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Hands on with the HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8)—available now from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless—boasts a polished design with an enlarged display and full-metal shell. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor, the M8’s hardware has an edge over last year’s HTC One, with improvements evident in the snappier performance and longer battery life.

HTC’s new Motion Launch gesture control adds a few shortcuts to everyday tasks. Calls are automatically answered when the phone is placed next to your head; double-tapping the screen wakes it from sleep mode; while swiping in different directions launches voice dialing, the home screen, or the most recently used app. It’ll also take you to HTC’s news and social media aggregator BlinkFeed, making sure you’re always in the know.

The 5-inch 1080p display is easy on the eyes, and the depth-sensing Duo camera (complete with the UFocus and Zoe editing features) gives photographers some unique shooting capabilities—such as the ability refocus after the shot. Enduring battery life, low display latency and the HTC Sense user interface round out HTC’s latest flagship.

And it’s made fans out of the industry’s toughest critics. Here’s what they have to say:

  • “A good personal benchmark for any given chipset's power is how little we actually notice it -- it just works. In other words, it's so smooth and snappy that we don't have to pay attention to what's going on behind the scenes. That's the case with the Snapdragon 801 running the show; we had to try hard to catch any failures, and even then we couldn't find anything sluggish enough to nitpick about here.”--Engadget
  • “The speed is noticeable from the second you power it on; this thing screams. It can go from powered-off to on and ready to use in roughly 10 seconds. Ten!... You basically never have to wait for anything to happen, and makes you realize just how much you have to sit through on other phones. Swiping around the desktop and app drawer is so responsive it feels instantaneous and apps fly open and load incredibly fast. It's a killer phone for impatient people.”--Gizmodo
  • “The HTC One is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with four cores at 2.3GHz each and 2GB of RAM... It opens apps instantly. It performed searches faster. Everything about the One feels insanely fast. I didn't run into any performance problems of any kind while testing the HTC One. It is a fast, fast, fast phone.”-- Phone Scoop
  • “If you expect the HTC One M8 to boast cutting-edge mobile components you won't be disappointed. Tucked away inside this metallic beauty are high-octane parts to match its lovely looks. Powering the phone is a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor which frankly just rolled off of the assembly line.”--CNet
  • “With Qualcomm’s brand-new Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM inside, the One flies whether I’m playing games, watching movies, or furiously typing text messages. Even scrolling is smoother than I’m used to on just about any Android device. I’ve had exactly zero performance issues with the One — I can’t say that very often.”--The Verge
  • “Bigger, faster, and more metallic than the last, the HTC One (M8) is every bit as singularly beautiful as its predecessor. Just holding the new One is a pleasure in and of itself, and that's to say nothing of the gobs of power on tap thanks to the speedy Snapdragon 801 SoC.”--PC Mag
  • “HTC packed the One M8 with Qualcomm's powerful quad-core 2.3-GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage… During our time with the One, we were impressed by its powerful performance. Resource- intensive games such as "N.O.V.A. 3" were buttery smooth and looked better than we've seen on most other smartphones. Apps opened and closed in the blink of an eye, and the camera fired off photos instantaneously.” --Laptop Mag
Topics: HTC, Snapdragon 801

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