HTC One 2 M8 Release Date, Specs, New Features All Revealed at Unveiling Event in NYC

The HTC One 2 M8 release date, specs and new features were all revealed at today's special unveiling event which took place in New York City.

The company's CEO Peter Chou started off the event by discussing the success of the original HTC One M7 and commented on the strategy used to create the latest version.

"People are still saying the HTC One is the best, most beautiful smartphone," said Chou.

The device features a refined version of the all metal design found on the original One.

For the new HTC One M8 Chou stated that its "design is so pure and honest" and that "HTC has pushed the use of metal further than anyone in the industry." He also took a cheap shot at some of his company's competitors who use "too much plastic."

Some of the new features on the HTC One M8 include a dual camera, the updated Sense 6, and a new version of BlinkFeed that can be customized to bring in feeds related to just about any particular topic.

The battery life has been greatly improved on the new model as it is said to last 40 percent longer than the original and can work for up to 2 weeks without being charged on standby mode. The speakers on the new model are 25 percent louder and new sensors that run in low power allow for single gesture unlocking. Users will be able to check the time without having to hit the power button and unlock, and to answer a call all one must do is hold the device up to their ear.

Ultrapixel technology has been improved as users will now be able to take better quality photos in all lighting conditions. When filming, cuts can be made by pausing the video.

Other specs include a 5-megapixel front facing shooter for video chatting and selfies that can be accessed with a swipe, a Snapdragon 801 chipset, an improved version of HTC Zoe, and a 5-inch 440 ppi display.

The Dot View case for the HTC One M8 is one of the more interesting accessories to launch for a smartphone as it features lights in the front that display time and callers, and can be accessed with the single gesture system.

The smartphone was actually made available through many carriers at 1 p.m. today including AT&T via online and at Verizon retail outlets. It will go on sale in 100 countries before the April 10.