HTC One 2 aka M8( The New HTC One)
This year is surly full of surprises for the techno junkies. From the Motorola and Google’s collaboration and their much awaited launch to another magnificent addition to the ‘smart’ phone market by the Korean giant last month, the even more Smarter phones of today’s times have literally being pouring in.
Well to add to the smart phone’s basket, is coming another extremely anticipated smart phone by the HTC. Awaiting launch towards the end of this month, the updated rather the “New” version of its predecessor HTC One that was launched last year, this much talked about phone temporarily called as the HTC One 2 aka M8( let us hope the more creativity is put in while renaming it!) will not only be giving competition to its predecessor but also to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5 and Google’s masterpiece the Nexus.
Let us take a quick look at the expected Features of the new HTC One 2 aka M8 With an event scheduled for March 25, the company has been teasing us about the phone for the last couple of weeks, and leaks and rumors have told us a little about the device already. Read on for a breakdown of the upcoming ‘HTC One 2’refresh based on what we know already.
· HTC One 2 ‘M8’: Price
Price is one thing which hasn’t been revealed ahead of the M8’s launch so we’re speculating here and feel free to make your predictions in the comments section below.
The successor to the HTC One will be a premium high-end device, so we expect it will gain an appropriately matched price tag. The original started at around the £500 mark, SIM-free, and quickly dropped lower to a very reasonable £450.
We’re going to put our bet on the £550 mark for the ‘The All New One’ and we’ll see if we’re correct.
- Processor & HTC’s Sense Software
Going by the leaked video clips of the first look of the New HTC One 2, the unit showed claims to be running Sense 6.6 as opposed to the current generation Sense 5.5. The general UI appears to be nearly identical to Sense 5.5, although Blink Feed tiles look a bit larger.
However, it’s possible that the 2014 HTC One will run on the same Snapdragon 800 chip or a newer 801 processor since Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 won’t launch until mid-2014.
Rumors and benchmarks suggest we’re going to get 3 GB of RAM in the new HTC One. Though that might have seemed like lots at one time, it’s slowly becoming the norm for smart phones. Less than two years ago, the Galaxy S III had 1 GB of RAM, and that was considered a high-end device.
More obvious than the slow upward creep of RAM in smart phones is the increase in display size. Though the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note was considered huge in 2011, most flagship phones are now around that size, with phablets occupying the 5.7- to 6.5-inch territory. Current rumors suggest the 2014 HTC One will have a 5-inch 1080p display. This is a slight bump compared to the screen on last year’s model, which measured 4.7 inches. Recent leaked photos also point to on-screen navigation buttons, which the HTC One didn’t have.
- Camera- The Star Feature
One of the bigger differences you’ll notice right away with the 2014 HTC One is that there are dual cameras on the rear of the device. Unlike the LG Optimus 3D, which had two cameras in order to shoot in 3D, it seems these two cameras will be working in tandem to create better photos. For example, they can be used to take two photos simultaneously so that you can choose which you prefer. We’re eager to hear more about this feature, but we’ll probably have to wait until the March event.
Despite facing criticism, HTC is expected to use the same Ultra-pixel main camera, but with more pixel count (10-UltraPixel, to be precise) and a 2.1-megapixel front camera in its new 2014 flagship phone. It is likely to come with smart-camera and gesture-control features.
- Form factor
Thanks to a teaser from HTC, we know that the new HTC One will feature the same metal styling as the previous generation. It will have the SIM slot on the opposite side, as well as a micro SD slot. Though it looks largely the same as the 2013 HTC One, but the video shows that there will be some changes to the chassis. The 2014 model is a darker gray color, and it also looks a little bit shinier. They’re not identical, in other words, so you’ll be able to tell if your friend is rocking this year’s or last year’s HTC One pretty easily.
Rumor has it that this phone is KitKat from launch, which is a relief. At this point, there’s not much excuse for launching a phone running Android 4.2 or 4.3 when Android 4.4 has been out since October. Of course, this won’t be stock Android, as HTC will be layering its own Sense UI on top. This should be Sense 6.0, but no confirmation on that until March 25.
- Special Features:
According to leaked snapshots of rumored HTC One (2014), a small hole was seen atop the rear-camera module, leading many to believe that the empty space on the back-panel might be reserved for the finger-print sensor.
This year HTC has already launched a new phablet: One Max with square-shaped finger-print sensor, so it won’t be a surprise if HTC One (2014) uses this biometric technology.
Rumored specifications of HTC One (2014) aka M8:
|Model||HTC One (2014) aka M8|
|Display||5.0-inch display full HD (1920x1080p) resolutions withPixel density of 440 ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||Android v4.4 KitKat OS|
|Processor||2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 or 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 chipset|
|Storage capacity||Expected to come in 16GB/32GB/64GB|
|Camera||Main:10.0-UltraPixel main camera with separate swappable lens for low and bright light conditions [updated]Front: 2.1-megapixel camera|
|Battery||Around 3000 mAh or more|
|Add-ons||Finger-print sensor, Beats audio speakers, micro SD card slot|
HTC One V/S New HTC One 2(M8): So, let us take a good look at the Original and the New Original. While the rumors aren’t concrete, there’s usually at least some truth to the more consistent ones and, importantly, there’s enough to work with when it comes to piecing together a tentative comparison of the HTC One to its successor. So without further ado, let’s take a look at how they might stack up if the rumors prove correct.
- Build and design
The HTC One 2 isn’t expected to change much from the HTC One’s design with its aluminum unibody. Pictures have leaked allegedly showing the rear panel which looks pretty much the same as the original device, it doesn’t even feature a port for the HTC One Max’s fingerprint scanner, suggesting it’s unlikely HTC will continue such capabilities.
Since then, we’ve seen more images showing both the front and back. The HTC One 2 appears to have two camera ports on the rear with a dual-LED flash. On the front, the design has remained much the same but with a larger edge to-edge display and a narrower bezel. Also, the duo of capacitive keys has now gone and it appears the HTC One 2 will use Android on-screen touch controls.
The most prominent rumor surrounding the HTC One 2 is that it’ll be fitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, an upgrade from the HTC One’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. While the Snapdragon 600 already delivers excellent performance inside the HTC One, the Snapdragon 800 is noticeably smoother still. We’ve already seen it in operation inside a number of phones where performance is almost flawless. Expect the clock-speed to improve from the HTC One’s 1.7GHz on Krait 300 cores to something like 2.2GHz-2.3GHz on Krait 400 architecture with an Adreno 330 GPU.
The HTC One had 2GB of RAM and while some rumors have previously suggested the HTC One 2 could have 3GB (like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3) more recently and more consistently it’s been pegged with 2GB.The end cap design complete with dual punched stereo speakers on the front has made a return too.
With the display, HTC is thought to be enlarging the HTC One’s 4.7-inch panel, but not by much as it’ll be the popular 5-inch size and with a full HD 1080p resolution. There’s no word on what display tech might be used, the HTC One and most recent HTC One Max both used Super LCD3 (SLCD3) technology. At any rate, HTC usually excels when it comes to touch screens so we can expect something suitably colorful, bright and sharp.
The original HTC One promised much with its Ultra pixel camera technology and while it definitely presented an above average image and video quality the lower 4-megapixel rating failed to truly impress with a distinct lack of detail. Low-light performance was reasonably good, however, thanks to a wide f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS).
Currently, the most rumored and awaited difference is the Dual Cameras on the rear. It might retain the same 4-megapixel Ultra pixel setup, which on the face of things seems like a bit of a disappointment. However, some reports claim HTC will be improving the lens configuration for better low-light performance, but also to adapt for intense lighting conditions too – this is apparently what the dual-lens setup on the rear is for. But, it still seems likely that, for the most part, camera performance will remain the same.
- Storage and connectivity
The HTC One featured 4G LTE, 3G and a full suite of Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, micro USB, GPS and MHL connectivity options.
An updated HTC One 2 is expected to meet all these capabilities but with the added boost of 5GHz and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi bands for improved speed and reliability.
So far, only one connectivity option has been mentioned on an AnTuTu benchmark showing the HTC One 2 to have 16GB of onboard storage, which is interesting considering the HTC One had 32GB and 64GB options. Is HTC down-scaling its storage variants? Hopefully not, or at least, if so, we would hope it’s also including the previously omitted micro SD card expansion. Or, could we be seeing a full range of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.
- Software: Android
While HTC is planning to update the HTC One to Android 4.4 KitKat, at present it runs on Android Jelly Bean with the Sense 5 UI, which has been updated to Sense 5.5. The HTC One 2 is thought to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat already installed and it’s said to feature a new HTC Sense 6 overlay.
The main changes are what you might expect – taking advantage of KitKat’s streamlined features for transparent notification and control bars, as well as white notification icons. This is quite consistent with how Sense already looked, but it is that bit cleaner for it.
Well, the verdict of the critics and the not so critical one’s will be out on the 25th of March. Till then we can only hope and expect that this eagerly awaited phone stands up to our expectations.
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