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HTC M8, Supposed One Successor, Rumored for Q1 2014 Launch

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According to @evleaks, by way of @gadget_pei, we could be seeing the HTC M8, the supposed One successor, on all four major U.S. carriers by the end of Q1 in 2014. We first caught a glimpse of the M8 last week, with what appears to be an oddly-small fingerprint scanner along its backside and wrapped metallic chassis. It should be a good looking device, even sporting HTC’s next-gen Sense 6 user interface. 

You can expect the M8 to come with updated internal specs as well, such a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB+ of RAM, a hopefully-better (more megapixels) camera sensor, and possibly a display that isn’t surrounded by such thick bezels like the One features.

It’s already almost mid-November, and HTC is pretty good with the hypebeast, so we can expect on seeing more M8 news in the near future.

Via: @evleaks | @gadget_pei

  • Eng.Ahmed

    Need htc phone like one max size and one pixel denstiy 4k screen boomsound beats audio
    20 ultra pixel
    Micro slot
    Dual sim
    #dream :D

    • Eng.Ahmed

      And also has like note 3 multitasking process
      And more than snapdragon 800 to save its value long time :)
      Wooooow

  • Prototype

    I’ve been holding out for the N3 Dev edition, but with the delay on that in terms of availability I may just hold out and see if this gets the needed bump in battery life and camera quality, and perhaps even an SD slot. Get those on board and I’m all about this thing. The N3 has a bigger footprint than I’m wanting and the One has already seen a slew of Roms including CM, with MIUI being tested currently.

    A few changes and the bump to the S800 would make me feel like I’m not only getting my money’s worth having to pay full retail, but that I’m also getting something I won’t get annoyed at having in my pocket everyday.

  • Janeta Barge

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  • ivan

    I wish HTC M8 has three button,better processor,3gb ram, 5 inch hd screen, 3500mAh battery, sense 6, boomsound speaker and metallic body.

  • bogy25

    The design of this phone looks familiar…. like I have seen it before…. The HTC ONE maybe?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      :-/

  • M3D1T8R

    Essential: Return to the standard 3 button layout (like my DNA, on screen or not).
    64GB+ internal, or 32 and micro SD.

    Would like to see: Reduce side bezels to make it smaller overall but same or slightly larger screen (4.8-5″).
    Slightly larger battery like 2600mAh+ (pref. removable but doubt it).
    Improved 8MP Ultrapixel camera

    Basically that’s almost the same specs as the Butterfly S, which we didn’t get to see over here in the US unfortunately, maybe due to Moto’s Verizon Droid brand exclusivity.

    Wait a second again, this is basically my Moto x2 wish list for next year. Yep, still waiting for someone, anyone to make that perfect device. Like a lot of the comments have said, it shouldn’t be that hard, just make it, and charge a little more for it if necessary. Us phone geeks will be all over it. Still love the build of my DNA, and HTC in general, hope they pull this off.

  • nexus100

    why not HTC ONE S…..www.funbookes.com

  • Sporttster

    When you really think about it, it’s not that difficult at all to come up with a phone we’d all buy. Or most of us anyway. Unlocked BL would be a huge + to start. Strong processor, large sharp HD screen, 5″ to 5 and a half, sd slot, 3200+ batt, 13mb OIS camera with good low light images and a solid build and don’t get ridiculous with the addon apps. Do this, you’d win over most here and it would be game over for the other manufacturers. They’d be playing catch up.

    • splendic

      With current tech, a 5.5 screen, SD slot, and 3200 battery with an OIS cam, and you start encroaching on galaxy note size. All those little components add up.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Unlocked Bootloader is really irrelevant to sales numbers.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Your nose did not grow from that comment.

  • Sporttster

    Checked out the One a month or so ago. Really liked the solid feel of it. Button layout a bit strange and the recessed vol needs fixed. The camera’s low pixels did it in for me though. That and I wish it had either a ton of internal space or a sd slot. Had it had those things, I would be a owner of a One. Got a N3 instead.

    • Mark

      The storage killed it for me. I really hope the SD card slot is back.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Anyone know what screen size? 4.7ish? Might buy this if it’s HTC One quality

  • Dave

    Based on overhyped HTC launches….I’ll pass already.

  • Noel

    I will hope for a very COMPACT DEVICE with a huge battery preferably removable, a 5″ 1080p HD screen with reduced bezels, software keys, 16MP or 8 Ultrapixel camera, 3GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage plus SD card slot, dual boot pure Android and Android with Sense 6. I really want to own an HTC device again.

  • KH

    Hopefully this next device is the One but with stock android, on screen buttons, a top tier camera (ultra pixel, ultra sucks) and the latest chipset from Qualcomm. I don’t know when HTC will figure out that Sense doesn’t make cents or sense for that matter.

  • Chris

    Hopefully they go to opn screen buttons or at least return to a 3 button layout or make the HTC logo (if on the bottom center again) a button.

    keep the over all design. Don’t go the max or mini route with plastic and such. Add a large battery and 32GB of on board storage as standard or hell go out and offer 64Gb of onboard. No need for a silly SD card if you have that amount onboard. save the room for a bigger battery,.

    • Mark

      That is not enough space and this is all about consumer choice. If you want to expand your memory you should be able to. Also the SD card slot doesn’t take up much space and what little space it takes up will not vastly give you extra battery power that would be worth having.

  • chris125

    Increase the camera (8 ultrapixel is fine) and add a larger battery in a similar size to the one and you will have a killer device on your hands.

    • Scott Ricketts

      And I’m willing to be this is exactly what will happen. And as long as we get a GPE version of it, ROMs will be flowing quickly. The camera, the speakers, and knowing how easy HTC has made unlocking any phone not on Verizon was what sold me on it. After seeing the reviews of the N5 and seeing the M8 will probably launch in the spring, I’ll save my pennies and get the M8.

  • poop

    I hope they call it the HTC Mate, then I can continue pronouncing M8 as “m-eight”.

    Oh, and it’ll break their One pattern.

  • Jeremy Gross

    i guess i gonna miss out, getting moto x, i would love this since htc is moveing back to sd cards

    • Mark

      I only hope and pray that there is an SD slot on this phone.

  • Jared Carter

    Addressing bezel and battery life should be their focus…. The One is really held back compared to the G2 due to those things and I suppose camera as well. The processor on the One seems fine although obviously the bump to the 800 at least is a must.

    I have the One and the G2 right now and I already can’t decide which one I like more… The next Gen One will steal my heart for sure.

    • Inquizitor

      Pretty much everyone cares more about camera and battery life than freaking bezel. You bezel nazis are a bit ridiculous, I don’t see the point.

      • Jared Carter

        yeah but my point was the camera is decent enough to address the bezel first if you had to do one or the other….. I mean what device released in 2013 had a bigger bezel than the One???? I understand the top and bottom had to accommodate the speakers but that side bezel needs to be in a concentration camp…..

        • Inquizitor

          You disgust me.

          • Jared Carter

            I didn’t mean that in any vulgar way… just a response to your Nazi remark. Possibly a bad joke for those overly sensitive

          • Inquizitor

            I just feel like there’s a difference between saying ____-nazi and that you want to send something, even an inanimate object, to a concentration camp. If that’s over-sensitivity then I don’t even care.

      • M3D1T8R

        Smaller side bezels makes the overall device smaller so easier to hold with same screen size.

    • EdubE24

      What am I missing on my G2 camera. I don’t think it’s really all that good. I’m coming from an iPhone 5s, but there shouldn’t be this big of a difference!

      • Jared Carter

        Hmm i don’t know…I’m not a big photo buff but it seems the Camera does pretty well. . Never had the 5s so i can’t compare but i was happy with the One camera too…and the battery life on my one was pretty great….i got close to 4 hrs screen time and easily made it through a heavy usage day.

        • EdubE24

          If you have any tips for me they would be appreciated. Getting my G2 to focus takes seconds and the pictures come out blurry a lot of times.

          • Jared Carter

            Yeah i usually just let it do its auto focus thing and I’ve had pretty good results. Of course its not going to work miracles so you need to be in good lighting situations

          • EdubE24

            I can live with the camera, this phone is the best android phone I have owned. Nothing slows this best down!!

  • NorCalAngler

    If you really enjoy being 2+ Android releases behind then HTC is your phone manufacturer. Never again.

    • Adrynalyne

      Kinda like Samsung, right?

      • NorCalAngler

        Yep, that’s why I finally ditched my One X for a Nexus 5. Google’s take on Android is fantastic.

        • Adrynalyne

          Too bad their inclusion of all carriers is not.

          :(

          • John Smith

            it’s your choice to lay down with the devil.

          • Adrynalyne

            A lot of people are married. Don’t be hating on the wife, punk.

          • capecodcarl

            The reason divorces are so expensive is they’re worth it. – Willie Nelson.

          • Adrynalyne

            Quoted by someone who’s most intimate partner is the hand.

          • chris125

            For many the coverage is why people stay with verizon. Until the other carriers catch up, not going to switch to a subpar network because a phone is only as good as the network. I would love to switch to tmo, if they get their coverage up or at least all to 3g.

          • John Smith

            AT&T GoPhone. coverage is great, LTE is fast, price is reasonable, and the network is open.

          • ROB

            Done and Done…say good buy and save 33%

          • cg

            Amen!

            I could give two —-s about a phone if the network sucks. No Internet and/or voice service. Verizon’s coverage is superior. The fact that people demonize Verizon only validates that they are haters.

            I got unlimited data on the best CDMA network ever…when the others get the coverage Verizon has, then it can be competition. Until then…I’ll stick with my Samsung Droid Charge. (Just kidding…I went with the Note 3… :D )

        • Chris

          well it should be. they made it….

          but android is about choice too. Stock isn’t for everyone and Google won’t pull an apple move and force everyone to use the same phone, same look and fell for the Os and apps.

    • Ryan

      Like all OEMs? Seriously i can understand from 2.3 to 4.0 but not 4.2 to 4.3 or 4.4.Would you rather have a solid 4.2 or buggy 4.4? also its not just ok Verizon push this update out its costs a lot of money and timed when data is not at its peak from past years so servers aren’t overloaded. All of a sudden these awesome handset from 6 months ago are paper weights.

      • Adrynalyne

        To be fair, it blows to know you spend so much on these things and after 6 months, you might not see another update.

        That is like buying a car with a 18 month warranty, and little chance of recalls being taken care of.

    • Eric R.

      I’m 3 behind with the DNA, still rocking 4.1.1 and Sense 4+

      • LionStone

        I tell you what, using the N5 makes me miss a few things about my DNA. The DNA definitely holds it own, what it lacks in a few software versions, it makes up for in build quality (nicer edges, smoother for holding, talking, curved back, and has a more solid feel), camera (f/2.0, FFC 2.1M, 88°), better speakers and some software tweaks in Sense, tourist mode w/ camera, being able to omit a lock screen and when in Camera, power/wake off, power/wake on and have it still in camera. And getting a phone call, place face down and have it enable speaker phone.

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah, remember how we were promised Sense 5.0 in “September”. It really is bad if they aren’t going to support this great device for even one year.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      HTC has become A LOT better with updates. Especially with their new American boss. They are very open about time frames and are trying their best. We even have a time frame on KitKat 90 Days, which is fair.

      YOUR problem…. is Verizon. Not HTC

    • Justin W

      We won’t have to worry about that for a while (at least, not if you are on an HTC One and in the US).
      http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/htc-one-android-kitkat/

    • Chris

      2011 called. It wants YOU back.

  • Zander

    Meh. Not very innovative.

    • Adrynalyne

      The definition of innovation means something new.

      All phones fall into this category, heh.

  • Droid Ronin

    I wonder what this would be called…The HTC Two?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

      HTC One Two

      • m8

        simple things most take for granted i personally wanted an htc 1 but im stuck with a Samsung Galaxy note 2 , i really need a phone with the fm radio chip …. so i don’t go past my 6 gig limit using tune in radio app
        but the snapdragon 600 no good …hopefully an sd card slot on the m8 and bigger battery

    • MistaButters

      HTC Next One

      • Ian

        HTC Dos ….@ Viva Movil

    • holdthiscat

      Wouldn’t you like to know…

    • chris125

      HTC 1^2

      • dontneedtoknow

        that’s still HTC 1

        • Mark

          No it’s not it says ONE squared.

          • dontneedtoknow

            which is still HTC 1

  • Inquizitor

    The backside fingerprint scanner is ridiculous and nonsensical. The 5S’s is pretty superfluous, but at least it’s on the home button where people will actually enjoy using it.

    • Adrynalyne

      The NSA prefers it there too, because it increases the chances of fingerprint data.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I swear I was in love with the HTC One. Love the design and Sense UI has come a LONG way. I really liked the interface. Sold it on swappa a few days ago but I really had to think about it.

    Looking forward to the M8.

    • adh328

      What are you using now?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Nexus 5. Which is also about dumping Verizon and going prepaid.. Which I did.

    • Chris

      Sense has gotten better over the years. I see Sense 5 as someone in their early to mid 20s who has matured from their crazy teen years of being messy and such.

      • Lars Jeppesen

        Sense 5.5 is much much better …

  • Daniel Walsh

    The HTC One is awesome.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Yeah to look at. Nothing else about it is good.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Sound is the best, the camera is amazing, and innovative. 2 things in 1 second.

  • callumshell1

    Let us all join in prayer that it has a three button layout.

    • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

      On screen too

      • EC8CH

        Good for HTC if they do…. but I doubt it.

      • poop

        As long as it’s three-button, whether it’s on screen or not is just a given :) Still some people like — prefer — physical (capacitive) buttons. I know I do.

      • Mark

        Hell NOOOO!!! On screen to take up space on the display? No thank you.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      that’d be great. And on vzw at launch not by Q4

      • MistaButters

        good luck

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          Ha!

        • cg

          OMG, I really did LOL. Good one. The one who downvoted you must be Buzz Killington.

      • Eric R.

        *Q3

    • adh328

      I actually like the 2 button layout, but hey, maybe that is just me.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        it’s not very productive. I mean, the home button has so may actions, at that point, just make it a one button like the iDevices and call it quits.

    • D.B.Evans

      I expected to hate the 2-button layout. But, after just a couple days, it seemed entirely natural – a complete non-issue (at least for me).

      The bigger issues to me are the awkward placement of the volume and power buttons, as well as the low pixel count in the camera.

      • droidbeat

        The imminently sufficient pixel count of 4mp is precisely what makes the larger pixels possible on this size sensor, thus making it a superior camera, particularly in low light. I applaud HTC for making a better camera while knowing that non-photography-savvy people would assume it was worse because of the pixel count.

        • Sqube

          The idea behind Ultrapixel is awesome. But I think people would have liked seeing 5 or even 6 mpx with the rest of those nice optics.

          I understand the gamble. Hell, I applaud the gamble. They made a conscious decision to sacrifice detail in the day to get it at night. But I think they could move the slider a little towards daytime quality without losing too much.

          I don’t need a 13mpx shooter out of them unless it’s going to have great (for a phone) optics behind it.

          • droidbeat

            Note that 4mp is far more detail than can be displayed on a 1080p HD screen without compressing it. Even if the sensor were increased in physical size, I’d still prefer to keep it 4mp so the pixels could be made larger. At those tiny pixel sizes, mp is far past diminishing returns on most phones, and has become entirely a marketing ploy. Glad HTC flew in the face of it and got the priorities right. Software tuning can always be improved, though.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Maybe just have it say 8MP on the spec sheet, but have the bigger sensor still, if they pull that off, call it 8 UP, they will succeed this time.

        • D.B.Evans

          The concept of ultrapixel was great. However, the real world results from the implementation were mediocre at best. I agree that the megapixel race is a marketing gimmick for the most part. For me, anything over 10mpx is unquestionably wasting a lot of storage space in detail that will never be viewed – but more moderate pixel counts such as 6mpx – 8mpx still provide value.

          In all fairness – perhaps many of my problem with images from the One are with the software as opposed to the hardware. Although I suspect the excess processing to smooth the images is a direct result of the lower pixel counts – so I tend to blame them both together as less processing would be needed to smooth images from cameras with a more moderate (and more common) pixel count.

          Setting aside the issue that the images from the One break down into a grainy mess on even moderate zooming, while images from other devices can still provide crisp images, there are other problems with the over-processed results from the One’s camera.

          For low-light images, the HTC works better than much of the competition. But, in standard lighting, images from the One contain less vivid colors compared to the original object being photographed as well as compared to the other two devices to which I have access from relatives (a GS4 and an iPhone 4s), with images from the One appearing more washed-out or faded. The One has visible noise/static artifacts in the shadows as a result of the over-processing. HDR is much more prone on the One to generate halo and similar lighting artifacts than similar modes on other phones. On higher contrast, other devices can better balance the exposure of the foreground and background while the One struggles, usually resulting in washed out bright areas or too dark to see darker areas. The One also has problems with focus on closer images that have a lot of patterns – give it a person or a building and it can focus fine; give it a plant with small leaves or a cat or dog with a lot of hair and it can struggle.

          Again, many of these issues are related to the software; but the hardware is still a limitation that contributes to some degree in the need for the amount of processing done by the One.

      • Josh Shaw

        You have no idea how good that camera is until you try and take a picture with a Galaxy Note 3 in low light. I still use it for pictures inside.

    • Mark

      Hell NO!!! Get used to the new button layout it works.