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Mar 31, 2014

Does the new HTC One's (M8) aluminum body negatively impact WiFi or cellular reception?

The new version of the HTC One looks beautiful, but it is 90% brushed aluminium. This does look great, but I recall Apple had reception problems when they first made an aluminum version of iPhone. Does the aluminum HTC One have any known reception issues due to its materials?

04/01/2014
I've read some reviews of the M8, along with a fair sampling of reader comments and I haven't see anybody complain of this. I suppose it could be a possibility though, we'll know soon enough if it's a problem. People don't generally keep quiet about this sort of issue, as Apple knows quite well. ;)
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04/01/2014
90% aluminium means 10% not aluminum. The very top is not aluminum (nor are the glass bits obviously). I am not certain, but I suspect the antennas for WiFi and cellular make use of the plastic part at the top of the phone for a stronger signal. HTC has made aluminum Android phones for years now, and are very good at it. I owned one myself (although not the One model) and reception was good. I’ve read a few articles about the M8, and none of them mentioned signal strength issues, so I wouldn’t worry about it.
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