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HTC One (M8) vs HTC One (M7) comparison: did they make a better one?

When first glancing at the HTC One (M8), you might think that not much has changed since the first generation of the HTC One. But if you look a little closer, you’ll quickly realize that HTC improved the new edition of their flagship in various areas. Our comparison shows these differences, as well as the similarities.

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The design similarities are uncanny, having only been slightly changed in that the original form language and the aluminium body were reused. In this case of design, the expression ‘the devil is in the details’ really comes into effect: the chassis is now made of a unibody crafted from one single piece of aluminium which holds the hardware and display of the device.

The chassis on the new M8 is super similar to the original smartphone. © AndroidPIT

In total, the chassis was given more rounded edges, providing it with a much softer feel, despite the cold metallic body. The controls and ports were also slightly changed: the power button was moved from the left to the right side, while the headphone port is now underneath, and volume controls went from two individual buttons to a rocker.

The headphone jack has now moved to the bottom of the HTC One (M8). / © AndroidPIT


Here things get even more interesting: the new One (M8) has a micro SD slot, which supports cards with up to 128 GB. The stereo speakers on the front side of the device remain the same, as well as the infrared sensor. What’s new is the dual camera on the back-side that allows for post-editing of the focal point in pictures. The front camera now has 5MP instead of 2, which is more than the main camera. Again, HTC has implemented its UltraPixel Technology, which creates better pictures despite a lower resolution.

The power button switched sides in comparison to the older HTC One (M7). © AndroidPIT


The display got bigger, 5-inches instead of 4.7. The resolution remains the same with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD). The pixel density has therefore lower, but is more than sufficient. Instead of two capacitive buttons under the display, the new One (M8) has three on-screen buttons that serve the purpose of navigation. The wide bar sporting the HTC logo is on the new M8 just like the HTC One (M7), yet no longer serves a purpose, therefore taking up space uselessly.

There are now on-screen buttons, though the HTC-logo sporting bar is still there, and has no use. / © AndroidPIT


The new HTC One (M8) has received the newest and fastest in processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, which ticks at 2.3 GHz, complemented by 2GB of RAM, just like the older HTC One. Finally, the battery with 2,600 mAh offers slightly more juice than the original (2,300 mAh).


The most important functions of the new HTC One (M8) are the new motion gestures that HTC has clustered under the new term ‘’Motion Launcher’’. Via predetermined swipe gestures, the user can wake up the handset from standby mode and have it open directly to BlinkFeed or the last opened app. Double tapping on the display will turn on the device. When the One (M8) is held upright and the volume rocker is pressed, this will start the camera. Otherwise, not much has changed. Sense 6 will soon be available for all HTC One devices, though Motion Launch will remain exclusive to the M8.

  HTC One (M7) HTC One (M8)
System Android 4.4.2 (update), Sense 5.5 (update to Sense 6.0 coming this summer) Android 4.4.2, Sense 6
Display 4.7-inch, LCD, 1.920 x 1.080 Pixel, 468 ppi 5-inch, LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 Pixel, 441 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 4 core, 1.7 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 4 core, 2.3 gigahertz
RAM 2 gigabyte 2 gigabyte
Interneral storage 16 / 32 gigabyte 16 / 32 gigabyte + microSD (up to 128 GB)
Battery 2,300 mAh 2,600 mAh
Camera UltraPixel Technology, 1/3" sensor, f2.0 aperture, 28 mm wide-angle UltraPixel Technology with a second camera for depth, 1/3" sensor, f2.0 aperture, 28 mm wide angle, Dual-LED
Front camera 2 MP, Weitwinkel 5 MP, Weitwinkel
Connectivity LTE Cat 3, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0 LTE Cat 3, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0
Dimensions 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
Weight 143 grams 160 grams
SIM card Micro-SIM Nano-SIM
Price (UVP) 519 USD (Amazon 26.03.2014) 649.99 USD (Amazon 26.03.2014)

What do you think of the differences between the new and old HTC One models? Could HTC have done more or were the improvements and changes sufficient for a new edition?

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  • The only thing I liked better on the M7, is the designlayout on and around the top-speaker grill.
    Personally I think that's more tight than on the M8. Then there is the question on the camera
    lens and the camera-sensor. They should have used a better lens at the least.
    And then again. NO smartphone is perfect, so you are bound to have one issue at the least.
    I think they have done a great job, in terms of (not invention) making a better product.
    Especially the flip cover, made my head spin positively. Totally great visual effect's that they
    have produced, with that big clock and weather icon. Truely a great product, that M8 is.

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