Like most companies involved in the ultra competitive smartphone market, HTC would never turn down the opportunity to drum up some consumer interest in a new product pre-launch. And HTC is on the verge of making an official announcement regarding the all new HTC One, or M8 as it is more commonly referred to, but it seems that the cat has been let out of the bag for the second time from another unofficial source. Leaks and product speculation certainly get the tongues wagging of those who may actually be going to purchase the hardware, but we don’t know if HTC will be entirely happy about this latest HTC One hands-on video that has emerged.
The 14-minute video has appeared on the YouTube account of a user by the name of "Hans Meyer", taking an in-depth look at HTC’s latest flagship and narrated entirely in German. That’s fantastic for the German speakers amongst us, but not so great for the rest who can’t understand a word of what is being said. Still, the important aspect of the hands-on video is the actual device itself, which thankfully is shown off to great effect, with the reviewer concentrating on a number of the main features that HTC will hope will set the device apart from the competition.
One of the key areas of focus is the intriguing "Duo Camera" setup on the rear of the device. Previous HTC M8 leaks have confirmed that the hardware will ship with a unique camera setup that will greatly improve the ability to capture images in low light conditions. It will also offer the ability to select focus after the image has been captured as well as choose specific parts of the photograph to apply focus to as well as a number of interesting 3D effects.
The lengthy video overview of the device also gives us what is essentially our first real glimpse of the device UI. HTC’s new Sense 6 UI has been revamped for this particular launch in an attempt to improve the overall user-experience. Whether or not consumers will resonate with the changes is up for discussion, but if you’re a fan of the Android OS and the iOS 7 visuals then this could be a perfect compromise.
HTC is gearing itself up to go live with the official M8 announcement tomorrow, but considering this handset is one of the worst kept secrets for a while, it’s hard to imagine what they can tell us that we don’t already know.