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Leaked Images Supposedly Show Off HTC M8, the One Successor

HTC M8

The HTC One is beginning to be old news, so it’s time we start focusing on the possible future offering from the hurting Android manufacturer. The One showed people that the company wasn’t completely out of great ideas, and for the most part, the One is a fantastic device. So, can HTC keep it up with the One’s successor, rumored to be the M8, that should be unveiled in the first half of 2014? 

Thanks to ePrice, these photos could be the first we have seen of the rumored M8, the successor to the One. In terms of what we are seeing so far, it appears that the M8 features a wrapped metal body, instead of the separated metal that we see on the One. As in, there is no plastic band surrounding the device.

Beyond this blueish tint metal chassis, it looks like HTC decided to drill an additional hole above the camera along the backside. Could this be a fingerprint scanner? Another camera sensor? It appears to be pretty small for a fingerprint scanner, but that’s apparently what others in the industry are leaning towards. Of course, there is just no way to be certain this early in the game. ePrice also posted some rumored specs, which points to the device featuring a Snapdragon 800 chip, 3GB of RAM, and the all new Sense 6.0 skin UI.

The pictures don’t offer much else, but let us know what you think so far. A full metal chassis would be pretty boss, but just like the One, you should expect this device to be quite heavy in hand.

Throw down some ideas on HTC could make a better device down below.

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Via: TechRadar | ePrice

  • Herinel Pichardo

    This phone….. And and 8-10 megapixel “ultrapixel” camera and HTC has got themselves a lot of people sold.

  • Noel

    Hope it comes with a 3300+mAh battery removable if possible, very compact less than 137mm tall with minimal bezel, software keys, 32/64GB internal plus SD card expansion up to 128GB, super dolby stereo with boom sound and 8 Ultrapixel camera with optical stabilization. Also please have a GPe of this device ready to go when the announcement is made.

  • Al

    Will Google have a HTC m8 Google play edition?If so when do you think they will release it.

  • Albert

    Will Google release an HTC m8 Google edition? If when do you probably think they will?

  • RoninX

    That looks very interesting…

    According to Google Translate’s version of the ePrice article, it’s going to have a 5-5.2 inch screen and be announced in January 2014. Also, “the hardware specifications attack near the top,” which is something to look forward to.

    I’m hoping Verizon gets it before June.

    • Jeremy Gross

      before 2015

  • causeandis

    Reminds me, AT&T never got the Max for some reason but a Mini. Surely they can come up with a better name for the next feature phone in line. Rebranding is what is needed in a massive, massive way for this company like Blackberry and Nokia/MS

  • nicholas_chamberlin

    I would go with something other than a Nexus if these companies learned how important a timely update to the new version of Android is. That’s THE reason both of my parents, me, my wife, and my brother all bought the Nexus 5. I would have gone for an HTC One, but updates are too slow, same for every other company out there.

  • TC Infantino

    I like the look and feel of the HTC One, with the exeption of the button layout. They need to stick to the traditional button layout. HTCs have always seemed heavier in hand than the other similar sized phones, but it never bothered me because it made them seem more solid and less cheap. HTC also needs to stop using sub par batteries in their devices. They make good phones with great looking screens and exterior speakers that challenge Motorola for volume and clarity, but when your battery dies after 3 hours of listening to music, the great speakers and excellent screen become useless.

  • Mark

    SD card slot and make that hole on the back a power button/fingerprint scanner. The location is perfect, different, and will work if you think about it. I like it even if it was either or.

  • BRIAN MUENTER

    all they need is a better camera (ois, 13mp, etc..), better button placement (if anything go more toward stock android) maybe even on screen buttons, and they’ve pretty much got it!

  • Josh Shaw

    OMG I could totally take pictures of this phone before it’s announced, let me just grab my potato, and a flashlight.

  • kamkid279

    Any ideas on what that hole is for above the camera? 2nd camera? fingerprint reader? Hologram generator?

  • speraider430

    This is the definition of blurrycam

  • Cael

    So HTC is copying Samsung and keeping the same design for their next flagship?

  • Jeebus

    Wait…isn’t this just the back of blue HTC one? maybe with a hole cutout ontop?

  • Tim Buchanan

    I’m still stoked on my One. I see no need for a successor at this point.

    • JMonkeYJ

      I still love mine, too. I can think of some improvements, tho: besides generational spec updates, the removal of the physical buttons and a higher MP camera that doesn’t sacrifice the current quality (so likely a bigger sensor).

  • a.d.AM

    i cant even tell what im looking at. it looks like a blue htc one chassis.

  • bjssp

    I bought a N5 and imagine I’ll like it (haven’t opened it yet), but despite not doing anything too complex, I could imagine switching if the specs are that good. I kind of wish the Moto X features unique to it and Droid devices were widely available, although I guess that defeats the purpose of the Moto X. As others here have said, give me the HTC design and the Moto X features, with some spec upgrades, and I’ll be set.

  • Jason Downing

    Why not call it the “Two”?

  • 655321

    Basically have the equivalent features of the Nokia 1020 (especially the camera quality), wireless charging, reduce the overall size via edge-to-edge display, but run Android with the most minimal Sense ever. And build-in a projector. And lasers.

  • joejoe5709

    Slightly larger screen, but smaller overall profile. 4.8-4.9″. Anything larger is gravy.
    Keep the front speakers but reduce the bezels.
    Bigger battery. 2700 mAh minimum.
    Ditch the Ultra Pixel camera. It didn’t win any major awards. Try again. OIS seems to be the new “thing”.

    I have a feeling Sense 6.0 is going to be full of awesome. I think they’ll take it a little closer to stock sort of like Motorola. 3GB RAM sounds nice and the next gen flagships are almost guaranteed to do this especially on the cusp of incoming 64bit tech. I think we can agree it’s probably somewhat overkill for an HTC One successor. In a Note 3 it makes sense. But that’s just my opinion.

    • JMonkeYJ

      The One has OIS already.

      • joejoe5709

        I’ll be damned. Sorry about that!

  • SA_NYC

    So ready for this phone to launch already…feels like forever…

  • MikeSaver

    Here’s an idea HTC. On screen nav buttons, stock or close to stock Android. BOOM! Everyone loves your phone!

    • Mike Hilal

      This guy. He gets it.

    • joejoe5709

      Seriously. Take a page from the Moto X. Once we got over the specs shock it became everyone’s golden child for these very same reasons. Just think if the Moto X had bleeding edge specs. You’d give the Nexus 5 a run for its money.

      • MikeSaver

        Waiting for a review of the Nexus 5. Have heard rumblings of camera/battery life problems.

        • flosserelli

          No surprise considering the anemic 2300 mAh battery.

          • MikeSaver

            But the Moto X apparently has great battery life and it has 2200. Is that because the Nexus has the 1080p and faster processor?

          • Dave

            I know technically the answer is yes, but look at the GS4, it does great on battery with a 1080p screen. I’ve gotten to used to the incredible life on my GN2 and will have a hard time upgrading unless the battery is bigger/same size with a chip set as efficient as the Exynos.

          • PhillipCun

            Software optimization + additional cores

        • Sirx

          But of course you have heard rumblings of camera and battery life problems–It’s a Nexus!!!

          Google is intent on convincing us we want inexplicably terrible battery life or eye-gougingly terrible cameras!

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Review? Just ask people here who have one. Battery life is not good. Coming from the S4 and then HTC ONE over the past few months the Nexus 5 doesn’t last all day like they do. Camera I think is fine. Speaker is low /average. But maybe I’m spooled by htc and boomsound.

    • Shadowstare

      Sense 5 isn’t bad. I’d perfer Stock, but Sense isn’t the eye sore it use to be. Its DEFINITIVELY not a deal breaker anymore.

      • MikeSaver

        Yeah but a dying company should probably aim higher than “not bad” for the OS of their flagship phone. Enter, stock android.

        • Cyber Jethro

          Consumers don’t know what stock android is. Only techies care about that sort of thing, and we only account for a small account of device sales.

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            THIS. people on these sites complain about stock vs skin android, but the issue is the consumer doesnt know/care for what it is. If people preferred stock they’d buy nexus or new motos. that isnt the case. I of course would prefer stock, but I love my blue One as it is :)

        • michael arazan

          Save money on the skins and just let Google do the updates and os. If the nexus experience One had come with vzw bands I’d have been all over it

    • JMonkeYJ

      Especially with the big bezels due to the front-facing speakers, I totally agree on-screen buttons would be great. As long as they still release a GPE edition, we’re good on the stock Android front.

  • Guy Pierce

    Still looks like crap.

  • HTCguestKNOWS

    retinal reader

  • Greg

    I dont know how the One does not outsell the S4. As for as improving it: better camera, longer battery life and fit a 5″ screen in there without making it any taller or wider.

    • meetloaf13

      The same reason the HTV Evo outsold the Samung Epic 4G. That latter was superior in almost every way, Sprint (and other carriers) made the Evo their flagship phone, it got all the press.

      How many HTC One commercials have you seen while watching TV? And Samsung Galaxy?

      • Greg

        HTC has Commercials? So maybe I do know how the S4 outsells everything, Ad $$$$$. After the these were both announced and the One got lots of great reviews I thought for sure it would beat out the S4. I thought average consumers would see both phones side by side, hold them both and then pick the One. I really hope the One v.2 does well and keeps HTC strongly in the Android game.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I wonder if they will call it the ” HTC Two “

    • ddevito

      or the HTC One S2

      • Cael

        HTC ONE More, followed by the HTC One More Mini and HTC One More max

    • Dale

      HTC One Two

      • Tyler Casilio

        Or maybe the HTC One Series: Two

    • flosserelli

      HTC One²

  • duke69111

    That would be an odd spot for a finger print scanner.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Definitely interested

  • Kacho_ON

    I might skip the N5 for this, not sure yet but i’m definitely interested

    • a.d.AM

      Pack up your $H!T and get out….

    • mike s

      I hope google hears this….and finds you….

  • MichaelFranz

    HTC – Fix your button layout and we’ll talk

    • Jonathan Berry

      At least it’s better than Samsung’s, but yeah… With KitKat’s improvements, maybe we’ll see a move toward on-screen buttons. Maybe. One can hope, right?

      • Tyler Casilio

        I actually prefer the real buttons

        • Big_EZ

          By real do you mean capacitive, physical, or both? I hate capacitive buttons, love physical buttons, and on screen are ok (better than capacitive that always accidentally close out apps)

        • joejoe5709

          Correct me if I’m wrong, but with Kit Kat it opens the door for developers to allow the on-screen buttons to go over the app and not take up any space. It’ll be a long while before we see total integration with all major apps, but I think Kit Kat is what they had in mind for on-screen buttons.

          Me? I used to love on screen buttons but it doesn’t help much unless we see bezels like the G2. You still can’t beat the response time and the customization options though. And there’s no accidental bumping of buttons.

          • Dave

            Do you mean like a transparent button? What would happen if the app had its own function button in the same spot?

          • KID ANDROID

            The buttons don’t come onto the screen of an app the app shows through the on screen buttons. It’s up to the app builder to make their buttons not interfere with the on screen buttons which doesn’t happen anyways because the transparent on screen buttons are only on the home screen in 4.4 and most apps work like youtube where the on screen buttons disappear Completely until the screen is touched then the one Creek buttons pop out. This also works with gestures shipping from the top or bottom of the display towards the center of the device. This is how full screen immersion is achieved but buttons are still available when needed.

          • Dave

            Gotcha…makes sense. Thanks.

        • flosserelli

          I reluctantly grew accustomed to the home button on my S3 & Note 2. But I still miss the on screen buttons of my GNex.

      • MichaelFranz

        i dont mind it not having on screen buttons, just make them the way google intended. Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini are fine. On screen buttons are nice but not needed IMHO. that was what turned me off of the HTC One, i might have considered it. Even thought i saw the best buy blue one yesterday in the flesh and it was very very nice

      • bobsagetstits

        yeah we’ve been hearing that one since ics there bro and you must be stupid if you think that htc’s layout is better than samsung’s. I picked up the one, used the buttons for a second, absolutely hated it. Then asked myself in the Verizon store, “why am i even looking at a 6 month old device that ‘just came out’ haha”.

        • Jonathan Berry

          Heh, at least HTC put the back button on the left and doesn’t have a hardware menu button (you never know if it will do something or not). And the only thing I like about the physical home button is that it can be used to wake the device. I still don’t like that HTC only has two buttons with home not in the middle, but, like I said, I think that’s better than what Samsung does. I was skeptical of on-screen buttons when on Gingerbread, but now after using a Galaxy Nexus for nearly 2 years, I very much prefer them. Pretty much the only complaint about on-screen buttons is they take up screen space. Now with KitKat, that point is pretty much moot since they can be hidden. Obviously different people have different preferences, but Google’s vision of Android is to have on-screen buttons.

        • Robert Edwards

          Calling somebody stupid just because their opinion is different from yours is unproductive and immature. Learn how to post in an adult manner.

      • HarvesterX

        I can’t fathom at all (and I’m the most sympathic, empathetic, understanding person as it comes) why anybody with a phone with a screen near or over 5 inches and on screen buttons. Maybe if the OEMs tone the size down more like the custom roms do less would complain. Even still, these allow for a level of customization hardware buttons do not (I like the fingerprint scanner to unlock on the 5s though but that’s a fruit a stinky fruit of another color). You can even completely remove them and allow for MORE space. All I need to do is open notification pull down, flip expandable desktop toggle, and boom.. Buttons are gone. When I swipe up they appear. On screen buttons that float over other UIs that Google as no control over can he very ugly and offsetting.

        Personally, I think those in favor of capacitive buttons are jjust used to them from days of old and have stuck to phones with them. May have tried a phone without them but not long enough to realize “hey, it doesn’t really have any negative feedback.. AND less parts for wear and tear”. Or to provide a reason to keep arguing their Samsung Galaxy Multiverse Note X2 is better than his LG Optimal Optimus Prime G420 (Flash Gordon series) device.

    • Caveman

      Maybe they will go the G2 route and be different. Move their power button to the bottom of the phone and say research shows that’s how people hold their phones. Pinky power.

      • HarvesterX

        Seriously,.. More SHOULD follow in LG’s direction. But then LG would start getting cocky and end up acting like Samsung is now. Maybe keeping the G2 a hidden gem is a good thing.

    • Dave

      HTC can’t afford to fix their buttons.

  • Dale

    At least a 3000mAH battery, 5″ screen, and an option to turn off the Sense UI. Then, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

    • flosserelli

      All of that, plus a better camera and I’m sold.

    • Dave

      In other words….keep shopping.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Battery in the One lasts all day. I wouldn’t say no to more Mah though. And a 5inch screen is welcomed… But if you want an HTC device with stock…. There’s one in the playstore

      • Alan Paone

        If somebody made a battery in Mega-Amp-hours I’d be into that.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          …shut up sheesh

  • Alan Paone

    Doesn’t show the only detail I care about at this point: TOP OR BOTTOM HEADPHONE JACK???

    • 655321

      Rear top headphone jack.

    • Weber

      External

      • Alan Paone

        Tragic. The headphones should be plugged in internally. The days of external ports for external accessories are coming to an end.

        • Weber

          Thanks a lot, Obama.

  • David Triscari

    Nice big battery, 8 Utrapixels, and less crappy marketing will make a winning device IMHO

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      You mean less Hipster Troll Carwash? :(

      • David Triscari

        I just want to see them succeed, man. Not sure if the trolls or RDJ did them many favors for marketing. Funny, but not exactly making me go buy a One

        • flosserelli

          Exactly. FFS HTC hire an ad agency that makes you look *serious* about selling phones, not LSD.

  • Sean Plantz

    It’s 2013, and everybody who has access to inside info or devices has the absolute worst cameras/picture shooting skills in the world.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      You mean you wouldn’t use a flash when the subject is less than 5 inches away from the camera? Interesting lol

      • Sean Plantz

        Or while violently shaking for the best blur, at some obscure instagram style angle..

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    • Cael

      It’s that ultrapixel camera…

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  • Hunter

    I have the One on verizon and it’s great. If you are on verizon and still waiting to upgrade from your gnex, the One is a great option

    • Darren David Brooke

      For right now anyway… I imagine most people coming from the Gnex are going to want to S-OFF, which is something that will likely be patched with the 4.3 update in the coming weeks.

  • Weber

    Blurry phone is blurry.

  • samosa king

    HTC Deux

  • mondeca

    HTC Mate?

  • mustbepbs

    Eh.