Great news for those of you who appreciate beautiful industrial design: the next generation of HTCs flagship smartphone, the HTC One (M8) will be hitting Telstra stores next Tuesday 1 April 2014.
And if you can’t wait until then to secure one, you can pre-order it from today.
Last year’s HTC One was a huge hit with customers. This year’s release will be just as popular.
HTC have continued with their stunning design and quality. It’s arguably the best-looking smartphone anywhere. The device boasts an all-metal body with zero-gap construction. The screen features the same scratch resistant Full HD (1080p) resolution as its predecessor, but is now a little bigger at 5-inches. The trademark two front-facing stereo speakers make a return combined with dedicated amplifiers to deliver amazing sound that brings music and videos to life.
One of the most exciting changes to the HTC One (M8) is the introduction of the Duo Camera. The two cameras on the rear of the device allow you to edit memories like a professional, even after you’ve taken the shot. You can choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and even add 3D effects.
For the tech-heads amongst us, the HTC One (M8) comes with a faster 2.5GHz Quad-Core processor and more powerful 2600MAh battery as well as 16GB of storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD.
HTC have also released a new version of their Android software HTC Sense. HTC Sense 6.0 is simpler and comes with features such as double tapping your screen to turn it on, swipe to access your favourite apps via BlinkFeed and access your favourite news and social media feeds.
A smartphone for the future
The HTC One (M8) is Australia’s first smartphone compatible with Telstra’s recently acquired 700MHz spectrum.
In January, we completed the world’s first data session on 700MHz using a HTC One (M8) on our live network across two test sites in regional NSW. We are now bringing this device to our customers.
While we officially have to wait until 1 January 2015 to deploy our 700MHz spectrum to our customers, if you grab the HTC One (M8) you’ll be among the first to benefit when we switch it on – enjoying better in-building coverage and more reliable internet speeds.
Until then you can enjoy the HTC One (M8) on our existing Telstra Mobile Network, which has four times the 4G coverage area of any other Australian mobile network.
Get that New Phone Feeling!
Love that new phone feeling? You can just take up the HTC One (M8) on a new eligible 24-month handset payment and mobile plan, and add New Phone Feeling for a bit more each month. Then, after 12 months, you can take up a new phone on an eligible new 24-month handset payment and mobile plan when you return your old phone in good working condition.
Pricing and Availability
The HTC One (M8) will be available in Telstra stores from Tuesday 1 April 2014 or for pre-order online from today. Customers who pre-order before 1 April 2014 will also receive a HTC Dot View™ case while stocks last.
Consumer customers can purchase the HTC One (M8) on the $70 Mobile Accelerate Plan with a $12 handset repayment per month (when you stay connected for 24 months), with $700 worth of included calls,and MMS, and unlimited SMS all to standard Australian numbers (excluding use overseas) and 1.5GB of data for use in Australia each month. Min cost over 24 months is $1,968 ($82/mth) and 2-minute standard call is $2.38.
Customers on our Mobile Accelerate Plans can also enjoy peace of mind with excess data rates reduced to just 3 cents per MB for use in Australia, and for excess voice and MMS to standard numbers in Australia (excludes use overseas) you will not pay any more than $130 a month.
Business customers can purchase the HTC One (M8) on the $80 Business Performance Plan with $2 per month handset repayment when you stay connected for 24 months, with $800 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1.5GB of data, all to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas) each month. This plan also offers $2.50 flat rate standard voice calls (drawn from your $800 monthly call allowance) made within Australian between 9am and 5pm local time (Mon-Fri). Min cost $1,968 ($82/mth) and 2-minute standard call is $2.38, excess data $0.10/MB.
HTC One (M8) will also be available to be purchased outright in Telstra stores for $840 RRP.
The Telstra mobile network offers 4G in all capital cbds and associated airports, many surrounding suburban areas and in over 300 regional areas. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.