With the HTC One M9 now available in Europe, HTC has taken the wraps off a refreshed version of its predecessor for European markets. The new HTC One M8s brings a familiar curved metal design to the table, along with trademark HTC features like the Duo camera and BoomSound front speakers, only now powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. That's the same mid-level ARM64 chip powering the company's main mid-ranger, the Desire 820.
Same all-metal design on the outside; new CPU, bigger battery and refreshed camera on the inside.
Other hardware changes from the M8 include a jump up to a 2,840mAh battery, same as the M9, and a 13-megapixel main camera, backed up by the depth-sensing Duo camera. Out of the box it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop alongside HTC's Sense 6 UI — the same software experience you'll find on a fully-updated vanilla M8, but not yet the latest Sense 7 software from the M9.
Elsewhere, the One M8s closely matches the hardware of its forerunner, and it comes in the same three main color options: silver, gold and gunmetal grey. As you can see, it looks pretty much identical to the regular Snapdragon 801-powered M8. From a user experience perspective, though, the main difference should be slightly improved battery life thanks to a more efficient chip and larger cell.
The HTC One M8s will sell for £379.99 in the UK. We'll bring you more on pricing and availability as we get it.
HTC One M8s hardware specifications
|Size||146.41 x 70.61 x 9.55mm|
|CPU||Qualcomm® Snapdragon 615, octa-core
64-bit, 4 x 1.7GHz + 4 x 1.0GHz
|Platform||Android 5.0 Lollipop, HTC Sense|
|Total storage||16GB + microSD up to 128GB|
|Networks||2G/2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G – UMTS: 850/900/2100 MHz
4G LTE: FDD: Bands 3,5,7,8,20
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Magnetic sensor, Sensor hub|
|Connectivity||NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, Wifi 802.11ac, 2.4 + 5GHz, DLNA, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, microUSB 2.0 port|
|Rear camera||13MP Duo Camera, f/2.0, 28mm lens, 1080p video recording|
|Front camera||5MP, f/2.8, 33.7mm lens, 1080p video recording|
|Location||Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS|
|Battery||Capacity: 2840 mAh
Talk time: Up to 23.95 hours for 2G/ 20.25 hours for 3G
Standby time: Up to 629 hours for 2G / 753 hours for 3G
|Additional features||All metal unibody
Dot matrix case support