HTC has just announced a new smartphone, that is exactly in between the mid-range and top-end category, as the HTC One M8s is official, with the same design as the One M8, but a new processor and a different camera combination.
So, under the 5-inch 1080p LCD display of the One M8s, we see the Octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor (4 x Cortex A53 at 1.7GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 at 1.0GHz) along with 2GB RAM, unlike the Snapdragon 801 powering the flagship M8. There will only be one 16GB variant with the MicroSD card support for storage expansion.
Interestingly, HTC has replaced the UltraPixel camera with a 13-megapixel rear camera with F/2.0 aperture, and a wide-angle 28mm lens, and there is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with F/2.8 aperture. The rear camera still has the secondary depth camera, which helps in post processing effects that were one of the best parts about the camera app of One M8.
The battery is bumped to 2840 mAh (from 2600 mAh in One M8), and the phone isn’t thicker as the maximum thickness is 9.55mm, compared to the 9.35mm on One M8. The One M8s will support 4G LTE connectivity, with Cat.4 compatibility. The One M8s also has the HTC BoomSound speakers located on the front.
The U.K. pricing is confirmed at £379.99, and this keeps it not close to either, the new flagship HTC One M9, and the mid-ranger HTC Desire 826. The phone will be available in three color options, i.e. silver, gold and gunmetal grey, and that is again, similar to the One M8. There will be dot matrix case support available in this, and the non-removable battery supports quick charging.