M8-Silver_pr532_1Brand new to our shops and our online store is the new HTC One M8, successor to last year's much loved and very impressive original HTC One smartphone.

Launched just a few days ago, the HTC One M8 is HTC's all singing and dancing new flagship mobile phone and is packed with some new and exciting features. Here's what you need to know.

Building on the success of the popular original HTC One which was released a year ago, the new HTC One M8 offers many enhanced and improved specs. At first glance, the design is similar to the old HTC One, with its sleek metallic good looks, but pretty much all aspects of the M8 smartphone are superior to the HTC One. The HTC One M8 comes in three great colour choices which include Glacial Silver, Gunmetal Grey and Amber Gold. The handset is bigger than its predecessor measuring 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm so it's no surprise that its slightly heavier at 160 grams. The Super LCD3 Full HD screen is 0.3 inches larger at 5.0-inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels which gives it 441ppi.

The most exciting and innovative new feature of the HTC One M8 is the new Duo Camera which gives the M8 two rear facing camera lenses. The first lens captures the image you're photographing and the second lens records the depth of the photo. The improved camera software has lots of effects which means you can retouch your photos quickly and easily and include UFocus where you can refocus parts of your photo, Dimension Plus for a 3D effect and a background blurring feature.

As well as an improved and bigger display, the HTC One M8 is significantly faster, more efficient and a lot more powerful. The HTC One M8 runs on the very latest Android KitKat 4.4.2 operating system and its HTC Sense 6 User Interface has been completely revamped with a more contemporary design and feel. HTC's BinkFeed news app has also had a makeover and features all the latest news from more than 1000 different sources and the option to subscribe to News features suited to your needs.

The much lauded BoomSound speakers have also been improved and in addition to the TV remote control feature, the M8 also features Motion Launch which can anticipate what you're about to do with the phone such as answering a call when you put the phone to your ear and using the camera etc. HTC have also included a built-in Fitbit fitness app with the HTC One M8 which is compatible with the various Fitbit gadgets.

The M8 boasts a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM. Depending on the model, the onboard storage is either 16 or 32GB which can be increased to a whopping 128GB with a microSD card. The 2600mAh provides up to 20 hours of 3G talktime and there's also an 'extreme power saving mode' which can be set to conserve the battery once charge is low but still allows access to voice calling, texts and email.

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