HTC has today launched a refreshed version of last year's One M8, called the One M8s. The new model is in many ways identical to the original One M8 but has been improved in a few key areas, including the camera, which could not quite convince us in our review. HTC has replaced the "Ultrapixel" sensor that had a 4MP pixel count with a more conventional 13MP sensor, but has kept the secondary camera for capturing depth information that allowed for the One M8's pretty unique Duo Cam features. As before the camera module comes with a fast F2 aperture and 28mm equivalent focal length but no optical image stabilization.

At the front there is a 5MP module with F2.8 aperture for video chats and selfie shooting. The system processor has also been updated and the M8s is now powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. The bigger battery has a capacity of 2840 mAh.

Most other specifications remain the same though, including the all-metal design and 5-inch 1080p display. Of course we'll have to wait to see image samples first but in theory this is good news for anyone who liked the build-quality and Sense UI of the original M8 but wasn't quite convinced by the sub-par image quality of the 4MP camera. The HTC One M8s will be available in Europe for 499 Euro, no detail on availability and pricing in other regions has been provided yet. 

Key Specifications:

  • 13MP Duo Camera
  • F2.0
  • 28mm equivalent focal length
  • 1080p video
  • 5MP front camera F2.8, 33.7mm, 1080p video
  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, octa-core 64-bit system chip
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and HTC Sense
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD up to 128GB
  • HTC BoomSound
  • 2840mAh battery

Via: Android Central