The announcement of the HTC One M8s was met with a bit of confusion by the smartphone community. Unlike what its name suggests, the HTC One M8s isn't just the plural noun for last year's HTC One M8, but rather a tweaked version of it. It looks just the same on the outside, but has a different camera, processor, battery, and a lower official price tag.
Here is all the information - price, release date and specs - you need to know about the HTC One M8s.
HTC One M8s price and release date
The HTC One M8s is launching at a price of 379 GBP in the UK, with a US release yet to be confirmed. This is considerably cheaper than the 579 GBP the One M8 cost when it first came out last year. With that said, you can find the One M8 for around 350 GBP on plenty of websites nowadays, so the price difference between the two is negligible. It has been available in the UK since the beginning of April.
HTC One M8s design and build
With the largely similar design between the HTC One M8 and One M9 - and the extent to which we've expatiated on both those designs - there isn't much new to say about the One M8s, which has the same look as the One M8.
The One M8s has an all-metal unibody design that we think looks fantastic. It's ever so slightly (0.2mm) thicker than the One M8, possibly due to the bigger battery, but apart from that it's the same premium design that we know and love.
HTC One M8s software
Unlike the HTC One M8, the One M8s comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. However, Lollipop has been out on the One M8 for some months now, so there is no difference between the two on this front.
There will no doubt be some disappointment that the One M8s comes running Sense 6.0 rather than the more customizable Sense 7 UI that comes with the HTC One M9. HTC has confirmed however, that Sense 7 will eventually be making its way to the One M8 and One M8s - probably at some point in May.
HTC One M8s camera
The camera is the most significant differene between the One M8s and One M8. The M8s has a 13MP Duo camera, replacing the 4MP 'UltraPixel' camera of the One M8. Like in the One M8, the Duo camera can read depth information in images, allowing for some interesting effects such as 'bokeh' effects.
Many people complained about the quality of the camera on the One M8, so the 13MP snapper here is surely an attempt to make amends for what many see as the failed UltraPixel experiment. On the front of the One M8s is a 5MP camera.
HTC One M8s battery
One of the major highlights in the One M8s is the battery, which is bumped to 2840 mAh. As with the chipset, we'll need to properly test it to judge whether it's an improvement on the One M8's smaller 2500 mAh battery. The chipset in the One M8s is known to be less energy-efficient than that in the One M8, so the battery could well just be making up for the higher processing demands.
HTC One M8s specs
The most intriguing feature in the One M8s is the octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset, which on paper sounds more powerful than the Snapdragon 801 inside the One M8. However, the Snapdragon 801 is well known to be a very efficient chipset, and is clocked to 2.3GHz, whereas the Snapdragon 615 cores are clocked to only 1.7GHz. As such, the jury's out on the real-world power of the HTC One M8s, and we'll be looking to get our hands on the phone to give you a verdict on whether it really wins in this department.
|HTC One M8s||HTC One M8|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sense 6 UI||Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sense 6 UI|
|Display||5.0-inch Super LCD3, 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)||5.0-inch Super LCD3, 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD)|
|CPU||Snapdragon 615, octa-core, 1.7GHz||Snapdragon 801, quad-core, 2.3 GHz|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB|
|Internal memory||16/32 GB GB + microSD||16/32 GB + microSD|
|Battery||2840 mAh||2600 mAh|
|Camera||13 MP Duo Camera (rear), 5 MP (front)||4MP UltraPixel Duo Camera (rear), 5 MP (front)|
|Connectivity||HSPA, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi||HSPA, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi|
|Dimensions||146.4 x 70.6 x 9.6 mm||146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm|
|Weight||160 g||160 g|
Does the HTC One M8s interest you, or does it feel a bit like a thing of the past now that the HTC One M9 is out? We think that the One M8s - with its mid-range pricetag - looks like a solid phone, with decent specs and a beautiful design. Let's also not forget that this is essentially the same design as the much more expensive One M9 as well.
Let us know what you think about this belated variant of the One M8.