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.”

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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  • 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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  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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67 Comments

1. hamza14860

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

HTC one m8 is best

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

8. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

15. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Now that's just hilarious!

62. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

63. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

65. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

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

66. hamza14860

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 30, 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

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.

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.

11. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

2. papss unregistered

Love the M8 hardware. It's freaking sexy

39. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

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

3. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

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

38. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

40. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

47. papss unregistered

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

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.

54. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

64. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

67. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

i think you missed the point...

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

32. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

5. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

50. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

6. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

M8=S5 imo.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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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