The HTC One (M8) is official, surprisingly nobody thanks to the volley of leaks surrounding the handset, but don't let that put you off as the new HTC One is still a very promising device.

We've rounded up all the key information on HTC's latest flagship smartphone right here for you to digest, and if you want to know what we make of it check out our in-depth HTC One (M8) review.

With top of the range specs and a sultry design the new HTC One is going head to head with the big boys of the mobile arena, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 firmly in its sights.

We can't forget about the LG G3 or the iPhone 6 either, but with both handsets yet to actually be announced it's currently a three way battle at the top of the mobile market.

Cut to the chase
What is it? Sequel to the 5 star HTC One - a tough act to follow
When is it out? The One (M8) is available now
What will it cost? From £530, $650 SIM-free

HTC One (M8) release date and price

HTC pulled a real trump card out of its pocket when it came to the HTC One (M8) release date, as it put the handset on sale in the UK on the same day as it was announced - March 25.

Just days later the new HTC One hit stores around the world and from April 4 the HTC One (M8) will roll out fully across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In total the new One will be available worldwide from over 230 operators in over 100 countries.

The new HTC One price comes as no surprise, this is a high-end smartphone with the latest tech under the hood and thus it commands a high price tag.

In the UK you'll need to fork out £530 for a SIM free One M8, or £33 per month for a free handset on a 24 month contract.

Meanwhile if you're in the US the HTC One M8 is $199.99 on two year contracts and $649.99 unlocked.

New HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8) screen

You'll find a slightly larger screen on the new HTC One, with the Taiwanese firm bumping if from 4.7 inches on its predecessor to 5 inches on the latest model.

While screen size has increased, resolution remains the same at 1080 x 1920, which means the HTC One (M8) has a slightly lower pixel density of 441ppi versus the 469ppi on the original One.

That said, you're unlikely to see and real difference between the two handsets in terms of quality and the Super LCD3 technology ensures colors are bright and viewing angles are generous.

HTC One (M8) camera

Possibly the most interesting feature on the new HTC One is its camera setup. On the front the snapper has been boosted to a 5MP offering allowing you to capture the ever growing Snapchat and selfie trends.

That's up from 2.1MP on the original One, and it's also capable of recording full HD video and comes equipped with HDR and a wide angle lens to ensure all your buddies can get in too.

It's round the back though where the biggest difference is, with the HTC One (M8) sporting two cameras - dubbed Duo Camera - instead of the traditional one.

The larger, main camera is a 4MP (or 2 ultrapixel if you listen to HTC's marketing) snapper - the same rating as the camera on the HTC One, but the pixels themselves have been enlarged to let in even more light.

New HTC One (M8)

For the camera buffs among you the main camera's vital statistics are a sensor size of 1/3", f/2.0 aperture and a 28mm lens.

HTC claims this improves the low-light performance of the One (M8). The second camera is actually a sensor which collects additional information on each shot that you take.

For the fact fans among you, the secondary camera on the rear of the new HTC One is actually the front-facing snapper from the original.

Data such as depth and focus are recorded and this allows for some rather clever post-capture editing.

One of those editing options is U-focus, which allows you to re-focus your image after taking it - allowing you to select a particular object in the near, mid or background to highlight.

There are similar features on the Galaxy S5 and LG G Pro 2, but the new HTC One does it better.

HTC One (M8) power

HTC hasn't skimped on the power for the new HTC One, and that's a relief as we were rather disappointed when the HTC One Max launched with Qualcomm's aging Snapdragon 600 chip rather than the 800 last year.

The HTC One (M8) falls in line with both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 as it sports the new 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip and 2GB of RAM. There's also an Adreno 330 GPU to provide extra muscle for graphical intensive activities such as gaming.

The knock on effect from the Snapdragon 801 chip inside the new HTC One is a fantastic battery life, with the handset easily able to see out a day and with some more careful usage two days on a single charge isn't out of the question.

New HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8) OS

There's no surprise when it comes to the operating system hidden inside the new HTC One, it's Android - and the latest flavor at that.

You don't get the stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat experience on HTC One (M8) however, with the Taiwanese firm sticking a new version of its user interface over the top - dubbed Sense 6.0.

It's not hugely different to Sense 5.5 which arrived with the One Max, but HTC has made some minor improvements for better control and smoother navigation.

The Blinkfeed news aggregator has been streamlined, gesture controls for quick screen wake, unlock and app launching have been added when the handset is in sleep mode and various stock apps have had slight visual makeovers.

New HTC One (M8)

There's new functionality for HTC's DotView case too, with the M8 automatically recognizing the cover and producing a dot matrix effect through the tiny holes.

Double tap the front of the phone, with the cover closed, and it'll wake the screen to show your the time and weather.

You can also answer phone calls, use the speech recognition assistant and get alerted of new messages in this view.

HTC One (M8) Design

We lauded the HTC One last year for its beautiful metal body and the new HTC One has managed to go one better this year with an even more desirable metallic finish.

This time the unibody design hugs the sides of the handsets and meets the sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 on the front of the handset for a really premium finish. HTC carves each One M8 from a block of aluminum, which provides that impressive finish.

HTC has also managed to engineer a microSD slot into the design without the need to break up the unibody design, while the IR blaster remains on top of the One (M8) along with the power key.

The rear of the device is more curved than its predecessor, allowing the new HTC One to sit more snugly in the palm and its corners have been rounded more to give a slight more Galaxy S4-esque finish.