Right in the midst of Samsung's release of their new Galaxy S5 tomorrow, TELUS has just announced that the new HTC One M8 – which has been available for pre-order since its March 25th announcement – is now available both in-store and online for immediate purchase. TELUS just tweeted to their subscribers and when questioned about the in-store availability, TELUS replied: "Yes, it is available in store but we do have fairly limited quantities there." That could mean only a couple of devices per store or it could mean six or more – so if you are interested, I would get there as soon as you can to pick up your new HTC One M8. If you are not sure between the HTC One M8 or the new Samsung Galaxy S5, you can wait until tomorrow and compare them side-by-side.
The new HTC One comes to you in Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver and will set you back $229 if you sign a two-year agreement with TELUS, or you can buy it outright on a month-to-month for a cool $700. The new color, Amber Gold, will be a Rogers exclusive and available in mid-May according to Rodgers…so if you had your heart set on the Amber Gold, you will have to 'jump' over to Rogers' network.
The new HTC One M8 is an evolutionary upgrade from last year's HTC One M7 – better in all areas, but nothing miraculously new. The screen jumps from 4.7-inches to 5-inches but maintains the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 441 ppi. The biggest improvement was in the processor area – here HTC went from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800/801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz. This is coupled to the same 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, however, with the HC One M8 you can now add up to 128GB of storage via a microSD card that was not available in the original HTC One M7. While the main camera remains the same 4MP UltraPixel, HTC added a Duo Camera above the new dual LED flash. This Duo Camera is not for taking 3D photos, but is used to add depth or special effects to your photographs. The battery also jumps in size from 2300mAh to 2600mAh to help with an already good battery life.
Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you will be picking up the new HTC One M8 on TELUS, waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S5 to compare, or are you jumping over to Rogers for the Amber Gold model…we would love to hear from you.