HTC One M8 launch in NYC

HTC will launch its newest flagship phone during an event in Manhattan.

  • Kent German 3/25/2014 2:33:22 PM
    Hello! Welcome to CNET's live blog of HTC's One event!
  • Kent German 3/25/2014 2:34:49 PM
    Our live show with Brian Tong, Ashley Esqueda, and Donald Bell will begin shortly. If you don't see video on your page, please refresh.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:37:17 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:37:45 PM
    We're all in place and ready to go. Still about 25 minutes before the event starts. Tune into our live show in the meantime!
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:38:56 PM
    We're in Moynihan station, the old Post Office in Manhattan that will replace Penn Station in a couple years (supposedly. I'm still waiting for the Second Avenue subway line).
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:40:15 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:41:19 PM
    This is a really sparse event space. More warehouse feeling than most.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:41:42 PM
    There aren't any HTC signs or logo anywhere. You can see where they have posters for the new phones up, but right now, they're covered with white paper.
  • Andrew Hoyle 3/25/2014 2:41:58 PM
    HTC is also holding a satellite event in London, where I am. It looks about the same. Lots of smoke, for some reason.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:42:11 PM
    You can see through them, though, and read that the phone name is the HTC One (M8). Yes, the (M8) part is in parentheses.
  • Kent German 3/25/2014 2:42:36 PM
    Be sure to follow our live blog team on Twitter: @sharatibken @joshmillerphoto, and @boliverbennett. @Tim_Stevens and @DanGraziano are in NY, as well, and @Batteryhq will be chiming in from London.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:43:14 PM
    Still about 15-20 minutes to go before the event, and the room is packed. Lots of people standing in the back.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:43:17 PM

    something hides behind curtain number 3

  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:43:26 PM
    Yeah that wasn't too slick of a move by HTC...using tissue paper for signage covers....
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:44:23 PM
    HTC apparently didn't save themselves seats at this event. They keep trying to get us to give up one or more of our seats (we're in the very front row, center. Josh Miller got here at 9:15, an hour before doors opened, to get us this spot).
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:44:41 PM
    But don't fear, CNET fans. We're not budging. haha.
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:45:12 PM
    The mellow piano music is soothing though. Keeps my mind off of the rusted metal ceiling.
  • Kent German 3/25/2014 2:46:17 PM
    @Brian Bennett: This morning, HTC tweeted a photo of birds that were roosting in the venue. Do you see any?
  • TechPeel 3/25/2014 2:46:39 PM
    A metallic slick HTC one hides behind the curtains. Expecting HTC to surprise us.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:46:52 PM
    Based on that semi-transparent tissue paper used to cover the event posters, this new phone looks a lot like the old HTC One. CNET really applauded that one's design.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:47:13 PM

    I'm pretty sure that's our very own Tim Stevens

  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:47:15 PM
    This is a BIG event for HTC today. They really have to wow us and the smartphone loving world to beat back the Samsung Galaxy S5 marketing machine!
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:48:24 PM
    @Kent German Really? Wow! Didn't know that but that doesn't surprise me. It looks scary up there! Bats even?
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:48:33 PM
    It will be tough for HTC to battle Samsung. Both phones will be launching around the same time (most likely). That turned out to be really bad for HTC last year, despite the fact that it had a great phone with the HTC One.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:48:50 PM

    Moynihan Station ceiling.

  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:49:18 PM
    Check out Josh's photo of the ceiling. Easy to imagine birds roosting there. None we can see so far, though.
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:49:44 PM
    OK, the music is picking up. The smooth techno beat is getting my fingers moving...and thawing me out. Yeah!
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:51:18 PM
    I wonder what this runway type stage is in front of us? Could we have a fashion show in store?
  • danb1003 3/25/2014 2:51:49 PM
    Hi @ashleyesqueda! Awesome to see you back on the air! :)
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:51:56 PM
    Man, if HTC unveils a smartwatch today...I just may have to eat my hat.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:52:05 PM

    It looks like the back of a phone behind curtain number 2

  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:53:23 PM
    I hope it's a fashion show. I think I went to an Acer launch one year that had the same sort of set up. People walked along the aisle, holding the new gadgets.
  • Nick Cairns 3/25/2014 2:53:39 PM
    The big thing for me is battery life...it better make it all day!!! Im so sick of going thru 3 batteries on my S2.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:54:49 PM
  • Tim Ehrhardt 3/25/2014 2:55:53 PM
    I am watching this launch closely - deciding between this and Samsung S5. But the camera has to be strong - something similar to the 4-5 megapixel camera in last year's phone will push me to the S5.
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:56:00 PM
    @Nick Caims Yeah I hear you! And the especially if the GS5 will deliver on the special, super-long battery saver mode Samsung promised at MWC 2014.
  • Carrie Mihalcik 3/25/2014 2:56:57 PM
  • Steve 3/25/2014 2:57:04 PM
    I'd like to see more camera options a la GS5, not just two cameras.
  • Andrew Hoyle 3/25/2014 2:58:05 PM
    "The event will begin in five minutes" a disembodied voice tells the London crowd.
  • josh.miller 3/25/2014 2:58:20 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:58:58 PM
    Alright, we just got the warning to take our seats since this is about to start.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 2:59:05 PM
    So far WiFi is holding up. Fingers crossed!!!!
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 2:59:36 PM
    Alright, alright, let's get ready to ride the HTC train!
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:00:07 PM
    No more techno. Now it's some calming piano/classical type music.
  • Carrie Mihalcik 3/25/2014 3:00:09 PM
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