HTC Announces all-new HTC One (M8), features 5-inch full HD display, “UltraPixel” Duo Camera and Ufocus

HTC, today took the wraps of the long-rumored brand new HTC One at events in New York and London. The brand new model takes some key design influences from its predecessor, but is clearly larger and more powerful than the first generation model.

Like its predecessor, it features the front facing BoomSound speakers on either side of its display, which has grown up to 5-inches of full HD gorgeousness. If you thought the last model was immersive, this should be even more so. It hosts a 2,600mAh battery which – on paper – may not seem as impressive as the likes of the new Z2, but it should easily get you through a day on a full charge if not more, especially when it’s using the “Extreme Power Saving Mode” that adds up to 15 hours of extra battery life when your battery reaches 5%.

As for its design, it looks like a bigger, more rounded version of the original One. The metal finish is noticeably different too. Its Gun Metal finish definitely more “brushed steel” than iMac-style aluminum finish. In all there are three finish options: Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver. And now, the rear panel is now 90% metal. No more polycarbonate edges.

There are a couple of big talking points here too. Firstly, the Duo Camera with Ultrapixels system which allows you to set the focus areas after you’ve taken a picture to add more depth to your shots. Dubbed UFocus, it lets you select what you would like to be in focus, even after you’ve taken the picture. So, you can add some great background defocus (bokeh) to your images. It’s possibly too early to tell if this is a gimmick, or a key market difference. My cynical side presumes the former. The camera’s also paired with a two-tone LED flash, similar to the iPhone 5s. Secondly, it now comes with a MicroSD card slot, so you can expand the 16 or 32 GB up to an extra 128GB. It also houses 2GB of RAM partnered by a Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU.

Other specs include:

  • 5MP front camera, wide angle with HDR
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 ac
  • MircoUSB port with mobile high-definition video link
  • Infrared remote control
  • Quick Charge 1.0 compatible
  • 6th version of Sense UI and improved BlinkFeed
  • Fitbit compatibility built-in for fitness tracking

There’s also the uniquely odd case called Dot View. It has LED-lit holes that show basic information, like time and weather. It’s an unusual case, but is a funky alternative so the flip-style cases with cutouts designed by Samsung and LG. You can decline a call without opening it, swipe to answer or lift the phone to your ear.

The new HTC One – a little late to the game – also features some motion based actions, like the ability to to answer a call by placing it to your ear, or double-tapping to wake.

As for what you T-Mobile fans really want to know: Which frequencies does it support? On the 3G side, we have 850/AWS/1900/2100 with HSPA+ up to 42Mbps. But here’s where it gets really interesting, on the LTE side it’s compatible with 700 and AWS bands (bands 4 and 17). So, when the carrier launches its 700MHz network later this year/beginning of 2015, we already have a phone that’s compatible.

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  • laura taylor

    Is there any indication HTC is going to release a Mini version of this phone? Thanks!

    • Fr0stTr0n

      Considering it launched, like, 12 hours ago, probably not for a good while.

  • sorandkairi

    a beast

  • that’s interesting indeed. it supports the new bands. not gonna matter though if this thing is Verizon exclusive for a few weeks.

    • Emory Eng

      I thought T-Mobile was going to launch in band 12, not 17.

      • you’re probably right lol just going off of the article.

  • jlaigo2

    And this is why this will be there last high end phone. They still think they can be apple.

  • randomnerd_number38

    Cam, the 700mhz spectrum we’re getting is Band 12, not 17. Maybe we’ll get lucky and a software update will add band 12 (the two are very close but technically not the same band classification… I blame AT&T, but that’s another story).

    Got any launch details for T-Mobile?

    • bisayan

      good question! lol

    • Cam Bunton

      Sadly, not available until next month.

      • bisayan

        Cam not even midnight tonight as u have post an article yesterday?

        • Cam Bunton

          Nope. That was a tentative rumor. Definitely not coming at midnight.

    • KingofPing

      Available at 1pm from the major carrier online. In-Store only with VZW (idjits) for a week or two.

      (That’s the rumor anyway…haven’t seen anything official from TMO)

    • Fabian Cortez

      While I am no fan of AT&T, they have agreed to switch bands (17 to 12) through an arrangement with the FCC that also involves Dish. The end result will benefit T-Mobile and smaller carriers.

      All future AT&T devices will utilize band 12.

      • randomnerd_number38

        True, and that’s great that they are finally on board with band 12. But my understanding is that a big reason the 700mhz was split into band 12 and 17 in the first place was At&t lobbying for it. Something about them not wanting to support roaming on the lower A block. I’ll have to read more about it.

  • most carriers can order online at 1PM EST .. they didn’t mention TMobile though .. not sure if that’s an oversight or they won’t have it available. Verizon rumors were sort of true. they’ll just be the only store that has it “in store” until April 10. (on about)

    • Larry Griffin

      i was thinking the same thing … hopefully tmo can get it together with instore release … i really want this phone

      • i did too until i realized it has a 4MP camera. :( clever of them to promote the 5MP FRONT camera instead lol for a front camera that’s good .. but the back camera even with the dual camera hype is disappointing.

  • Wisefather46

    This phone does not support T-Mobile 700mhz. To support T-Mobile 700mhz the phone needs band 12 not band 17. (T-Mobile purchased 700mhz A block spectrum – Band 12 = 700mhz A, B, & C blocks – Band 17 = 700mhz B & C blocks only) Although in the future this could most likely be updated to support band 12 as its really only a difference of 12mhz of bandwidth, but there is no garauntee this will come.

  • Chris Allen

    Watching the live stream and T-mobile was the only US carrier not mentioned. Awesome. That’s why I left T-mo a couple years back. Limited product offering.

    • bisayan

      so why come here and bashes tmo products? u know they have so many phones thats already out in the market not to mentionip5s,g2,xperia z1s and many more! go troll somewhere else!

      • Chris Allen

        Because I came back to T-mobile once the AT&T merger fell through and they looked like they were going to round the corner and start offering more products again. Just don’t want to see them fall into that pattern again. for example, they just came out with the Z1s. It would be bad if they decided to forgo the Z2 because it’s too hot on the heels of the Z1s. I see a T2 coming. Z2 for AT&T. No word for T-mo on a Z2. Nothing new from Nokia on the WP front. That kinda thing.

        • bisayan

          “Chris Allen • an hour ago

          Watching the live stream and T-mobile was the only US carrier not mentioned. Awesome. That’s why I left T-mo a couple years back. Limited product offering”

          You sound like your aware of the recent flagship just released from Tmo with your 2nd comment.. (“or example, they just came out with the Z1s”) And yet you still complain limited product offering? As far as for windows I believe they have Nokia lumia 925 which has been making headline for their low pricing availability, you could probably grab one for as low as $200 contract free through hsn. And they also have 521,810? Anyways, I sure hope they will offer Xperia Z2 pretty soon too as this is my target for my next phone.

        • Chris Allen

          The 925 came out 9 months after the 920 was released. Verizon got a 928. Both were old news by that point. Since then, there has been a 1020, 1520, Verizon Icon. All exclusives to them. No Tmo exclusive. 521 and 810 and not flagships. The Z2 is likely not to come to Tmo now with the news that it’s going to be a Verizon exclusive. Guessing they aren’t going to do the every 6 month release cycle if a manufacturer decides to do that. Like Sony. But, with JUMP, people would like to take advantage of that. But, I can’t really blame Tmo i guess. Sony and Nokia are mismanaged. Limiting their exposure with exclusive deals for a short term cash infusion. Z1 and Z1s exclusives to Tmobile were a bad decision as well, unless of course no other carrier even wanted it. Which might be likely with the Z2 being so much better and hot on it’s heels. Anyway, doesn’t matter. Just venting. I’m sure it’s a complicated business deciding what devices to carry and market and people like me, upgrading so much, is rare. I’m also picky as hell. lol

        • Jay

          I don’t see why that should be a problem for you anyways. TMO always carries the flagship devices. They just don’t have the low end devices that are continuously being released. And besides, it’s not like you plan to use every single device. Do you? Because if so your argument has now become valid and if not well too bad for you

        • Chris Allen

          Well, being on JUMP, I plan on takign advantage of it. Upgrade every 6 months. Which means I’d like to have a good selection every 6 months. They are doing better these days, hence why I came back. I love T-mobile. I get great service, I love the aggressive rollout. I hope they stick with the new plan to upgrade every edge/2g location to at least hspa+. Because that would be way more than what AT&T and Verizon are doing. Having service on Verizon and AT&T I can see their rollouts. It’s deceptive. They upgraded only major metropolitan areas, just like Tmo, except Tmo didn’t just take all their 2g areas and just update their maps to say LTE extended. I watched Verizon’s rollout approach my house. It never made it. The map changed over, the service didn’t. The small print says you may or may not get LTE in extended areas. With that disclaimer they claim LTE everywhere now. Anyway. Rambling. Just sayign I love Tmo and want them to stay competitive with constant hardware releases.

    • Sal Monella

      Huh? They have almost the same amount of phones as any other carrier. They just carry less of the low end stuff. T-Mobile is where I got my HTC One.

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    • KingCobra

      Other than AT&T, they have pretty much the widest range of devices.

      You can use any T-Mobile branded phone in addition to any unlocked GSM device.

  • Cam Bunton

    T-Mobile Network compatibility:
    LTE – 700 / 1700 / 2100
    HSPA/HSPA+ – 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

    • Cam Bunton

      I’ll correct the post if it’s wrong.

    • KingCobra

      I don’t believe it has Band 12 LTE though. That’s what’s needed for the 700 A Block frequency that T-Mobile acquired. So far no phones on the market have it.

      The 700 blocks that this device supports are the ones used by Verizon.

    • UMA_Fan

      Its 700A block which tmo will be using though.

  • S. Ali

    Metal Unibody + Dual Camera = Gimmicks

    Removable Battery + Water Resistance + Fingerprint Scanner + 4K Video + Heart Rate Monitor = Innovation

    This phone is a toy, the Galaxy S5 is a flagship.

    • FluX

      I guess I like toys more than flagships.

    • Jared

      Really? Cause most toys are made out of plastic

      • S. Ali

        So is you car, TV, coffee maker, computer, chairs, lamps, and desks. What’s your point?

        • dom

          none of the things you even named were toys. so whats your point?

        • S. Ali

          That a lot of important and useful products are made of plastic. We don’t build metal cars because it would be stupid. Just like building a metal phone is stupid.

        • Eric Stengrevics

          To each his own, but the plastic body was a large part of why I hated the look of the galaxy devices. It just feels cheap. Samsung has some cool features, but you can’t say those aren’t gimmicks. At the end of the day, it’s all about preference. But the One in no way feels like a toy – it feels premium.

        • André On

          Should Samsung or any other manufacturer start making TV’s with aluminum?

        • Sectime

          Maybe your pedal clown car is plastic, mine isn’t

    • Singleweird

      i can only HOPE you work for samsung. the one has the same performance and the metal buiild will win customers much better than being “splash proof’ will. Read reviews of the one and you’ll see

      • S. Ali

        Riiight….Just like the original HTC One outsold the Galaxy phones. Wait, it didn’t.

        • Singleweird

          With that logic, iPhones are way better than the note 3, right?

      • André On

        Simple questions for you:
        Why do you think HTC One is better than S5 or Note 3?
        What’s the point having an Aluminum Unibody with a plastic case?
        Why HTC’s market share is so irrelevant?

  • Larry Griffin

    im a little disappointed that tmo isnt selling the phone today …. but somehow that doesnt surprise me considering the mess they had with getting the phone in stores smh

  • Fr0stTr0n

    Meh, ill replace my Note 3 with a Note 4 only.

    • gpt2010

      Absolutely agree with you on this one. After getting the Note 3, the S5 and HTC 1-2 do nothing for me. Bring on the Note 4!!!

    • Singleweird

      plastic and junkware. yay

      • Fr0stTr0n

        GTFO ——->

  • Nathan S.

    Well, to me it is pretty nice looking and I am now interested in it since it sports a decent sized screen and removable SD card slot.

    • FluX

      A bit on the oversized side for me but okay… Yeah it’s the perfect phone for anyone. Looks way nicer than Galaxy models and IMHO looks better than the iPhone.

  • Fr0stTr0n

    Verizon gave HTC a BIG paycheck and thats all there is too it.

  • Bori

    Well, looking at HTC’s website, it doesn’t specify which bands of 700 the TMUS variant will have. Can someone correct me if I am wrong?

    • Cam Bunton

      I’m trying to get confirmation from T-Mobile now. I’m going off GSMArena’s spec list.

      • Bori

        Thanks Cam

  • ac21365

    For those hoping for Band 12, the wait continues. The FCC filing for the phone said Band 17 with nary a mention of 12.

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    I bet we will see a WP 8.1 variant…Did anyone else notice how they moved to virtual buttons for the M8?

    • FluX

      Hmm I really hope your theory is right but I don’t think it will go to WP8. We probably would have heard of it by now :(.

      • conservative_motorcyclist

        There was a long running rumor that a Windows Phone HTC One was coming after the GDR3 update came out with a 5″ screen….

  • hanfeedback

    Isn’t Band 12 the lower A-Block that Tmobile bought?

    • UMA_Fan

      Yes. The article is incorrect.

  • Aaron H

    Since Tmobile won’t offer this phone for a while maybe we can purchase it directly through HTC. Also maybe Google Play if they offer an unlocked version of this phone. Just a thought for those who want tmo and the new M8 but don’t want to wait. And yes if that option is available it most likely will not have a payment option available like tmobile offers.

    • Zacamandapio

      If T-Mobile’s insurance covers those models then it’s a good buy for me as well.

    • FluX

      Do you know if HSPA+42 is supported in the HTC manufacturer model?

    • Singleweird

      a while? 15 days

  • steveb944

    700 frequency you say? This is the phone to get

    • UMA_Fan

      Its not the same one Tmobile will be deploying

      • steveb944

        Dang. Why hasn’t Cam updated the article? Thanks for the heads up.

  • Deadeye37

    Hallelujah! MicroSD has returned to HTC! When I was trying to decide between Samsung & HTC, the microSD option really pushed me to HTC. I keep a lot of media locally, so not having a microSD pushed me to the SIII. I think this will be my next phone.

  • StarMenace

    It looks awesome, but I’m going to try to hold out for the LG G3. Love that it has the microSD slot though!

  • FluX

    Not only does it have the stuff we need, and the stuff we want. I like the aluminium back, nice edges, and LTE700 over a heart rate monitor (not medically required, I mean just on the phone).

    • UMA_Fan

      Its not 700A that Tmobile will be deployimg

      • FluX

        Okay. Maybe the article should be more clear -_-.

      • Singleweird

        can you expand on this? how is it a different spectrum if its 700mhz

        • André On

          Go to Wikipedia and search for:
          APT band plan in the 700 MHz band
          The 700 MHz band is a mess in the US.

      • GinaDee

        Right. It looks like the AT&T version will support LTE A for their networks.

  • Guest

    No waterproofing. Boo.

  • CrzyP

    Not sure if you guys have gone to HTC’s website, but It says straight off 4g-LTE specs “TMUS 700/AWS MHz.”

    • Guest

      Its true-

      4G – LTE:

      EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz

      Asia: 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz

      AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz

      Sprint: FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz

      Verizon: 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz

      TMUS: 700/AWS MHz

      • Rob

        Guess we need some clarification. Considering it has at&t listed with bands they don’t use, someone screwed up.

  • Jeohns

    big issue, tmo is launching LTE over 1900 also, going to need a radio software update. 700LTE will be long after 1900LTE

  • Whiskers

    I want this with a WP8.1 build on it .
    Come on HTC , give it some Windows love.
    It will be the best WP on the market hands down if they would just do it.