HTC hasn’t just released its new flagship One M9 this week. It’s also pulled the wrappers off of a new version of its ace One M8.
Dubbed the HTC One M8s, it’s a new take on last year’s hottest Android phone, with a new spec sheet and a low price.
Fancy snagging one? Or had your head turned? Then head this way and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about the HTC One M8s.
1 All new camera
HTC has binned the Ultra Pixel camera from the One M8, instead opting to use a 13-megapixel short with f2.0 aperture.
This means that the camera sensor which was billed as a game changer when it launched two years ago can now only be found on the One M9, as that device’s front-facing snapper.
The One M8s keeps the same five megapixel peeper for video calling and selfie duties.
2 Updated chipset
The One M8s features an octa-core chipset, rather than the quad-core one found in the One M8.
On the face of it, that sounds a lot better. But drill down and you’ll find that the new chip is clocked at 1.7GHz compared to 2.3GHz on the old model.
So despite having more cores, speed is likely to be much the same. Unless you’re a real mobile fanatic, chances are you won’t be able to spot the difference.
3 Bigger battery
HTC has given the battery on the One M8s a boost. That means a 2840 mAh number rather than a 2600 mAh effort.
These are small tweaks, but anything that ensures we get more power while out and about is fine with us.
Buy it from EE and you can snag its smart new Power Bar for free.
4 Same screen and design
One area where HTC isn’t breaking with the past is the screen. It’s the same 1080p, 5-inch one from last year.
Likewise, the design is exactly the same. That means a slick, brushed metal frame with the same dimensions that make it a dream to use.
5 Low price
At £379 SIM-free, the One M8s is something of a steal.
Contract details have yet to be revealed, but we expect it to be priced very reasonably and to come free on two year plans for around £30.
It’s due out at the end of the month. If the One M9 is beyond your financial reach, then this is a great alternative.