• Paul Fingleton

HTC announce the HTC One M8s, launching in Ireland next week

The smartphone business, it would appear, is not without it's own sense of humour. For the many articles that called the flagship HTC One M9 a mere evolution of last year's HTC One M8, more like an "HTC One M8s" if you will, there must have been wry smiles in HTC headquarters.

You see, HTC today announced an actual HTC One M8s handset, available from next week.

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The HTC One M8s is based on last year's model, with similar form factor and design but featuring a bump in specs: An eight core Snapdragon 615 processor; a new 13 Megapixel rear camera to replace the Ultra Pixel 4MP camera in the HTC One M8; a slightly larger battery.

“The HTC One M8s combines the quality ergonomics and design of the award-winning HTC One M8 with great sound and photo features to deliver an outstanding user-experience at a premium level,” said Peter Frølund, UK and Ireland Vice-President of HTC.

Running on the latest iteration of Android Lollipop 5.0, the handset runs HTC's Sense 6.0 software - unlike it's big brother the HTC One M9, which runs the excellent Sense 7. The HTC One M8s features 16GB of onboard storage, but that can be expanded with support for up to 128 GB Micro SD card.

The forward facing 5 Megapixel camera, Boom Sound speakers and 5-inch 1080p display all return from the HTC One M8, along with the curious Duo Camera setup on the rear of the phone.

As the chassis appears to be identical, on paper at any rate, as the older M8, it is likely that existing cases or accessories should work with the newer handset.

The HTC One M8s will not feature the two-tone colour scheme preferred by the M9, but will be available in Gunmetal Grey when it goes for sale next week. The expected retail price is around the €520 mark for a SIM free handset, which can be bought from HTC directly, and will be offered first to Vodafone customers, with on-contract prices yet to be announced.