The M7 was a revolution. Stereo front facing speakers on a phone. With one listen, it became my preferred multimedia mobile, and the standard by which I judged every phone and tablet which followed it. Every single audio review I’ve done since has been normalized against the M7.
It should come as no surprise that a newer phone will have better features than its predecessor. We call that “progress”, but considering how stellar the audio playback was on the M7, many of us had doubts that the M8 would be demonstrably better.
Well we were wrong.
Take a listen for yourself as we pit the former heavyweight up against the new champion. The M7 is dead. Long live the M8.
HTC One M7 Speaker Playback Test
HTC One M8 Speaker Playback Test