HTC One M8s is the variant of One M8, introduced in 2015 to continue to pursue the commercialization of previous top range with a model that is positioned in the middle segment of the catalog. It is a device identical to M8 from the point of view of design and construction, but with some differences with regard to the integrated hardware, since SoC, to get to the main sensor camera from 13 megapixels.
Hardware, Materials and Ergonomics:
As for build quality and design, the same considerations expressed during the review of HTC One M8. The fine is the same and aluminum monocoque design, also because of a One M9 which this year has not changed, it is undoubtedly present. Safe to wait the same durability and reliability over time we experienced with One M8 even after many months of purchase.
The new elements compared to the whole body are to be found and M8 are expressed through the Snapdragon SoC 615 octa-core CPU, less powerful than the Snapdragon 801 by One M8 and with a tendency to heat up during use, but with 64-bit architecture. The memory allocation, divided into 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD slot.
Other new elements concerning the capacity of the battery capacity in mAh 2840 and, as mentioned in the beginning, the refurbished photographic form introduced to meet the needs of those who had willingly accepted the camera enlarged pixel from 4 megapixel HTC One M8. The camera is always of type duo, but the main sensor now supports images with resolution of up to 13 megapixels.
The same considerations also with regard to ergonomic aspects. HTC One M8s cannot boast the small measures introduced by One M9 to further improve the grip (see edges with sharp edges), but, overall, the grip is comfortable and use with one hand is not prohibitive. The weight remains just above the threshold of 150 grams (160 grams, to be exact), it is not a lightweight device, but even so detrimental in daily use.
- Size: 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.6 mm
- Weight: 160 grams
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8939 615
- Processor: 1.4 GHz processor cores: 8
- Graphics processor: Qualcomm Adreno 405
- RAM: 2 GB
- Internal memory: 16 GB
- Memory cards: microSD up to 128 GB
- Display: 1920 x 1080 5 IPS ” pixels, 441 ppi
- Battery: 2840 mAh
- Operating system: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Sense 6.0
- Rear camera: 13 megapixel kind Duo
- Front camera: 5 megapixels
- SIM Card: Nano-SIM
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Hotspot
- USB: 2.0, Micro USB
- Bluetooth: 4.0 with A2DP/aptX
- Navigation: A-GPS/GLONASS
TECHNICAL DATA HTC One M8s
The FullHD display, 5 1920 y repeats the good things already seen with the previous One M8, but the comparison can also be extended to One M9 using a drive with the same characteristics. Good outdoor yield always compelling viewing angles, range of colors reproduced with proper accuracy.
The decision not to switch to display 2 k increasingly in vogue in the smartphone market again this is more than justified, as the relationship between screen size and resolution returns a value of 441 ppi, which results in the inability to observe the individual pixels to the naked eye.
The FullHD resolution choice appears acceptable even in light of the fact that the Snapdragon SoC 615 405 Adreno GPU avoids excessive overloads. In essence, no significant innovations than One M8, but excellent display, still among the best IPS screens:
Drums, Audio and Reception:
The battery capacity was increased compared to the one built into One M8 (2840 mAh for 2600 mAh One and One M8s M8), but this does not lead to an appreciable increase in autonomy, it being understood that we had no trouble getting the dinner hour with HTC One M8s.
On consumption affects the behavior of the Snapdragon SoC 615 which proposes its typical traits, seen with other smartphones with the same SoC. When using with display lit and leveraging the LTE connectivity consumption tend to rise (and the SoC tends to heat up), while the State of stand-by, even with several mail boxes and other apps that send content to push, images show no abnormal battery draining, which helps to make possible the attainment of the goal by the end of the day.
Top quality phone for HTC, both considering the reception quality, both in terms of the reproduced voice in capsule or via the always efficient dual speaker front BoomSound.
The software configuration is characterized by the presence of the Android OS 5.0.2, the latest version which is also located in the latest updates of HTC One M9. The version of Sense, However, has not gone to release 7.0, we find the previous version 6.0, already present in HTC One M8.
It was not until then a later update to make Sense, but are equally present some 7.0 new features introduced with the latest release of custom user interface from HTC, starting with the ability to leverage the new theming system.
For the rest, Sense is to always — the UI which by many is considered the best custom UI in Android. HTC One M8s, however, showed an aspect to which we weren’t accustomed with other taiwanese smartphone manufacturer medium-high, or optimum performance that are expressed through lag in interaction with certain sections of the user interface, sporadic crash the app store (see the web browser in the video) and to a certain slowness in opening other apps (see Facebook pages Manager in the video at min 5:50 et seq).
Even our usual test with Real Racing 3 does not highlight the same reactivity performed One M8: the loading time is not properly contained, frame rate not very high and constant. To make a difference-unfortunately for the worse-is evidently the Snapdragon SoC 615 who can’t match the performance of the Snadpragon 801. Sense, with his well-known optimization, does it take a piece.
Media & Room:
The camera of HTC One M8s retains the choice to integrate the camera to double module: dedicated to the acquisition of data on the secondary depth of field, the main one is no longer of type UItrapixel, but equipped with a 13 Megapixel sensor. The change has resulted in a change in the software, which results in the new button ‘ Switch to duo is inserted in the camera interface.
Without this option, the picture is taken at a maximum resolution of 13 MP, but with no ability to apply effects duo. Checking for shooting room duo mode, you can apply effects, starting from the selection of the focus point, but the picture is automatically acquired at 4MP resolution. The dual mode makes it a little less intuitive management of cam, because you must decide in advance if you later plan to change the shot with options Duo room (and it is not always possible to do so in the case of shots on the fly).
From the point of view of quality, objective and unequivocal concerns the possibility of making a crop more photos than One M8, as the sensor has a higher resolution (valid consideration, as mentioned, just clicking without activate Duo). Good macro, front camera, main camera capable of capturing good photos when lighting conditions are not difficult to handle. The reference does not only goes to shots taken in low light conditions, but also against the situation where there is a haze on pictures likely to be determined by an optical unit not excellent quality. The performance of the photos can be synthesized by a vote of 7-synthetic
HTC One M8s can capture video up to full HD resolution. The quality of the recorded video is more than enough (synthetic rating 6.5).
As mentioned at the beginning, the sense of HTC One M8s, intended by the taiwanese manufacturer, is the desire to enrich the catalog in the middle segment that separates the line Desire from the range One (also because of the fact that in 2015 HTC chose not to propose a Variant mini top range).
An operation which clashes with the fact that One M8 is still on the market, albeit at a price which is physiologically scaled than the launch. Formally the coexistence of two variants makes sense considering the prices and definitions shown in the site ABBREVIATIONFINDER: 599 euros for HTC One M8 and 469 euro per HTC One M8s.
It makes sense that however fades away, until dissolved completely, when going to examine the street price of the two Smartphones: the gap in such cases is reduced and in some cases the relationship moves in favor of One M8 (369 euros, the lowest price recorded for One M8 from our detection system prices). Except for the camera (which however does not highlight a clear superiority, resolution aside) HTC One One appearance doesn’t improve no M8s M8 and indeed manifests a greater general slowness in handling Sense, but is offered at a similar price and, in some cases, major.
In the light of the many elements taken directly from the previous top range (construction, design, functions of sense, etc.) HTC One M8s can not certainly define a terminal of poor quality, but at this stage a One M8 ‘ sale ‘ translates into a better buy (unless it has a visceral hatred for his 4 megapixel cam enlarged pixel).
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