Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT, CBS News) – HTC has unveiled it’s latest offering – the HTC One M8 – a smartphone designed to challenge Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Apple’s iPhone.
The new HTC One will be slightly larger than predecessors, with a five-inch screen instead of a 4.7 inch screen. It’s the camera though, that appears to have been given the most design attention.
The back camera features a second lens to add depth in photos, while the front camera will snap selfies that are sharper than ever.
“On the front it is very noticeable, because you’ve got a five megapixel camera,” Jessica Dolcourt, CNET.com Senior Editor, told CBS News.
Another notable feature lets you choose what part of a photo you want to see in focus after you’ve taken the photo.
“You can refocus the shot on anyone in the frame with just a tap,” Jonah Becker, Associate Vice President of Industrial Design for HTC, explained.
Despite the enhanced camera, some industry experts see the HTC One M8 as lacking the innovation of competitors.
“Samsung has put in the first heart rate monitor that I’ve ever seen on a smartphone,” Dolcourt explained, “[Samsung's] also incorporated a fingerprint scanner.”
Competition is expected to get even stiffer come fall, when Apple is likely to release the iPhone 6.
The HTC One M8, with a two year contract, is expected to cost around $200. It can be purchased online right now from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon as well as other retailers.