We checked out the Harman Kardon HTC One M8 at the Sprint launch event in NYC yesterday, but with all the hubbub on the show floor, conditions weren’t great for a proper hands-on. Thankfully, Sprint and HTC were good enough to send us our very own review unit for a second pass today, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to churn out a nice luxurious unboxing and hardware tour!

You probably remember the HTC One M8 from our full review just a few weeks back (and, you know, because it’s one of the biggest Android smartphones to launch this year). Out of the box, the Harman/Kardon variant is much the same, except instead of gunmetal gray, amber gold, or glacial silver, it’s black. Still aluminum, but pure jet black, with champagne accents around the camera and the BoomSound speakers up front. We’re not used to seeing additional color variants come this soon after a flagship launches, and so this was quite a pleasant surprise when we took the lid off this box.

HTC One M8 Harman Kardon
I dub thee “Onyx.”

Of course, the real story here is in the sound. The small H/K branding at the bottom of the new M8’s backside calls out the principal focus of this device: it’s a smartphone made to deliver a very special acoustic experience. And while we don’t quite get to tune in during this unboxing, we do our best to round up all the audio enhancements the Harman/Kardon package brings to this Sprint-exclusive HTC One M8 – enhancements which should make beneficiaries of Sprint’s new deal with Spotify all the more excited.

We’ll have more on the new Harman/Kardon HTC One M8 in followup coverage in the weeks ahead; for now, enjoy this unboxing and hands-on, and tell us what you’d like us to test down in the comments below!

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