New M8 HTC One Available Today for $199

New M8 HTC One Available Today for $199

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The 2014 One might be the best Android phone currently available.

Yearly hardware refreshes in the high-end smartphone space is now a commonality among all the major smartphone manufacturers, and HTC is no exception.

The 2014 HTC One (also known as the One (M8)) maintains the industrial design from the previous model, with some modifications. A new CPU (Snapdragon 801), battery (2,600 mAh), display (5-inch 1080p Super LCD 3), and dual camera system are the standout hardware features. Everything is wrapped up in Android 4.4.2 and the Sense 6 UI.

Speaking of the camera, the 5 MP UltraPixel shooter still seems to be the weak point (according to The Verge), similar to the 2013 One. Hopefully performance gets a boost in a software update. It's not all doom and gloom with the camera, though, thanks to UFocus. The second camera on the One (M8) is used for collecting depth information, which allows you to refocus the image after it's taken.

The general consensus (looping in Engadget and WSJ here) seems to be that the One (M8) is a fantastic piece of hardware, aside from the camera. The design, internal specs, and useful-but-not-overwhelming apps and UI tweaks all hit the right marks.

The One (M8) is availble on Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon today. While it's only available online for Sprint and AT&T, Verizon customers can find the phone in-store right now. The 16 GB version goes for $199, with a 32 GB version coming soon for $249.

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Y'know, I looked up how "bad" a 5MP camera is, and it turns out it means photos in 2560x1920. Considering my webcam can't even beat 480p, I hardly think that's too shoddy. Indeed, the website in question rates this as "excellent" and "photo quality"[1], depending on the image size.

[1] "On a photo-quality printer, the human eye should not be able to tell the difference at a normal viewing distance"

I am a bit confused about the nature of this article. Is it in any form paid for/sponsored?
Or is it just another part of the Escapist's current diversification and can be seen as basically summing up technical details and other pages' reviews so we know if the product is worth it -> mini review?

rofltehcat:
Is it in any form paid for/sponsored?

I seriously doubt that. The camera is shit and they're acknowledging that fact.

I think it's just a "Hey, that phone from 2013 has a new version. check it out".

rofltehcat:
I am a bit confused about the nature of this article. Is it in any form paid for/sponsored?
Or is it just another part of the Escapist's current diversification and can be seen as basically summing up technical details and other pages' reviews so we know if the product is worth it -> mini review?

We didn't review the HTC One -- just summing up the specs (which weren't officially confirmed until reviews hit today), while pointing to a few solid reviews around the web (Verge, WSJ, Engadget).

As for the camera, it's not a megapixel issue. It's a software issue, which is something that could be fixed later in an OTA update, I think (I hope).

--Devin Connors

rofltehcat:
I am a bit confused about the nature of this article. Is it in any form paid for/sponsored?
Or is it just another part of the Escapist's current diversification and can be seen as basically summing up technical details and other pages' reviews so we know if the product is worth it -> mini review?

I don't think the Escapist is paid to run these articles, but it does seem awfully out of place on this site. It's never been a gadget review site, and they certainly don't make an effort to report on every new smart phone. So this seems a bit random. Maybe just a slow news day or something.

Personally I've never been a fan of HTC's interface. Seems more clunky and fewer options than my Galaxy S3. And since the article doesn't explain what's new/good about the "Sense 6 UI", it really isn't that informative.

Avaholic03:

I don't think the Escapist is paid to run these articles, but it does seem awfully out of place on this site. It's never been a gadget review site, and they certainly don't make an effort to report on every new smart phone. So this seems a bit random. Maybe just a slow news day or something.

This is why I asked. It just seemed out of place somehow and they had sponsored posts in the news sections before IIRC and maybe might just have forgotten a disclaimer or something. I probably woudn't even have noticed it on Ars Technica.

SKBPinkie:

rofltehcat:
Is it in any form paid for/sponsored?

I seriously doubt that. The camera is shit and they're acknowledging that fact.

I think it's just a "Hey, that phone from 2013 has a new version. check it out".

If I want to take a good photo, I'll use my DSLR, or my iphone, probably the camera though.

 

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