Chou shows the new HTC One M8 phone during a launch event in New York
HTC CEO Peter Chou shows the new HTC One M8 phone during a launch event in New York March 25, 2014. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than its predecessor, as well as improved camera technology, a faster processor and updated software, the company said.REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC today (3 July) officially launched the dual-SIM variant of the flagship handset One M8 in Germany.

"If a smartphone is as good as the HTC one (M8), then it leaves all other solutions behind. With the HTC one (M8) Dual SIM can now capitalize on the market for various mobile phone contracts each the best smartphone. This means that no one on the way waive its incomparable HTC boom sound speakers or have to settle for less than the groundbreaking Ultra Duo pixel camera," said André Lönne, Vice President Central Europe & Turkey, HTC.

Apart from the additional SIM slot, the new variant houses the same specifications seen inside the single-SIM model. It flaunts the critically acclaimed metal-clad (90-percent) seamless (zero-gap) uni-body design.

Under the hood, it comes packed with Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB (expandable up to 128GB) and a 2600 mAh battery.

HTC One (Dual-SIM) M8 is said to hit stores in select European markets –Germany, Austria and Switzerland, next week for €799 (around ₹65,000). However, there is no official word on when the new flagship phone variant will set foot in India or any other Asian market as yet.

As of now, the single-SIM HTC One M8 variant is retailing in India for around ₹45,000.

Key Specifications of HTC One (M8) Dual SIM:

Model HTC One (M8) Dual SIM
Display 5.0-inch Super LCD 3 full HD (1920x1080p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protectionPixel density: 440 ppi
OS Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense v6.0 UI(to get update for next two years)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core processor with 2.3GHz CPU speed- chipset: MSM8974AB(some select markets in Asia to be released with 2.5GHz CPU speed, chipset: MSM8974AC)
GPU Adreno 330
Storage capacity 16GB/32GB, expandable up to 128GB
Camera Main: 4.0-UltraPixel dual-camera with dual-color LED flash (True Tone), 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size, HTC ImageChip 2, automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, HDR, panoramaFront: 5.0-megapixel wide-angle camera, full HD video recording, HDR
Battery 2600 mAh (Li-Po, non-removable battery);Talk time: up to 20 hours (3G)Standby mode: Close to 496 hours (3G)
Network 3G & 4G-LTE Category 4 (50Mbps speed)
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots,Metallic body (90-percent)Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0 (with A2DP), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, microUSB v2.0, MHL, microSD card slot, BoomSound audio system, Infrared blaster,
Dimensions 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm
Weight 160 g
Colours Gunmetal Gray, Glacier Silver and Amber Gold
Price €799 (around ₹65,000)