New preliminary HTC M8 (One 2) specs don't paint an exciting picture

New preliminary HTC M8 (One 2) specs don't paint an exciting picture
Here we are talking about the HTC M8 again. As you may know, the handset could end up being called HTC One 2, since it’s supposed to be the successor to the Taiwanese company’s first 2013 flagship smartphone.

HTC might officially introduce the new device in February, but this remains to be confirmed. Until then, the latest bits of info regarding the HTC M8 come from @evleaks, and seem to reaffirm that the smartphone won’t be as exciting as other rumored high-end handsets expected to be unleashed in 2014.

As things stand now, it appears that the M8 / One 2 will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 UI, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, an UltraPixel camera on the back, 2GB of RAM, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM-8974 processor (apparently the 8974-AB model, if we’re to believe a previously leaked benchmark). All this doesn’t really make a strong impression - not when we’re looking at the features of the original HTC One, and especially not when we keep on hearing that Samsung and LG are readying Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) flagships with 64-bit processors for 2014.

But perhaps HTC has some aces hidden up its sleeve? After all, a great smartphone doesn’t necessarily have to offer the highest display resolution, and neither a power-hungry processor. Who knows, maybe Sense 6.0 will be the best UI ever - and that could make the M8 a hit. What do you think, can HTC be successful with this new handset, even if its features are the ones rumored until now?

source: @evleaks

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI

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61 Comments

62. j-rod2079

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I love HTC phones, and have been with them since the original EVO. They really let me down with the One Maxx. I was hoping it would be more closer to the Note line up, not having a stylus to go with it was no big deal. The problem I have is that it is no different from my One. Just bigger screen, fingerprint scanner, and a few extras. I'm no Samsung fan at all, but I have no choice but to move on to the Note 3. I travel with my job, so it better suits my wants and needs. I hate to make the switch, but HTC needs to step their game up or they will be loosing many loyal customers like me real soon!

61. newbey123

Posts: 706; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Just need to make sure the screen is 5' and this will be my next phone. Have the One X and love it. Cant wait for the M8!

59. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I for one am glad that HTC won't be using QHD displays :p... Full 1080 HD is enough. I can't find QHD gimmicky since higher pixel density creates a sharper screen but takes alot of Battery...

60. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

they cant use it bcuz they havent got enough money for it :D

63. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Good one ^^, but on the serious side. I still think 1080p is enough for smarthphones with 5-6 inch screens.

56. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

This doesn't sound boring? HTC already has the best build and Operating system. So it will be the same phone with a bigger screen and it better have atleast a 3200 battery or more. I don't believe this leaker anyway he usually isn't correct. Watch HTC whip out their huge weeny like LG did with the G2. People do nothing but shower the One with praise, what makes you think it will be any different with the new HTC One. I would love to buy it, only if the battery is bigger though. HTC has the best phone and OS, but they need to update the battery and camera

53. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I think specs don't really matter now anymore. Take the iphone as an example, it has one of the most outdated specs when it comes to its competitors but is still the best selling device because of the company's strategies. I won't mind these under powered specs as long as they deliver a good performance

54. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

There is one thing Apple does right and that is introducing only one phone every year (I know it's the same one over and over) instead of many. So the people have no choice but to get that phone.

55. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

When it comes to android, top notch specs does matter!

51. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Htc "one" "two" ??? So in 2015, it'll be like one two three.....come on!!!! I thought sony had the worst naming scheme!!

45. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

If i was HTC I would focus on hard hitting benchmarks lets get real everyone loves that with high quality display and great camera 4k videos really 1080p good enough not everybody has that HDTV yet and who wants to shovel 4k dollars or more for that... Hey dont forget my sdcard slot you forgot to put in on the ONE LOL... oh Tegra 5 and upcoming Tegra 6 sounds nice but thats me speaking..

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC can't make a better phone unless they fire all the stubborn staff that refuse to believe that their handsets have serious ergonomic problems and quality control issues.

43. Ayron

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 01, 2014

If HTC can have great marketing, a better camera, better battery, and a few more features, then the HTC will be back

38. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Unless I see a 2k display that blows my mind in person I really don't mind another 1080p display. The UI will run smoother at least, less pixels to push. Hopefully the UltraPixel camera is actually decent this time. Otherwise this phone still looks solid.

35. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

60MP ultrapixel. 'Nuff said

32. surethom

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

On no not ANOTHER 5" flagship phone please stick with 4.7" screen but with thinner bezels. The ultrapixel camera would be fantastic as long as it is 6 or 8 megapixel 4 megapixel is just too small

31. lektriczzz

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

I predict the name to be HTC Two

28. Gregor

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

5" screen is perfect, but only with thin bezel (see LG G2) in the same size of the One and a real aluminium unibody without plastic on the sides. I'm very satisfied with 1080p screen-resolution, 2K is a totally unnecessary battery-freaker. BUT: I expect at least 8 mpx ultrapixel camera with some new rewards.

27. gerryf19

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I remain baffled by posters and reviewers who criticize a phone for its user interface. I have had android, iphone and Windows Phones, and after a long time away from Android spent a lot of time this holiday season looking at new android phones from all carriers. The difference between them on comparable phones is negligible. they are all equally ugly or equally beautiful, they impact performance about the same. I've seen reviewers and users downgrade phones for no reason beyond they are simply accustomed to a particular manufacturer skin--heck, even raw android is barely different from the OEMs...and they all seem to be derivatives of IOS. The only original UI was the Windows Phone, so like it or hate it I get, but Phandroids arguing about UIs...silly

30. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The HTC UI at the moment though is fairly unintuitive, and just less thought out than competitors. For a newbie picking up an iPhone, Samsung and HTC phone the difference even in the lockscreen is pretty big. The iPhone and Samsung phones both have help text and the ability to swipe from anywhere. The HTC UI has a small little lock symbol buried among other app icons. It doesn't look good, and the fact that even the most basic thing is not thought out was their problem. Blinkfeed was pretty pointless, and for a while unremovable. Animations were fast, but not pretty. The hardware was topnotch, but the camera and software failed.

33. outlawog

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

You know nothing, you dont have to drag the lock, just swipe up on the screen lol. Instead of slide, as seen on on the iPhone. Your point is therefore now invalid. Blinkfeed useless? Disable it. I would rather have the option. Sense is one of the fastest UI's out there, it never lags, unlike touchwiz. It also doesnt cause motion sickness LOL, like iphone.

34. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Like I said, Blinkfeed had no option to disable until recently. Also, I didn't know you could swipe from anywhere also, but it's still less immediately obvious. Speed is important, but most consumers will gravitate more towards ease of use and features. Not Sense's strong points.

58. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

OMFG how hard is it to use a phone?! Get a flip phone if this touchscreen is so mind baffling

39. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Thank you. I agree. User interface? Who cares. It's a damn phone. That's all.

25. GeekMovement unregistered

Perhaps if they deliver incredible battery life compared to competition it'll draw some more attention though the camera rumors are really just not working for me.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ultra pixel is the only thing that kept me from considering Android.... I am used to my great iphone camera.... fix it HTC or will never switch

42. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Posting after a long time.

49. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I will sometimes

21. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

They should worry and sort out the monkey on their back(Nokia) first, else they won't get anywhere.

19. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I don't see a need for higher resolution screens right now, but they'll need to up the camera to like 8ish MP to stay relevant with competition.. I actually think the One's camera is fine (not the nest however) but they'lo need to step it up for 2014. Come on HTC!

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