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First Shots of HTC M7 Emerge, Plus Our First Look at ‘Sense 5′

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Since CES was a complete bust in terms of seeing HTC’s next superphone, the M7, it feels natural that we would see some leaked goodies shortly after. Although, I have to admit, this is some of the worst leaked shots I’ve ever seen, of anything. So, let us take a second and go over what we have.

Thanks to Pocket Now and HTC Source, we have our first glimpse of the actual device, albeit really doesn’t give us much of anything beside the fact it will have a front facing camera, and a few shots of Sense 5. Pictured above is the first leaked shot of the device, with everything blurred out except the camera and HTC logo. Seems legit, yeah?

Below is where it actually gets a bit exciting. There a few shots that are being labeled as Sense 5, which was said to be a huge improvement in terms of looks and feel over previous versions. From what we do see, it certainly gives off a little more of a minimalist look, with clean textures and less of a glossy feel.

Sense 5 DialerM7 Leak 2Sense 5 KeyboardHTC M7 Leak 3

So, I have one initial problem with this picture. HTC still can’t seem to move away from the legacy menu, which is a real eye sore, given we are waiting for them to ditch hardware buttons, and for developers to start getting rid of it as well. Either way, I’ll be happy when those days are behind us and there is a fluid UI experience between my multiple Android devices.

In terms of looks, the new Sense is looking pretty hot. I enjoy the matte feel, so I’m easily more excited today than I was yesterday for the M7 and Sense 5.

Your thoughts?

Via: PocketNow | HTCSource

  • Tyler Casilio

    I honestly like my Sense 4+ on my DNA wayyyyy better

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Software buttons == bad

  • Twisted247

    These Pictures of sense 5.0 have been out for a week and not from pocket now. Also their is a un blurred. Image of the m7 out as well

  • Ibrick

    Based off Sense 4+ on the DNA, the dialer and keyboard look like a legit evolution. The rest.. not so much.

  • Neomastermind

    Still has that ugly battery indicator, I see.

  • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

    Sense 5 is going to come with a new feature called Sensible. It will allow you to turn off Sense . It will not pull out carrier bloat but it will give you the look of AOSP.

  • http://twitter.com/nimbug Damir Franc

    It is stupid of them if they don’t finally ditch the capacitive buttons in favor of the onscreen ones.I for sure won’t buy any Android smartphone anymore having them. Sorry HTC but even Samsung seems to have gotten that and will go full onscreen.didn’t they say something about being more innovative this year?

    • Chris

      Lol what? Have you not seen the Galaxy S3 and Note 2? Both have capacitive buttons AND a hard home button.

      • http://twitter.com/nimbug Damir Franc

        yes,but this were both 2012 devices which just didnt have the time to get rid of the buttons because the development takes long time.
        But i am 100% sure the S4 and Note 3 wont have any physical buttons on the front anymore.And thats exaclty what i am afraid HTC wont do.
        Look,Sony,Huawai,Motorola,Nexus and most the other bigger ones finally changed to onscreen buttons,because thats how Google wants it to be.
        Be honest,the legacy menu buttons is one of the most silly and ugly things someone can come up with just to compensate one little button.It would even be smarter to use a 4th capactive dedicated menu button instead of the software one.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Picture #3 — to the left of the cell signal bars… looks like HTC’s 4G indicator for VZW — 4G symbol sits ‘up’ and you get up and down arrows below 4G.

    • LionStone

      Its on WiFi

      • Lactose_the_Intolerant

        was referencing the 3rd picture (the one with the keyboard, not the phone dialer)

        • LionStone

          Ok, looking at it again, I think it does look like the 4G icon, almost looks like I can see the LTE on the side too.

  • bob

    Please realize these are all fake. Look at the capitalization inconsistencies in the menu pages — compared to what SENSE 4.x has , they are consistent. The snapped “photograph” is only a One X (black).

  • JeffColorado

    I wish Sense would just die already. It is the main reason I will not be buying any non-Nexus HTC products again.

  • peacekeeper05

    Sense as usual looks terrible and heavy.

  • Steve Benson

    Still looks like crap. Kill the hardware keys and kill the custom skin forever. Take these two factors out and all the manufacturers have to differentiate is with better hardware (which is what Android needs). HTC relies on Sense as a crutch. The One X was incredible but Sense is still a turd. That phone with AOSP out of the box and software keys would’ve been the best device ever created, period.

  • schoat333

    Looks just as bad as every other version of sense.

  • MichaelFranz

    not for nothing, just looks liek some changed font, more minimalistic looking, not impressed, they need ot innovate with software like samsung if they want to win me back.

  • Michael swaim

    hhhmmmm

  • Ry.d

    They need to chill the bass with making these phones bigger too!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

    Well I won’t start hating immediately. I’m all for stock, but I still want skins to advance and become useful. I love having options and who knows maybe some manufacturer will finally listen to people like us and make a skin that doesn’t completely ruin the experience

    • JoshGroff

      Like Motorola? Their new blur is pretty damn close to stock.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

        yep. I like blur but for those crap icons. I like the functionality and features of Touchwiz but it’s too bloated and just ugly. Sense is gorgeous (but for the notification bar) but holds the phone back something crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/marsgrafx MARS GRAF-X

    sens 5 looks like crap… it looks old..

  • Chris

    Idk what to think. To me, the 2nd and 4th shot look fake. But what are we supposed to be looking at in the second shot, out of curiosity? My eyes are drawn to the icons, and those just REALLY don’t look like something HTC, or any OEM would do. They look childish and stupid to me. And i don’t like the settings on the 4th picture, i feel the way the on and off switch looks is too fake. I could be wrong, but I’m just saying.

  • azndan4

    Aosp > sense > all

    • JoshGroff

      Blur is getting closer and closer to AOSP. Still, I do like Sense every once in a while. (grab an HTC phone, root, s-off, switch between Sense and AOSP like a boss.)

  • t3chi3

    No onscreen navigation. Makes me instatly not want it.

    • dmbfan13

      I dont get the fascination with on-screen buttons

      • t3chi3

        It looks cleaner in my opinion. Plus with modding, you can change them.

        • JoshGroff

          With modding, you can change the targets of capacitive keys as well, just not the image (at least as far as I know.) I do agree they look cleaner, but until we get noticeably decreased bottom bezels, it really doesn’t matter if they use that space for capacitive keys.

          • areffes

            It could matter from the standpoint of using the device with one hand. When the keys are way down in the chin of the phone, it makes it hard to reach your thumb down and across all that screen! As larger screens become the norm, I think this will become more of an issue. It’s not just cosmetic; it’s usability too.

          • LionStone

            Gestures my friend, gestures. Single swipe down anywhere on my screen brings down notification panel. Nova Prime :-)

          • JoshGroff

            Good point, except for the fact that even when holding the device in landscape, one thumb is usually by the bottom bezel. (especially with larger devices where you hold it from both sides.)

        • Captain_Doug

          Also, 16:9 is great for movies but sucks when you have to reach your thumb all the way to the top of a big screen. On screen keys allows you to place the screen lower on the phone making it easier to reach with one handed use. That and customization are huge.

  • Joe Trinosky

    Moving in the right direction, yes. But seriously, ditch the gingerbread theming HTC! Get rid of the green for the love of all things holy.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I agree! I like Sense but they do really need to change their color scheme or really embrace their “skin” section and come up with more alternatives.

    • Tyler Casilio

      I actually like the green, only when they used it in Sense 4.0 though.

  • SoundFX97

    As much as I don’t like the legacy menu, I can live with it. What drives me nuts is the awful green notification bar icons.

    But I look forward to seeing more of Sense 5.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Kicking Lettuce

    Definitely a step in the right direction. ESPECIALLY the dialer. TBD. The Status Bar still looks too much like my old Thunderbolt.

  • SenseOffender

    I pray that I never have to own another HTC device, let alone have to put up with any variation of “Sense” again. I used to swear by HTC, then I experienced the pureness of “Vanilla” and I don’t want to look back.

    • JoshGroff

      I use both Sense and Stock, just depends on my mood. I do really enjoy some of the 3D effects HTC uses, even if they are useless and a bit over the top. (Not to mention the fact that the Rezound gets better reception than my G-Nex.)

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      HTC Nexus — this so needs to happen.

  • Droidzilla

    My thoughts? Let’s do a rundown of each manufacturer’s best phones (for the time in which they were released):
    Motorola – OG Droid
    LG – Nexus 4
    HTC – Nexus One
    Samsung – Galaxy Nexus (though the Note II is arguable)

    Holy crap, ditch the skins! I’m all for manufacturer tweaks, but make them apps and launcher replacements. OEMs sorely need to get out of the ROM business.

    /rantoff

    Hey, who wants ice cream?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Manufacturer skins suck. Let the market choose what they want, manufacturers!

    • PSU_DI

      I prefer Jelly Beans or maybe some Key Lime Pie, but Ice Cream is soooo 2012. Anyway I agree with your post 100%, if OEMs made worth while apps and launchers to skin android that’d be fine. Most people would never remove them, but at least core android would be intact and it should improve the speed of updates along with giving power users to run stock android on any device.

    • zepfloyd

      Galaxy Nexus as Samsung’s best device?! Surely you can’t be serious….

      • Droidzilla

        GSM GNex was a great device for its time. The only thing that beats it when compared to its contemporaries is arguably the Galaxy Note II. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is an entirely different story.

        • zepfloyd

          I meant the device as a whole, doesn’t matter which network. Galaxy S2 was a great device by itself and led to Samsung’s explosion, put dual core on the map, getting 3 major OS revisions and has a better camera than the Nexus. Not to mention to date it’s STILL the only true RGB OLED screen. Just because it didn’t hit Verizon, people here ignore it. The amount forgiveness a Nexus is given just cause it’s a Nexus is almost as blind as some iSheeple.

          • Droidzilla

            GSII was a great device, but the GNex (GSM) was nigh a contemporary. The GNex was a better phone than the SGSII, though the SGSII had some nice characteristiques of its own. It would be like comparing the LG Optimus G to the Nexus 4, or the SGS to the Nexus S. The Nexus version of each handset was superior, but only just. Take off the factory skins and give them updates along with their Nexus brethren and the differences melt even more. That’s my point.

          • zepfloyd

            What? You start your post with ‘Let’s do a rundown of each manufacturer’s best phones (for the time in which they were released):’
            Then say devices don’t compete…um.
            How can you change that now? LOL. Whatever.

          • Droidzilla

            I don’t see where I said they don’t compete. Are you sure you’re replying to the right person?

          • Fattie McDoogles

            So because they were Nexus that makes them better? If I put CM on any of those Samsung devices I have a far better phone then their Nexus counterparts, if only because the device is now more versatile. OEM devices have better hardware usually as well such as cameras and screens.

          • Droidzilla

            If you want to talk about versatility for aftermarket, Nexus wins hands down.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Thats not true. A Nexus device will never have the same hardware as its non-Nexus counterparts thus making the non-nexus phones better. They not only can run the same version of Android that any Nexus can but they have better components to use once they are running stock Android.

          • Droidzilla

            Nexus phones always have a better dev community; that’s what I’m talking about. I didn’t dispute this even when I didn’t have a Nexus phone.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Have you seen the community for the Galaxy S3?! Or the Galaxy S2? Or the Evo 4G? How about the One X? Or the original Hero?

          • Droidzilla

            Great communities; lots of devs and very active. But the Nexus line will always have the best devs because they’re developer phones. Odds are, if there’s a good dev running ROMs, kernels, etc. for any device, they’re also running it for the comparable Nexus. In fact, often the Nexus is where they have their latest and greatest. Not saying there isn’t a huge community for everything else, but the Nexus line always seems to get the best stuff first because it’s a pure AOSP developer phone. If you want the best ROMs and hacks, Nexus is the clear choice. Always has been (save maybe the OG Droid, which Google acknowledged as a dev phone anyway).

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Again not true. I am not saying that the Nexus community doesn’t have some of the best devs around, however most devs use and build for multiple devices so those same devs are everywhere. The point is diversity is the key and the whole point of AOSP. That’s why Android is so great. Nexus are cool and stock Android is awesome. But there’s a ton of awesome things that come from OEM versions of Android and even the dev community (because technically if you use any custom rom you aren’t using “stock” android). By trying to put down OEM devices you are doing the same thing you complain about iPhone users doing when they talk about Android.

          • zepfloyd

            You get it.

          • Tyler Cameron

            A new ROM won’t change the phone’s design. The Galaxy S looked like a damn iPhone 3GS ! The Nexus S was a completely new and unique design, the Galaxy Nexus has basically the same design, as does the Nexus 4, but I think the Galaxy Nexus looks best of all of them.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Yeah the GSM GNexus was/is a great device. Anything Verizon gets their hands on the completely ruin. I can speak directly to this. I have two Galaxy S3’s sitting in front of me right now. One is from Tmobile with the stock rom, and the other from Verizon with stock rom.

          I was blown away at how much faster the GSM S3 is, I mean I was able to notice it INSTANTLY. There was no lag going from screen to screen, no lag switching apps, etc. The Verizon version was just crippled with crapware from the start.

          • Richard Yarrell

            You are 100% % correct. But be careful on this site every drinks that Verizon kool aid thinking that the are the best because they pay the most and the largest footprint. Verizon recieves handsets from manufacturers then they chance it’s devices internally. With stupid crippling software, assinine wifi notifications in your pull down shade, and now childish and infantile cosmetic changes from outside. How much more worse can it ger. Of course unless you have a Motorola device they want all those devices to be the best so they destroy other devices all for sells. Yeah Verizon got me to believe that Galaxy Nexus would be the best thing ever on their network. Boy that was the worst experience ever from any Android device i have ever owned. Tmobile is rocking hard and is the place to be in 2013 and beyond. Verizon is overrated and overpriced with bug infested crappy bloatware on all of it’s devices especially the Motorola devices. People need to stay clear from crappy red network.

          • squiddy20

            1. As if Samsung’s devices alone don’t have “bug infested crappy bloatware”? Pot, kettle, black.
            2. “and infantile cosmetic changes from outside” Newsflash: ALL carriers do this. Admittedly, some more than others, but if you slap a case on there, not only will you be protecting your investment, but you’ll get rid of 90% of the “horrid branding”
            3. “thinking that the are the best because they pay the most and the largest footprint.” I’ve said it once I’ll say it again, most people travel more than 5 miles to/from work and actually GO somewhere for vacation. Why get stuck with a carrier that has not even 1/3 the coverage of other carriers?
            4. I find it hilarious that you’re basing your opinion on an entire company because of 1 lousy experience with 1 phone, for no more than 7 months, and because you couldn’t afford their services. It’s not THEIR fault you couldn’t keep up with the payments.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Please Mr. Boost Mobile 3g man who finally signed a 2yr contract with sprint .You have never been a Verizon customer nor have you ever owned anything of true value other than your current Galaxy Nexus on Sprint. You have never been a Verizon customer nor have you been able to obtain gainful employment in order to afford anything i have done or purchased in the last three year. Fall back my brother this is for real men in the tech game not little girls wanting to be important. Verizon got kicked to the curb for poor service which many people experience in different areas. Your an Internet clown.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Yes Sir, You are 100% correct. The Galaxy Nexus GSM being used on Tmobile is far and away better than any useless Verizon Galaxy Nexus. That’s a total reflection of why Google did what they did to Verizon. No more NEXUS FOR YOU. The WORST NEXUS EVER was the Verizon Galaxy Nexus totally the worst Nexus ever.

          • Tyler Cameron

            You seem to have forgotten Sprint…
            Sprint DEMANDED that Samsung take SIM cards out of the equation and they delivered updates even later then Verizon for the Nexus.

          • squiddy20

            “and they delivered updates even later then Verizon for the Nexus.” Wrong. So very very wrong. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus had 4.1.1 first. About 10 days ago, a build for 4.2.1 was posted on Google’s servers, meaning an OTA update is coming soon to the non-flashaholics. Meanwhile, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners have no 4.2 to speak of, unless they’re rooted.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      I agree and have been saying the same thing!

      From an OEM perspective, it seems like it would cost so much time and money to develop a ROM for each device sold. Why not just run stock Android with some custom widgets, and a custom skin for a launcher? Seems like it would cost so much less and accomplish the same thing.

      • JoshGroff

        This^

        • Adam Brandt

          yes there have been, mainly for Android 2.x. I think since ICS Android has come of age, and those improvements have been implemented. Their time is over, ESPECIALLY Sense. It’s just a resource hog that is not needed and looks so dated

          • michael arazan

            If HTC just once produced a kick ass spec phone with decent storage and Stock Android, they would sell the bahjeebus out of them, probably giving them the best quarter ever. Just make the sense add ons into apps and if people like them, sell them for all phones in the play store to help bring up your profit margin. HTC Pure, for pure android.

          • JoshGroff

            I agree, but getting rid of skins completely probably won’t happen, but if the manufacturers copy Motorola and cut down on the UI “enhancements” and leave it mostly stock with some tweaks, then we could potentially see some awesome new features. (as a way to set them apart instead of relying on skins.)

      • Twisted247

        The reason they don’t all run stock android is because a lot of the flagship phones run the same hardware and specs so their custom UI is what differentiates them.

        • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

          I know that. I am suggesting they keep doing that by skinning a launcher rather than baking it into the ROM.

          Everybody wins.

    • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

      i agree with the “skins suck” thing, but i just went to the droid dna from the galaxy nexus, and i dont mind sense at all, although i am using nova launcher

      • Droidzilla

        The DNA is a significant hardware update to the GNex. I went from an OG Droid to a Droid RAZR, and I loved the experience (had GO Launcher on it). However, I wen to the Nexus 4 and I’m again blown away. I’m betting you liked the experience on your GNex better than a Droid RAZR, and those have similar hardware. Bottom line: skins are a waste of time. Seriously, who really likes a skin? Whenever I hear the benefits of TouchWiz, sense, or Blur it’s almost always the manufacturer apps and not the skins. OEMs should completely ditch the ROMing game and reallocate those programming resources into their app development. Heck, they could even start selling some (not all) of their apps on Play and make money from other devices as well as their own.

        • Tyler Cameron

          Motorola has started this, their Smart Actions app is available on the Play Store, however, it is not uninstallable.

          • Droidzilla

            Smart of them to do for stand alone updates, but it’s not available for general purchase outside of devices on which it’s pre-installed, correct? Though I would get Tasker over Smart Actions for my Nexus 4 if I wanted an app like that, even were Smart Actions available (don’t misunderstand me; I loved Smart Actions on my RAZR).

        • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

          i dont mind it so much. i like the sense lock screen, and i just use nova launcher and ignore most of sense. it honestly doesnt really bother me, and my phone works great. still hate the skin moto has. no desire for the razr. the most improved things for me between my dna and the nexus are better reception and better battery life. and a beautiful screen. Plus, i have an internship for 8 weeks in ireland this summer, and the dna is fully unlocked, so all i need to do is get a prepaid sim card over there. my sister got the galaxy s3 last weekend. she loves it, and i thought it was actually really nice, but i am very glad i went with my choice. but i agree, phones should be stock still. i plan on eventually putting CM10 on my dna when it (hopefully) comes out and when (hopefully) s-off is achieved.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

      I’m more in the mood for Key Lime Pie

    • Manny

      This needs to be up somewhere in big bright letters for the OEM’s to read…clueless fucks

    • Diablo81588

      Galaxy nexus the best Samsung phone? Hahaha…