HTC’s new One M8 has officially made its debut, and Verizon fans can rejoice, as the phone will launch on Big Red’s network as a timed exclusive. According to HTC, Verizon users can go online or visit their local store and grab the phone starting today at 1 p.m. for $199 with a two-year contract.
But there’s no reason to despair if you’re on one of the three other major U.S. carriers. The new HTC One is also available online through AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile starting today, as well. Pricing varies for each of the carriers.
The new HTC One features a larger 5-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel Super LCD 3 display, a powerful Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and your choice of 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage. If that’s not enough space for your photos, movies and music, HTC has also added a 64GB microSD card slot.
Beyond its impressive specs, the One M8 also comes with a slick new Duo Camera setup. Using two cameras, you can capture 3D-like images. There’s also a fun UFocus mode that lets you take photos, then change the point of focus to blur the background or foreground. Oh, and there’s a new 5-megapixel front camera for all of you selfie fanatics out there.
Our favorite upgrade in the One M8 is the improved battery life. On our test, the Verizon version of HTC’s handset lasted nearly 10 hours on a charge. That’s about 4 hours better than the old One.
Given that Verizon subscribers had to wait months to get the One last time around versus other carriers, it’s nice to know that One M8 buyers will be able to snatch it at launch. But with the Galaxy S5 just a few weeks away, some may chose to wait a bit longer to compare the two flagships.