There’s no denying the HTC One was among the leading handsets of 2013 sweeping the board of awards – so there was always going to be a lot of pressure on its successor.

The Taiwanese firm has now officially unveiled this follow-up device – called the HTC One (M8) – but does it live it up to its predecessor?

The screen on the flagship handset has been made slightly larger at 5-inches, up from 4.7-inches, and HTC has added an extra camera sensor to the rear of the device to capture more depth information.

This duo-camera set up has been designed to help people not only take better, clearer photos, it means these photos can be refocused using the device’s new advanced photo tools.

Elsewhere, the unique dual frontal stereo speakers now feature built-in amplifiers that  automatically pick out specific sections of music – such as the vocals, or the bass – and adjusts them individually to improve the playback and prevent distortion.

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, has 2GB of RAM and a Li-Po 2600mAh battery which HTC claims will last for 20 hours.

Prices for SIM-free versions of the handset haven’t officially been announced by HTC, but Carphone Warehouse in the UK is offering it for £42 per month SIM-free for £549.95.

The HTC One (M8) is being rolled out globally, staring in the UK and online in the U.S. today.

It will then be available in U.S. stores from 10 April.

The exact release schedule for other countries has not been announced yet.

The phone comes in three colours – Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver and Rose Gold.

In the UK, the phone is available on Three for an upfront cost of £49 and a choice of four 24-month price plans.

These start at £38 a month for 600 minutes and 2GB of data, up to £44 a month… see more

source: Dailymail UK