HTC One (M8) is official, available in Singapore from April

You won't have to wait long to get your hands on One

You know what your mother taught you about not listening to gossip or rumours? In the tech world, that doesn't apply, because it turns out they're mostly true. 

For example, thanks to the many leaks surrounding the HTC One (M8), what you’ll read here won’t come as much of a surprise. But if you’ve missed the biggest news surrounding HTC’s flagship Android smartphone, it’s time for a quick recap.

True to rumour, the HTC One (M8) is armed with two cameras, concurrently capturing pictures at different fields of depth to reduce imaging time, and allow focusing after an image is taken. The usual applies - an UltraPixel camera that captures more light is retained on the new M8.

HTC’s Zoe imaging feature is no longer limited to HTC devices. Following the launch, the features of Zoe, which includes being able to capture 20 images in one shot, object removal, and sequential action shots, will be consolidated in an app, available on both Android and iOS.

Taking a cue from LG’s KnockOn feature, the new One can be unlocked with a quick tap on the screen too. However, it's no knock off (sorry) - additional features such as swiping the screen to launch news curator BlinkFeed, widgets, and the last app used set HTC's apart from LG’s implementation. 

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5, there’s no heart rate monitor, but fitness app FitBit comes pre-loaded. There are also specific apps for iPhone converts, such as the usual backup app that transfers your data from an iPhone to the M8, as well as HTC Match, a new app that looks through your iPhone, finds matching apps on the Google Play Store, and downloads them. No dice for paid apps though, you’ll need to pay for them again.

Internally, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor. Oh, and it supports microSD expandability up to 128GB. No reason to send hate mail to HTC anymore, especially since the One (M8) also includes 64GB of Google Drive storage, free for two years.

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Pricing for the HTC One (M8) hasn’t been confirmed, but based on previous launches, make sure you have at least S$800 to S$1000 if you want to buy one without contract. Unsurprisingly, the One (M8) will be available from SingTel, StarHub and M1. Subsided prices for the Android smartphone will be announced closer to the launch date.

Now here’s the bad news - there’ll be too many phones to choose from in the same period. The Sony Xperia Z2 is also slated to be released in the 1st week of April, priced at S$998 without contract. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which has been dominating the Android market, will most likely be available around then too, though pricing is still unconfirmed. It’s expected to be below S$1000 too, though.

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