Chou - "HTC One was best selling phone in HTC history"
Chou going on about how many people in the tech industry claim the HTC One is still one of the best smartphones on the market
"Our goal is to create a design that is iconic and premium, seamless inside and out"
Here comes the unveil....
Chou - HTC One M8 "made of made of high quality metal contraction makes it beautiful, just like premium watch or fine jewellery"
HTC calls the finish on the HTC ONE M8 a gun metal finish
Chou - "not only is this phone powerful - its also very smart, aware of it’s environment - it can anticipate what you might do"
HTC One M8 is the first smartphone to feature a dual camera - captures true depth information of your photos
Becker - "with the HTC One M8 - 90% of the housing is metal. We raised the quality with fewer parts"
Becker - "we polished the metal to a mirror finish then gave it a brushed finish"
Video playing on screen now, talking about the design process, and the challenge of creating the HTC One M8
Becker now talking about the user interface, calling it Sense 6
"Blink Feed" is back, so you can stay on top of your social media. HTC opening it up to developers such as FourSquare
HTC also working with Fitbit, all your activity data will show up in your feed
HTC upgrading Sense TV - full remote control for your TV, real time social feeds, real time sports statistics
Moving on to audio now. HTC BoomSense has been redesigned. Still has the dual front speakers, but now 25% louder, more depth in audio
HTC One M8 has larger battery, reduced power consumption. battery life now 40% longer
Moving on to the camera now
Auto focus in as little as 300 milliseconds
Whiie recording video, you can pause, reframe your shot, then continue to shoot. multiple cuts in one shot
Becker addressing "selfies". HTC One M8 has 5 MP front camera. swipe screen (even when phone is off) to activate front camera
HTC seems to be taking notes from Lytro. You can now refocus photos after you shoot them on the new HTC One M8
Guess we now know what the dual camera is now for
President of HTC Americas Jason Mackenzie takes the stage to announce availability and pricing
HTC One M8 available will be the single largest product rollout in HTC's history. 230 carriers around the world in over 100 countries
Existing HTC One customers will receive software update for Sense 6
That update will come later this spring
HTC One M8 launches will have broad in-store availability in US and Canada (Rogers, Bell, Telus) within first few weeks of April. Most will have in store before April 10th
OR you can order through Rogers, Bell and Telus online at 1:00pm Eastern today. Could have it within hands within a couple of days
Verizon in the US will have HTC One M8 in store today
HTC opening up demo area to go hands on with the device
That's it. Hands on time. Watch for first impressions on CityNews!