There are essentially equal doses of bitterness and sweetness in the list of revealed features, but beware, nothing is official and set in stone yet. Aside from the phone’s existence and the fact it’ll debut in the spotlight by the end of Q1 2014, either during January’s CES or February’s MWC.
That said, let’s dig in and be positive for a change, thus starting with the M8 specs that look good on paper. First off, there’s an ever so slightly magnified 5-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. That’s Full HD, mind you, only due to the size boost, it’ll produce lower pixel density than last year’s HTC One.
Bottom line, extra screen real estate – sweet, lower ppi – bitter, especially given a few of HTC’s rivals are said to be working on 2K panels. Moving on, the quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974AB 800 CPU inside M8’s hood is also a mixed bag, being on the one hand much zippier than the S600 used for the One max.
On the other, we have to underline S800 has become quite standard for top-shelf devices, with the upgraded S805 bound to be the cream of the crop before long. Granted, the MSM8974AB chip is not the same as the standard MSM8974, yet it still powers Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Nokia’s Lumia 1520, so HTC is once again late to the party.
But wait, there’s more. More bitterness, that is, courtesy of a recycled 4 MP “UltraPixel” rear-facing camera and modest 16 GB on-board storage.
Then you get a 2.1 MP front snapper, 2 gigs of RAM that the GNote 3 has already topped and, to end on a somewhat cheerful note, pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat. “Somewhat” being the key word there, as 4.4 should be nothing to write home about in the high-end arena in a month or two. Try again, HTC.