The HTC One M8 received rave reviews when it was released last year, with the flagship smartphone holding its own well to a great extent against rival flagship devices from Apple and Samsung. Although we have already seen the HTC One M9 which appeared aimed at competing with Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 (including the Edge variant), an upgrade to the original One M8 – the HTC One M8s – has been announced. The latest device not only brings more features to the table, it also comes at a more affordable price.
Build and Display
The HTC One M8s is a lot like the original device, featuring a full brushed aluminium unibody design. While weighing the same 160 grams as the One M8, this new smartphone is slightly thicker at 9.55 millimetres. It comes in gold, silver and gunmetal grey. The phone packs similar a 5-inch display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and pixel density of 440 ppi. This screen should make for awesome rendering of images and videos.
Camera and Storage
Unlike the HTC One M8 which uses a 4MP UltraPixel Duo Camera, the One M8s packs an improved 13MP rear camera for quality images. On the front of the elegant smartphone is a 5MP shooter for superb selfies. Both the rear and front cameras boasts full HD (1080p) video recording capability. Standard onboard storage of 16GB should provide ample space for storing pictures and videos captured. A microSD card can be used to add up to 128GB extra storage space.
Power and Performance
The HTC One M8s is kitted with a powerful processor to ensure highly responsive performance. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip whose ARM Cortex A53 cores runs at 1.7GHz, compared to the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor used on the HTC One M8. In addition, this new chipset is 64-bit compatible. The processor is backed by an Adreno 405 graphics processor and 2GB of RAM. Out of the box, HTC One M8s runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system. Performance is supported by a battery with a larger capacity of 2840 mAh, as against the 2600mAh battery available on the original One M8.
With IPX3 certification, the HTC One M8s is water-resistant. Users can enjoy quality sound with two front-facing stereo speakers complemented by HTC BoomSound technology. Connectivity offerings include microUSB 2.0, NFC, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. MirrorLink, over-the-air sync and tethering are also supported.
Pricing and Availability
HTC seems to aim for the HTC One M8s to be an upper mid-range device at a price of $500, which works out to slightly less than N100,000 in Nigeria, based on the prevailing exchange rate. The price is indeed impressive given the fact that the HTC One M8 sold for around $700 when it was released last year. Availability information has not yet been released.
If you would still like to have more information about the HTC One M8, you may head on over to the official page.