The all new metal HTC One (M8 EYE) has been brilliantly designed inside and out to make it feel as good to hold as it is to use. It’s been precision crafted from a single block of metal to achieve a smooth zero edge finish that wraps right around to the screen. The slim, curved profile and brushed metal finish make it as beautiful on the eye as it is in the hand. More than just a pretty face, it’s been technologically crafted on the inside too, so that beauty becomes an experience inside and out. Now complete with the HTC Eye™ Experience.
Stacked internal components allow a thin yet durable build. Next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 quad-core processor: blazing speed, long battery use. 2600 mAh battery: stay charged and productive all day long. 1080 x 1920 HD resolution with wide viewing angles. Enjoy lifelike graphics from LCD screen.
Design, specifications and software
Design-wise, the One (M8 Eye) is absolutely identical to its predecessor. The phone has a brushed aluminium finish with a gently curved rear, and gets cold or hot depending on the environment. A minor niggle we have with the metal body is that it feels slippery and doesn't offer a good grip. We received the Gunmetal Grey variant of the phone for review, but it is also available in Glacial Silver and Amber Gold; the same as the One (M8).
There is a row of on-screen buttons for navigation. Above the 5-inch screen is the front camera. The One (M8 Eye) has BoomSound speakers above and below the screen. The Micro-USB port and the 3.5mm jack are at the bottom whereas the top has a plastic strip that houses the power button. In the original HTC One (M8) the black plastic strip also concealed an infrared blaster, which is missing in this phone. The volume rocker and the microSD card tray are on the right edge. The left of the device houses the tray for the Nano SIM card. The Duo Camera setup is on the rear, with a dual-LED flash.
Internally, the grunt work is handled by a Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz with an Adreno 330 GPU in tow. The phone has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by 128GB using a microSD card. HTC skips the infrared and NFC connectivity on the One (M8 Eye). Also, the 13-megapixel rear camera can only capture 1080p videos. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera which can also capture full-HD videos.
The 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. While it doesn't have a 2K resolution like some other flagship smartphones today, the screen on the One (M8 Eye), just like its elder brother, displays well-saturated colours and crisp, detailed visuals at 441ppi. The viewing angles are excellent and sunlight legibility is pretty good too.
The One (M8 Eye) runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 UI on top of it. It has BlinkFeed, an endless scroll of news stories, as the homepage. The app drawer scrolls vertically.