As you may or may not know, TechieLobang was invited to New York for the launch of HTC One (M8) on 25th March 2014. It was really a cold month of March in New York City. Thanks to the arrangement by HTC, we were able to get to the launch venue without freezing.
The event was held at SKYLIGHT at MOYNIHAN STATION, New York City. Here is our transport.
When we reached the venue, it was already crowded with media. Luckily we already had our passes. Inside the conference hall, you can see media from different countries, and fanboys too.. 🙂
Google Glass in the crowd.
Finally, the event started with Mr. Peter Chou welcoming us and also talked to us about the success of the 2013 HTC One (M7) and finally unveiling the HTC One (M8).
Introduction video of HTC One (M8)
Here is what gets people excited. The specifications of the HTC One (M8). There are so many rumors about the HTC One (M8) and it is always nice to have the official specs.
Peter Chou talked a little on the UltraPixel and also on the design of the HTC One (M8). Do you know that 90% of the HTC One (M8) is metal?
Next, he introduced Jonah Becker, AVP Designer for HTC. He talked about the design of the new HTC One (M8) and also the software aspect of it (e.g. BlinkFeed).
Finally, the last speaker is Jason McKenzie, President HTC Americas.
He talked about the most important date that everyone has been waiting. The availability of the HTC One (M8) in the market.
The HTC One (M8) will be available globally to 230 operators! That, I believe, is the first for HTC.
At the end of the presentation, he announced something that was never done before. HTC One (M8) is available on the same day (25th March, 1pm New York Time). Here is a partial of the Press Release.
In North America, the HTC One (M8) is available online today through major wireless carriers and retailers including Amazon, Appalachian Wireless, AT&T, Best Buy, Bluegrass Cellular, Car Toys, Cellcom, Chat Mobility, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Costco, Military Exchange, Net10 Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, RadioShack, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Walmart in the United States, and Best Buy, Bell, Costco, Future Shop, Koodo, Rogers, SaskTel, The Mobile Shop, The Source, TBooth, and TELUS in Canada. In-store availability across partners is set to begin on April 10th, and starting next month, it will also be available to purchase online and in retail through T-Mobile.
Partners will get it on the 10th April 2014.
A group picture to end the conference.
After the conference, we were invited to try out the HTC One (M8) that is available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Gold.
Here is the back of the Gunmetal Gray HTC One (M8). Notice the lines. This is what HTC deem as Hairline Finish.
Check out the accessories. I doubt we (Singapore) will get all these accessories.
This is the HTC Mini+ and the HTC Fetch
Different colors of Dot View Casing.
This is the HTC One (M8) car kit. It is similar to the 2013 HTC One version.
Check out this unfinished chassis of the HTC One (M8). They were on display to show that 90% of the chassis is made in metal and it has to undergo several steps to get that hairline finish look.
There are models too, with many HTC One (M8) to take pictures of them. However, this is NOT taken with the phone.
And there’s food.
We were invited to join the Chinese Media for the interview/Q&A session (in Mandarin) with Peter Chou.
There are quite a number of Taiwanese media.
When the Q&A session ends, the Interview began. Look at those microphones.
We also went through a English Q&A session with him. No extraordinary questions from our Media. One of the media in our group wanted to do a group selfie with Peter. Check out the picture.
I am still waiting for the picture from his handphone. Hopefully, I can get it.
The event ended after 2pm. Thanks to HTC for providing the opportunity to be onsite for the announcement. If you need to know more about the HTC One (M8), you can follow this link to my blog post on the preview of this phone.