The HTC One (2014) , or HTC M8, was presented last March, a few weeks after the last Mobile World Congress. It is positioned on the top of the range, of course, with a beautiful aluminum hull and technical specifications that have absolutely nothing to envy the competition. However, Matthieu lent me the terminal so that I can have fun with it and you will find here my first impressions about it . With a nice unboxing video as a bonus.
As usual, my test will be divided into two articles, and two videos. What you are reading is nothing more than a simple grip focusing mainly on the design and ergonomics of the terminal.
To discover its overlay and its specificities, it will be necessary to wait for the final test which will be put online next week.
Before going any further, it is best to start by recalling the technical characteristics of the beast just to refresh your memory a little.
The HTC One (2014) thus embeds a 5-inch S-LCD3 screen capable of displaying a definition of Full HD 1080p type, for a resolution of 1920 × 1080 and a pixel density of 441 ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor consisting of four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, cores coupled to an Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM .
The storage space depends on the models and it is finally available in two versions: 16 GB or 32 GB . On the positive side, the integrated micro SD card port can accept cards up to 128 GB.
The main particularity of the M8 is its camera module since the latter actually consists of two sensors.
The first is used to capture photos, or record videos. It gives pride of place to UltraPixel technology, in 1/3 ″ format and with pixels measuring 2.0 um. Interestingly, it is also crowned with a 28mm lens capable of opening in f / 2.0. Above, we find the second sensor which ultimately just captures information related to the depth of field. The idea is to amplify the phenomenon.
HTC has not done in half measures, and this is also valid for the front camera since the latter displays a definition of 5 million pixels.
Behind, well there is also a question of a 2600 mAh battery , WiFi 802.11ac , Bluetooth 4.0 LE with aptX and even DLNA. All in a rather compact case (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm) and for a weight not exceeding 160 grams on the scale.
Price side, well it takes 679.99 euros naked , without subscription and therefore without operator subsidy.
Design & Ergonomics
The HTC One (2014) surprises first by its size, then by its weight.
It is more massive than the LG G3 or even the Sony Xperia Z2, and this even though the latter two have a 5.5-inch screen, a screen which ultimately places them in the phablet segment. It's very unsettling at first, and so is the weight of the terminal.
As stated above, the M8 weighs 160 grams. The LG G3, it reaches 153 grams. The difference seems small but it is not when you hold the terminal in your hand. It is also quite surprising.
On the positive side, however, the HTC terminal exudes strength and reliability.
Not surprisingly, since its hull is 90% metal. The effect is striking, and this smartphone is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful on the market. Its finishes are simply exemplary.
On its front face, we will find the two grilles concealing the speakers, of course, but also the front camera, the usual detectors and a notification LED. Under the screen, we will be entitled to a black banner showing the brand's logo as well as a second grid.
The back of the device goes straight to the point with the two optics of the camera and a reminder of the manufacturer's logo. With metal, more metal, always metal. And two plastic tabs, placed at the top and bottom. Without it, the terminal would undoubtedly have a hard time connecting to our WiFi terminal, or even to our operator's telephone network.
The cover for the Nano SIM card is on the left edge. The one for the Micro SD card is on the right. Just above the two buttons dedicated to volume control. However, there is no physical trigger and it's a bit of a shame given the positioning of the terminal. After all, with its Dual Camera, the latter is sold a bit like a photophone.
The power button is on the top edge, the exact opposite of the headphone jack and Micro USB 2.0 port.
Let's be clear and get straight to the point: the HTC One (2014) is gorgeous. I think everyone will agree on this point.
Yes, he's gorgeous, that's a fact, but he's also very tall. Maybe even too big and it's all the more annoying that it even happens to be more imposing than terminals with a much larger screen. Is it really justified? It's hard to say, but I think the manufacturer didn't really have a choice.
When you decide to build a terminal by equipping it with a shell made of 90% metal, you have to provide openings to allow waves to pass. And it is perhaps for this reason that we find this famous black band under the screen.
Is it annoying on a daily basis? This is precisely what I will focus on for the days to come. And we'll talk about it again next week.