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HTC Continues to Tease the ONE, Can We Confirm Its Design Now?


Through their social media accounts, HTC has been posting up videos and pictures everyday of their upcoming HTC ONE device, previously known as the M7. For me, I enjoy these games that they play as it’s just a way to look deeper into images and see if we can take anything from them. The one they just posted on their official Twitter account, pretty much confirms the design that we will see on February 19, at least in my opinion. 

In the eye, we see the date 2/19/13, but it’s the bright spot in the middle and the white blur in the bottom right of that which I am concerned with. To me, the white blur sure does resemble the same design we have been looking at for the past week or so.

htc m7 render

As for the bright part, Kellex said it looks like a circuit board or some type of processor part, but as for me, I’m always down to get a little wild. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw those colors was something you would see if you took a closeup of a butterfly’s wing. HTC did have a device called the J Butterfly, but of course, this is me having fun. What the J Butterfly would have to do with this device, I have no idea.

Luckily, we will finally know what we are getting next week. I know some people’s interest has dropped on this phone, but I’m still excited. Never dismiss a company’s next flagship.

Think you spot anything I missed?


  • goodbyebb

    The render shows Sense 4…not Sense 5 on the M7?

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    close-up of a transistor wafer… not butterfly wing :p

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  • Aaron

    The blurred image in the eye looks like the top of the white One X more than that render. It’s mirrored but you can definitely see where the white body wraps around the edge instead of stopping.

  • Kevin McDole

    Looks like the bottom of the device with a mic hole.

  • LionStone

    hehe, No Tim…I don’t see how you can confirm the design with a little blob of a blur? Patience my friend, patience 🙂

  • Kevin McDole

    Okay, I’ll bite. I predict there to be an edge to edge display (because the only render we originally saw was just a black and white slab, and people added silly capacitive buttons later), and that the phone will have on screen buttons.

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  • Brian Koppe

    So it seems pretty clear that this white design that has been floating around is close to the real thing. Any theories on where the other rumored design came from? There was actual physical hardware leaked for that one after all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulbfXVjNf9E

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      From the other post on here… it was an early test unit…. Or if you ask me it’s probably one of the other devices they will be announcin

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I think this represents the camera

    • Yes it looks like a camera sensor. I believe they are introducing some “Ultrapixel” technology. And it’s an eye so that’s sort of like a camera.

      Not much to tell from the white blob other than it seems consistent with the renders along with the little video they released the other day.

  • Has anyone mentioned the old android market icon on the screen? Sadly, this could still be an official render.

  • Greyhame

    Not exactly seeing the phone as previous renders have shown it. But I can’t put any other guess to it either. To me, the colored pattern in the pupil doesn’t look like a circuit board.. more like some kind of pixel arrangement highly magnified.

  • The white thing looks like a earphone to me.

  • trophynuts

    if the device looks anything like that render….it’s fugly

    • JoshGroff

      Front facing speakers should be more of a tablet thing, but I doubt it’d look bad in black as the speaker holes would be less noticeable at a distance.

      • Brian Koppe

        It would definitely look MUCH better in black. I hadn’t thought of that, but now that you mention it I hope that’s available.

        I had assumed the top was the earpiece and bottom was the microphone, but if those are front-facing speakers then I’m actually much happier about it. That could make listening to music on the phone much more enjoyable (assuming it also leads to higher quality and louder sound, which remains to be seen).

  • Chris Dugger

    Unless this phone goes to all carriers, it’s just another one shot wonder… After seeing what the Galaxy line did across all carriers, you would think that carrier exclusives are doomed from the start.

    • Brian Koppe

      Rumor is that this phone will be going to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Remember, it’s not strictly up to the manufacturer which carrier will get the phone. Samsung is large enough to throw its weight around and get the same GSIII on each carrier, but most other manufacturers – like HTC – have a much more difficult time getting the carriers to agree not to have some sort of special, differentiating features. If the rumors about the HTC One release are true, I’m actually kind of surprised that Sprint isn’t demanding a modified EVO version of the device.

      • Matthew Merrick

        For all we know there might be. Remember, that’s how the one X came to Sprint, and it was originally said to be coming to both at&T and Sprint.

  • mechapathy

    +1 for putting the home button in the middle where it belongs.

    • EC8CH

      -1 for not putting it on the screen… where it belongs

      *assuming those are capacity buttons on the render

      • I used to agree with you but have since changed my mind. It’s just personal preference really. The perfect solution would be to minimize the bezel even with buttons and make it so they actually disappear when the backlight is off. Smack an unlocked bootloader on there and you can take care of rommers who prefer either one.

    • Brian Koppe

      Unfortunately, the image used in this article is clearly not from HTC (notice that the screen mockup shows none of the Sense 5 changes and even has an icon for the Android Market). The image in this article seems much more likely: http://www.droid-life.com/2013/02/11/supposed-press-render-of-the-htc-one-formerly-m7-what-the-hell-is-this/

      I’ve been happy with the back-home-multitask button layout on my HTC EVO 4G LTE and see no reason why they should change it unless they’re getting rid of hardware buttons altogether. Given the leaks we’ve seen, though, I’m more concerned that they may be planning to put the HTC logo in the middle like that. I’ve all but given up hope that the buttons won’t be changed at all.

      • michael arazan

        +1 inspector Koppe, plus it looks like the iphon, and we all know what happens when a phone looks similar to crapple. HTC prob can’t afford to get in a 2 year legal battle over a phone. Unless they got some approval from the licensing deals with them they just had a few months ago.

  • Dillon Brown

    I’m with Tim on this one, I’m not sure what the circuit board iris is, but the white blur is clearly the phone’s top left corner. Either that or the HTC One’s. /s

  • JBartcaps

    You acting all crazy now Tim!

  • retina display?

    • JoshGroff

      Retina display isn’t a thing, it has to do with the PPI being so high that at normal viewing distance the human eye can’t see individual pixels, which IIRC is around 300 some.

      • ericl5112

        Retina display has pretty much become standard lexicon for what you described, similiar to how googling something has become standard for searching (be it on google, bing, whatever).

        • It’s a trademarked term that Apple coined and was made fun of so much that people actually use it. It doesn’t actually mean anything other than “high density” which is mostly a joke anyways.
          1080p phones have almost 1.5X the screen density of the last 3 iPhones. The retina iPads have a much lower screen density but they’re still called retina by Apple. What’s the actual criteria? It’s just an annoying buzzword that really means nothing.

          • ericl5112

            Not one person was arguing that. I stated that it has become normal lexicon. That’s all I said, and it’s true. Just because Xerox, for example, may or may not provide the highest end scanner in the world, but it has become standard lexicon to “Xerox that” instead of “scan that”. The apple retina display may or may not be the best screen (doesn’t matter for this point) it has become lexicon to mean very high resolution. Welcome to marketing. You push a term enough, and people will use it.

  • Bewara2009

    You want to know what I think about this… I am speechless ha.. Yeah right.. Samsung all the way!

    • JoshGroff

      No one should blindly follow one OEM, although, if anyone’s been innovating on the software front lately, it’s Samsung.

      • Brian Koppe

        It’s true, Samsung is doing the most to differentiate through software. Funny thing is, it’s actually Samsung’s software that I like least about their devices. They seem to want to create their own ecosystem, but lack the conviction of Amazon to actually fork Android and separate themselves from Google. Instead, you get stuck with Samsung app clutter that duplicates Google apps in many cases, and confusion for the average user. (I speak from experience after having discovered a friend of mine had no idea he could back up and sync his contacts to GMail and was, instead, trying unsuccessfully to sync his contacts to his Samsung account.)

    • Tech Pro

      You are kidding right. Samsung did not innovate anything yet but the big thing.