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

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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,
New preliminary HTC M8 (One 2) specs don't paint an exciting picture
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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posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:53 21

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Ditch UltraPixel and you might actually have a chance HTC.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:57 11

2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

If it's 8MP, then it can be really good

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:12 1

10. suavemezie (Posts: 86; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

It's 13 UltraMegaPixel

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:49 5

16. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I seriously think it'll be four... I'm the biggest symbolic HTC fan here but I gotta call a spade a spade...HTC doesn't have a backing so they'll have to cut corners a bit somewhere. I will admit that for the past 2 years, they've been very good at optimizing software. The 2300 MaH battery on the HTC one lasted a decent amount of time compared to what I've seen of the 2600 MaH batter in the GSIV.... Still, neither are anything to write home about.

The camera on the HTC One wasn't terrible, just let down by its resolve. True, megapixels don't always matter but when you are limited by sensor size and aperture size, pixels do matter quite a bit, as Nokia can tell you from their Lumia 1020 and 1520.... Hopefully, HTC can pull a miracle out their ass and increase the pixel size and sensor size, and bump up the resolution to at least 8 megapixels. On top of that, they gotta be smart with their software algorithms running atop the camera. Their images tend to be over-sharpened, and over exposed with faulty unrealistic reds, over saturated greens and muddy blues.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:16 5

24. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

HTC lost a lot of my respect (and my de facto brand-loyalty) with the One max. Instead of being an innovative new device, the One max came off as a desperate reaction to both the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy Note series, and failed on both counts: the fingerprint scanner is woefully inadequate, and it has virtually no functionality as a phablet, making it nothing more than an awkwardly-large smartphone.

I wish for their sake that they are able to pull off that miracle, but based on their most recent showings, I don't have much hope. There's only so much one little company can do against massive companies like Samsung, Apple, LG, and Microsoft.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 17:37

40. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

the max was a mistake, however, htc have been making a lot less mistakes in the past. remember the droid, incredible lte, dna, evo lte, and other random bits of phone. one having one strength over another

i really like what htc has been doing. i really like the htc one. the only thing i recommend is placing the home button on the right side or copy lg and double click to awake option. if they can shrink the bezzle and increase the screen that can be an option too. i don't see the need for 2k resolution. 4k i can see the benefits.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 17:55 3

41. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The problem is HTC has an insanely-thin margin for error. If Samsung or Apple releases a flop, they suck it up and move on. HTC can no longer afford to do so. Even a great phone like the One isn't cutting it against the competition, sales-wise. I just can't see them being a major player going forward.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 21:07 1

50. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

Its a new year and they can always improve, HTC one was the the start and it was a big hit in 2013 not the best selling, but the fast updates and killer design. I can say HTC deserves more credits than its getting.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:00 6

18. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I say

1) Actually release this a good time before Samsung releases the S5. Not 2 weeks before, more like 2 months before, at least.

2) Make the camera not suck.

3) Don't call it the Htc One Two. Or Htc Two. Or HTC followed by any number that isnt at least 4 digits long.

4) Removeable battery and micro sd slot.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 19:53 2

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

First of all...what is "preliminary specs" ?! no clue..Second.. going back to the Htc One...no one (right ?!) had a clue on design or spec until 10 20 min before release... soo let's just chill out everyone ?! As for HTCs well beeing I'm very confident that there are still consumers out there with at least half a brain that they know what a good product means and is...and no it's not just apples and samsungs. As for the camera...I find the Ones camera mo're than perfect with the low light being a good trade off for mega pixels. Yes I would like to see an improvement and I'm sure there will be....but that doesn't mean it needs 80mp.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 20:28 1

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Qualcomm's Snapdragon page on Wikipedia shows that HTC One 2 will be using Snapdragon 805 (8084):

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:59 5

3. Sauce (unregistered)

Maybe they are relying on everyone's praise and cheer of their flagship design to sell the phone. Hey, it works lol. Most consumers aren't paper-statistic hungry.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:02 2

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

If these specs are true (I doubt), this is quite a letdown from HTC. These specs are good, but not top notch 2014 flagship specs. But maybe they have other suprises, like software.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:02 3

5. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

yeah of course they can maybe im over exaggerating here but other flagships for this year are going to be dropping like flies because they have to power so many pixels 1080p for me is fine for now and i like the way HTC is going with this maybe its a more iPhone/Moto X approach where they are going to be focusing on usability rather than out right specs and i was hoping that this would ship with a SnapDragon 805? im sure this chipset will power most 2014 flagships until the next iteration of SnapDragon is announced

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:54 1

17. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

That is the SD805 if it is the MSM8974AB. so it should be good

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 16:57

37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

The MSM8974-AB is still the S800, just with a higher clocked GPU and faster memory.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:04

7. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

That all sounds absolutely fantastic! If it were last year. Another rough year for HTC ahead if this continues.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:09 3

8. HASHTAG (unregistered)

You people are never happy.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:14 1

11. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Technophiles have an insatiable appetite. We crave more and better all the time.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:10 1

9. santy (Posts: 60; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Need removable battery and micro sd slot to consider HTC.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:16 3

12. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)

How stupid can HTC's Research and Development get? Coming from an HTC Fan.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:20 8

13. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

M8 or iPhone 6 because i do not see the point of 1440x2560 Res, plus HTC has the smoothest UI in all android. if its 8+Ultrapixel i'l be in luck.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:14 5

23. Bootutu (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Have you ever used a nexus device? I guess NO!....we will not stay behind because you love and pay premium for old technology, just like what people thought about 1080p display being overkill, then realised its night and day better than 720p. Bring on 2k display and people will be like WOW!

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:30 1

26. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

I know what u mean but think about user experience, easy of use, the built material and the design. I know for a fact its not about specs but the experience

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 15:37 2

29. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Coming from 5+ years of HTC devices, the Nexus 5 is head-and-shoulders easier to use than anything with Sense, or iOS 7 for that matter.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 20:59 1

48. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

I have to say sense UI is designed better then Nexus UI and there is no way that nexus beat iOS 7 it might not the best looking UI but it is smooth.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 01:23 2

57. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I returned my iPad mini 2 mainly because I was frustrated by iOS 7's overwrought UI. I've had no problem with my Nexus 5's UI. It's far simpler than iOS 7, and man is it ever smooth? (Hint: that was rhetorical. Yes, it is smooth.)

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 16:45 2

36. Muayyad (Posts: 239; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

HTC has develops their own ART cache and it is better than KK's ART because it made android experience better since early 2013 not just a couple months ago. If HTC one had SD800, I dare anything to be faster.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 14:24 1

14. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

I just hate Sense and TouchWiz personally. Ditch your crappy UI and I don't think people would care what's under the hood as long as it works more efficiently, and it's more aesthetically pleasing.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 21:59

52. DnB925Art (Posts: 1061; Member since: 23 May 2013)

That's why their are the Google Play Experience Line of phones. The HTC One and Samsung GS4 both have GPE versions. You could just buy those.

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