14:08 21st Apr, 2014
HTC One (M8) Finally Gets Launched In India, Will Retail For Rs 49,900
The Duo Camera sporting handset will be available from early May.
The HTC One (M8) has finally been launched in India for a price tag of Rs 49,900. The gorgeously crafted all metal flagship handset by HTC will soon be available starting early May.
The HTC One (M8) was one of the first high-end devices to go on sale worldwide this year. But the sale was most limited to Europe and the Americas until now. The phone has two new features that HTC hopes will help it take the lead from Samsung’s GALAXY S5 which has been a hit here in India since its launch a few weeks ago. Samsung surely had a head start, but HTC plans to catch up with an all-metal (plastic free) construction and the enhanced UltraPixel sensor with Duo Camera.
Most notable, is the phone's 5 inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 LCD (441 ppi) display, which now includes the navigation buttons at the bottom, doing away with the soft-touch buttons. On the Inside there's a fresh piece of silicon — a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 801, clocked at 2.5 GHz with a Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. Currently there is just one option for in-built memory: 16 GB, with the option to expand storage up to 128 GB via a micro SD card slot.
The body of the new HTC One is more rounded around the edges when compared to its predecessor, and comes in three colours - Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold. The finish of the phone’s body has changed as well and is now a sexy brushed aluminium one. This time around HTC seems to have made the One out of 90% metal.
Now moving on to the newest feature of the One, its camera. HTC has retained the 4 MP UltraPixel shooter, but it now features a 1/3-inch sensor with pixel size standing at 2-micron and a wide f/2.0 aperture. Output from the second camera will never be visible on the screen but will simply be used for calculating the depth of field; information that will later be useful for image enhancements such as focus shift.
Thanks to the HTC One (M8) smartphone buyers in India at least have a choice rather than picking the plasticy Samsung GALAXY S5 which sells for 51,500.
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