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Friday, June 6, 2014

HTC One M7 vs new HTC One M8 (2014) comparison review: new HTC One offers bigger display, better camera


The new HTC One M8 is set to be one of the biggest phones of 2014. It combines great performance and build with a stylish body. But what does this new Android phone offer over the original HTC One? Here we compare the HTC One M7 with the new HTC One (M8) 2014 to find out whether it is worth upgrading.

Screen size and quality is a great way to choose between two smartphones – you'll want to pick a size that's comfortable for you personally.

Although the HTC One has a 4.7in screen, the handset doesn't feel too large in the hand. And that display is worth the extra bulk. It's a Full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution display, giving a pixel density of 469pp. It is a staggeringly sharp display.

How can the new HTC One M8 improve on it? Well the M8 now has a slightly larger 5in display and navigation buttons have been moved on-screen. The phone's resolution remains at Full HD meaning a pixel density of 441ppi while the contrast ratio and viewing angles are better. It's a 5in, Full HD (1080 x 1920), 441ppi display. So the original will be marginally sharper, but the new HTC One's display is bigger.

The HTC One shares the metallic straight sides and rounded corners of the iPhone 5s. It looks rather like the back of the iPhone 5 but with a screen in between the top and bottom strips. In terms of build quality, it is one of the best smartphones around. The HTC One is put together beautifully with a combination of aluminium and glass. The HTC measures 68 x 137 x 9.3mm and weighs 143g.

The chassis of the new HTC One M8 is machined from a single piece of aluminium which is treated for its glossy finish and now wraps around to the front of the phone. Three colours are available: Metal Grey, Arctic Silver and Amber Gold.The front-facing stereo speakers, aka BoomSound, have gained a performance boost. This is thanks to larger speaker chambers and a redesigned amplifier.  

The new HTC One M8 measures 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm and weighs 160g. It's ever so slightly thicker, and a little heavier than its predecessor.

The original HTC One impressed us with its benchmark results. Thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it aced our GeekBench 2 test with a record clinching score of 2721 points.

It also managed outstanding results in GLBenchmark. The HTC One got 34fps which suggests it will play high-end games nicely. And a Sunspider test result of 1213ms suggests that javascript performance is no problem.

Like the iPhone 5s, the new HTC One M8 has a co-processor. HTC's low-power chip keeps sensors awake for features like Motion Launch Gestures and can also track activity without a separate device via the pre-loaded Fitbit app.

The new HTC One M8 offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core (Krait 400) processor with HTC co-processor running at 2.3GHz. You get an Adreno 330 GPU with 2GB RAM.

We haven't fully tested it yet but, while these are both superfast smartphones, the new HTC One M8 is likely to be the faster.


With no expandable storage available on the original HTC One, storage is an area to consider closely. The HTC One has two storage options, offering just 32GB and 64GB capacities.

Fast forward to the new HTC One M8 and HTC has mixed things up. The M8 has only 16GB of internal storage but now comes with expandable storage. (There is a 32GB model but it is unlikely to be available in Europe, HTC says.) The 16GB version has a microSD card slot which can accept up to 128GB cards. The phone also comes with 65GB of free Google Drive cloud storage.

The addition of an expansion slot is a big win for the new HTC One.

The HTC One's main camera is rated at 'just' 4Mp. But this Ultrapixel camera lets in more light and is great in low-light situations. It can record video at 1080p. There's also a front-facing camera  with a 2.1Mp sensor - this can also capture 1080p video at 30fps.

One of the new HTC One M8's headlines features is Duo Camera. The main Ultrapixel camera takes photos like normal but the second sensor captures depth information allowing users to refocus shots after they've been taken. It's a 4.1Mp Ultrapixel 'Duo Camera' that captures Full HD video. Around the front is a 5Mp wide angle camera with and f/2.2 aperture.

Both handsets have good smartphone cameras, but expect the new HTC One M8 to offer something better.

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC's Sense 5 overlay. This is a great operating system that offers a slick user experience and access to the Google Play store.

But it's not as good as the software on the new HTC One M8. The latest version of HTC's user interface, Sense 6.0, launches with the M8 on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Users can personalise BlinkFeed to a greater degree, change the theme of the software and even the font.

Operating software is always a subjective choice, to a degree. But KitKat is better than Jelly Bean, and we like what we have seen of the latest version of Sense. (See also: The 6 best budget smartphones.)

It's worth noting that neither the HTC One nor the new HTC One has a removable battery. The original offers decent smartphone battery performance of one to two days with an average usage. The HTC One has a non-removable battery rated at 8.5Wh, a 2300mAh-capacity cell. With regular use it lasted a little over a day.

The mew HTC One M8 has a larger battery at 2600mAh and an Extreme Power Saving mode that means the device can last for up to 30 hours on just 10 percent of charge, according to HTC. We'll be testing this out in due course, but suffice to say we expect the new HTC One M8 to offer better battery life than the original.

For the original HTC One you have to shell out £467 inc VAT to pick up the 32GB flavour - these days. But it launched toward the top of the market. Expect the new HTC One M8 to launch at around £550 inc VAT - and come down slowly. It will likely be cheaper than the most expensive iPhones, Sony Xperias and Samsung Galaxys. But only just.

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