As has been rumoured for the past few months, HTC has just announced their latest flagship headset, the HTC One (M8), available to buy in the UK from today, it is the replacement for the original HTC One, which has now been rebranded to the HTC One (M7) to reduce confusion.

The M8 version of the handset will offer a number of improvements, featuring a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and a new display that is sized at 5 inches and features a 1920 x 1080 resolution with a 441ppi.

There’s also Android 4.4 pre-installed, alongside HTC’s new Sense 6.0 overlay, which will add the latest versions of BlinkFeed amongst a variety of new improvements.

Also in terms of software, the HTC One (M8) will feature something called Motion Launch, which allows the phone to stay in a passive power mode, allowing the user to wake it up by double tapping the screen, and sleeping it by doing the same. There’s also other gestures for things like BlinkFeed available.

However the biggest change comes at the back of the handset, with a new Duo Camera functionality that allows the M8 to combine two photos from the dual rear-facing Ultrapixel cameras to provide better depth. The camera will also allow the user to change the focus after a photo has been taken, as well as add different effects to the different layers of the image and much more.

On the front there’s also a 5-megapixel shooter, capable of recording in full 1080p.

In terms of build, the M8 has been made with a machined aluminium rear casing that wraps around the sides of the phone, which measures 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm and weighs 160g, there will also be three different colour options available, including gunmetal grey, arctic silver and amber gold.

Finally the HTC One (M8) will use a nano sim card, and will include Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, DLNA and HTC Connect connectivity, and will support IR remote control for TVs. The handset also features BoomSound front-facing speakers, and a 2,600mAh battery, that is said to last up to 20 hours, and can be charged to 80% in just an hour.

The phone goes on sale from 4pm today in the UK, starting at Carphone Warehouse initially. Prices are yet to be revealed.

[Update] Vodafone has just confirmed to us that they will be stocking the handset, available in their White City Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford Westfield Shopping Centre, Oxford Street Experience, Oxford Street and Kensington High Street stores from March 27th, the phone will be available for free from £42 a month on the Red 3G plans, which give you a varying amount of data, alongside unlimited calls and texts.

And on top of that, Vodafone will also be offering the first 3000 customers to pick up the handset with them, a free HTC Boombass.

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