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After months of leaks, with early looks coming in forms ranging from a single Sense 6 screenshot to a fourteen-minute hands-on video in German, we've feared that HTC would have little new left to unveil on the Big Day. That remains to be seen. Now at a simultaneous launch event held in London and New York City this morning, the company has finally formally introduced its new 2014 flagship.

The HTC One M8's screen has jumped to 5-inches (up from 4.7-inches), but it retains its 1920 x 1080 resolution, dropping the PPI down to 440 (down from 469). We also see the expected virtual navigation keys, replacing the capacitive keys that previous resided down by the logo.

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The biggest new feature is what HTC has branded as "Motion Launch," the ability to lock and unlock the device with a double tap on the screen or activate it with a single swipe. The phone will also auto-answer calls whenever you lift it up to your ear.

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Internally, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor. It comes with 32GB of internal memory along with support for up to a 128GB microSD card. The phone also comes with 50GB of Google Drive storage for two years.

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To differentiate itself from much of the competition, the new HTC One has two rear-facing cameras, its "Duo Cameras." The company has chosen not to give the phone's camera a resolution bump, instead sticking with 4 "UltraPixels." The strong low light performance returns, as do the speedy camera shots, but don't go in expecting to use this camera in situations where 2688 x 1520 isn't enough. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, has risen to 5MP.

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The two cameras allow users to refocus shots after they've been taken, and with the two cameras working together, users are able to highlight a target while blurring the background. The phone can also use depth information to apply other background effects. HTC is opening its camera API to third-party developers.

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The HTC One M8 has a larger battery (2600mAh versus 2300mAh) that the company claims will provide 40% longer battery life. This can be extended further when combined with the phone's new power save mode.

One area where the HTC One trumps the competition is sound, and the new model looks posed to do the same. The device retains its two front-facing BoomSound speakers. HTC reports that the M8 should be 25% louder.

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The handset's distinctive metal unibody returns, though HTC has added some variation. In addition to the standard silver model and alternative colors, a darker model offers a brushed metal look that changes how the texture looks.

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HTC will make the phone available via over 230 carriers in more than 100 countries at launch. Carriers in the US and Canada will start carrying the HTC One M8 within the first few weeks of April, but eager customers will be able to pick up the phone online starting today at 1PM EST from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Rogers, EE, etc (some will wait until tomorrow). T-Mobile customers will have to wait until next month to get the device online or in-person. Best Buy will exclusively offer the Amber Gold edition when it starts carrying the device in April.

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Verizon customers will be able to walk into a physical store and leave with one today, predictable branding included.

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HTC re-iterated its promise to support devices for two years following their release. Current HTC One, Mini, and Max owners will receive a software update to Sense 6 later this spring.

For more M8 goodness, but sure to check out our detailed hands-on.

Sources: HTC Press Release, Twitter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Chris

    I honestly can't say I'm impressed but glad to see that they used an 801. I feel like this phone went from elegant to... less elegant. The body of this phone looks cheap.

    • Elislurry

      LOL Cheap? Its 90% metal, probably the least cheap looking phone i have ever seen.

      • Chris

        I didn't say it was cheap, I am saying it looks cheaper then it's predecessor.

        Let me reiterate myself for you, the brush finish does not look as appealing when comparing it to the M7.

        • Elislurry

          It looks way better IMO, same reason I have always bought the brushed grey aluminum Asus tablets, its the most premium look.

        • Michael Lee

          Look at some up-close pictures of it. I felt the same way until I was able to actually see some detailed pictures of it. It's beautiful!

          • Elislurry

            I just picked mine up, and its gorgeous!!!

        • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

          I don't know if I'd say cheaper but I definitely prefer matte. I'm glad they have the matte silver like last year as an option.

        • Tay

          Everyone has their own taste. But if you don't prefer the brush metal look the silver one is identical to last year in color.

      • Guest

        Because soda cans make me think of money. Since when is aluminum premium?

        • Elislurry

          Since always. Have fun with your plastic phone.

          • Stylus_XL

            Solid logic you employed there, Einstein.

          • Guest

            Aluminum is always premium? Titanium and carbon fiber sure, aluminun not so much.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com ScottColbert

      You need glasses then.

    • Iker

      I prefer the iPhone. I think Iphone is the best.

  • Bob G

    Meh.

    Come on LG G3, Moto X (2014), and Nexus 6!

    • hookahking

      dont forget the oneplus one! gonna crush them other fones this year

      • Ben

        Oneplus was a failure from the start

  • h4rr4r

    So they really did reveal it with that hideous bottom bezel?

    • Michael Lee

      Go to the "design" section of the info page.

      http://www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-one-m8/

      Look at where the screen is. The screen connects to the phone at *EXACTLY* the point of where the bezel is. The bezel was necessary. I just feel like they should've gotten rid of those stupid on-screen buttons (I love them on my old Nexus 4!) and just kept the capacitive buttons. The bezel *was* necessary from a hardware standpoint, but I still don't like it.

      • simp1istic

        The bezel was "necessary", but could have been at the top where it doesn't take away thumb reaching room, and it also doesn't have to have a huge HTC logo.

      • h4rr4r

        Then they should have taken the metal up higher, rather than the cheesy HTC logo on glass look.

  • KB

    Zero interest in the latest flagships from Samsung and HTC. Holding out to 'Jump' from my G2 to best between LG and Moto.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Why not got for Xperia?

  • Enrike Montemayor

    It's ok, but personally I didn't like it. Now I'm really interested on the oneplus one. I think that's going to be my next phone.

  • dkb827

    looks like an old iphone

  • remister

    Unofficially: Not impressed
    Officially: Still not impressed

    I will still keep the 1st One.

  • Roberto

    Terrible. Still too few mp camera, huge bottom bezels with even more wasted space than before, huge frame for only a 5 inch screen.
    Absolutely no reason to get this over a N5 or (on paper) a OnePlus One and LG G3, both coming out relatively soon

    • Stylus_XL

      "Still too few mp camera"

      ^Still people persist with this bullshit complaint.

      • Roberto

        Maybe you missed android police's comment about it. For simplicity I'll quote it here for you:

        "but don't go in expecting to use this camera in situations where 2688 x 1520 isn't enough"

        Clearly you dont zoom or print your photos.

        • Stylus_XL

          "Clearly you dont zoom or print your photos."

          Yes you're right, I don't print photos taken with my smartphone - I use a DSLR or a high quality compact for that.

          I'd love to know what kind of moron buys a smartphone hoping to print high quality images.

        • xanok

          4mp is good for printing 4x6 photos with no issue.

        • ReyMaxwin

          Or more practically, if you have a 3840x2160 (uhd) monitor your pictures will be blurry or shrunken when used in slideshows, fullscreens or as a wallpaper. It's not even enough to encompass every pixel of a Chromebook Pixel's 1700 vertical pixels.

      • Alberto

        4 Mpx is not a lot, and last year's "UltraPixel" camera was to me (in most situations) worse than some cameras on other flagship phones, so it's not like we are getting a lot of advantages to compensate the lower resolution. And honestly, for me the photo quality you get in recent flagship smartphones is good enough for every thing I use, and I use my TV for checking out the photos I take with my phone, so resolution matters.

        • Stylus_XL

          "4 Mpx is not a lot"

          LOL!!!

          Anything over 2MP exceeds 'HD' resolution, so your TV argument is nonsensical (unless you own a 4K television). The megapixel war was, and still is, largely a marketing gimmick when applied in the realm of smartphones.

          Image quality is dependent on sensor size, image stabilization, color accuracy, dynamic range, lens quality, low light performance, noise, etc.

          A good shot taken with an original Canon EOS-1D (4MP) would still completely destroy anything you could take with a current high end smartphone, no matter how many megapixels are crammed into it.

          • mistercow4u

            Image quality is dependent on all the things you listed. It is also dependent on megapixels. Yes, mega pixels isn't the only thing that affects quality, but to say it's irrelevant is just as wrong as saying more pixels = better image.

          • Stylus_XL

            Please indicate where I said megapixels were "irrelevant".

          • mistercow4u

            It was largely implied by saying "the megapixel war was, and still is, largely a marketing gimmick when applied in the realm of smartphones."

            Although admittedly irrelevant was probably not the most accurate term.

            OP's gripe was that he felt the 4Mpx from last year's One took worse photos than other flagships with higher Mpx. You countered by saying that wasn't really the case based on a Canon EOS-1D

          • Stylus_XL

            "Although admittedly irrelevant was probably not the most accurate term."

            Correct.

            "You countered by saying that wasn't really the case based on a Canon EOS-1D"

            My point was that a higher megapixel count is not an automatic indication of image quality. That's just clever marketing by smartphone OEMs.

          • Evan Lam

            Supposedly the HTC One M8 still has 4 "Ultrapixels" but it uses a different sensor than the one in the HTC One from last year.

      • Cael

        The reviews are in. The camera still sucks. Whats the reason for that?

        • Stylus_XL

          Well then it must be the megapixel count! It's got nothing to do with it having an ineffective sensor, no no no, it's the megapixel count.

  • itsfugly

    I hear a lot of waffling about design from a company that clearly doesn't even understand symmetry. Screen is way off to the top coz of the useless logo bezel. Even the speakers they keep waffling on about don't match.

    • Matthew Fry

      Not everything has to be symmetrical! But, yes, in this case it should be.

      • godutch

        The m7 was a lot better in that respect

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Design 101: symmetry is a must

        • Matthew Fry

          Women's fashion and architecture would disagree.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Wäre talking aboutmobile devices, fashion and archutechture are completely different fields

    • Kostas

      I shouldn't have seen this... Now my OCD kicked in :/

    • WitnessG

      I can't get over that useless black bar.

    • dumbfuk

      The reason its not symmetrical is due to Apple's patents. Lots of phones need to work around patents. its still the best phone overall on the market

  • darkdude1

    Awful awful awful

  • Aooga

    I truly like last year's version better. Even today, I would buy that one over the new one.

    • xanok

      Snapdragon 801 is a way better processor. The new one also has an SD card slot, better camera, and tap to wake. So what exactly do you like about the old one more? They quite literally improved on everything besides DPI.

      • Aooga

        The design. The old one is still really fast, has Sense 6 (xda), and still has a great camera. Oh, and 64gb of internal storage. Tap to wake works with a custom kernel.

        • xanok

          This is just a silly reply.

          • Aooga

            Thanks for your useless opinion!

      • Cael

        The camera is the same. Just because they added effects doesn't make it better. Read the reviews.

        • xanok

          An extra lens is hardly "added effects."

  • EH101

    Blue GS5 over this for sure. Still need to know if Z2 will hit Verizon damnit!

    • Cody Shiranai

      It's be a cold day in hell before that happens and if it does, it will be a different version. Notice there are no Sony phones on VZW and they don't even have a brand option.

      • EH101

        Yeah, I know. But one can dream! Lol. Oh well, blue GS5 it is.

  • Jonathan Zelayandia

    Is the camera going to have the stupid purple tint again? 4 "ultrapixels" is still too few. I understand the need to differentiate but maybe they should do that with advertising and not with two cameras.

    Edit: also wtf with the bezel? Even Samsungs isnt so offensive

    • xanok

      Its because of the front facing speakers. The bezel is necessary.

      • Cael

        the logo bar isn't. They should have just made "htc" the on screen home button.

  • Dogma1

    Costs way too much and doesn't offer enough. I think I'd rather get the OnePlus One. They announced today that it comes out next month.

    http://forums.oneplus.net/threads/which-one-is-better.549/

    • Balazs M

      Yes, I was expecting a lot from today, but the OnePlus One will definitely be my next device! I don't want to settle for those expensive and underperforming devices!

    • Alberto

      It hasn't even been properly announced...

  • Daniel Traynor

    I am really not interested in any of HTC's products and especially this!
    Nexus forever!

    • Neil Marshall

      Yet you took the time to read and comment.

  • tamcy

    I am very surprised to see HTC still insisting on its 4MP "Ultrapixel" camera. I owned a Galaxy Nexus, an HTC One (2013), then Nexus 5, and thus did some test shots with these 3 phones. On low light situations it is just a little bit better than the Nexus 5. When light is sufficient, shots from HTC One look much worse than those of the Galaxy Nexus. HTC wanted to bust the pixel myth, but the fact is that they can't. This makes me worried about it.

    • Matthew Fry

      To be honest, I really disliked the HTC One camera but my Note 3 is kind of sucky too. I don't know where the good camera phone pictures are coming from but they certainly are not from either of those devices.

      • Muddy B00ts

        I'm not a photographer, but the shots produced by my Note 3 are stunning. I printed a bunch of 8x10s of my new baby and people compliment the quality all them time. I've never been happier with a phone camera.

        • Matthew Fry

          Hmmm... Every picture I've taken is grainy and lacking in detail. I even have it bumped up to 13MP. The autofocus often locks in out of focus no matter what I do. The One would do that far more often though.

          • Muddy B00ts

            That's too bad. Could it be lighting? I spend a lot of time outdoors so my photos are normally taken with full sun. I guess I would agree that my photos that required a flash were not as great.

      • master94

        So far the LG G2 and Xperia seem to have the best picture quality.

    • xanok

      Oh gimme a break. The One is light years ahead of the Galaxy Nexus in all aspects and way better than the Nexus 5 in night mode. You clearly don't do anything besides use auto.

      • Walkop

        Have you seen the Nexus 5 in low-light? It's extremely competent, I was always really surprised that everyone panned the camera when in reality it is quite good in a lot of areas.

      • ReyMaxwin

        The Nexus 5's Ois allows it to use a lower shutter speed then usual, giving it fairly impressive low light shots. The One unfutunately has no OIS.

        • xanok

          You are sorely mistaken. The One does have OIS.

          • dandroid13

            Nope, the dual camera setup lacks OIS, fail.

            http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_m8-review-1062p8.php

          • xanok

            Maybe if you read the original comment I was replying to, you'd see that the M7 was the phone in question, not the M8. Reading comprehension: try it.

      • tamcy

        I just find the comparison photo which I shared on my Facebook/G+. Please see it yourself:
        https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3E_dT4tRjnPNU1oV0puTEYzQmc/edit?usp=sharing

        It's a 100% crop comparison of HTC One to Galaxy Nexus, so I suggest you to download it for inspection.

        I am very interested to know how "non-auto" settings can make the strange purplish tint on the railways to go away and make the washed out textures re-appear.

    • camera? really? blah

      the m8 camera is much better than m7. I'd prefer good quality 1MB sized photos than crap 10MB sized photos(SLR size).

  • Joao Oliveira Souza

    HTC becoming Apple, it's all about revolution but they just implemented a few technologies that were available 2-3 years ago...

    I am really looking forward to see what the OnePlus One will bring into the game, so far, on paper they seem to have a much better phone: http://forums.oneplus.net/threads/which-one-is-better.549/

    • xanok

      Please provide a citation on technology that was available 3 years ago that they are introducing now.

  • Cody Shiranai

    One thing bugging me, they never eally said what it's official public name was. It was always just M8 or the new HTC One. No official name or worse, it really just New One, which seems like that will confuse mainstream. Can't wait for David R to rip into that.

  • Steven Rodriguez

    I'm so disappointed that they didn't provide a larger notification LED.

  • cjshred

    i found it funny that the intro video had water or something spashing over it yet its not even IP67.. lol fail

  • Christopher Robert

    That logo though....

    why a company would add a worthless black bar at the bottom on the screen just o put a company logo is ridiculous to me. that alone ruins this phone for me. It just looks DUMB.

    • qu4ttro

      Because theres hardware beneath it, its not just dead space...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    I like the gold/amber one. *braces for shooting arrows of derision*

  • mustbepbs

    If HTC can adopt the Motorola mindset of quick updates, I'll consider them in the future. They're already on the right path with putting their stock apps on the Play Store. We'll see how quick their OS updates are, and how long they update their devices for.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Any news about a Verizon developer edition?

  • Muhammad Najmi Mohd Amir

    What 2600 mAH battery only?? HTC what are you thinking ??! And no 4K video camera??

    • Cael

      Also no OIS.

  • M S Kharb

    Is htc launching all new htc in dual sim too.

  • lmao

    prior to the unveiling some of you people were "wow, sense 6 looks aesome.. I want it! " then after the phone is released the same people are "you know I really want the one plus one. maybe the g3" lol. bunch of two-facedness, trolls.

  • Michael Romano

    I'll take the Z2 please. Better in pretty much every spec.

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  • Cody Shiranai

    So, after 1pm is the Verizon site just supposed to update and suddenly the M8 will be there or does anyone else expect it to be late?

  • richard sarin

    This is a very well crafted piece of hardware. I was one of the folks that griped last year about the first gen One not having virtual buttons, lack of an SD card support, poor camera, and that it could not wash my dishes. I don't know about the camera or washing my dishes, but it seems the HTC engineers heard my rant from across the Pacific. Now they have my attention.

    • Cael

      Camera is still poor. :

  • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

    My only gripe is the camera, apart from that, looks almost perfect.

    I'm so sick and tired of the hyperbolic and vitriolic Android fanboy-dom though. Everyone (not just on AP but everywhere) is still throwing tantrums about "the hideous bar with the logo" etc with a malevolence so thick that you'd think it's a specific personal insult aimed directly at them, without even actually *knowing* anything about what is underneath or what kind of technical challenges required it. At least wait for the ifixit teardown or something before pretending that it's such a trivial thing to pull off that it's really a blasphemy on HTC's part. Sure, N5 has a smaller chassis, and slimmer bezels all around, but it also does not have two rear cameras and fantastic front facing speakers. Not your cup of tea and you'd prefer slimmer bezels to those (genuinely positive) additions? Fine. Then buy the fucking N5, don't say "Oh, it's terrible". Terrible? Really? This phone is *terrible*? I wonder if these are all the same idiots who say "OnePlus One is def. my next phone" even though we haven't seen *anything* about the device, or who give 1-star ratings to apps on the Play Store "because it doesn't support ART" or it doesn't do that one niche thing he'd like it to do or whatever./rant

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      U mad, bro?

      • Fonce Falooda

        Hey, if he were really mad, you'd know it. And then you'd be dead.

  • Cody Shiranai

    WOW... I'm actually impressed, the carrier sites ACTUALLY did update to include the M8 on their smartphone pages (but not on the front page, and technically sort of buried). So much for getting people's attention. The Verizon site is still directing to the 2013 HTC One, AT&T buried the M8 6 rows down below other phones, and Sprint is the only one that had it on the front page.

    I assume they will all work on it. and yes, i is the asking price of $200 on contract, $649 off.

  • dandroid13

    Both Ones are ugly but the 2013 version was less ugly. Too bad it's a HTC...

  • Cody Shiranai

    At $200 bucks on contract and potentially losing unlimited data, should one get the M8 or put an extra $100 bucks to get the Note 3 or not bother with either at those prices anyway (one is old and the other not quite worth it?)

    • Martin

      Buy G2 or wait for G3 or Note 4!

      • Cody Shiranai

        I wasn't talking about me or saying other options, I'm talking specifically about those two options. I don't want a phone witout MicroSD, so the G2 is a complete no-go.

  • madmaglio

    Fixed.

    • Stanley Chan

      Thats should be the screen. To much bezel, why this? Just kill this goddamn bezel!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So HTC has literally "stolen" the Swipe2Unlock as seen in custom kernels and Knock Cose from LG devices? Way to go :/

  • Justin S

    I ask this in Galaxy S5 post: As a LG G2 owner, would this be a worthy upgrade, or sound I continue on with my Master Race G2?

    • Martin

      No! G2 is so much better! Even the aluminum body doesn't worth it! :-)

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Infowerx Solutions

    No Qi charging, huh?

  • Alphajoe

    I can't say that I wouldn't like the general improvements over my M7. SD Card Slot, Dual Camera, the new CPU and a larger battery all seem reasonable.

    Unfortunately, what I absolutely can't live with is the larger size of the phone. With the success of all this 5"+ phones I'm feeling like I'm the only person in the world, who thinks that this is a bit huge to hold in one hand (though I do have quite large hands).

    I would say that the M7 is quite perfect for me, but anything larger is definitely too much. I might even go with 4.5".

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    What's that rectangular white aluminium rimmed thing at 00:14-:00:15 mark in the first video?

  • Badouken

    Gosh so much hate and arguing in these comment sections.. .. What happened happened to just being thankful for what we have / get and respecting others opinions and enjoying a similar hobby while exchanging ideas... Oh wait it's the internet I forgot... People need to shit on each other to feel better about themselves and their choices.... Nevermind!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    why did they move the power button to the top left side? i was just getting used to it on the top right!

  • master94

    HTC just doesn't know marketing at all. Tell me why I should buy this over another phone, how hard is that to do HTC. So many great features yet they never mention them

  • Karen

    Does anyone know if it's got a Dual sim?