Sprint's CEO, Dan Hesse held an exciting press conference this week, where he introduced the best HTC smartphone to date - The HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition, which will be sold exclusively by Sprint beginning May 9, 2014. This is very exciting for Sprint and its users, as Sprint sets new mobile music standards with HD Audio sound on a groundbreaking mobile phone!
The HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition boasts of a high quality metal unibody with a smart sensor hub that anticipates all's needs and uses Motion Launch to make the users' daily tasks easier. It has a duo camera that offers creative, and professional looking pictures, spectacular effects and its outstanding HTC BoomSound makes this the best smartphone in the audio department!
Sprint, a leader in mobile music, HTC and Harman developed the first mobile phone with a built-in MP3 player, the first mobile streaming radio service and the first mobile-streamed full-length concerts. The new mobile phone is a result of a major project that Sprint, HTC and Harman Kardon worked on to improve the way users listen to music on their smartphones. Read further to discover why the new HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition is the best smartphone for music enthusiasts.
Harman's Clari-Fi is a revolutionary application which is embedded in the new HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition, restores and rebuilds music fidelity lost during audio compression. This is the first time in a mobile device, where Clari-Fi delivers richer, deeper and clearer sound quality for compressed digital music (like MP3 downloads or streaming services like Spotify®). Check out this video of a Spotify demo and experience how amazing Clari-Fi is, by clicking here. As you can tell, there is an audio difference with Clari-Fi on and with Clari-Fi off, where the transients really come back to life. The highs and lows cut out in the compression process are energized with Clari-Fi, so users get the full experience of what was originally recorded in the studio! Clari-Fi technology is also available in Harman’s JBL Authentics Series wireless home entertainment sound systems, and is a feature of the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System in the all-new 2015 Lexus NX crossover vehicle. Harman's Clari-Fi is a superb product that customers are getting, because users can access Spotify’s catalogue of more than 20 million songs. Spotify allows users to play music on demand, create playlists, discover new music, share tracks with friends, listen to songs offline, and listen to music without ads across multiple devices.
Sprint treats Framily members to six months’ free Spotify Premium! As an added music bonus, Sprint will offer six months free of Spotify Premium for all new and existing postpaid Sprint customers who are on a Sprint Framily plan and have an Android smartphone, iPhone, Windows 8/8.1 smartphone, including the new HTC One M8 Harman Kardon edition. In addition, customers who are currently not on a Framily plan can enjoy Spotify free for three months. Framily members enjoy a great bonus, where after six months of free Spotify Premium, they pay a monthly special price of $7.99 (1-5 users) or $4.99 (6-10 users) for 18 months, depending on the number of Spotify Premium users in their Framily. After 24 months customers pay the standard Spotify price (currently $9.99 per month). Per Daniel Ek, Spotify's founder and CEO, "People literally have all of the world’s music in their pockets.” It's all true, and to see what Daniel Ek has to say about Spotify, visit here.
HTC's CEO, Peter Chou presented at the exciting partnership announcement, which you can check out here. Mr. Chou was so nice to take time out of his busy schedule for an up-close and personal interview after the Sprint conference, which can be seen here. Per Mr. Chou, the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon edition features premium sound with its front-facing speakers, dedicated custom amps for the speakers and headphones. Mr Chou graciously presented the new smartphone's special black finish with champagne highlights, which feels luxe, high quality, substantial and not flimsy like many smartphones that are out in the market today with plastic casing that feel delicate and substandard. This is absolutely a gorgeous smartphone that is premum in every way, with its sexy curve, high quality metal body and looks and feels outstanding and top-tier! HTC's new smartphone comes bundled with a custom set of Harman Kardon AE-S headphones with extended bass response, which retails for $149. The HTC One M8 Kardon Edition offers up to 160GB of total data storage with a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of storage cards on top of the built-in 32GB. It features a full 5 inch HD (1080p) screen, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, Duo Camera™ using the innovative HTC UltraPixel module and depth sensor, a dual flash, 1080p HD video recording, access to “world phone” global connectivity, and Sprint Spark for blazing speeds and crystal-clear HD Voice performance.
Sprint will offer the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio as a bonus, sold exclusively by Sprint, for just $99.99 when purchased with the HTC One M8) Harman Kardon edition. A $399.99 retail value, the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio provides the ultimate sound companion to all smart Bluetooth® devices, furnishing room-filling sound through its four powered speakers and dual passive radiators. “For years, mobile music has been watered down and compressed into small, low-resolution digital files,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “The technological advances in smartphone processors and memories make high-quality audio possible today, so Sprint, HARMAN and HTC have partnered to bring this breakthrough to our customers.”
For those who want to be seen and heard with the best smartphone that plays music like you're at a concert or recording studio this spring and summer, the new HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition is a must-have! Also, Mother's Day is right around the corner, so mark your calendars for all those who want to get music lover moms something special. The Sprint-exclusive device will be available at www.sprint.com or by calling 1-800-SPRINT1, on May 2, and will be in all Sprint retail stores on May 9, 2014! With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition with $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $28.34. The HTC One M8 Kardon Edition will also be available in the coming weeks at www.crutchfield.com and www.wwstereo.com, two of the nation’s leading providers of high-end electronics.
About Harman: It designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets - supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2013.
About HTC: Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense user experience.
About Spotify: This is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to more than 20 million tracks. It's goal is to make all of the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal. Spotify is available in 56 markets across the world, with more than 24 million active users and more than 6 million paying subscribers.
About Sprint: Offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served nearly 55 million customers as of March 31, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.