Specs summary

Screen
5"

The HTC One (M8)'s screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
4+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 4+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 20.7 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 1200 minutes (3G).



The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is uncommonly stylish, powerful, and advanced -- though sinfully priced.

- Brian Bennett , Cnet 


It’s powerful, fast, solidly and elegantly built and is set to become this year’s best smartphone.

- Cam Bunton , TmoNews 

Reviews summary

9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 81 reviews

What's good

  • Sleek and elegant phone design
  • Excellent speaker sound quality
  • Fast, lag-free performance
  • Color accurate and bright display

What's bad

  • Mixed camera performance
  • Non-removable battery
  • Poor repairability

When the HTC One (M7) first came out, fans and critics alike were singing its praises especially regarding its attractive design. HTC has taken the winning formula from its predecessor and improved upon it with the One M8. According to HTC, the chassis is now 90% metal, which does make the phone a bit heavy at 160 grams. Most experts didn't mind the additional weight however as the brushed aluminum body adds a layer of sophistication and elegance to the M8 not found in other smartphones. Gizmag praises the phone and calls it "stunning" and "striking."

At 5.76 inches tall and 2.78 inches wide the HTC One M8 is slightly larger than its predecessor, but that's because it comes with a larger 5-inch display. The full HD display offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 441ppi. Although the colors on the screen aren't as vivid as Samsung phones, reviewers were quite happy with its even saturation and accurate color reproduction. In a side-by-side testing with its predecessor, Trusted Reviews found the whites on the M8 to very clear and pure and blacks to be very deep. Unfortunately, the phone still struggles with issues of screen reflectivity due in part to the coating of Gorilla Glass 3, though critics note that at top brightness the screen is very legible in bright sunshine.

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Armed with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, its is no slouch in terms of performance. When pitted against its competitors, like the iPhone 5S, it managed to outshine them in almost every benchmark test. Hands-on testing back up the synthetic tests as The Guardian describes the overall experiences as "lightning-quick" with no issues of lag or slowness anywhere.

Despite having a powerful processor and HD display, the battery lasted around a full day of mixed usage for most critics and 10 hours when put through various battery draining tests. The only drawback is that the battery is not removable, so you can't carry around spares to switch out when the battery dies. There are power-saving options to improve battery life like reducing screen brightness, turning off data connection and conserving CPU usage. There's also a new extreme power saving mode that transforms turns off almost every feature except SMS and phone calls. The M8 also comes equipped with up to 32GB of internal storage, LTE connection clocked at 150 mbps download and dual-band Wi-Fi.

Probably the one feature that disappointed reviewers was the 4MP rear camera. Although it utilizes HTC's UltraPixel technology, most immediately discovered its limitation when zooming into pictures and dealing with low-light situations. Photo quality itself is hit or miss and Ars Technica notes, "M8 images always seem like washed-out, dreary versions of whatever we were shooting." Still, the camera does add some new and interesting features such as UFocus which uses a second lens to retrieve depth information and allows you to focus on a specific spot and defocus on everything else. There's also a plethora of other background effects, filters and apps to customize the appearance of each picture.

One surprising standout feature is the front-mounted speakers. Utilizing BoomSound, the M8 delivers what reviewers consider one of the best sound experiences on a smartphone. The technology allowed HTC to increase the volume by 25 percent and improve frequency range for richer tones. Trusted Reviews backs up this claim saying, "…it does have the mid-range body that you don't get elsewhere."

Critics have no issue recommending this product to those looking for a premium device. Tech Radar states, "The HTC One (M8) is a brilliant smartphone with very few flaws." Neowin adds, "…We have no doubt that if you go and buy and HTC One (M8), it will put a huge smile on your face and keep you happy for a very long time." 


Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

beautiful phone, a modern classic

from TrustedReviews

The HTC One M8 is a beautiful phone, showcasing HTC’s exceptional design-prowess. It lives up to the very high standards set by its 2013 predecessor, the HTC One, in almost all departments. There are a few niggling issues with the camera that need work, but in every other area the HTC One M8 is a modern classic.

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The HTC One M8 is a beautiful phone, showcasing HTC’s exceptional design-prowess. It lives up to the very high standards set by its 2013 predecessor, the HTC One, in almost all departments. There are a few niggling issues with the camera that need work, but in every other area the HTC One M8 is a modern classic.

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Tech Advisor

Looks and feels gorgeous

from Tech Advisor

Like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, the new HTC One M8 isn't a big leap compared to the previous model. What HTC has done is taken a great phone and made it better. The M8 looks and feels gorgeous and with important upgrades including a microSD card slot and an innovative camera. This is one desira...More

Like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, the new HTC One M8 isn't a big leap compared to the previous model. What HTC has done is taken a great phone and made it better. The M8 looks and feels gorgeous and with important upgrades including a microSD card slot and an innovative camera. This is one desirable smartphone. The HTC One M9 is now available but the M8 remains a good choice since the 2015 model is very similar.

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APC

HTC has managed to take all our criticisms of last year’s One and fix them with the HTC One M8

from APC

Everything else in this phone is superb. The Boomsound front-facing speakers sound majestic when compared to rival handsets, the TV app and IR blaster plugs in to Aussie services and is easy to use, and the BlinkFeed news services is a truly useful service for catching up with relevant information...

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Everything else in this phone is superb. The Boomsound front-facing speakers sound majestic when compared to rival handsets, the TV app and IR blaster plugs in to Aussie services and is easy to use, and the BlinkFeed news services is a truly useful service for catching up with relevant information.

HTC has even done fitness the smart way by partnering with FitBit to turn the HTC One M8 into a mobile step tracker. Simply put, this is the best phone HTC has ever made, and the current frontrunner for phone of the year. 

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Fone Arena

Great design and build quality with smooth performance

from Fone Arena

Is this the best HTC device yet? Undoubtedly, but could the company have done certain things better, is still up for debate. The One M8 is easily one of the best looking, well-built Android smartphones ever made, and it improves upon its successor in many fronts. You have a bigger screen, a bette...More

Is this the best HTC device yet? Undoubtedly, but could the company have done certain things better, is still up for debate. The One M8 is easily one of the best looking, well-built Android smartphones ever made, and it improves upon its successor in many fronts. You have a bigger screen, a better front facing camera that keeps up with the times, a new second camera unit at the back for enabling interesting post process effects, but some things have remained the same, like for instance, the main camera unit. A 4 MP image with over-processed artifacts is something HTC should have fixed, and it remains one of the very few pain points of the whole One M8 experience. Other minor annoyances like a slippery body, the placement of the power/lock switch and the inability to directly install apps on the SD card aside, the HTC One M8 is truly a flagship, a bleeding edge device that could be well worth your money, depending on your priorities, of course. A quick look at the competition will tell you how better the design, the build quality, battery life and the music experience will be, on this device, and if you don’t mind the camera, which is not too shabby really, then the HTC One M8 is the flagship you deserve.

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Mobile88

The One M8 is one phone that not only begs for attention, it craves for it

from Mobile88

Mobile phones have become so common today that nobody bats an eyelid whenever someone is to whip one out. However, there remains a few that are bound to turn heads, no less because of aesthetics factors that may cause envious looks. The HTC One M8 is one such phone. Just when you thought HTC couldn’t possibly come up with anything that looks better than the HTC One, they did just that....

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Mobile phones have become so common today that nobody bats an eyelid whenever someone is to whip one out. However, there remains a few that are bound to turn heads, no less because of aesthetics factors that may cause envious looks. The HTC One M8 is one such phone. Just when you thought HTC couldn’t possibly come up with anything that looks better than the HTC One, they did just that.

As a “premium” phone, you don’t get more premium than the One M8. The material used is of the highest quality for a mobile device and one which is highly desirable. Strip away all the shiny bits however, the One M8 is still a decent performer which can hold up on its own against the some of the best out there at the moment. Definitely recommended.

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Digital Photography Review

Loaded with features and beautifully designed but the image quality of its camera cannot keep up

from Digital Photography Review

There is a lot to like about the HTC One M8. With its excellent build quality, all-metal body and vibrant screen it immediately feels like a premium device when you hold it in your hands and use it. It's loaded with imaging and non-imaging features alike and thanks to top-notch hardware components always feels snappy and responsive in operation....

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There is a lot to like about the HTC One M8. With its excellent build quality, all-metal body and vibrant screen it immediately feels like a premium device when you hold it in your hands and use it. It's loaded with imaging and non-imaging features alike and thanks to top-notch hardware components always feels snappy and responsive in operation.

Unfortunately the HTC is being let down by the image quality of its 4MP camera module. It delivers decent exposure and color across the ISO range but cannot match the level of detail captured by its peers and is plagued by a variety of image quality issues and artifacts that we would not expect to see even on cheap compact cameras.

Overall the HTC One M8 has a lot to offer for gadget lovers and users who like to spend time playing with and testing features, but mobile photographers who are concerned about image quality are better served elsewhere.

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AndroidSPIN

Every little detail oozes with quality

from AndroidSPIN

When you pick up the HTC One M8 it feels solid and comfortable. The curves just fit perfectly in your hand and the lack of sharp edges are welcome. The designers obviously paid a lot of attention to detail and in my opinion created something that has very little room for change.

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When you pick up the HTC One M8 it feels solid and comfortable. The curves just fit perfectly in your hand and the lack of sharp edges are welcome. The designers obviously paid a lot of attention to detail and in my opinion created something that has very little room for change.

Day to day use of this flagship device is flawless. Games look wonderful and sound amazing. Movies and other videos are bright and clear. We are already at the point where our phones are as powerful as our desktop computers so the manufacturers should stop adding bigger processors and start looking at better ways to utilize them.

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The Mobile Indian

A head turner for sure

from The Mobile Indian

At first sight, you may mistook it for the older HTC One but you will know the difference once you hold it. The M8 has much better metal finishing and its rear panel is more curved than what it was in HTC One that makes M8 more comfortable to hold and it fits in the palm quite well. Also, its gorgeous all Aluminium unibody with a smooth metal finish gives the device a premium look which it is meant to be.

The smartphone we didn't face any lag while playing games or opening apps. Frankly speaking the whole action of launching an app would complete before I blinked. The high end games which I enjoyed playing on the device were Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3....

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At first sight, you may mistook it for the older HTC One but you will know the difference once you hold it. The M8 has much better metal finishing and its rear panel is more curved than what it was in HTC One that makes M8 more comfortable to hold and it fits in the palm quite well. Also, its gorgeous all Aluminium unibody with a smooth metal finish gives the device a premium look which it is meant to be.

The smartphone we didn't face any lag while playing games or opening apps. Frankly speaking the whole action of launching an app would complete before I blinked. The high end games which I enjoyed playing on the device were Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3.

HTC One M8 is a smartphone that leaves no space for complaint against design or performance. The only problematic areas are camera and price. People who love flaunt their smartphone for its design and want trouble free performance, they can consider HTC One M8.

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Tech Advisor

Better than the original and now with a microSD card slot

from Tech Advisor

The HTC One M8 looks a lot like the original. However, there are some differences. The Taiwanese firm has used a uni-body aluminium design but the metal wraps around to the front rather than having a plastic strip around the edge. The corners of the phone are also more rounded. It has a brushed look and has been treated to gain its glossy finish. The device now uses around 90 percent metal compared to the M7's 70 percent....

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The HTC One M8 looks a lot like the original. However, there are some differences. The Taiwanese firm has used a uni-body aluminium design but the metal wraps around to the front rather than having a plastic strip around the edge. The corners of the phone are also more rounded. It has a brushed look and has been treated to gain its glossy finish. The device now uses around 90 percent metal compared to the M7's 70 percent.

If the performance of the HTC One was amazing, then we can barely think of a word suitable to describe the HTC One M8. In the older Geekbench 2 test, the M8 set a new record of 4171 points outpacing the LG G2 which scored 4085.

The M8 looks and feels gorgeous and with important upgrades including a microSD card slot and an innovative camera. This is one desirable smartphone.

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Cnet

Hyped Harman Kardon audio feature only amounts to spin

from Cnet

The One M8 HKE, while built on the bones of a superb mobile device, makes too many concessions to please Sprint. Sure, you can shut a lot of the carrier's bloatware off, but a ton of it still lives undead below the surface waiting to be resurrected if you're not careful.

The handset also doesn't deliver on all the lofty promises of a mind-blowing audio experience, at least any more than the standard HTC One M8. That's why I see no reason at all to buy the One M8 HKE over the ordinary model sold by Sprint -- unless you're really dying for a good pair of earbuds....

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The One M8 HKE, while built on the bones of a superb mobile device, makes too many concessions to please Sprint. Sure, you can shut a lot of the carrier's bloatware off, but a ton of it still lives undead below the surface waiting to be resurrected if you're not careful.

The handset also doesn't deliver on all the lofty promises of a mind-blowing audio experience, at least any more than the standard HTC One M8. That's why I see no reason at all to buy the One M8 HKE over the ordinary model sold by Sprint -- unless you're really dying for a good pair of earbuds.

Unless you need a good deal on a pair of Harman Kardon earbuds, there's no reason to pick this over the regular HTC One M8.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date March 25, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.83 W/kg
Body: 1.17 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 674 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 661 minutes
3G Surfing Time 537 minutes
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 840 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 20.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold, Red, Blue, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 160 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
4+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Exposure value, HDR, Twin-sensor
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC M8, All new HTC One, HTC One 2014, HTC One 2nd generation

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