HTC One M8s Brings 13MP Cam, S615 SoC To The Former Flagship

By 12:39 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 Comments

With April 1 in our rear view mirror we don't doubt the legitimacy of recent announcements, but this one had us raising our eyebrows. HTC revamped its 2014 flagship with a recent capturing camera and chipset and dubbed it the HTC One M8s.

The updated design keeps the dual-camera, but moves up to a 13MP sensor with 28mm lens and f/2.0 aperture. The video recording should be capped at 1080p@30fps (it's as high as the chipset can go), though we're not seeing an official confirmation just yet. The front-facing capturing camera is a 5MP shooter with 1080p video capture.

As for the chipset, it's a Snapdragon 615. An octa-core processor with all Cortex-A53 cores, but half of them at a higher clockspeed for a sort-of big.LITTLE arrangement. There's also 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and Adreno 405 graphics. Going by Galaxy A7 results (which is also powered by the S615) we can expect a gigantic drop in gaming performance compared to the HTC One (M8). At least the Central Processing Units (CPU) is a 64-bit one.

The rest of the phone is pretty much the same, essentially the HTC One (M8 Eye) with a different chipset. The Eye had a limited availability though. Anyway, this means a metal unibody, 5" 1080p classy screen and stereo speakers on the front. The storage is available only in 16GB and the battery is slightly bigger at 2,840mAh, matching the One M9.

The HTC One M8s is launching in the UK first at £380, close to the current price of the original HTC One (M8) model and well below the recent HTC One M9. Other European countries will acquire the One M8s as well, but it's not clear if it will leave the recent continent.

Considering the similarities in design, how will this impact One M9 sales? The price incompatibility is pretty steep and the one major downside is the slower chipset. As for the recent One (M8), that one will most likely acquire phased out.




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