HTC One (M8) Gets Official, Comes With Two 4MP Cameras

HTC has finally announced today the 2014 edition of its flagship Android smartphone – the HTC One. Being an update to the company’s 2013 phone, the new HTC One boasts slightly improved specs including a slightly larger screen, upgraded Gorilla Glass panel, updated operating system, a new chipset with improved processors and graphics, and a larger battery pack.

HTC has finally announced today the 2014 edition of its flagship Android smartphone – the HTC One.

Being an update to the company’s 2013 phone, the new HTC One boasts slightly improved specs including a slightly larger screen, upgraded Gorilla Glass panel, updated operating system, a new chipset with improved processors and graphics, and a larger battery pack.

Here’s a table comparing the specs of both the 2013 and 2014 edition of the HTC One.

  HTC One (2014) HTC One (2013)
Dimensions 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in) 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 in)
Weight 160 g (5.64 oz) 143 g (5.04 oz)
Display Type Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches (~469 ppi pixel density)
Display Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
Graphics Adreno 330 Adreno 320
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
RAM 2GB 2GB
Internal 16/32 GB 32/64 GB
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
NFC Market/operator dependent Market dependent)
Infrared port Supported Supported
USB microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host
Battery Rating 2600mAh 2300mAh

However, the most interesting upgrade that the new HTC One received this year is the addition of a secondary rear camera. According to HTC the secondary camera features half the resolution of the main 4MP camera and is not actually used for taking pictures. Instead, the secondary camera is used by the phone to have a level of depth perception allowing the camera to understand objects in physical space.

In a more practical sense, the secondary camera should give the phone a faster autofocus speed and better effects when taking a photo such as blurred backgrounds and foreground objects.

  HTC One (2014) HTC One (2013)
Primary Camera Dual 4 MP, 2688х1520 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 4 MP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
Camera Features 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panorama 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization
Secondary Camera 5 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
GPS A-GPS support and GLONASS A-GPS support and GLONASS
Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB Not Supported

The new HTC One is now availabe for preorder on all of Australia's major carriers including Optus, Telstra and Vodafone for AU$899.

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