Torture chamber: surprising HTC One (M8) drop, scratch and water resistance tests are here

Torture chamber: surprising HTC One (M8) drop, scratch and water resistance tests are here
The new HTC One (M8) just got announced yesterday, but there are already drop, scratch, and even water resistance tests made. That's the advantage of having a phone go on sale right after the unveiling, as there's now barely a stone unturned, and all is done in service of the prospective buyer.

We won't spoil the fun that the appetite for destruction brings on the unsuspecting handset in the videos below; we'll just say that the new One (M8) performs remarkably well in those tests, including the waterboarding one. The 90% metal chassis proves durable even in the hammering scenario, and at the same time doesn't seem too rigid, as the smack efforts don't impose any damage on the display that would be unusual for big-screen handsets in drop tests.

The biggest surprise, however, is the water test. The new HTC One (M8) doesn't sport any water-resistance certification, yet it survived dunked in a shallow pool of the liquid for more than an hour without any apparent damage to the internals, including the Duo Camera, which remained fully operational. We doubt that HTC wouldn't advertise if the phone had some sort of waterproofing abilities, so we'd chalk off the achievement to the tight unibody chassis, which makes it harder for anything to get in.

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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)



1. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

OMG so retarded #4 is HTC One(M7), but renamed to M8...

8. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

But how is this possible ?!? fanboys, with their broken hearts will have something less to complain and TROLL about. Well at least now they have plenty of BAND AID to help cover and protect those wounds.

11. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Are you referring to my post, because if you are.. you have another thing coming my friend.. I'm not a fanboy or slave to a brand.. :)

16. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Aren't you kind of trolling Samsung "fanboys" by bringing them up in an HTC post?

18. papss unregistered

Oh like they won't come anyways..

17. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yes and is cell htc no is sell no one buys. Why dont people buy nokia or htc :( why people buy samsung and apple :( life is so unfair mr troll :(

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

publicity is a big media apple is pure hype samsung gives superior screen cpu gpu ram

24. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I have to say to the general consumers Apple and Samsung are pure hype. Two big names that people would just buy it without thinking about it. I'm not saying those two companies don't put out good product, but in fact they both do. However, there are so many different options out there right now that people don't consider about.

26. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

The only thing "retarded" is someone who thinks it's acceptable to use that term!

2. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Hope they sell

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't know why people have started to test phones which aren't waterproof

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apparently it worked out in the end this time.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

If only it weren't for the unwieldy size.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'd laugh if the M8 Mini is the same size as the M7

35. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It is hahah

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

true oversized huge 5 inch that looks like a n3 and why so looong and tall

5. Sauce unregistered

Did anyone else cringe in pain at 1:01 on Video 3 lol? Eeeek

19. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014


6. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Would have been great if you could give away that phone to me. #ShinynewHTC

9. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

Are these people sadists? How could they torture such a beauty?? I never get this much disturbed when i watch humans get tortured in Hollywood movies i.e. Saw, Hostel etc :P

10. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

The drop test a bit lower than usual but it's clear that the build quality is superb. Too bad the features don't give much. Btw, it's quite big for a 5 inch phone.

12. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

These are very stupid tests. Why would someone scratch it with knife & knock it with hammer? Try scratching the ferrari, will the ferrari still flawless? No matter how expensive the device is, it can be damaged

13. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

"We won't spoil the fun". You then tell us exactly how it does in the tests....... Sloppy

14. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

*waterproof test* xperia z2 :*yawn*

15. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

In the water test they should check the BoomSound and the mic if it is still working because that part has the most openings.

20. baldilocks

Posts: 1537; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Water was getting in. The air bubbles gave that away. Something will stop working soon.

28. punet

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Not really. The internal components heat up the air inside. The increased volume pushes the extra air out through the headphone jack.

25. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

HTC M8 just went BOOM! Water resistant is such a gimmick they don't even advertise that its water resistant. Best android of the year! You killed it HTC.

27. punet

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Amazing results! The best we can expect from these materials. Aluminum is a soft metal. Higher grade materials like magnesium, titanium, DLC (diamond like coating), or hi-tech ceramics will definitely give better results in the scratch tests, but for a higher cost.

29. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

There's a reason why htc isn't calling it it waterproof, there have been plenty of phones that haven't been certified to be waterproof but servived but will it have long term effect, sure there may not be any immediate damage but what about a month later or 2. Will it survive the 10th time it gets dropped In water etc etc.. Lol I've been seeing on so many sites people showing this video that it's waterproof. Use common sense people don't you think if htc could guarantee its waterproofness they would use it.

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