Apart from that, the actual icons and colors in HTC Sense have not changed all that much (there is a tendency to go with lighter tones in some apps). Naturally, the handset also comes with the standard suite of Google and HTC apps.

The specs: Snapdragon 801, microSD card support, 2600mAh battery

In terms of other specs, the new HTC One comes with one of the latest and most powerful system chips out there - the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The processor runs at up to 2.3GHz, and it is complemented by 2GB of DDR2 RAM on board.

The handset is coming in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, but good news is that - unlike the original HTC One - it also features expandable storage via a microSD card slot.

In addition to that, the battery on the new One has also grown bigger. The new One now features a 2600mAh battery, up from the 2300mAh one on the 2013 HTC flagship. Battery longevity should not be much longer, but you have a new Extreme Power Saving mode that you can choose to kick off automatically when your phone’s about to die. In this mode, mobile data is disabled, and you can get up to 15 hours from a phone that’s at a 5% charge.

All new HTC One (M8) price and release date

Best of all, the new HTC One (M8) release date in the United Kingdom is set immediately after the announcement on March 25. In fact, the phone launches on the exact same date in the UK and US - March 25th, just two hours after the official event. Interestingly, the major US carriers will only have it up for grabs online, with only Verizon Wireless is getting it exclusively in-stores. The remaining US carriers that offer the new One, will only get it in stores on April 11th.

How do you like the new HTC One with its more intense metal look, Duo camera, and upgraded internals? Are you getting one?

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

S5 1/2.6 isocell phase autofocus 6 lenses z2 1/2.3 bsi normal autofocus 5 lenses All new one 1/3 bsi normal autofocus 4 lenses S5 improved super amoled z2 ips on the color RGB lighting with the addition of red and green phosphorus in diodes All new one ips on the old white backlight S5 water and dust resistance Z2 water and dust resistance All new one no S5 is more or less thin frame Z2 more or less thin frame All new one big Smartphone for those who fap on metal and does not use a smartphone or simply noobs lol

6. papss unregistered

You copy much? Also you forgot the z2 will be available for only one carrier

10. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Noobs? Lol! Nothing you mentioned has anything to do with using a smartphone more or less than anybody else. As for the metal comment, some of us just prefer a little more style with our selection. I don't have anything against plastic, I just don't like slippery, shiny, or flat our cheap looking back covers. There are many manufacturers who use plastic w/o those traits I listed. I will definitely take a good look at this phone to fulfill my summer phone needs and look to the Note 4 this winter lol.

19. willard12 unregistered

Aren't back covers replaceable with metal ones?

14. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

yeah... this is a sad day for HTC. So much potential but they blew it again. My brother was thinking about it but I think he will be buying an S5. HTC lost both of us at 4mp. Is this 2007 all over? Are you serious. I thought they learned their lesson. I guess not. I used to like HTC back in the EVO days. I have been very happy with my S4 camera and I would not even consider anything less than 13mp in 2014. What a joke! Good luck HTC but I see a pretty bleak future for you. :(

16. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

New One Metal...

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

LPDDR2 RAM a big let down and 2GB RAM Sony Z with 3GB RAM will multitask with breeze

3. papss unregistered

Not happy with the 4mp count but I need to see it in action to say whether I get it or nor

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It's finally here! Beautiful I must say. But the battery is a bit low for a phone for like this, but yes, the amount of mAh doesn't tell how good the battery life is so I'll wait for the review. Just hope it's cheaper this time, if not then I'll pass. But I'll say it one more time, beautiful!

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Back camera resolution? If 4 Mp, then I will pass.

7. papss unregistered

Anyone see when att will get this?

8. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So, this is what all the hype comes down to? A brick-heavy metal slab of measly battery and all that jazz. Where is the wow factor in the new HTC One apart from it being a shiny metal slab? Another disappointment like the Galaxy S5. Maybe we should wait for Apple's iPhone 6 for the wow stuff.

9. GamasK

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I don't believe this, but i'm gonna take the s5.. the new one is very beautiful.. but the battery, LPDDR2 ram, and the camera.... no

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The best Smartphone out there.. HTC One was awesome.. And this all new HTC One juz beats every other device in every department (except battery life). I give it 9.7/10. That means flagships from Samsung 9/10, Apple 8.7/10, Sony 8.5/10, LG 8.4/10... Too good.. Only if HTC takes care of price and focuses on availability, HTC is back in the game. And with Desire 816 also getting great accolades/response, HTC shall gain market share. And it will eat the share from Samsung & Apple only.... Great one HTC

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'll never understand how people can rate a device they've never actually laid hands on. Your opinion means zero if you haven't spent a substantial amount of time with the device.

22. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I am juz excited.. HTC One M8 looks promising..Dont get so paranoid. Relax.

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Paranoid? You clearly don't know what that word means if you thought that was a pertinent situation to use it in.

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No 4k recording??

13. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Finally, end of physical button and capacitive keys.

15. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Htc htc, no wonder why you in trouble in sale. 4mp on the back? Other thing the front screen should be bigger and need to retain overall length not longer but she going backward, design flaw. I wait m8 hit the store to look at it, as right now I'm not impress withn m8 vs m7. I think M7 still better flavor in term of look and feature is not behind at all.

18. pharttart

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

I read a lot of ignorance MEGAPIXELS DO NOT DETERMINE QUALITY! It helps with detail but when you need bigger sized images and honestly no one needs big images for Instagram or Facebook it does it suck if you NEED to crop or zoom in but I'd recommend a point and shoot camera I've done concert photography and I'll be honest the M7 camera was great compared to other Phones but it had tons of space for improvement...... Also benchmark results show that the M8 is on par with the Z2 which I also like a lot Ifor those that complain that we are in 2014 and the phone is slow because it's One gig less in ram or 4UP or this and or that you're right it's 2014 So I'd expect you would understand technology a little better to understand the decisions these companies make.... No one fights over IPhone specs because it's IOS is great but it's you ignorant Tech Fanboys that fight over some stupid .3 difference lol

20. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Dude, stop saying the design is nice

21. Gaara

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I wanted to buy the Original One.. Waiting after this long time, I'mma buy the Original One ryt now B-)

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