The HTC One mini is expected to be replaced very soon and its successor is rumoured to be called as the HTC One mini 2. With its announcement expected to happen very soon, more images of the device has surfaced. @Evleaks have just released what appears to be its official press image as shown above which indicates 3 different colours – dark grey, silver and gold.
In terms of specs, the new mini 2 is speculated to be having a 4.5″ HD 720p display and runs on a modest Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. The back camera is said to be a 13MP shooter with a single LED flash.
Interestingly PhoneArena has gotten a picture of the new HTC One mini with a different colour scheme. It is in silver but comes with yellow accents which you can check out after the break.
UPDATE: Official new HTC One mini press renders leaked. Reveals one assisted LED flash and different sensor placement at the front.
After the HTC One M8, HTC is expected to release its compact aluminium smart phone to replace its current HTC One mini. For the first time, its purported image has appeared revealing a similar One M8 design which isn’t surprising at all. At the back, it is seen with just one instead of two cameras that’s found on its new One M8. This matches its earlier speculation that the mini smart phone would be opting for a 13MP shooter instead of a 4MP Ultrapixel camera. For selfie shots, the front gets a 5MP camera just like its bigger sibling.
In terms of specs, the One M8 mini is said to be running on a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Over at the front, it gets a slightly bigger 4.5″ display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution and it also ditches the front capacitive buttons for on-screen buttons. As you would expect, it will be running on Android 4.4 with the latest Sense 6.0 UI. In terms of naming, @evleaks has tweeted that it would be called as the HTC One mini 2, which we admit that sounds pretty weird. In terms of availability, the One M8 mini is expected to be launched in Taiwan at the end of this month.
It is obvious that HTC is banging on its premium aluminium body instead of specs for its compact One device. Spec-wise it pales in comparison with the current Sony Xperia Z1 Compact which offers a faster Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.7MP Camera and a water resistant body for just RM1,699. When the HTC One mini was launched in Malaysia, it carried the price tag of RM1,699 which is quite expensive for it is low-spec offering. If only HTC followed Sony’s route of offering top notch hardware in a smaller package.
The HTC One M8 has the best smart phone body construction but it is pricier than its direct rivals. If they plan to fight off the Galaxy S5 and even the Oppo Find 7 in terms of price, they would need to come out with an affordable solution. Now HTC is reported to be making a cheaper and plastic based version of its latest flagship which could be released as early as next month.
Word has it that the plastic version would be priced around 3,000 Chinese Yuan (RM1,566) which is a drastic price difference from its current aluminium clad HTC One M8 that carries a 5,299 Yuan (RM2,767) price tag in China. Availability and spec details are very limited at the moment and we are not sure if this would make it to international markets.
In terms of naming, we doubt they would use the “One” branding which is synonymous to premium aluminium design. However this could be as a replacement model for the current HTC Butterfly S. Last year, the Butterfly S serves as an alternative to its flagship model with a micro SD slot, faster 1.9GHz processor, larger 5″ Full HD display, bigger 3,200mAh battery while featuring the same Ultrapixel camera and Boom Sound stereo speakers. When it was released, the Butterfly S was priced at RM100 more than the HTC One. Somehow the upgraded hardware isn’t enough to justify the extra premium over the better built HTC One.
Will a plastic HTC One M8 push more sales for the struggling smart phone maker? It all depends on price and positioning. Competition is getting stiff and we have Chinese manufacturers including Oppo releasing high-end devices at affordable prices. At the same time, they would need to find differentiation to avoid cannibalising their own flagship model.
Undeniably, the HTC One M8 is currently the best built and looking smartphone we’ve seen so far. It improves over its already premium feeling HTC One from last year and they have taken a step further with better use of metal and a new treatment that makes it silky smooth to touch. While the previous One has a metal back, the sides are actually layered with polycarbonate. The new HTC One M8 incorporates 20% more metal at the back which flows across the sides and onto the edges of the display giving a seamless unibody feeling without any sharp edges.
HTC has just released a video highlighting the design of the new One and their pursuit of making a device with striking design that feels good to hold. On the downside, the design makes it rather hard to repair but its durable design is proven to withstand drops better than other smart phone rivals.
The HTC One M8 has just gone on sale in Singapore but still no word of its official availability yet in Malaysia. If you can’t wait, the HTC One M8 can be yours right now at RM2,598 through grey importers.
Watch the HTC One M8 design story video after the break.
The HTC One with its all aluminium design is rather durable but it can be a pain to repair according to iFixit. Now with the new HTC One M8 for 2014, it seems to be easier now. Slightly easier to be exact.
Opening the device from the front is more possible than the older model but the internals are still being put together with lots of glue and connector cables. The 2,600mAh capacity battery remains hidden below the mother with more adhesive and requires about 10 cable connectors to be disconnected. If you do happen the break the front glass, replacing it can be tricky as the display is fused together with the digitiser. In the tear down, they have found the display and digitiser combo to be rather thin at just 2.1mm, and you would need to disassemble almost the entire device just to replace it. Overall, it scores a rather low 2 out of 10 in iFixit repairability score, which is 1 step better than the previous HTC One.
Watch the iFixit tear down video and step by step disassembly after the break.
HTC has finally lifted the covers off its new flagship smartphone. With a 5-inch full HD Super LCD 3 Gorilla Glass 3 display, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and two cameras at the back, the new HTC One (M8) is much improved over its predecessor but with capable competitors like the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, is it good enough?
This is our first impressions of the HTC One (M8).
Anticipation for HTC’s new flagship smartphone may have had a negative affect on the device. With all the leaks — and most of them fairly accurate — there was very little to look forward to when HTC finally made the One (M8) official. But the leaks can only take partial blame to the mixed reactions that HTC is getting for its new device. The bigger saboteur in this case could be HTC themselves.
On the surface of things, the One (M8) looks to be on par with its contemporary, the 2.5GHZ Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM is probably the best processor you can get right now and the all-new unibody chassis is the best we’ve ever seen but in many ways the One (M8) is overwhelmed by the competition.
The newly announced all new HTC One comes with a new all aluminium design but on paper, it lacks the water and dust resistance that its rivals do. The Sony Xperia Z2 comes with IP58 rating which can withstand being submerged under 1.5 metres for 30 minutes while the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rated at IP67 which is below 1 metre of depth.
So is the All new HTC One water resistant? A new video shows the HTC One (M8) being submerged under water for 90 minutes and it still works. While this indicates that the device is somewhat ready for accidental liquid encounters, do note that HTC isn’t claiming anything about being waterproof.
Check out the video after the break and also included is a destruction test involving keys and hammers.
The previous HTC One was one of our top smart phones for 2013. Its aluminium unibody design stands out from the barrage of plasticky smart phones that had been common with Android smart phones. For the new HTC One (M8), they have improved its build quality to a whole new level with better aluminium finish which extends all the way to the edge of its display.
Along with its new hardware, they have also added a couple of smart features including the ability to tap to wake and launch preset apps by swiping. Without further ado, watch our hands-on video of the new One (M8) after the break.
The newly announced all new HTC One (M8) improves over its previous HTC One in both exterior build quality and internal hardware. In terms of processing power, it is updated with a faster 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, matching its direct rival the Samsung Galaxy S5. In terms of availability, the new One will be rolling out in the coming weeks and it will be offered on contract in Malaysia through Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile.
Check out the full hardware specs of the all new HTC One after the break.
The HTC One (M8) uses the same UltraPixel rear camera as the original while at the front, you get a 5MP BSI camera with a wide angle f/2.0 lens. Both the front and rear cameras shoots 1080p videos. HTC claims the camera hardware and software on the One (M8) has been updated to improve better picture quality, and hopefully the notorious purple tint issue from the original HTC One has been resolved as well.
What’s unique about the HTC One (M8) is the secondary camera located just above the primary rear camera. The secondary camera acts as a depth sensor allowing you to enhance the depth-of-field in pictures after the picture has been taken. HTC has also added new filters and effects to take advantage of the dual-camera setup. Also new for the One (M8) is the dual-tone flash that HTC claims produces a more natural lighting and reduces flash-burns.
In the camera department the HTC One (M8) is overshadowed by both in pixel count, sensor size and video recording resolution — the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 16MP rear camera with a 1/2.6″ sensor while the Xperia Z2 has a 20.7MP rear camera with a 1/2.3″ sensor, both are capable of shooting 4k videos. However, HTC’s UltraPixel camera still has the largest individual pixel size compared to the two.
In terms of picture quality, we can’t say we’re impressed with the improved UltraPixel camera. Like the original HTC One, noise and lack of detail is still a major issue while the claimed low-light advantage is not immediately apparent.
Head on over to after the jump for some sample shots taken using the HTC One (M8) and let us know what you think about the UltraPixel camera.
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