Review: HTC One (M8)

by Pang Tun Yau · 18 hours ago · 6 Comments · 2.3k views


Over the weekend, I watched a football match. It was a match between a team that’s had an illustrious past but has fallen off considerably from the heady heights it once called home, against another team who are in the business of buying success. This latter team is widely considered the antithesis of what football stands for; that hard work and tenacity paired with technique and finesse will win you the game.

Over the past two weekends I had also been using the new HTC One (M8). As the game progressed, I realized there were some interesting parallels between the fortunes of HTC with the first team: an entity that was used to being successful, which then endured years of being in the shadows, and is now on the cusp of a renaissance. With a brand new, refined and undeniably handsome flagship smartphone in tow, could HTC mark the start of a resurgence with its latest flagship, the HTC One (M8)? Let’s find out.

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Low-Light Camera Output Comparison: ASUS ZenFone 5 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520′s Pro Mode, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One M8 (UPDATED)

by Chief Chapree · 2 days ago · 7 Comments · 5.6k views

ASUS ZenFone 5 PixelMaster Camera

There are plenty of features that ASUS has equipped into its new ZenFone smartphone series despite being priced at under RM 1000.  One such feature that we have managed to check out ourselves during our brief time here at the ZenFone regional launch event in Jakarta is the PixelMaster Camera.

Even within the PixelMaster Camera itself, ASUS has included plenty of modes ranging from beautification to HDR to selfie helper that should be able to provide plenty of fun for users that love to snap photos. That being said, what have caught my attention the most is the camera’s Low Light Mode that is available only on ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 (sorry, ZenFone 4 future owners).

Seeing is believing, so read on to see more.

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Side By Side Camera Comparison: HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

by Lucas Lau · 2 weeks ago · 19 Comments · 5.1k views



EDIT: Comments added

After some feedback from the last camera test, we decided to do one pitting the 2 most talked about flagship phones to the test against each other in a side by side photo comparison! Both cameras were shot at full auto and the S5 pictures were cropped according to the lower resolution M8′s crop in mind and so the S5 will be higher resolution than the M8. Click each of the images to view 100% resolution.

The image for the One M8 is always at the TOP and the Galaxy S5 will be the one at the BOTTOM

Also check out our other camera test with the iPhone 5S and Lumia 1020 included here!

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We Compared The Camera Of The HTC One M8 To A Few Other Phones… The Results Will SHOCK You, OMG!

by Lucas Lau · 2 weeks ago · 20 Comments · 9.9k views



EDIT: The 5MP Camera Samples from the Lumia 1020 were uploaded in place of the old 1020 pictures. I’ve moved the high res ones to the end. 

Part of the modern smartphone battle is won and lost on the camera front. Seeing as we got our HTC One M8 for review in today, we decided to put it up against some of the flagships that we have on hand in the office – The Nokia Lumia 1020, Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Which camera came out best? See for yourself!

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera Comparison (Z1, Note 3, S4, iPhone 5S)

by Lucas Lau · 3 weeks ago · 3 Comments · 4.1k views

Samsung Galaxy S5-2

Here’s a small camera comparison with several of the phones we had lying around in the office! We tested in 3 different conditions: Low light, Natural Light and landscape scenery. We also tested the autofocus by shooting after the first tap to focus, no matter if it was blur or not. The phones we tested were: The Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 & iPhone 5S. We will be adding the Lumia 1020 when we can get our hands on one. (Chapree was out of office). All cameras were tested on full auto mode, no manual adjustments made.

EDIT: Initial test with the Z1 was with a smudged lens T_T. I have tried to reproduce the test after cleaning the lens so it won’t be exactly the same. I will leave the old pictures up for the sake of transparency.

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HTC One (M8) Sample Images

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 2.8k views


Now that we know more about the freshly-announced HTC One (M8), one major question lingers: how has HTC improved its much-maligned UltraPixel camera? We’ve been told that it is a new sensor with new hardware, but does the old issues still crop up?

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This is the All New, 2014 HTC One (M8) – The World’s Worst Kept Secret

by Pang Tun Yau · 3 weeks ago · 5 Comments · 3.7k views

It’s been a tough 12 months for HTC. Despite having close to what many critics considered the best Android smartphone of 2013, things just didn’t quite work out for the Taiwanese company. Not only did they lose out to Samsung with its Galaxy S4, HTC managed to also shoot itself in the foot with production of its HTC One not being able to keep up with the demand.


One year on, and HTC’s again calling its flagship Android smartphone the One. It’s been leaked all over the Internet by now, but HTC has managed to keep a few things a secret for its global launch. Head on after the jump to find out more about the smartphone HTC calls the HTC One (M8).

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 – A Band-Aid To Fix Samsung’s Botched Plastic Reputation

by Lucas Lau · 3 weeks ago · 9 Comments · 4.9k views

Samsung Galaxy S5-1-3

Disclaimer: Review was conducted with a marketing unit of the device and not the consumer model. All aspects of this unit is the same as the consumer model, with the exception of the IP67 rating where it was not tested.

February 25th. After week after week of intense speculation and rumours, the time for the grand unveiling was finally upon us at Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 in Barcelona. When the curtain finally was lifted and the Galaxy S5 was finally shown to the world, the murmurs on the Internet were as divided as the country that the phone originated from. The S5 was a different creature than its predecessors – it kept to Samsung’s methodology of small design tweaks paired with hardware upgrades – yet somehow it was different, a certain “je ne sais quoi”. I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time but when I held the device in my hands for the first time after inserting my sim card, it all finally became clear as day.

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The Oppo Find 7 Recap Post – Everything We Know About The New Flagship From China

by Lucas Lau · 4 weeks ago · No Comments · 1k views

We were fortunate enough to attend the launch of the Oppo Find 7 in Beijing on Wednesday, while the event was predominantly in Mandarin (mine is quite half past 6) and we had very limited time with the device, here’s all our coverage to date about the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a! Look out for the Malaysian launch of the Find 7 & Find 7a in April/May!

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Lowyat.TV: This Is The Microsoft Surface 2

by Chief Chapree · 1 month ago · No Comments · 1k views

For those who are not familiar with the tablet, Surface 2 is the second generation Windows RT 8.1 flagship tablet by Microsoft which carries together a 10.6-inch full HD display. The 8.9mm tablet is powered by 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM.

Available for consumers in Malaysia from tomorrow onwards, the tablet is priced at RM 1399 for the model with 32GB internal storage and RM 1699 for the 64GB variant. We will be talking more about Surface 2 later today, so stay tuned for more.

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Lowyat.TV: This Is The Acer Liquid Z5

by Chief Chapree · 1 month ago · No Comments · 352 views

Made available in Malaysia just three months after it was first unveiled at CES 2014, the Acer Liquid Z5 is the latest Android smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer to hit our market. Essentially a lower mid-range device, we have briefly discussed about the device in our previous post right over here.

Nevertheless, we have roped in Acer Malaysia to show you what Acer Liquid Z5 is all about on Lowyat.TV for the benefit of our readers who would like to see the device in action. Enjoy the video!

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First Look: Acer Liquid Z5 Android Smartphone

by Chief Chapree · 1 month ago · No Comments · 1.2k views

Acer Liquid Z5 30

First announced to the world at CES 2014 earlier this year, the brand new Acer Liquid Z5 has arrived in Malaysia. Looking at its specification, the Liquid Z5 might looked like any other lower mid-range Android smartphone that are abundant in our market.

So, how does the Liquid Z5 differentiate itself then?

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