As we had reported yesterday, GSM Arena had a pretty juicy leak that came from the Australian carrier Telstra’s product guide and information sheet. There was a second trove of information that they released in connection with the duo camera flyer and that has to do with the device’s specifications. Based on the GSM Arena posting, there are a lot of very interesting features that the phone has that don’t have to do with hardware, like double tap to unlock and auto answer where the phone automatically answers the phone when you put it to your face. Now, many of you are likely even more interested in the phone’s physical specifications and what it’ll be capable of in terms of performance, etc. Below, we’ve got a picture from that Telstra catalogue showing the phone in its latest and greatest glory, confirming all of the previous leaks and its own validity.
Now, before we go off listing all of the specs, one must take into account that they are not final and there is no photographic evidence of these specs being printed anywhere. GSM Arena took it upon themselves to draw the data from the catalogue/flyer and write up the specs themselves and post them on their well-known spec sheet pages which I highly recommend whenever looking up a phone’s specs.
GSM Arena claims that the All New HTC One will have a 5" 1080P Super LCD3 display (nothing new here) and will sport 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm (5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 in) dimensions. Almost 10mm, a bit thicker than most other phones, but probably also much more durable. It will also weigh in at 160 g, which is also a bit heavier than most other phones which are around 130 g. It will have front-facing speakers, which means HTC’s Booomsound feature, but they claim it will have Beats Audio, even though the previous video we’ve seen may have indicated it may not be included. But to be fair, that kid was running off a fairly old build and Beats Audio may have been released in a newer build. There are also a few interesting things in terms of the phone’s storage, it will only come with a standard 16GB of storage, but support upto 128GB of MicroSD card storage, meaning a confirmation of MicroSDXC support. There will also be 2GB of onboard RAM, meaning that the 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 that is integrated into this phone should have ample RAM to handle its Android tasks.
The documentation that GSM Arena has also states that the dual cameras on the new HTC One (M8) are dual 5 MP cameras that will enable 1080P video as well as 720P at 60 FPS and HDR. The secondary front-facing camera will still be 2.1 megapixels, even though that would mean the front-facing camera probably hasn’t changed. Some people are hoping for an upgrade on the camera’s resolution, and from my recollection of our HTC One review, it was a 4 megapixel ‘ultrapixel’ camera, so if this one is 5 megapixels, users could see a 20% improvement in terms of resolution, even though I think some people will complain that it is so much less than the Galaxy S5’s 16 megapixels. Of course, we won’t know how well the dual 5 MP cameras will work together or how they could be combined to make a much better image, that will have to wait until the final release and when the phone launches.
There is a bit of conflicting information on GSM Arena’s website, however, because they mention that the front-facing camera is going to be a 5 megapixel camera while on their spec page they mention it will be a 2.1 megapixel camera. So, unless they fix that error, we probably won’t know which of the two it is until the phone launches in a little under 2 weeks from now.
Another interesting feature is the support for USB on The Go and USB Host, which means there is a good chance you can use additional storage with the All New HTC One in case the 16GB onboard and 128GB in your MicroSDXC card isn’t cutting it.
Overall, this phone doesn’t appear to be a game changer, but it should compete fairly well with the Samsung Galaxy S5, if HTC can get their marketing out there and directly compete with the S5. The truth is that most of the S5’s features won’t really convince people to go with it over an All New HTC One if the All New HTC One is properly marketed to consumers. Man, I really hate the new HTC One (M8) product name, if they really do stick with the All New HTC One naming scheme.