HTC has launched their 2014 flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One (M8) in India starting at Rs.49,990 (~$830). The successor to the popular HTC One (M7) model was launched globally back in March this year, and the Taiwanese company has brought it to the Indian market within a month of its global launch. The phone will be available in all major retail stores starting May 7th. The phone will support all Indian LTE bands.
HTC One (M8) comes with a 5-inch Full HD (1080p) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm, along with 2GB of RAM. It runs the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat and carries the HTC Sense 6.0 UI. It has Duo camera setup with a primary UltraPixel camera (1/3″ BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens, pixel size of 2.0 microns) and a secondary rear camera to capture depth information. It has dual LED flash that automatically selects the right tone and intensity based on the scene.
It’s interesting to note that HTC is undercutting Samsung’s Galaxy S5 pricing by approximately Rs.1500 (~25), unlike last year, where they launched the original HTC One at a price much higher than the Galaxy S4. Both the flagship phones carry similar internals like Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4.2 etc, but differ greatly in terms of build quality and camera performance. You can check out our comparison of HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 to get an idea.
For some reason, HTC is sticking to its 4MP UltraPixel camera on the rear, but has introduced a depth sensing secondary camera which brings in features like UFocus that uses the depth information to easily change the focus of a photo, Foregrounder feature to apply fun and artistic filters to the background of an image and more. The camera has received mixed reviews so far, and is possible the weakest link in the armor.
HTC One M8 weighs around 160g which is on a higher side, but that’s a small price you need to pay for having full metallic body which looks stunning all the way. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, upgradable upto 128GB via the microSD slot. 2600mAh battery light sound less, but tests have shown that the battery life is quite good on HTC One M8.
HTC has announced that the Google Play Edition of HTC One M8 will also be available in India in coming weeks. For the uninitiated, Google Play Edition will run the near stock Android without HTC Sense UI. Also, the Dot View case will be available for Rs.2499.
Update: Google Play Edition of HTC One (M8) won’t be coming to India.