HTC M8 might skip QHD resolution, to arrive with a 1080p screen instead

HTC M8 might skip QHD resolution, to arrive with a 1080p screen instead
HTC has published the UA Prof file for what seems like the HTC M8 (aka the successor to the HTC One), allegedly confirming its existence and the fact that the device will feature a 1080 x 1920-pixel display. User Agent Profile (UA Prof) files are specification files that describe the model, screen size and other features of the device before it gets officialized. Making such a file is not obligatory, but usually when published, this is done by the phone maker itself (in this case from HTC), and is a near-official confirmation of a device.

While the resolution of the HTC M8 is not expected to change from that of last year's HTC One, the size of the display is actually expected to go up slightly. The HTC M8 is rumored to have a screen of at least 5 inches in diagonal, but not larger than 5.9 inches. What does this mean? First and foremost, pixel peepers might be disappointed to learn that the newest HTC flagship won't match the oft rumored 2014 trend of QHD (1440 x 2560-pixel) displays. 

To most people and even sharp-eyed consumers, though, we expect the difference between QHD and 1080p displays to be barely visible, so we would not necessarily count this as a flaw. Moreover, a device with a 1080p display would actually perform better as it has to process much less pixels than a QHD phone, and this might be a compromise some are willing to make.

Even without a QHD display, there is something else about the HTC M8 that makes it extremely interesting, and that’s the rumored twin-sensor rear camera. The twin sensors are said to improve the focusing ability, the depth of field and image quality of the M8’s camera, and we’re looking forward to seeing the possibilities that may come with it.

The handset is also said to retain a similar design and visual aesthetics to those of the original HTC One, but get beefier under the hood with a newer version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon system chip (we’d bet on either a newer version of Snapdragon 800, or the Snapdragon 805). Luckily, it’s also said to get released in just a couple of months, by the end of March, when all these rumors will be put to rest - brace yourselves, the wait won’t be too long.


source: HTC via @evleaks

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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)

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52 Comments

1. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Thanks HTC, now the new One will enjoy better battery life and more FPS!

18. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and low sales

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

LOL. So true though.

2. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

well as the s5 is likely coming with a 1440p screen then HTC your behind, seriously if you want to avoid bankruptcy step up your game!

6. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

HTC "ONE+" could easily have better battery life and that's more important than PPI.

10. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Very true. As using your phone on the go, you don't always have the connection speed to stream high quality content. Having QHD display is probably over kill. Most games' graphic isn't even worth showing on 1080p let alone QHD display. Anyone can say the mobile game's graphic is going to surpass the old gen console (xbox 360 and ps3) all they want, but that's not going to happen for another year or two. Even those consoles are only putting out 1080p content (good amount of games only hit 720p). So what's the point of QHD if it's just going to use more battery. A phone with great battery life goes a long way. Good display quality is just a plus, but not a necessity.

13. elocom

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Couldn't say it better

17. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Please stop with this silly comments about resolution.. 720p is enough for a 5" device!!

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes, my Nexus 4 with 720p IPS screen is great in my opinion. I put it next to Oppo Find 5's 5 inch 1080p display. Both loading 1080p content from Youtube over wifi. I could not tell any different at all.

20. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

That's the point!! You are going to watch the phone from more than 50 cm, not from 2 cm. :)

42. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Um, you were probably seeing a 720p video from youtube and not a 1080p. You're best option would have been to record your own 1080p video and play them on both phones.

45. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yeah, I think you might be right. But I don't think it would really matter that much. It's not like I am seeing 1080p content all the time. I use my phone mainly for massaging and browsing the web. When I have free time, I do play some games on it but none of them is even 1080p content. As far as having 2k display is like driving a Ferrari on a road with speed limit of 35mph... it's just a waste...

48. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Well I understand how 720p, 1080p, or 1440p might not make not be as important to you, I can respect that, but other people really do enjoy the visual experience a lot. The increase in resolution from 1920x1080 to 2560x1440 is a big step for us. I understand your car analogy for 2.5k, but the same argument can be made for 4G LTE. I mean, who really needs to access such high speeds of 20-60mbps on a mobile device when most services won't even use such speeds? There is a smaller group of people who tather their phones, yet they don't even max out those high speeds. It's probably reserved for those that download GB files and want to do so in the fastest time possible. Still, it's great to have fast 4G LTE speeds even though the majority of people don't use those speeds. Same way as it is a great achievement to have phones with 2.5k displays, while the performance and battery lives improve.

49. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes, I fully understand where you are coming from as well. I will never oppose buying a phone has screen quality above 1080p. However, the whole industry is somewhat going the wrong direction... Having a nice display to look at is def a plus, but they really need to focus on battery technology. Not only making its hardware to consume less energy, but the same time somehow create a new type of battery to hold even more electricity. I would be able to enjoy higher quality more if I have way way better battery life so I don't have to worry about 5 in the afternoon that I still need my phone for direction to go to a friend's house . Back to your early point for a second, I really wish video content provider would start pushing out high quality content over the air even over wifi. Otherwise, having a nice display is going to waste.

50. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I agree, it would be great if battery life would improve. I personally think that part of the problem is that manufactures keep on making these phones thinner. Just compare the G2 to the Note 3. LG wasn't too overly concerned about making an extremely thin phone so they were able to pack a battery that rivals the Note 3's battery on a smaller device. Had Samsung made the Note 3 a bit thicker, they could have packed in a bigger battery. Hopefully these OEM's don't have more desire to make even thinner phones. Otherwise, any improvement in battery technology, would probably be wasted on making the phone even thinner. As for quality streaming content? I don't know. Personally, the HD quality of Netflix or even the 1080p digital downloads are terrible, overly compressed, I don't really see that changing. I don't watch movies much on my phone, but from time to time, I do rip some episodes of some shows from my Blu-ray collection and store it on my phone. At least I can watch a good looking video if I need to. Rarely watch shows or movies on the phone though.

51. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes :D There are too many thin phones out there. I rather have a bulky phone with a big battery than a thin phone that would die on me around 5 in the afternoon with modern usage throughout the day. A phone needs battery to function as a phone, and without it the phone becomes an expensive paper weight. We need to end the spec war once and for all and create something that's more realistic for everything usage. I miss having a phone can go without charging for 4 days like the good old day... I'm only asking 2 days from one charge for smartphone XD

52. Bishop_99

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Hopefully :D

3. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

That would be a very good decision! I don't think that most people would actually notice a difference between FullHD and QHD, but QHD drains the battery more!

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Yes yes yes, the hopefully the pixel race will end!

5. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

1080p With better battery life and better performance is way better than QHD and miserable battery life in my point of view. QHD on a such small device is for those who will look for pixels using a telescope!

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

HTC got this one right, hope the battery is 3000 mah cause of bigger display.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

why stop at 3000mAh? Let's rise it to 4000+mAh :D I would love two days without charging or continuously playing games for at least 3 hrs straight.

38. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

It'll be very close. Its reported to be 2900 MaH... The 100 MaH difference won't be noticeable with such good software optimization.

8. Saafa

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Its better! 2k and 4k are useless! :P

27. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You know this by using which 2k and 4k phones?

28. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

above 300 ppi your eyes can't see pixels from 25 cm distance...

31. g2a5b0e unregistered

Untrue. That applies to the average person, not everyone. You don't have to believe everything Apple tells you.

34. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

It's fact... And there are sites that approve this fact.. Read the articles of Phil Plait and DisplayMate about "Retina" display..

37. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's not a fact, but please, be my guest, & believe everything you read & see on the internet.

39. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I can see every pixel on my moms Optimus G from a normal distance as well as on my aunt's iPhone... I never bought into it. Strangely, I can't see the pixels on the HTC 8X.... LOL...

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