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HTC M7 Headed to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint?

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According to Twitter account @evleaks, a reliable source of insider information for the mobile industry, the HTC M7 has been “confirmed” for all of the major U.S. carriers except T-Mobile. Yes, if you do the math or piece together the rest of the puzzle, that means Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint could all see this latest flagship device from HTC. 

While that’s awesome news if true, we’re a bit confused – why does Verizon need another top tier HTC phone when they recently released the DROID DNA? It’s been well documented that this phone could sport a 4.7″ 1080p display (if one exists), a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, and run HTC’s newest version of Sense. There isn’t a lot in what you just read that would differentiate the M7 from the previously mentioned DNA. In fact, it even looks a lot like it without the red strips on the side.

I should point out (and something I’ve mentioned on the DL Show a few times) that I asked HTC in October why they hadn’t launched their flagship One X on all carriers. They were quick to respond with something along the lines of, “in a perfect world we would have.” After seeing the success of Samsung with their multi-carrier launching of the Galaxy line of devices, HTC knows that a multi-carrier launch would greatly help their chances of making a comeback in 2013. Maybe the M7 (still a codename) is the first attempt at that.

We’re still in the dark as far as a release date goes, but HTC will more than likely show this phone off at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Via:  @evleaks

  • disqus_g3q2Uq82V5

    I am very happy about Verizon getting htc 7

  • Chris Kendall

    I’ll echo the idea in the article, but build on it; the reason it is being released on Verizon right after the DNA is to avoid fragmenting across carriers again. Yes, Verizon has the DNA, but the other carriers don’t. The other carriers have the One series, but Verizon doesn’t. This is HTC shoring up one of their critical failures from 2012. Some of the pieces seem odd, but looking at the bigger picture it makes all kinds of sense. Couple that with continuing to be the lone source for 1080p screens and they have a shot to snag some shoppers that are too impatient to wait for the next goliath from Samsung to arrive. If HTC doesn’t turn things around, at least they can say they went down swinging.

    • Noel

      That is why they MUST have it on ALL THE FOUR MAJOR CARRIERS…meaning what ever the holdup is as to why Tmo is not yet on-board, they both have to work it out pronto. The outed specs are top notch but hope they don’t skimp on the others like bigger removable batteries, internal storage options 32/64GB, and an SD card slot. Let’s hope the HTC team will spec this device in a way that it will be difficult to have any excuse to pass on it. No redo of the One X debacle, and an aggressive sales campaign is a must. Boy will a choice of Vanilla Android or Android with sense 5 at boot up be the Hail Mary HTC needs to stick it to Sammy and the other up and comers OEMs. But we know Sammy will not fail to deliver with the upcoming GS4…so lets hope HTC has other stuff up its sleeve. Good Luck HTC, as an avid fan… i am rooting for you.

  • “While that’s awesome news if true, we’re a bit confused – why does Verizon need another top tier HTC phone when they recently released the DROID DNA?”

    Maybe because the Droid DNA holds about as much data as a 5.5″ floppy?

  • Tech Pro

    HTC needs to make $299 flagship. $199 forced them to cut corner. It’s going to be another failure if it’s still $199. $299 should allow them to have either wireless charge or bigger battery along with SD slot.

  • Sqube

    If you guys would be so kind as to put at least 32GB of storage in that sumbitch, I’d be much obliged. Oh, and let me root and ROM. I’ll be only too glad to give you all due consideration versus the SGS IV.

  • Daistaar

    I don’t get the inefficient use of space on the bottom. Tiny icons but all the unused black space. Is that for carrier branding? With a 4.7inch screen I’d think they could get the radios in without having such a huge “Bubba” lip.

  • Dave

    I’m really feeling pretty “meh” about the M7. None of the rumors so far has gotten me really excited about it. I like the fact that they are streamlining Sense a bit in terms of looks, but what does it offer over stock Android that would give people the “wow” factor? And rearranging the navigation buttons is a rather odd move. I wonder what was the impetus for that decision.

  • dezignstuff

    I’ll likely wind up with a pair of these. They look like good solid phones, and the hardware, after all, is all that interests me. I’ve already bought into the network, and the software I can change whenever I want, as long as the bootloader is unlockable.

  • master94

    HTC will find a way to blotch the launch, they always do sadly. Too bad because I always liked HTC

  • i really dont see this coming to verizon anytime soon, they are marketing the Droid Dna very heavily right now,

  • Tyler Casilio

    I’m just gonna get this off my chest. What could their reasoning behind switching up the buttons. Why would you want to go out of the way to hit the home button, let alone Google Now? Second, why is there so much room under the buttons and why is the design of the phone so plain? It looks almost like an Off Brand phone! 3rd, what is with the New Sense 5.0? So now the apps by htc like Messages, Phone, Internet, and Mail, etc. are all flat and different colors while every other app we download has shadow behind it and a 3D feel to it(like look at the Play Market app). What in the Hay are they doing! I loved Sense and HTC, and I really love the Droid DNA. The design, the way Sense looks, everything! This is just a mess! Even the day on the clock, TUE, JAN, all capital looks Stupid! GAWD!!

    Okay, I’m good now

    • I sort of feel exactly as you do. Lots of confusing stuff without much “Oooh look at that!” stuff.

      • Tyler Casilio

        I’m glad I’m not the only one, and it’s even better that it’s you Kellex. It’s just a sad thing to see happen. I was really rooting for them too

        • TBolt

          Has anyone claimed that the leaked images are final?

          • michael arazan

            Also, i read a rumor that this was suppose to be a windows phone, and that’s why the buttons were placed differently. And will these phones be catered to specific carriers, like will Verizon make this only available with 16 gb of storage and will each carrier have different features?.

  • Dan

    I remember cyanogenmod on my droid inc. Best phone ever

  • Bionicman

    if it comes out end by late spring/summer to Verizon then its all good. maybe just in time to compete with the GS4. but if it comes out earlier than that like late 1st quarter, then i’d be a little disappointed knowing my fairly new Droid DNA (if i had one) could possibly be put in the back burner for updates and support.

  • Rob

    What’s the internal storage? No microSD?

    • I would guess it’s 32GB with no microSD.

      • Rob

        I would hope it is 32 GB at the minimum. If they made a 64 GB capacity with no microSD card I wouldn’t be complaining.

    • NYCHitman1

      32GB, but there hasn’t been any mention of expandable storage options yet.

      • Rob

        Probably won’t be, I mean they didn’t with the OneX and DNA so I have a feeling it will just be internal. At least it’s 32 GB. I really would want 64 GB if I’m not going to have expandable storage.

  • Radgatt

    If T-Mobile can launch the sensation and shortly after launch the amaze then why not have Verizon launch the DNA and shortly after launch the m7? All HTC devices so it makes sense to me.

  • jak_341

    Replace the words HTC with Motorola and Sense with Blur and it is virtually the same story. No wonder both are losing money and are irrelevant in the mobile world. Samsung is the only one to get it right.

  • shecalledmejay

    Off Topic: I have been flashing a couple of Jelly beans roms lately and now I have a few folders that say “0.” in different folders like one is emulated folder, the other in the storage folder, and one on the sd card root, but they are all filled withe same thing which is everything that I have and it’s taking up all of my space. which one can I delete?

  • Eric

    Hopefully they did away with the rubber port flaps along with the red accents.

  • Kidcuda

    What would be impressive is if HTC would just go with on-screen nav buttons. They could easy just modify them to look like their style buttons

    • Danrarbc

      Yeah I wish they’d cave in and do it. But this is still on my short list.

      Which one will I get?
      Nexus 4
      Note 2
      Xperia Z(L)

  • I probably would have gotten the HTC One X if it were sold in Verizon. Instead I got the Razr Maxx HD. Loving that battery life 🙂

    • I think a lot of people would have jumped on the One X if it had come to Verizon. Too bad it was offered to them and they turned it down.

      • Chris

        Honestly, I REALLY love the EVO 4G LTE. Have you seen it in white?!?!?!

      • Chris Kendall

        Agreed. Verizon would have helped HTC out tremendously by carrying any of the One series, which in turn would have avoided the Incredible 4G debacle altogether. Aside from the DNA and the 8X in the 11th hour, Verizon and HTC was a terrible pairing in 2012.

  • Andrew

    I’d be intrigued by this to at least look at HTC again. If Sense is minimal it might be a solid device. Sadly for them I’d probably never purchase another non-Nexus phone again though.

  • Kenneth

    I will never ever buy another HTC phone. i’ve had nothing but bad experiences with them from the droid eris to the One X. there is always something majorly wrong that makes it unusable.

  • Ramana Nagaraj

    Messed up buttons, and sense? No thanks.

  • Greg

    I think vzw will pass on this phone and wait for the Droid M8.

  • Silver Veloz

    Specs, of course, are going to be great on future phones, but I still want an sd-card slot and hdmi out on my next phone, no matter what.

    • lemonhead127

      The RAZR HD and MAXX HD have both of those things. Seems like Motorola might be your only option because no one else really does the HDMI.

  • If this comes out on Verizon it proves that the dna was in fact a ploy to boost sales before the end of the year. Watch this have a bigger battery and more storage.

    • DNA is the best phone I have had. The battery, though spec’d small, lasts FOREVER!

      • I don’t think it’s a bad phone. I think that HTC purposefully skimped on the battery size and storage so the M7 can be “better.” It will be telling if the DNA doesnt instantly get Sense 5 soon after release.

  • schoat333

    If/when HTC gets rid of sense, I will consider one of their devices again.

    • mjmedstarved

      Why not just install a different launcher if you don’t like it?

      Seems silly to let something so minute (for an Android phone) hold you back?!

      • Danrarbc

        Sense goes beyond the launcher.

        But I’d put up with it on this phone until I could get an AOSP ROM. Or at least a ‘Senseless’ ROM.

        • mjmedstarved

          Whatever tickels your fancy!!!

          Being and Android phone though, that shouldn’t stop anyone that is an android fanatic (such as all of us here, who ROM phones). 😀

      • Tim242

        Sense is not just a launcher. It is a forked version of Android. Without installing a custom ROM, you are stuck with Sense

        • mjmedstarved

          Now, who in their right mind dosn’t ROM up their phone???

          NOT THIS GUY!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Fattie McDoogles

          But outside of the launcher all that’s really different are the icons and they make icon kits for that. And you can download all the stock apps and widgets.

          • Colin Zack

            That isn’t true. That may be the only difference you can tangibly see, but the entire framework is different when you’re running something like sense.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Yes but is that really going to change your experience on the device? I feel like that’s more nitpicking then a real difference. I understand that the framework is different but unless you are going in and messing with the framework it should be something that you never notice especially given a quadcore processor.

          • Colin Zack

            If it wasn’t a change you’d notice then why wouldn’t sense just keep the stock framework and make their launcher “sense” in order to stand out? It would save them so much time.

          • It impacts the widgets you’re able to install, for starters. That’s the main reason I dumped Sense on my Incredible… they flat-out didn’t implement certain features of the OS and it restricts the apps you can use.

            No thanks!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I agree. Especially for an android device.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      SO which SKIN do you prefer? If you’re the type to root… then the skin doesn’t matter. IF you’re not the rooting type…then just choose another SKIN

      • Fattie McDoogles

        I like them all to be honest. I think they all have their merits. Its just a different experience. To be truthful I actually like “skinned” versions of Android better than I like AOSP. The OEM’s take what Google does and they add a lot of nice features that usually take forever to end up in a stock version of Android (like quick settings in the notification bar). I think diversity is the spice of life and I love being able to go from Stock to Skinned whenever I want.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      Why are you still dreaming of this? If you like the hardware get the phone. The more people that buy the phone the more dev support the device receives. Which means the faster that hardware that you like will get AOKP or CM. Sense/ Touchwiz/ Blur/ Whatever LG makes… they aren’t going anywhere you might as well get used to these “forked” versions of Android because they are here to stay.

  • ChristianJohnson

    If this is a true image of what the phone will be….why why why does HTC insist on switching around the on screen buttons. *head desk head desk head desk*

    • Fattie McDoogles

      What do you mean?

      • On the original Droid Incredible, the buttons were, from left to right:

        Home Menu Back Search

        Now they are:

        Back Menu Home

        Irritating as hell. Also different from the now-standard Android soft keys:

        Back Home Menu

        Really HTC just needs to get rid of the damn physical buttons entirely, but if they’re going to switch them around with every new phone, that goes against every principle of user friendliness and brand identity…

    • Symbiotx

      Oh wow, didn’t realize that until you said this. It does seem like a weird choice.

  • FarmerTechno

    What happened to the days of yore, when we only complained about Verizon NOT getting a device?

  • One thing to note, though, is Verizon may not get this for a few months after the announcement, giving more time between releases.

    And who knows what else might launch in the meantime?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      From WHO is the question…. Only few OEMS matter. Motorola Sammy and HTC. We all know Samsung US release will probably push to around May. This is the only device rumored that can fill the time in between.

  • I’m already tired of hearing about this phone.

    • mustbepbs

      Same. It just looks like tired, exhausted, old Sense wrapped up in modern phone specs. I do like the transparent notification bar, though.

      • LiterofCola

        Yeah, diggin’ that as well