HTC has announced the latest version of its flagship smartphone called the HTC One. The new HTC One (also known as the M8) is a follow-up to last year’s HTC One device (M7). The M8 has a larger display and updated design, software, and camera. The new HTC One has an all-metal body and bigger HD 1080p display. The new display has been upped from 4.7-inches to 5-inches. The edges of the phone have been curved in the new model.
The HTC One has dual stereo speakers that are front-facing. The M8 runs on Android KitKat and has the Sense 6 skin layer. Blinkfeed can still be accessed by swiping to the left from the home screen. Blinkfeed can also be set as the default home screen.
The new HTC One also has Motion Launch, which is a new set of gesture-based commands for the phone. This lets you answer an incoming call by raising the phone near your ear. You can immediately silence a call by turning the phone over onto its display. Double-tapping the screen can wake up the device. The camera can be accessed by rotating the phone sideways and pressing the volume key.
The back of the new HTC One has two camera lenses that work together to capture better pictures. The primary camera has a backside-illuminated sensor to improve the ability to capture photos in low-light settings. The second lens captures depth information. The front-facing camera has been bumped up from 2.1 megapixels to 5 megapixels.
The new phone will be available on all major U.S. carriers at a price of between $199 and $249 with a two-year contract. It will be available in stores on April 10th. Pre-orders can be made by phone starting today.