The New HTC One (M8) 2014 Announced: Gestures, Blinkfeed & Dual Rear Cameras

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This is the new HTC One (M8) unveiled in a conference few days ago. Although it spots a similar design to its predecessor, we feel it’s still the best looking Android smartphone. There are however some subtle changes – it now has a slight curve to its metallic unibody case, the audio connector has been moved to the bottom and has a rounder design.

[[perfectpullquote]]The new HTC One features a bigger 5-inch 1080p screen[/[perfectpullquote]]

Inside the new HTC One packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, a bigger 5″ 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM with Sense 6 on Android KitKat 4.4. It will come in the option of 16GB or 32GB onboard storage with microSD storage expandable up to 128GB. Other standard features include LTE support, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and WiFi (802.11ac).

The dual rear cameras are one of the main highlights of the new HTC One, which immediately reminds us of Lytro light field camera with the ability to refocus your pictures are taking them, a nifty feature but that digitally created bokeh are looking somewhat gimmicky and fake based on initial photos. HTC has also included a dual flash designed to balance skin tones and a slow-mo video feature similar to iPhone 5S.

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HTC One Dot View Case

Apart from the phone itself, HTC has designed a Dot View case which provides information in a retro dot-matrix format recognizing gestures without actually turning on the screen. It looks pretty classic and unique when paired together with the phone. Finally one of the most useful feature on the new HTC One is probably the Extreme Power Saving Mode, which adjusts reduces the phone functions to just text messages and phone calls when the phone hits 20% or less battery juice, offering an additional 60 hours of standby time.

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HTC is also attempting to solve the problems of wear and tear on buttons by supporting a lot of new gestures to turn on the phone or activate services and apps. The CNET video below shows some of the useful gestures and shortcuts to turn on the phone, activate camera, accessing Blinkfeed and home screen, and picking up calls automatically.

The new HTC One (M8) will be available in Singapore by April and will set you back in a price range of $800-$1,000 without contract. More information on the prices will be available soon.

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