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HTC One Successor Device Will Sport On-screen Buttons, Couple of Wallpapers Reportedly Leaked

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The HTC One’s successor, codenamed M8, is shaping up to be a pretty desirable phone. According to @evleaks, who continues to share unreleased information regarding the M8, the device will in fact feature on-screen buttons and not capacitive buttons which we have seen on all HTC devices since the beginning of time.

As we have seen from HTC in the past, the company somehow has a knack for placing odd button arrangements on devices; sometimes there is a recent tasks button, sometimes there is an HTC logo right where you would think the home button would be, and then each button behaves differently depending on if you tap, double tap, or long press. We know that it has annoyed quite a few users, so we think HTC’s move towards on-screen buttons will be a welcomed one by the community. 

With that piece of fantastic news, he also tweeted out a couple of wallpapers that reportedly have come from the device. While they could be random wallpapers, they do sort of give off an HTC vibe – especially the left one. If you want these on your device, click on the pictures below to see them in full resolution. From there, you can easily download to your device or email them to yourself.

If the M8 comes with on-screen keys, who here still has hope for HTC’s future? We do.

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Via: @evleaks
  • Gus Serrano

    I’m hoping the square shape to the wallpapers implies they’ll be scrollable again!

  • kamkid279

    So honest question everyone, please don’t hate me, I’m not trolling either. I’m ignorant and always wondered. What’s so good about on screen buttons? Don’t you lose screen real estate? This has always bothered me.

    • JMonkeYJ

      On a phone like the HTC One you actually potentially gain significant screen real estate with on-screen buttons. The One has big top and bottom bezels by necessity because it has (the awesome) BoomSound speakers built in there. Then, it also had capacitive buttons, which effectively made the bottom bezel even bigger since the capacitive button area can’t be used for display. If you make the screen larger to encompass the area where the capacitive buttons used to be and use on-screen buttons, full-screen apps (of which there are many more now thanks to KitKat immersive mode) now have more screen real estate! So basically all games and video apps will have *more* screen real estate, and other apps will have approximately the same (maybe very slightly less, depending on the screen aspect ratio). I hope that makes sense.

    • Steve B

      You only lose screen real estate on the home screen and when you’re interacting with the phone, which doesn’t matter since you don’t need those extra 60px or whatever. With Android 4.4+ Google included immersive mode which hides the status bar and on screen buttons in any app that requests it (i.e. video players, games, etc.).

  • Chris

    If it has on screen and a 5 inch screen with the same form factor I’ll buy it in a heartbeat.

  • CasperTFG

    Please HTC M8 Maxx…don’t be released 10 months late. And fight Verizon’s demand for front bezel tramp stamp.

  • Michael swaim

    I love my DNA, I’ll love it even more especially if it gets Kitkat. but if the M8 would come with on screen buttons and front facing speakers, a 13 mp camera and if possible wireless charging. I’m in!

  • Michael swaim

    I hope HTC goes with on screen buttons, that would put them up to par with the Nexus 5. The only thing missing would be wireless charging.

  • Neal Carroll

    Why the hell is everyone so envious about onscreen buttons? Worst decision ever!

    I like my screenspace, it was one of the big reasons I got the HTC One over competitors, because it had capacitive buttons. Bleh, glad I got the HTC One for the M8 came out. I’ll be sticking with this for as long as possible.

    • Sankyou

      We’re not envious – we already have them.

    • Steve B

      Capacitive buttons are ugly as hell. Welcome to immersive mode, have your real estate back.

  • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

    Lolwut? I love that they’re moving to on-screen buttons, but it looks like they’re moving from 1080p with capacitive to 1080p with onscreen. Correct me if I’m wrong about that, but if I’m not then we’re getting less space than the One on this baby.

  • epps720

    Tim, I think we need to do away with the pic of the gold colored One. That pic does not do the phone any justice.

  • M3D1T8R

    Fantastic news. My DNA now might have a possible replacement from HTC this year! Or at least some competition for the moto x2. Whichever has a 64GB option and the best battery, and camera, and some way for foxfi or Wi-Fi hotspot to work, will likely win out. Have to say that for now I’m still totally satisfied with the DNA, since I got a Meenova+64GB micro SD for it. Just worried the coming kitkat update will break foxfi.

  • LionStone

    Ha! Now all ya’ll that swore off HTC, just look away…nothing to see here! :-)

  • Bigwavedave25

    YES! This is what really held me back from getting the HTC One. However I do not regret one minute of my LG G2 purchase. [thank you loki]

  • Sam

    If HTC pulls a Motorola and puts stock android (or close to stock) with some HTC customizations with apps and widgets, I think they’ll get better. I can only wish.

    • Sankyou

      That’s what play edition is for. HTC is obsessed with Sense. It’s the best of the OEM skins but still more annoying than helpful, in my opinion.

  • https://www.facebook.com/findjaysee Joshua

    It’s about time they start to actually try. lol

  • Tyler Casilio
    • JMonkeYJ

      Looks like the link died…where did you spot it originally?

  • TSON1

    Yay! Now I’ll be able to root and put the buttons in the right place!

    :/

  • bkosh84

    On-Screen keys weren’t going to make or break HTC.. The normal consumer could care less I imagine…

    • Tim242

      *couldn’t* care less.

      • Alan Paone

        so ambivalent that they don’t even not care as much they could

      • bkosh84

        touche sir.. touche

      • Steve B

        How do you feel about this shift to on screen keys? ;)

  • austing

    I’m actually excited for this device :)

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    It’s a start… But many HTC fans probably feel burned from the last time when they… Stopped providing software updates to an 18 month old device (one x)

    • Alan Paone

      By the time they would’ve finished the update you’d be taking photos for craigslist for when your contact expires, anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next version. As great as more than two years if support would be, it wouldn’t buy them enough goodwill to be worth doing.

  • Morbid138

    Now if they can just get rid of Sense and SUPPORT THEIR DEVICES FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTHS!

    …bastards.

  • Droid Ronin

    “…and not capacitive buttons which we have seen on all HTC devices since the beginning of time.”

    Not true. My first two HTC devices had hardware push buttons (G1 and MyTouch 4G).

  • hyperbeatser

    considering what HTC did with the one’s nav buttons, this is probably what they’ll come up with

    • PoisonApple31

      You just made my head hurt trying to imagine a “forward” button in use.

    • Tyler Casilio

      There’s already a leaked picture out. It’s the same setup as the DNA and OneX ( Back – Home – Multi )

    • JMonkeYJ

      You forgot the HTC logo which is not actually a button ;-)

    • Chris Hannan

      L.O.L.

  • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

    The crappy button layout (and lack of wireless charging) is what kept me from the Google Play Edition One over the S4 GPE. The front-facing speakers were actually almost enough to overcome both of those though (how is this not a common thing yet?).

    • MistaButters

      Front facing speakers take up a ton of space in the phone, which is why the One was so big considering it had a 4.7″ screen. Also, how often does the average person really use external speakers? Sure, maybe in the shower, but most of the time people are going to be plugged into something.

      • Alan Paone

        When they’re as good as the One’s you find yourself reaching for the plug a lot less, they’re loud enough to show somebody a song in a busy restaurant or a park. It’d be hard to live without them now.

      • M3D1T8R

        Speakerphone. Use it constantly. Having the sound coming out of the back is so annoying. For music, movies and such front speakers is just a bonus.

    • JMonkeYJ

      The next Sony phone is also going to have stereo front-facing speakers. I really hope it becomes a trend. And I do use them all the time, so it’s a big plus for me.

  • Walter Partlo

    The lack of on screen buttons was the thing that turned me off the most to the HTC One. Even more than Sense.

    • M3D1T8R

      Lack of the correct three button layout is what did it for me. On screen would be even better for the clean look, but other than that I’m fine with the capacitive on my DNA.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      My Blue One is awesome. I’m running a AOSP/Sense ROM and it’s a beast. But definitely the on screen buttons would make it a perfect device for me

  • Cesar

    Welcome to the navbar party, HTC fans.

  • George

    Based on the wallpaper resolution, it looks like the M8 will have a 1080p display

    • Matthew Merrick

      I’m OK with that. 2K displays will be nice, that’s been proven to me, but I don’t think the mobile GPU market is quite ready for them yet.

      • Alan Paone

        2K is 1080p…

        • John Legere

          If you wanna get technical, sure. But 2560×1440 is 2K.

          • Alan Paone

            That’s called 2.7k, QHD or 1440p

          • John Legere

            HD, Full HD, 2k, 4k, QHD onwards 3200×1800, etc.

          • Chris Hannan

            It’s not technical. They’re both 2K. 2K is super generic, which is why it shouldn’t be used to describe a display’s resolution.

    • M3D1T8R

      I hope so. Bigger eats more battery, 1080 is the sweet spot and also the normal HD standard. So my resolution is the same on my phone (DNA currently), my 23″ computer monitor, and my 55″ plasma TV. Makes viewing content on any of them seamless.

  • ahhh yes

    must….have….sd slot…..

    • Jeremy Gross

      prob will, since max has one

    • Alan Paone

      I hope not, that would be a big step backwards

    • Tyler Casilio

      It does :)

  • Shaunwin

    I for one like the physical buttons in combination with LMT…… I know, I know….

    • scott62185

      Why physical buttons with LMT? I use LMT too but doesn’t that negate the need for physical buttons?

      • Shaunwin

        Absolutely, I use LMT 97% of the time. I just not a fan of on screen buttons wasting space.

      • TylerCameron

        What’s LMT?…

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I wish they would announce/release this already. My upgrade is waiting.

    • KingofPing

      Same here. Really looking forward to this.

  • Alan Paone

    We’re getting really close to perfection here, fingers crossed for a bottom-facing headphone jack!

    • Matthew Merrick

      A little bit higher resolution camera (5mp or higher), a sightly bigger battery, 5″ display with onscreen buttons, and 64 GB of storage? I think that IS perfection. C’mon HTC you’re so close, for ruin this for us….

      • Alan Paone

        Even 4Mpx is fine if they fix the jpg engine and don’t go so crazy with the noise reducing blur. It won’t matter once that new camera RAW api comes out, somebody’ll come up with a better processing app.

        • Matthew Merrick

          Sorry, 4MP is just too low-res. Its barely is enough as is, but if you have to crop, it just becomes worthless.

          • Alan Paone

            4 would be fine if they didn’t smear all the details when they were processing. 4 mpx is a 27″ iMac display, its a lot of pixels, they just aren’t retained in the photo you get to see because somebody forgot to change a “100″ to a “20″

      • JMonkeYJ

        I was thinking about all the things they could do with dual camera sensors the other day, and it’s pretty exciting. There are the obvious things, like single-shot HDR and Lytro-like effects, but it should also significantly improve low-light shooting. You can potentially crank up the ISO pretty high and take very short exposure pictures, and since the ISO noise will be uncorrelated between the two sensors you can do very effective noise cancellation. I bet there are a bunch of other really cool things you could do, too. But I agree, I want more MP…I’m hoping at least 8.

      • M3D1T8R

        You nailed it exactly. 8MP “ultra pixel” camera would catch it up to my 2010 Incredible! That phone camera is still one of the best. That and small bezels, and we’re good.

  • samosa queen

    I’d really like to know what the on-screen buttons look like.

  • htowngtr

    I always liked my HTC One but couldn’t pass up the N5.

    • Sankyou

      Same. I ditched it for the N5 and then the Moto X. I do miss those speakers and Zoe.

  • John Legere

    Good. Bring no bezels, higher MP camera, and we’re good to go. I’m excited for all these non samsung phones.

    • Justin W

      If instead they would have had on-screen keys for the HTC One and a 5.0/5.2″ screen, it would have looked much better, even with the dual front-facing speakers.

  • Kevin

    i debated between the htc one and g2 and went with the g2 because of the on-screen buttons (among a few other things)

    • joejoe5709

      The G2 is better in nearly every way except build quality and front speakers. Good choice.

      • Sankyou

        I’m with you but I’d also throw in the camera. The G2 has a better overall camera but the HTC One has Zoe and less shutter lag. Both of those matter a lot if you have kids.

      • Kevin

        yeah the LG case is about the only regrettable thing i’ve come up with. speakers have never really big a huge priority for me.

  • joejoe5709

    Nice. That is one of the things that kept me from the HTC One. That and the crazy large bezels. If they could shrink the bezels down, possibly add on screen keys and bump the screen size to 5″+ I bet they could still keep the front facing speakers with a significantly smaller overall size.

    • Matthew Merrick

      Honestly, they could probably pull what they did with the one x and one x+, pretty much the exact chassis. If they extend the screen to where the navigation buttons are now… Yeah, that could work.

    • MistaButters

      Like that the Nexus 5 size, and somehow put front facing speakers in the space there.

      • joejoe5709

        Yeah exactly. There’s no need for large bezels AND front speakers. Just put the speakers IN the bezels and call it day.

        • TylerCameron

          The speakers are in the bezels.

  • Zander

    Hallelujah! On screen buttons at last.. Now I’m excited :)

    • PoisonApple31

      On screen buttons brings me renewed interest in HTC. Can’t get any worse than the Thunderbolt right?

      • Ej McCarty

        They still won’t put them how it should be in an android phone. I still think they will be just as bad as capacitive if you can’t change them around

        • T4rd

          It’s software. Software can always be modified. Hardware.. not so much.

          • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

            Hardware can be as well. You can’t change how it looks but it’s no harder to change what the capacitive buttons do (including the HTC logo button) than it is to change what Software ones do.

          • T4rd

            Yeah, but that doesn’t help the One’s awkward button config much. Assigning a back button to multitask (or anything else) would probably annoy the hell out of me.

        • PhillipCun

          You must work for HTC to leak that kind of info. What else do you know?

      • EdubE24

        I read Thunderbolt and instantly started searching for an electrical outlet.

        • PoisonApple31

          I had two extended batteries and the phone was so fat/heavy!

        • TylerCameron

          Am I the only one surprised by the Thunderbolt’s battery life? Sure, it wasn’t great, but it was absolutely no better than any other HTC. My DROID Incredible would last about 6 hours. So did my Thunderbolt. And the Rezound’s battery life is just as bad, if not, worse.

  • EC8CH
    • Zander

      That man has uncomfortably straight, shiny hair.

      • Justin W

        I don’t think it’s natural.

      • diversion

        Definitely thought that was a hoodie.

    • Daistaar

      That’s what you get when Machete and Steve Harvey have a baby…

  • Tony Byatt

    I guess that would leave Samsung to make the move to on-screen buttons…

    • joejoe5709

      Yeah I wonder when they’ll get the clue? Hey it makes it easy to spot a Samsung from a far.

      • PoisonApple31

        I hope Samsung continues to offer removable batteries and sd card slots. You don’t want to be too much like the competition.

        • TylerCameron

          The problem with SDcards is they RANDOMLY fail for litterally NO reason.
          My friend had a 64GB card fail in his Note II for no reason. A 16 and 8GB card were killed in his EVO. My OG DROID killed a 16GB card.
          My Rezound killed a 32GB card.
          Cards don’t fail for any obvious reason, it is completely random and unpredictable. When someone pays $60 for the highest capacity card, and has it die in their phone, who do they blame first? The company they bought it from. Then they won’t support them, so they blame the phone OEM for killing their card.
          It’s ridiculous. Phone storage is virtually fail proof.

      • Walter Partlo

        Maybe when Apple does them first. /trolling

        • joejoe5709

          Lol. Thankfully that’s one thing the G2 didn’t copy from Samsung.

      • michael arazan

        Let’s hope Samsung Glass doesn’t come with a home button

    • T4rd

      I don’t mind either config. I went from the Gnex to the Note 2 and welcomed the addition of waking my phone with the home button (which is how I wake it 90% of the time) since it’s much easier than grabing the phones on the sides (esp. when laying on a desk or something). It’s also better for games since I’m not as easily hitting the nav buttons accidentally. But that rarely happened, so it wasn’t too big of an issue.