Today marks the global launch of the iPhone 6, almost six months after HTC released their revolutionary flagship handset – the HTC One (M8). With both vying for space in a hyper-competitive smartphone market, the M8 more than compares to Apple’s new look handset:
A key feature of the new generation of iPhone is the phone’s new premium design, incorporating an aluminium body, larger overall size, rounded edges and a more expansive screen. This arguably follows in the footsteps of the HTC One (M8) – and indeed the original HTC One – which were the first smartphones on the market to feature a beautiful, durable, high quality aluminium unibody build. What’s more the M8 built on the success of the design of the HTC One, incorporating a 5-inch, full HD (1080p) display, tapering to thinner edges and with softer curves for a smooth, more natural grip for the user.
Apple’s new handset also includes a boosted battery, with the 4.7-inch model featuring 10 hours 3G browsing. More than a match, the HTC One M8 features a 2600 mAh capacity embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery and up to 20 hours for 3G. What’s more, the HTC One (M8) offers two power saving modes for use on the go, including the standard power saving version (which was available in the HTC One and making the battery power last 40% longer) –and extreme power saving mode that, when fully charged, will deliver two weeks’ worth of battery power, whilst still allowing you to receive calls, texts and emails.
The new iPhone is due to be ranged from the 19th September, in colours including ‘Space Gray’, Silver and Gold. HTC also offer a range of colour options for the M8 including silver, gun-metal grey, amber gold, red (exclusive with O2) and pink (exclusive with Carphone Warehouse) to date.
The standard iPhone 6’s 4.7in screen is slightly smaller than the 5.0in screen of the HTC One (M8). What’s more the larger iPhone 6 Plus features 1080p screen comparable to the flagship HTC One (M8).
The iPhone 6 is the first ever Apple handset to have incorporated NFC technology. Matching it in terms of connectivity, the HTC One (M8) already offers NFC (as did the HTC One, launched in 2013), alongside bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled, DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer as well as a revolutionary consumer infrared remote control and HTC Connect™.
With regard to storage capabilities of both handsets, the iPhone 6’s 16GB, 64GB or 128GB is very similar to the M8’s 16 or 32GB total storage and up to 128GB of expandable memory courtesy of the microSD™ memory card.
Reports suggest that the A8 CPU processor on the iPhone 6 has 1GB of RAM, as opposed to the 2GB of RAM in the HTC One (M8).
The iPhone 6 incorporates an 8 megapixel camera. The Duo Camera on the M8 remains a smartphone first and features HTC’s innovative UltraPixel module – as well as a dual flash and full 1080p HD video recording (as does the iPhone 6), producing incredible images in all lighting conditions and rich, high-quality video. The wide-angle front facing camera also captures superior selfies with ease. The Duo Camera boasts a depth sensor in addition to the main UltraPixel module, capturing detailed depth information from a scene and enabling a range of beautiful and creative effects that allow you to do more with your images than ever before.
The advanced camera technology also works behind-the-scenes capturing images right from launch, so that when the shutter is activated, the sharpest possible image is instantly displayed. The camera focuses with a shutter speed of 300msecond, producing beautifully crisp images of split-second action and when the flash is required, the intelligent 2 x LED Dual Flash automatically selects the exact tone and light intensity for more natural skin tones and a professional-looking shot.
An additional feature, the UFocus™ effect on the HTC One (M8) allows you to bring focus onto objects in photos you’ve already taken.
Sound specs look to be similar to the iPhone 5. The HTC One (M8) offers a truly immersive smartphone audio experience with the latest BoomSound technology creating powerful, crystal-clear sound with rich tones from bass through to treble. Delivering sound that is 25% louder than before, without compromising quality, the new HTC One (M8) has dual frontal stereo speakers with new amplifiers, redesigned speaker chambers and a tailored audio profile for a truly high definition experience.
CPU Speed & Platform:
The HTC One (M8) features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU that supports the Sense 6 – offering a clean, striking visual style; bold, customisable colour themes and a more intuitive, personalised user experience.
Reports suggest that the A8 CPU processor will run at a speed of 1.4Ghz, which will support the newly announced IOS 8.