And here we go. HTC CEO Peter Chou takes the stage.
Dudexk3/25/2014 3:00:31 PM
I'm debating between HTC One M8 and OnePlus One, let's see what we are shown today...
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:00:38 PM
Casual is the look of the day. He's sporting jeans and a button up shirt.
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:00:58 PM
Very nice! Peter Chou is like five feet away from us! Very cool.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:00:58 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:01:08 PM
Chou: I have been working at HTC for the last 17 years, pursuing perfection. Today we have something very exciting to show you.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:01:29 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:01:36 PM
Chou: Last year we launched our flagship HTC One smartphone. This phone gives you true breakthroughs in design,in audio, in camera, and in how you stay connected with what you love.
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:01:37 PM
Getting a recap of the glories of the HTC One from last year.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:01:46 PM
Chou: The HTC One was the best selling phone in HTC's history.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:01:53 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:02:12 PM
Chou: This happened even as two of our biggest competitors are dominating the market. At HTC we focus on creating great phones that speak for theselves and make your life better.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:02:30 PM
(of course Chou hopes the phones speak for themselves. They don't have nearly the marketing heft of Samsung or Apple)
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:02:31 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:02:40 PM
Chou still talking up the HTC One (from last year)
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:02:46 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:02:59 PM
Chou: Just last month at Mobile World Congress, the HTC One was named the best smartphone by the GSMA.
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:03:00 PM
That may be true but apparently the HTC One didn't sell well enough.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:03:07 PM
Kind of delayed clapping for that comment.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:03:14 PM
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:03:36 PM
I really hope the HTC One doesn't become akin to the Betamax of Android smartphones. That would make me very sad :(
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:03:37 PM
Chou: In the same week, it received the gold design award for its design. Just last week, Engadget readers named the HTC One its best smartphone. What can be better for this?
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:03:42 PM
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:04:02 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:04:15 PM
Chou: We are especially proud of this b/c HTC has always strived to stand out in design. Our intention is to create a design that is iconic and premium. That is seamless inside and out. And design the people will love and appreciate. Today we have a new phone to show you.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:04:34 PM
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:04:35 PM
It's true, the HTC One is still one of the most striking phones I've ever held.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:04:56 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:05:01 PM
Chou: HTC One has really inspired us. ... At HTC our philosphy is that design must be authentic. so we use authentic materials. We don't do gimmicks (that's a jab at Samsung)
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:05:12 PM
Chou: we want to give you an experieince that's pure
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:05:23 PM
Chou: We took the best smartphone in the world, the HTC One M7 and made it even batter
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:05:25 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:05:32 PM
Now a video is up
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:05:42 PM
Yes Mr. Chou, I agree. Metal is king and plastic, well not so much.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:05:47 PM
Also as a side note, there's loud NYC traffic or construction noise or something going on outside.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:06:12 PM
This video is showing different components of the phone. Like the camera lens, etc. Kind of a cool video.
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:06:26 PM
OK, seeing exploded camera parts and a phone assembling itself.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:06:29 PM
I love seeing deconstructed electronics, and this video does it really well.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:06:48 PM
HTC One M8. it's official
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:06:52 PM
Boom! All metal design! The HTC One M8 is real!!!
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:06:54 PM
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:07:06 PM
Chou: I love this phone. I am proud to introduce the HTC One M8.
josh.miller3/25/2014 3:07:19 PM
Brian Bennett3/25/2014 3:07:32 PM
It looks very thin...with more rounded edges than the old One.
Shara Tibken3/25/2014 3:07:34 PM
Chou: The HTC One M8 takes the best smartphone in the world and makes it better in every way.