The company is planning to release the successor of HTC One M8 this year, but the repacked version might be something that many will find appealing and worth the money.
In the Uk, it’ll cost £379.99 SIM-free, which is significantly cheaper than HTC One M8’s price. HTC One M8S comes with different chipset and new camera module.
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 camera is a 5MP shooter with 1080p video capture.
HTC One M8S uses a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor instead of the Snapdragon 801.
Snapdragon 615 is the same 64-bit octacore chip used by the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, Oppo R5 and HTC’s own HTC One Desire 820. It runs a respectable 1.7GHz on its eight cores.
Considering the similarities in design, how will this impact One M9 sales? The price difference is pretty steep and the one major downside is the slower chipset. As for the old One (M8), that one will most likely get phased out.