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Old March 28th, 2014, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HTC One M8 Screen flicker?

Ok I haven't been able to find much online about this. Went to two Verizon stores this week to see both units suffer from a screen flicker issue. It's not the screen goes black or anything, it's the brightness kind of flickers when navigating, using the camera, most noticeable on white backgrounds. I thought it had to be the crappy lighting they had but they both did this.

Is this something to do with the batch Verizon got for demos? Their software or what?

I really am considering this phone but wanted to know if this is an issue others are noticing.

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The ones in the stores on display take one hell of a beating. I suggest you buy one for yourself. If it flickers then return it. No reviewers on the internet has noticed that type of a problem.
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Ok I haven't been able to find much online about this. Went to two Verizon stores this week to see both units suffer from a screen flicker issue. It's not the screen goes black or anything, it's the brightness kind of flickers when navigating, using the camera, most noticeable on white backgrounds. I thought it had to be the crappy lighting they had but they both did this.
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The ones in the stores on display take one hell of a beating. I suggest you buy one for yourself. If it flickers then return it. No reviewers on the internet has noticed that type of a problem.
I've been meaning to reply to this thread for a few days. Seeing a frustrating reply pop up sucks...

The display phone, on Day 3 of release week, is still 'brand new'...not beat up. Reviews on the internet mean nothing. The lack of evidence is not a positive proof of its non-occurrence.



The One (M7) had a similar flickering display issue. See here:
AndroidForums.com | HTC One (M7) - White Screen Flickering

The first thing to try is to turn off auto brightness. Right after that head to the power saver settings and ensure that ALL power saving options are disabled.
Showfloor lighting has been known to be very problematic for automatic brightness.




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I have the phone! It's not flickering. You can't tell me every employee and person who wants the phone doesn't test out the display model. If you work for a carrier, I find their folks to be incompetent.

If he has his own phone why would he need to take all those steps? That's just asinine advice. That means there is nothing wrong with the phone period. But the M8, then come talk to me. You are in the M8 forum. This isn't the M7.
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If you own one and it flickers, take it back for a replacement.

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Thanks for the replies guys, I likely will just buy it and see what happens, just strange that 2/2 stores had phone showing this.

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I've been meaning to reply to this thread for a few days. Seeing a frustrating reply pop up sucks...

The display phone, on Day 3 of release week, is still 'brand new'...not beat up. Reviews on the internet mean nothing. The lack of evidence is not a positive proof of its non-occurrence.



The One (M7) had a similar flickering display issue. See here:
AndroidForums.com | HTC One (M7) - White Screen Flickering

The first thing to try is to turn off auto brightness. Right after that head to the power saver settings and ensure that ALL power saving options are disabled.
Showfloor lighting has been known to be very problematic for automatic brightness.




Thanks man, I did turn the auto brightness off and it still did it, it may of been less but it may have been placebo effect too.

I'm glad there's not 50 replies in here showing similar issues with their phones. This helps, thanks.
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I've never used auto brightness. But I can assure you my phone is doing well sir. I've had it since Friday.
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I've never used auto brightness. But I can assure you my phone is doing well sir. I've had it since Friday.
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I recently purchased HTC one m8 from Verizon and my screen flickers.
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I recently purchased HTC one m8 from Verizon and my screen flickers.
Is it flickering repeatedly or does this happen as the screen is about to timeout and you touch the screen? If it's flickering, you'll have to take it back. The manager at the store will agree or disagree whether to give you a return based on his/her view.
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Is it flickering repeatedly or does this happen as the screen is about to timeout and you touch the screen? If it's flickering, you'll have to take it back. The manager at the store will agree or disagree whether to give you a return based on his/her view.
And ask how to escalate if it doesn't go your way.

I've seen this sort of issue on other models from time to time.

At first, everyone claims innocence, but once they've had a few returns, the manufacturer will confirm the issue and then there's usually less hassle.

If your local Verizon still refuses, and corporate won't help, please contact HTC for coverage.

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And ask how to escalate if it doesn't go your way.

I've seen this sort of issue on other models from time to time.

At first, everyone claims innocence, but once they've had a few returns, the manufacturer will confirm the issue and then there's usually less hassle.

If your local Verizon still refuses, and corporate won't help, please contact HTC for coverage.

Keep us posted, we're all pulling for you.
You've been quiet. Still running your EVO 3D or you up to a One now?
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You've been quiet. Still running your EVO 3D or you up to a One now?
My 3D is still going strong but only as a media appliance, it's plugged in to my TV at the moment.

I got the Evo 4G LTE on launch day in 2012 - traded my og Evo, caught a sale - fifty bucks out the door.

I came this >< close on the One, waited to see what else was shaking - and did nothing.

The M8's really appealing because of the SD card, and I like the new camera app a LOT. Been poking around to see who's modding that and what the options would be. But obviously, I don't have objections to the Ultrapixel approach.

Waiting two years has made it very affordable, but I'm just not sure about the height.

But I am sure that I'm tired of speakers that sucks compared to it.
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My 3D is still going strong but only as a media appliance, it's plugged in to my TV at the moment.

I got the Evo 4G LTE on launch day in 2012 - traded my og Evo, caught a sale - fifty bucks out the door.

I came this >< close on the One, waited to see what else was shaking - and did nothing.

The M8's really appealing because of the SD card, and I like the new camera app a LOT. Been poking around to see who's modding that and what the options would be. But obviously, I don't have objections to the Ultrapixel approach.

Waiting two years has made it very affordable, but I'm just not sure about the height.

But I am sure that I'm tired of speakers that sucks compared to it.
Very valid points. I have my 2 phones on a rotation so I can upgrade every year.

I don't have NBA player hands but I can mauever this phone around with ease. The height definitely helps with viewing videos. I think if the power button was on the side I would accidentally turn it off all the time.
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Very valid points. I have my 2 phones on a rotation so I can upgrade every year.

I don't have NBA player hands but I can mauever this phone around with ease. The height definitely helps with viewing videos. I think if the power button was on the side I would accidentally turn it off all the time.
I have no use objections - just pocket fitting.
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I have no use objections - just pocket fitting.
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This is my main concern with this phone. I'm going to give it a try and see what it feels like, I carry my phone in my front pocket.
I walked around the local Store with the dummy unit in my pocket, and it wasn't too bad, but it was paper light. We'll see what the full heft feels like.

On a side note, the dev community is working on removing the on screen nav buttons and applying Pie or whatever the user specifies. I'd really dig a swipe up from the bottom to make them appear / disappear. Ok, enough off topic posting for me.

@ jeanniekb absolutely take it in and let us know how it goes. Duds happen, I've had a few myself.
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@ jeanniekb absolutely take it in and let us know how it goes. Duds happen, I've had a few myself.
Definitely this. ^

Time to get back on topic. (Bad mods, no cookie! )
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I would agree, that HTC could have given us options in regard to the on screen buttons. I don't even notice the bezel and the space those buttons take up. But I kind of wish the buttons disappeared in everything and you can recall them by a gesture or hitting the HTC logo. Sucks you can't go full screen with Chrome either.
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I have not experienced any screen flicker on my device. I never use auto brightness.
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Just spent 15mn trying out that HTC One M8 in a T-COM shop in Germany and that flicker is clearly noticeable especially during text input on white background.
That's a massive show stopper. Can't believe they ship €700 phones like this.
Hope they get it fixed soon cause that device is otherwise most impressive.

While they are fixing that bug if they could also get the home screen and app list work in landscape mode that would be fantastic
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Also note: The One (M7) line was built with a number of different display panels from different display manufacturers. There is always the chance that one manufacturer or panel model, despite calibration, could exhibit unique characteristics independent of the others.
While the same display discrepancies have not as of yet been shown for the M8, with HTC the distinct possibility is on the table.

There could be any number of applications installed to the device. Or even CPU/chipset level options and enhancements put into place by Qualcomm
Troubling indeed
Of course I shouldn't have expected HTC to change its ways, and unify its display manufacturers supplies or figure out how to properly calibrate the entire line of displays to be as similar in visual nature as possible...
HTC One Display - Luck of the Draw... - xda-developers

For those that had taken issue to the fact that the landscape screen interfered with their polarized glasses, there is an interesting observation enclosed above ^
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That some seem linearly polarized and some are circular indicates two panel types or suppliers to me.

The op there noted that the JDI displays vary a lot in their color characteristics.
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Soooooooo I should feel "lucky" to be able to use my polarized sunglasses in landscape view? Portrait view is not visible with the polarized lenses. Or, if i was really lucky (by the "luck of the draw") i should be able to view in both landscape and portrait?
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Soooooooo I should feel "lucky" to be able to use my polarized sunglasses in landscape view? Portrait view is not visible with the polarized lenses. Or, if i was really lucky (by the "luck of the draw") i should be able to view in both landscape and portrait?
Well, get really lucky and do what I did.

Next time you update your sunglasses, switch to circularly polarized lenses

Linear polarization means that there are fine lines etched into the glass. Put two of them together at right angles and they block (basically) all light. Circular polarization (basically) avoids the problem.

Sorry, that's the best I can suggest.
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Good advice, but i wonder if that would make potrait good and landscape problematic? Oh well, i need reading glasses to function the phone anyway. Just a curious quirk, like the lower right corner speaker grill not setting flush. Ive been to all the local corporate stores in my locale and they all have the uneven grille. I'll live with it. Tired of searching. Love what this phone does. Thanks for the response.
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Circular polarization on glasses would make them pretty much neutral to whichever way the phone was held.
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I saw that at the Verizon store also. Asked the salesman about it, just shrugged. Verizon seems to hire guys that don't care and girls that look good.
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I'm referring back to my prior posts regarding differing display panels and calibrations...

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Are both kind of displays affected by that screen flicker plague?
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Are both kind of displays affected by that screen flicker plague?
There is no plague. These are a very small handful of examples.

There is NO correlation at this point in time. It could be entirely unrelated. Not enough data has been gathered about the differences in displays. In fact, tracking back to the source of the photos(thread linked above), the photos pictured are both handsets with displays from the same manufacturer. Different calibrations it seems.

Not enough is known about the flickering yet as there have only been a few people to have noticed or posted about it.
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There is no plague. These are a very small handful of examples.
Well just on that thread at least three of us have seen that issue on one or more phones both in the US and in Germany. That's just too much coincidence... I'll bet that at least every second device is exhibiting that problem right now, it's just that some people are probably not bothered by it.
I'll try and find other models on display to see if they have the same problem.

I'm not talking about the calibration issues illustrated above, I'm talking about the "brightness" flicker shandroid described.
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hi guys.
just had phone replaced due to bad call sound.. and on new one i have noticed some screen flicker.. not much.. was most obvious over the stock keyboard it seems
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just had phone replaced due to bad call sound.. and on new one i have noticed some screen flicker.. not much.. was most obvious over the stock keyboard it seems
I first noticed it too when doing text input where half of the screen is a white text field and and the other half is the virtual keyboard. To me it's totally disturbing and a deal breaker but I'm sure some people won't be bothered by it.

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have you tried a different keyboard? I've not noticed the flicker since installing touch pal
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have you tried a different keyboard? I've not noticed the flicker since installing touch pal
Interesting... actually I don't own that device I was just testing one for 15mn. Though I did notice that same flicker in many instances, basically on any screen with white background it seems. For instance while scrolling in the web browser.
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That's just too much coincidence... I'll bet that at least every second device is exhibiting that problem right now, it's just that some people are probably not bothered by it.
Or there aren't more complaints because it isn't happening 50% of the time and people can see just fine.

Rain in a few places doesn't mean it's raining everywhere.

If you get one with a problem, take it back for one that works.

Regardless of what the problem is, or what model, or who makes it.

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Red face Maybe not that bad after all

Went to a Vodafone shop and I could not repro the issue there.
So I went back to that same TCOM shop to try it again and I could not reproduce the issue either. I could not find the app I was testing it with last week either. So either they reset the phone, uninstalled that app or just changed the phone. I could not tell really.

It could also be that that bug only kicks in in some specific situations, lighting, battery level, settings... One thing I remember is that last time I tried it the phone was really hot and this time it was rather cool. So maybe it's only an issue when overheating, or overheating had somehow damaged the display. Just guessing here.

Either way that HTC One M8 without that glitch looks pretty good. I particularly like that IR thing
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QFT.

When you get your hands on one, try and set the screen brightness to "Auto". See if that causes any issues.

Maybe it's a sensor glitch with the Auto brightness and not a screen issue at all.

I haven't see any of this since getting mine last week, and I've run it through the paces.
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Got myself one of those HTC One M8 yesterday and I have to say I'm most impressed with both hardware and software.

I tried connecting a Thinkpad Bluetooth Keyboard without much hope of it working but to my amazement both keyboard and trackpoint mouse just worked and Android is totally usable with mouse and keyboard.

It's a pity home screen and app launcher do not support landscape out of the box but Ultimate Rotation Control does fix that quite nicely.

As for the IR part I did try out Smart Remote IR and it does the job but do expect some fiddling around with the UI and remote configurations.

HTC Blinkfeed seems to drain a lot of energy from the battery so I disabled it for now. Battery life seems really good though I did not use the GSM radio as I'm still awaiting a nano SIM card.

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My wife and I have had our HTC One M8 phones for a week. They've both flickered several times. Is is a glitch that can be updated through software, or do I have a lemon and it will only get worse?
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My wife and I have had our HTC One M8 phones for a week. They've both flickered several times. Is is a glitch that can be updated through software, or do I have a lemon and it will only get worse?

Don't walk,RUN to the point of purchase for new phones,before it becomes a warranty issue w/HTC.
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Just noticed the flickering on my phone. It only occurred when scrolling down an email that contained a bunch of photos in the email body against a white background. That's the only time I've noticed it so far. It looked like the photos were flickering, not the entire screen, as I scrolled through them.
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The phone is not flickering, it's our eyes. That is, the flickering only happens through peripheral vision. I don't know why this only happens to some people and not others and why it only happens some times. Must be a vision processing phenomenon.
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Just noticed the flickering on my phone. It only occurred when scrolling down an email that contained a bunch of photos in the email body against a white background. That's the only time I've noticed it so far. It looked like the photos were flickering, not the entire screen, as I scrolled through them.
That's not a screen flickering, that's the app (mail in this case) and the phone not keeping up with the graphics content.

I had a browser do that, changed browsers, problem solved.

Screen flickering, if it's happening, will be apparent on a static, stationary screen - usually a setup screen is good for testing - while viewing straight on.
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That's not a screen flickering, that's the app (mail in this case) and the phone not keeping up with the graphics content.

I had a browser do that, changed browsers, problem solved.

Screen flickering, if it's happening, will be apparent on a static, stationary screen - usually a setup screen is good for testing - while viewing straight on.
Actually i just noticed the OP's screen flicker tonite. Static screen, white background with black text. The white background was flickering a slightly different shade. It was barely noticeable but it did catch it. Didn't bother me enough to consider returning the phone. Its not occurring as i write this either.
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I think it happens oon a white screen with low battery power. Like 5% remaining.
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hi,
i was using facebook and some newspaper apps today and my 1 week old HTC One m8 started to flicker after few seconds of frozen facebook.
strong flickering with too many lines on it.

i'm asking myself if i should go back to the retailer for a return.

what you guyz think ?
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I'm referring back to my prior posts regarding differing display panels and calibrations...

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This video is a joke.
They are not the same photos on both phones.
Small difference in the angle of the phone when taking a picture can make these differences.
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