HTC M8 will come with 5″1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, Android KitKat

More and more details about the new HTC flagship codenamed M8 start leaking to the net. We already saw alleged M8 back covers, and know that it is scheduled for early 2014 release. Now, Evleaks chimes in with some specs for the new device.

According to him, HTC M8 will come equipped with 5” 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and will run on Android KitKat. Somewhat underwhelming, isn’t it?

Well, that depends.

HTC M8 back cover

5” 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 CPU might be disappointing for spec junkies among us, who expect an order of magnitude increase in capabilities with every new generation of device. We want 2K or even better, 4K display on our flagships, right now. And give us 3GHz 64-bit eight core CPU to run it, too.

But increase of specs in latest Android flagships is rapidly approaching  the point of diminishing returns for the ordinary users that make up 90% of the market.

Hardly anyone will notice the difference between 1080p and 2K resolution on a 5” sized display. And with performance improvements of KitKat, which is able to run well on devices with 512MB of RAM, whatever version of Snapdragon 800 HTC will use,  I’m sure it will be smooth and fast enough for everyone.

Instead of racing to add more GHz to the CPU, or more pixels to the screen, I’d much rather HTC focuses on stuff that really matters. Like better Ultrapixel camera performance and longer battery life.

Make those two things noticeably better in M8, and you’ve got a great device for the first half of 2014.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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