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HTC One M8 released with LCD case that displays time, weather and notifications

Industry calling the One M8 a ‘make or break’ device for HTC
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HTC has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8, as well as a range of new accessories for the device.

The handset features a 5-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage.

The One M8 also comes with a dual-sensor camera which allows users to re-focus pictures after they have been taken. HTC also says the two sensor will make for better performance in both low lighting and bright settings.

Some industry experts are calling the One M8 a ‘make or break’ device for HTC, which has had a tough time over the past few years.

“Despite the fact that last year's HTC One was widely considered the best smartphone of 2013, the company failed to capitalise on the positive reviews and convert this to strong sales numbers,” commented mobile and telecoms analysts CCS Insight.

“A key goal for HTC will be to capture consumers upgrading from a Samsung Galaxy S3. Launching the HTC One (M8) with immediate availability means it hits the shops ahead of new devices from arch rivals including Samsung and Sony. Luring only a small proportion of these customers would be a significant step in the right direction.”

Along with the smartphone, HTC also unveiled some new accessories, most notably the Dot View case.

The flip cover case has hundreds of holes perforating the front. Through these holes, the phone can display the time, weather, incoming caller ID and notifications.

As well as the visible information, users can also double-tap the cover to wake the One M8.

Expected to cost around £25, the Dot View case will be available in black, blue, green, maroon and orange.

Other official HTC accessories include a new battery pack featuring a 9,000mAh battery. The HTC Boombase speaker along with a new car kit was also demonstrated.

For those that are looking for something a bit tougher than the Dot View case, Tech21 has been one of the first firms to unveil its own range of cases for the One M8.

Tech21’s Impactology cases feature military-grade materials that lock together to absorb and dissipate the force of an impact.

The range features the Impact Tactical, which surrounds the back and sides of the device, and a slimmer profile version called the Impact Shell. Tech21 also has what it claims to be the ‘world’s most advanced screen protector', the Impact Shield Self-Heal, which features a BASF protection interlayer that is also used in bulletproof glass.

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