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HTC One (M8 Eye) Price & Specifications Review

HTC One (M8 Eye) Comparision

The HTC One M8 launched in early 2014 drew rave reviews except for its cameras with the now disgraced Ultrapixel Camera. Boldly positioned to take on the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5, it matched, if not excelled them, in most parameters except the camera.  It is debatable, if not unlikely, that the mediocre camera was the reason the HTC One M8 never reached the sales volumes of its more famous competitors. However, the HTC One (M8 Eye) is now here, equipped with a 13-megapixel primary camera with a depth sensor, and some awesome Eye Experience software features.  Some of them are; Face Tracking – tracking up to four faces during a video chat, Split Capture – record the action in front and back simultaneously, Face Fusion – merging two faces, Voice Selfie – use voice commands like “Cheese” or “Action” to activate camera. So much so, that it has already earned the nickname “selfie phone!

HTC One (M8 Eye)

HTC One (M8 Eye)

With certain other upgrades, the HTC One (M8 Eye) is all set to live up to its reputation as one of the best Android phones.

The punched speaker grilles of the twin BoomSound speakers oozes class while the screen radiates rich and bright. The whites are really white and the texts clear and sharp.  

HTC One (M8 Eye) Design

One of HTC’s main selling points was the build and design of the M8. The rounded corners, and the curved sides and back, gives it a classy look and feel, sitting cozily in your palm. The all-new metal HTC One (M8 Eye), precision crafted from a single block of metal, makes it the Rolls Royce of smart phones, with the stunning brushed metal finish adding to feel-good factor. There are three colors on offer, namely, Gunmetal Grey, Amber Gold, and Glacial Silver.

Checking in at 160g with a thickness of 9.35, this phone is not small by any standard but one has to consider the 5-inch screen and the features packed in.  The chassis is bigger too, but the BoomSound speakers, above and below the screen, provide premium audio quality, and justifies the extra bulk. With in-built tailor-made amplifiers, and auto balancing, audio quality is excellent and it enhances your overall experience whether watching movies or playing games. The punched speaker grilles add a lovely touch of class, not seen on any other phone.

However, I fail to understand the logic or necessity of having the headphone jack at the bottom. It means the cable pin will always jut out and stretch out against my pocket with an ungainly look, and that the phone will always be at an angle. I will also have to maneuver the cable to sit snugly in my pocket each time, and if by chance the headphone cable is yanked out, my HTC One (M8 Eye) might hit the floor running.

The HTC’s DotView (dot matrix cover) case, allows you to use or view certain features, including receiving calls without opening the case.  However, the striking brushed metal looks go into hiding when you use a case, defeating one of the main selling points of this phone. And without a protective casing, this phone seems all too vulnerable. So when all those stunning looks are proved redundant, does it justify the money doled out? Would you really like to buy a Maserati only to keep it under wraps all year round?

HTC One (m8 Eye) Dot View

HTC One (m8 Eye) Dot View

The HTC One (M8 Eye) comes in three colors with a unique eye-catching brushed metal finish. The edges are rounded and the curved rear adds class while at the same time providing a comfortable fit in your palm.

HTC One M8 Eye Hardware Specifications


It comes with the blistering speed of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 that many competitors use, and is surely one of the fastest phones out there. Even with over a dozen apps and games, the HTC One (M8 Eye) did not skip a beat, although it did show some signs of warming with prolonged and multiple usage.  It uses Qualcomm’s Krait 400 core architecture clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU, which is impressive to say the least.


Its 2600 mAh battery ensures that it can go a whole day on a single charge it spite of some really high usage.  And believe me when I say that we called or received calls for nearly three hours, did quite a bit of streaming, had a couple of email accounts running, not to mention Facebook and Twitter, and also plenty of web. It must be mentioned however, that the competition uses the more powerful 3000 mAh, which delivers just that little extra.

Display Screen Resolutions:

The HTC One (M8 Eye) boasts a 5-inch screen with a full HD 1080p resolution and pixel density of 440ppi, complemented with the screen protection of TBC rather than the previous Gorilla Glass 3. The screen is bright, and the color rich and gorgeous, with excellent viewing angles, and quite good even under sunlight. Undoubtedly, the M8 has one of the better screens out there. Having said that, some phones like the LG G3 have moved on to QuadHD resolutions, while the iPhone 6 has a brighter and more vibrant screen.

Storage Capacity:

The HTC One (M8 Eye) has an onboard storage of 16GB; although a 32GB variant of the older HTC One M8 is available in certain markets. But the available microSD can enhance the storage up to 128GB, although some studies have shown that microSds can slow down these devices considerably.

HTC One (M8 Eye) Software and OS

This phone runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with a confirmed upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, expected early 2015.  HTC’s Sense 6 interface is nippy, responsive, fluid, and well optimized with Android KitKat. HTC has packed numerous apps into this phone and the list is too numerous to mention here, but you will not be disappointed. Quite nostalgically, the apps move vertically on the screen!

Verdict of HTC One (M8 Eye) Review

The limited HTC service centers in India is surely a cause for worry but it supports the LTE bands in India and is one of the cheaper ones with that capability. In the final analysis, the HTC One (M8 Eye), its unimaginative name notwithstanding, stands head-to-head with its nearest rivals. With its stunning looks, no-nonsense performance, and powerful hardware, it is real value for money, although it lacks the brand image or glamour of an iPhone or Samsung.

HTC One (M8 Eye) Price in India

HTC one (M8 Eye) mobile phone is available in price range between Rs. 37,000 to Rs. 39,000, According to our research, As on November, 2014.  Rs. 37575 is best price to buy HTC One M8 Eye in India.

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