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HTC One M8: ‘Beautiful design more important than waterproofing’ says manufacturer

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HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 pairs a stunning design with impressive innards

Following today’s HTC One M8 unveiling, the Taiwanese manufacturer has defended its decision to prioritise aesthetics over handset protection.

Despite the phone’s main rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 both playing host to certain levels of dust and water resistance, HTC has forgone the protection-improving features, instead focusing on an easy-on-the-eye finish.

“We fundamentally believe in the {metal} design,” Graham Wheeler, a Product Manager with HTC said speaking with TrustedReviews.

He added: “It’s a beautiful phone, and I think that’s more important than waterproofing.”

It’s not just an IP rated protective layer that HTC has overlooked in favour of the admittedly stunning finish of the HTC One M8 either. With the iPhone 5S and now Samsung Galaxy S5 having added integrated fingerprint scanners, the new flagship phone is found wanting on a security front too.

Again, the manufacturer has pointed to design as the reason for this. Questioned on the lack of a fingerprint scanner, Wheeler stated: “We wanted to make sure it was the most aesthetically pleasing phone ever.”

Further enhancing the brushed-metal finish of last year’s HTC One, the new HTC One M8 has done away with the plastic edging in favour of a more elegant finish.

“The engineering fits the design,” Wheeler stated. “We’ve moved from 70 per cent metal to 90 per cent metal [from the One to One M8].

Would you rather a stunningly designed or IP protected smartphone? Let us know via the comments section below.

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March 25, 2014, 8:29 pm

I've had an Xperia Z for the last year, and admittedly whilst the waterproofing gives a little more ease of mind, I never found it useful besides showing off by putting my phone under the tap. After one of the plugs on the power input broke mid-contract, the function was gone. I'll probably get this, and can't wait for it

Timothy Shipley

March 26, 2014, 2:16 am

Well it may not be fully compliant but the folks at TechSmartt tested it for well over an hour under water and it worked just fine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...


March 26, 2014, 1:33 pm

water proof!!


March 26, 2014, 11:28 pm

Apparently there is this firmware upgrade you need to do first.. ;)


March 31, 2014, 5:19 pm

Waterproof rating is a deal-sealer for me. I like the metal design and build quality - but I like/need waterproofing more. This will allow me to take my phone on frequent river trips without fear. The IP rating, and advertisement, means that warranty coverage will be expected if it fails under covered conditions - instead of excluded. While the One (M8) could have been built tot he same standards using the same coatings, omitting the rating means that HTC is without liability if something should happen.

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