HTC has just announced the HTC One M8 smartphone which replaces the less-than-a-year-old HTC One with a larger and more powerful handset. But how exactly has HTC gone about improving on the HTC One - which last month was crowned the best smartphone in the world - and is a price hike going to deliver good value for the discerning consumer? Let's break down the main differences and take a look.
The most obvious change HTC has made is to increase the size and resolution of the display. Phones are getting bigger every year, and HTC clearly didn't want to get left out of the trend. Building on the 4.7in screen of the HTC One by decking out its new flagship with a 5in display, this is one spec the Taiwanese manufacturer isn't intending to miss out on.
Fans hoping for a significant resolution upgrade will be disappointed, however - there's no 4K or QHD to be found on the HTC One M8, with the resolution staying resolutely at 1,920 x 1,080. Because of the screen size upgrade, this unfortunately brings the pixel density from a magnificent 468PPI down to 441PPI.
CPU, GPU and RAM
In a matter of months, a lot can change in the processor world, and this is reflected by the chip HTC has decided to place at the heart of the HTC One M8. Centre-stage is its Snapdragon 801 SoC, which runs at a respectable 2.3GHz.
This chip means the phone shouldn't have any trouble smoothly running any app you throw at it. This combination beats the original One's 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC and Adreno 320 GPU pairing, though the 2GB of RAM remains unchanged.
Size and weight
That larger screen on the HTC One M8 has in turn led to a larger, heavier body. At 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm, it towers over the original One, which comes in at a slightly smaller 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm.
The former flagship's 143g weight is nothing compared to the M8's 160g.
More space in the larger body means room for a larger battery, and that's exactly what HTC has included in the new One M8.
It has a 2,600mAh juice pack, which should get you up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, according to HTC. Compare that to the HTC One, which packs a 2,300mAh battery that promises just 18 hours.
HTC attempted to break the camera-phone mould when it released the original One, introducing the world to its Ultrapixel lens, and proceeded to slap it on the mini and max variants of the handset as well. The main camera of the HTC One M8 has continued that tradition. Packed with not one, but two of that same Ultrapixel lens, the HTC One M8 can shoot in primitive 3D, and can refocus immediately after taking one photo to snap another one straightaway.
As for selfie fans, they'll be pleased to know that the HTC One M8 packs an impressive 5-megapixel front-facing camera, compared to the original flagship's 2.1-megapixel self-snapper.
On the connectivity front, HTC has improved on its Wi-Fi technology for the M8, now offering ac bands of coverage to the 802.11 a / b / g / n in the HTC One. Apart from that move towards modern industry standards, both phones feature near-field communication (NFC), Bluetooth v.4.0 and 4G LTE, so there's really very little differentiation between them on this front.
The new HTC One M8 will be offered in 16GB and 32GB models, whereas the original One came in 32GB and 64GB variants. However, the M8 will pack a microSD slot, so there's no need to panic if you're big on files.
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|HTC One M8|
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Processor and battery
Claimed 3G talk time
Up to 20h
Up to 18h
Storage and memory
16GB / 32GB
32GB / 64GB
802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
802.11 a / b / g / n
Integrated wireless charging
146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean