Earlier this week, HTC unveiled the new One (M8), the successor of the One (M7) – The best Android smartphone of 2013. Although, we had already known much of the flagship from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
The device has certainly generated much buzz; HTC has tried to refine and polish those little flaws found in the predecessor and at the same time tried to give something innovative, especially with the introduction of the Duo camera.
We have already taken a look at the HTC One (M8) and the Apple iPhone 5s early this week, we ran through a simple comparison of their specs and features. And today we brings the One (M8) and the One (M7) side-by-side.
HTC One (M8) follows the same design language as of the One codenamed M7 in 2013 – a unibody metal shell, but at the same time, aiming to ergonomics with a more curved back and rounded corners. Compared to the 2013 model, HTC has used the aluminum to cover around the edges with a slight glossy effect with a familiar logo on the black bezel, remnant of the original HTC One’s capacitive buttons.
Software and Operating System
The new One M8 introduces Sense 6 UI, the next iteration of Sense 5, which has been redesigned form the ground up for this 2014 edition. The earlier version of Sense was known for its simplicity and ease of access, and now the Sense 6 takes things one step further in those aspects. BlinkFeed and Zoe captures along with new gestures called “Motion Sense” make a return. You can interact more intuitively with the device. You can simply double-tap on the screen to wake up the device. Moreover, the new Sense 6 is modular, you can remove or replace various standalone apps as required. Volume ups by 25%, thanks to the BoomSound technology, whereas the One (M7) has Beats Audio sound enhancement.
Both models rejoice Google’s mobile OS Android. The M8 comes with KitKat (v4.4.2) on-board and the M7 with Jelly Bean (v4.1.2). But HTC takes care of its flagship devices and the One 2013 model is upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. In addition to that, the M8 features on-screen buttons unlike the M7’s physical buttons.
The duo share identical display, in fact, both use Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with Full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) resolution. However, the difference lies in screen-size; the One 2013 has a 4.7-inch screen, while the new HTC 2014 edition comes with 5-inch screen.
Processor, Storage and Battery
The HTC One 2013 model was among the first smartphones to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, and now the M8 will be in the front row with new Snapdragon 801 processor to ensure more fluidity to the device after the Samsung Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, there’s no improvement in terms of memory and the M8 comes with the same 2GB of RAM.
The HTC One 2013 edition sports a 2300 mAh battery while the new HTC One 2014 comes with whooping 2600 mAh battery. However, it still misses wireless charging and support for Fast Charge 2.0.
In terms of storage, Both phones are available with 16/32GB of onboard storage, but the 2014 model has a slot for microSD that can add up to 128GB more.
It’s one of the most innovative aspects of the new M8, although it’s really difficult to judge at the moment without a thorough test. Apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, ideal for selfie, HTC One (M8) has a Duo Camera, or a dual camera on the back with dual LED flash. The sensor is supported by 4 UltraPixel, same as its predecessor, but there’s a new image processor while the Taiwanese House chose to abandon the optical image stabilization system used in the predecessor.
Actually, the second rear camera isn’t a real camera in the traditional sense, but rather a depth sensor that will allow to create 3D images or apply various filters and effects after taking pictures.
Want to go a bit more in-depth? Here’s a chart below for a deep dive into the specs:
|Features||HTC One (M8) 2014 Edition||HTC One (M7) 2013 Edition|
|Display||5-inch S-LCD3 Full HD Display (1920 x 1080 pixels at 441ppi)||4.7-inch S-LCD3 Full HD Display (1920 x 1080 pixels at 468ppi)|
|Processor||Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3GHz||Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz|
|Graphics||Adreno 330||Adreno 320|
|Memory||2GB of RAM||2GB of RAM|
|Storage||16/32GB + microSD (up to 128GB)||16/32GB|
|Rear Camera||4MP, UltraPixel sensor, Duo Camera, dual-LED Smart Flash, BSI sensor||4MP, LED flash, UltraPixel, OIS|
|Connectivity Options||802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band, BT 4.0, NFC||802.11a/ac/b/g/n, dual-band, BT 4.0, NFC|
|Battery||2,600mAh (non-removable)||2,300mAh (non-removable)|
|Operating System||Android 4.4.2 KitKat||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to KitKat)|
|Standout features||UltraPixel sensor, Duo Camera, HTC Sense 6, Zoe, BoomSound, BlinkFeed, Extreme Power Saving Mode||UltraPixel camera, HTC Sense 5 (at launch), Zoe, BoomSound, BlinkFeed|
|Dimensions||5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm)||5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm)|
|Weight||5.64 oz. (160g)||5.04 oz. (143g)|
|Price||$199-$249 (on-contract)||Free (on-contract)|
So, do you think the improvements of the new HTC M8 justify the transition to the next generation compared to the original One?