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Official debut expected at MWC

HTC’s next generation flagship smartphone, currently called the M8, has reportedly leaked ahead of schedule. The design of the phone looks very similar to the current HTC One with a few notable exceptions: the M8 appears to have two cameras on the back along with dual LED flash.
 
The secondary camera is tipped to allow post imaging focusing. That should mean, assuming the report is accurate, that the user would be able to snap a photo and then adjust the focus of the image through software.
 
Other rumored specs include a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch 1080p display. The device is expected to make an official appearance at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.
 
HTC will be vying for attention at MWC with Samsung’s next generation flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Source: Phandroid



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Good luck HTC
By techxx on 2/5/2014 10:28:39 AM , Rating: 1
Now that GS5 will be offering an aluminum body, they don't have much else to distinguish themselves from the competition. They may only have the advantage of Sense (best Android overlay I've witnessed to date), better sound, 1080p display (which I think is better than GS5's almost "too high" high res), and possibly better battery life.




RE: Good luck HTC
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 10:39:15 AM , Rating: 2
Kind of a let down. HTC needs to take some risks and shake things up. This looks like just a HTC One refresh, is that all we have to look forward to?

Not that the HTC One wasn't a great phone, it was. It should have sold in much higher numbers than it did, but oh well, time to adjust your strategy HTC.

Come up with something, even if it's a gimmick, to get people talking about your phones and looking at them and wanting to buy them. Beats Audio wasn't it apparently.


RE: Good luck HTC
By techxx on 2/5/2014 11:04:58 AM , Rating: 3
HTC did almost everything right with the HTC One. Even today I think it's the best Android phone you can get. Taking risks isn't why HTC didn't sell the numbers it deserved, but the fact Samsung has an extraordinary marketing budget on and the well established "Galaxy" brand. Apple is another good example of how marketing is everything!


RE: Good luck HTC
By RapidDissent on 2/5/2014 11:30:35 AM , Rating: 3
Exactly right.

People are herd animals. Herding helped both the iPhone and the Galaxy S take flight.

HTC needs to put ~10,000 of these in the hands of ordinary people so they can get out in the world and talk it up.

My DNA is a fantastic phone. I will get an HTC again if they are still around in 18mo.


RE: Good luck HTC
By FITCamaro on 2/5/2014 1:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad HTC dropped support for the DNA after like 4 months.


RE: Good luck HTC
By GulWestfale on 2/5/2014 7:23:28 PM , Rating: 4
i don't use a samsung phone because of herd mentality. i tried the iphone, i had a symbian device, and i have owned several android phones (ranging from crappy ZTE ones to good sony xperia ones).
the reasons i currently use a samsung galaxy note are:
- good OLED screen
- replaceable battery (perfect for long flights or even just to swap out a battery during the day; they're 8 bucks on amazon)
- micro SD slot so i can take all my music with me
- build quality. i have dropped my note a couple of times, and instead of cracking the flexible back cover simply pops off. no damage. that cover can be replaced by all sorts of other plastic or even metal covers, by the way (once again, amazon).

so, until HTC gets swappable batteries and SD card slots, i won't buy one of their phones. i don't see why i should get less functionality for the same price. if i wanted that, i could go back to CRapple.


RE: Good luck HTC
By tayb on 2/6/2014 8:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
Don't bother with the hipsters. If you are using a popular phone you must be a sheep according to this crowd.

It's not uncommon to see this type of mentality here: "Oh you're using an iPhone? You must be a tech illiterate sheep."


RE: Good luck HTC
By Reclaimer77 on 2/6/2014 10:47:51 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there are millions of iPhone users who aren't sheep and have legitimate impartial reasons for using that device.

They just don't post here :)


RE: Good luck HTC
By Da W on 2/6/2014 11:03:12 AM , Rating: 2
So i must be very special with my HTC Windows Phone!!!


RE: Good luck HTC
By Xplorer4x4 on 2/7/2014 1:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
Special..ed? Sorry couldn't resist. Actually I think WP would be my first choice outside of Android. Although the lack of customization does turn me off a bit. The lack of apps does a bit to but I suspect I would find a suitable app for the things I need so I suspect the lack of selection is a mute point in the end.


RE: Good luck HTC
By Rukkian on 2/5/2014 12:01:56 PM , Rating: 2
There were very few things that made the one not so great, and for me at least, it was the button layout, the camera and the smaller battery. If you are going to put non-replaceable battery, it needs to be huge. I went with the LG G2 due to the very large battery, and the soft buttons that I could rearrange through a custom rom. Having it have a beautiful screen (much better than GS4), and one of the best cameras really sold it for me.

I have never dealt with Sense, so I cannot comment on that. I actually don't mind the LG skin as much as I thought I would, but would still prefer to put a custom rom on it (once a good KK stable rom is out).

I am not down on HTC, and if they manage to stick around and change just a few things, I would be willing to give them a look.


RE: Good luck HTC
By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 4:49:14 PM , Rating: 1
HTC Butterfly S is a One with a larger battery, and microSD card.


RE: Good luck HTC
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 8:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
That none of us can buy :(


RE: Good luck HTC
By flyingpants1 on 2/6/2014 12:55:03 AM , Rating: 2
It's around $600 on ebay! And it actually does have LTE. Damn.

I think this is the first phone with almost no drawbacks and I will keep posting about it until the end of time.


RE: Good luck HTC
By Reclaimer77 on 2/6/2014 2:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
Yes it has LTE. However you wont get 4G LTE in the United States because it's not compatible with US LTE bands.

Why? I have no idea. Another brilliant move by HTC...


RE: Good luck HTC
By nafhan on 2/5/2014 1:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
get people talking about your phones and looking at them and wanting to buy them
I think that's the key. Maybe this camera will do that? It's a very cool piece of tech. You can have filters that simulate depth of field effects like bokeh with depth info - instead of just blurring the edges of the picture. It will also make autofocus problems a thing of the past.

I'm not going to say it's a game changer (it's not), but it's certainly more interesting than "Beats", and you're looking at $300+ to get this feature in a standlone device (Lytro). If they figure out how to get people to WANT this, it could sell some phones, IMO.


RE: Good luck HTC
By Solandri on 2/5/2014 6:19:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's a very cool piece of tech. You can have filters that simulate depth of field effects like bokeh with depth info - instead of just blurring the edges of the picture. It will also make autofocus problems a thing of the past.

Yup, this is the tech that is going to make the huge f/2.8 or f/2.0 portrait lens on the SLR obsolete. I saw this coming way back when the first digital point and shoots with their tiny sensors and enormous depth of field appeared in the late 1990s. I'm not sure the tech is quite ready yet (the small sensors also mean a lot of noise in poor lighting - only a bigger lens helps), but as sensors improve it is inevitable that this tech will take over.


RE: Good luck HTC
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 6:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think that's the key. Maybe this camera will do that?


That hasn't been working out so great for Nokia, so probably not.

Not that it isn't freaking cool.

It's shame HTC chose to spend what little marketing money they had on some vague and forgettable Robert Downy Jr. nonsense.


RE: Good luck HTC
By nafhan on 2/6/2014 10:22:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah... there's a little wishful thinking in my comment :)

I like HTC, and I think this is an interesting camera capability.


RE: Good luck HTC
By ipay on 2/5/14, Rating: 0
RE: Good luck HTC
By techxx on 2/5/2014 12:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
I hated Sense on my old EVO 4G, but Sense 5.0 is extremely attractive and snappy. TouchWiz has nothing on it. Also, nice job permanently blacklisting a company over a single mistake from the past.


RE: Good luck HTC
By ipay on 2/5/2014 1:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
I have no doubt what you say is true in regards to Sense 5.0. However, it wasn't a single mistake. I was happy with the device at initially, but updates crippled the device over time. So I'm blacklisting them over a series of mistakes. With other good options, I simply have no compelling reason to go back to them after that previous trend.


RE: Good luck HTC
By Reclaimer77 on 2/5/2014 4:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
Sense has gone from the absolute worst vendor UI, to now the best. Blinkfeed and Highlight Video are some of the best software kits I've seen on a stock Android phone. The UI as a whole is intuitive and non-intrusive. And it looks great visually.

I know HTC burned a lot of people years ago with bad Sense UI's, but look, it's 2014. Did Sense traumatize you to the point that you cannot even do the minimum research to note their improvements?


RE: Good luck HTC
By ipay on 2/6/2014 8:50:42 AM , Rating: 2
If Blinkfeed and Highlight Video are good and desirable tools for you, that's great. They don't add value to me and how I use my mobile devices.

Improvements were noted, but can you claim it's head and shoulders above the offerings from other vendors? It's a good product now, but not a stand out. Hardware wise it's easily bested now, for example. Until they have a product that significantly leads the pack, why should I support them? Just making improvements upon their previous bad work is not a compelling reason in my eyes.


Original ONE was good but
By GreenEnvt on 2/5/2014 1:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
I really liked my HTC One, but we switched cell providers and got all new phones now. I picked a LG G2 and while I like the form factor and durability of the ONE better, I am loving the battery life of the G2. It's night and day difference coming from the One.




S5
By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 4:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
What SoC are we expecting in the North American S5? Snapdragon 800 or 805?




Awesome!!!
By jharper12 on 2/5/2014 5:37:31 PM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to buy this a year after it's released on Verizon!




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