The newest addition in mobile communication giant HTC’s smartphone line, the HTC One M8, is set to hit virtually any reputable Telstra shop in Melbourne this April 1st, as written by Nic Healey for CNET Australia:
“It’s official: HTC has not followed its previous trend of announcing a phone months before any stock was available. If you so desire, HTC One M8 can be in your hot little hands from the slightly inauspicious date of 1 April. HTC has set the RRP at AU$899. We’ve also seen announcements from all three major telcos.”
Numerous established Telstra shops in Melbourne and all other cities have accepted pre-orders for the phone, along with offering call and text plans. The HTC One M8 is a direct sequel to the previous HTC One, released last year, and is anticipated to be a huge step up from its predecessor.
One of the fine features of the M8 that captured the attention of consumers is its predominantly metal frame (aluminium), which was introduced in last year’s HTC One and was significantly improved for this year. Indeed, the M8 can be considered as the refined version of the HTC One. Designers retouched almost every aspect of the HTC One to come up with a better, finer model – the M8. For instance, the edges and contours were smoothened out for a more comfortable grip, and the handset was given a brushed texture with a smooth, clear coating for a more high-end appeal.
The HTC One M8’s display also features a 5-inch screen, and features a 1080p resolution at 440ppi. It basically retains every screen technology from its predecessor, but boasts improved hardware and efficiency. The display is characterized by a punchy, vivid, and clear display panel designed for easy usage. It also features Android’s 4.4 KitKat operating system that introduces much of Android’s latest tweaks such as transparent navigation bars, new fonts, and a muted colour palette for status icons. Complementing the software are the M8’s 32GB to 64GB storage, a 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip, and a 5-megapixel front camera.
If you’re one of the early birds who pre-ordered the HTC One M8 from a Telstra shop, you just might get a nice Dot Case as a pre-order bonus. What with all the M8’s nifty features and specs, HTC fans may truly find it hard to resist.
(Source: HTC One M8: Australian Pricing and Availability, CNET Australia, March 26, 2014)