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HTC One (M8) returns as the HTC One M8s

HTC has announced that it will be launching the HTC One M8s, just a month after announcing its new flagship phone, the HTC One (M9)

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In a surprising move, the Taiwanese company has unveiled their next handset will be an updated version of their popular HTC One (M8) with an updated camera, battery and processor.

The new model will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor and will have 16GB of internal memory that can be boosted to 128GB with an SD card.

The battery has been beefed up to 2840mAh and it will run Android Lollipop 5.0 straight out of the box, but the biggest change that you’ll notice will probably be the camera. HTC has abandoned the 4MP UltraPixel rear-facing camera in favour of a 13MP offering but has stuck with a 5MP camera on the front, which is still more than reasonable.

The M8s will look very similar to the M8, with a 5.0-in screen, Boomsound speakers on the front and the all-metal curved body, but these improved specs may be enough to tempt anyone unconvinced by the M9.

A lot of people are likely to be confused by the decision to announce the M8s, barely a month after its new flagship model, the HTC One (M9) was revealed to the public. It hasn’t even been released yet but HTC is already looking to roll out a very similar looking product, with marginally lower-end specs for a much lower price.

Fans of the M8 may be more willing to upgrade to this model as there has been minimal design improvements made to the M9, so it remains to be seen if this move drastically affects M9 sales. It will be available in the UK within the next couple of weeks.

What do you think of this move? Good or bad for HTC?

To find out what we think of the HTC’s new suite of products, check out issue 49 in shops and online now. Also, you can take a look at our hands-on review of the M9 right here.