HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7)
Gambles are warranted in the mobile space, that’s how things move forward with momentum. Some pan out for the best, while others are crushing blows that catapult companies back to the drawing board. Last year, veteran smartphone maker HTC took the biggest gamble with the HTC One, a smartphone that eventually became the company’s best-selling and most popular smartphone of all time.
The competition was thick and fierce during 2013, and by the year’s end, the HTC One’s presence in the space became a bit clouded – due to immense competition it had to deal with throughout the year. Nonetheless, no one really came close to producing a smartphone that matched the HTC One’s premium metal design. As if the smartphone wasn’t a gamble on its own, the Taiwanese based company took another gamble with its ‘UltraPixel’ camera. Touted for its low lighting performance and larger pixel size, HTC believed that the combination would be enough to steer consumers’ minds to thinking that more megapixels doesn’t necessarily translate to better photos.
Well, we know too dearly how that all panned out, as the quality from its ‘UltraPixel’ camera couldn’t quite keep up with its rivals. For 2014, HTC improved every single aspect of the phone for its successor, the 2014 version of the HTC One. Obviously, there are specific reasons as to why you should pick up one smartphone over the other, but nevertheless, we know some of you are itching to know exactly how much better the new HTC One fares against the old – so let’s find out for sure how HTC is able to follow up.
It’s plainly evident how the design of HTC One has evolved with this latest model, since we feel as though it moves in the correct direction by being sturdier in construction, more stylish, and comfortable to hold. First and foremost, we really enjoy how the new HTC One features more metal with its design. In fact, the chassis is now comprised out of 90% metal, in comparison to the 70% figure of its predecessor. Looking meticulously at the brushed aluminum casing of the new HTC One, it absolutely has more of a pronounced metal appearance due to the milling process – whereas with the old HTC One, it’s seems subdued by comparison.
Of course, the size difference between the two shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, especially when the new HTC One bears a larger 5-inch display. You’d think that the smaller footprint of the 2013 HTC One (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches versus 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches) would benefit it in making it the comfier handset to handle in the hand, but that’s not exactly the result. Considering that the metal frame of the new HTC One extends from edge-to-edge, while also sporting a generally curvier trim, it constitutes in giving it the more comfortable feel. Indeed, the two sport a subtle arch with their rear casings, but the sharper chamfered beveled edges of the old HTC One digs into our hand more.
Looking at the two, there’s no questioning that the new HTC One bears that evolutionary design, but it’s not as dramatic when compared to the design direction that HTC established with the first model. Yet, we have to applaud them for improving every aspect of the new design, despite the fact that it still generally bears the foundational elements of its predecessor’s design language. The old HTC One earns adulation for its fresh and innovative design, but the new HTC One equally deserves the same love.
Relying on that signature design, the new HTC One doesn’t stray far from what we’ve seen previously. However, we need to applaud HTC for improving the feel and responses of its power button and volume controls. No longer are they indistinct, which was a troublesome issue with the 2013 model. Beyond that, everything from before makes an appearance again – like its dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, microUSB ports, and various mics. Again, HTC listened to the complaints about the original HTC One lacking memory expansion, and rectified it with the introduction of a microSD slot with the new model.
Is a two-camera set up better than one? The guys at PhoneArena had compared the Duo 4MP Ultrapixel cameras of the HTC One M8 against its new One E8 that comes with a mainstream 13MP shooter. The One E8 is the affordable answer of its One M8 where it swaps metal for plastic and it is coming very soon to Malaysia. With a single camera, the One E8 would be lacking the uFocus feature where you can change the focus area after the shot is taken with the One M8.
Drilling down to its camera specs, the Duo Camera set up on the One M8 is has a 1/3″ sensor that shoots 4MP pictures with a bigger f/2.0 aperture and 2 micron pixel size. Meanwhile, the One E8 has a similar 1/3″ sensor size but it takes pictures at a higher 13MP resolution. It gets a smaller f/2.2 aperture and each pixel is about 1.12 microns. On paper, the One E8 is gonna take a hit when it comes to low light photography but it should get greater details from its higher pixel count.
You can check out more comparison shots at 100% size over at PhoneArena. What do you guys think? Is a single 13MP camera better than the Duo Ultrapixel set up on the One M8? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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