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Newest Leak Suggests HTC M8 Looks “Strikingly” Like the One, Will Launch Late March

Over the weekend, plenty of new rumors dropped on the interwebs for the HTC M8, the successor of the HTC One. Leading the charge is evleaks, who posted two separate tweets surrounding the M8; one regarding its looks and another concerning the launch of the device. According to the tweets, the “M8 looks strikingly like the M7 (One),” and we should see a launch of the device in New York City around late March. 

In a more tangible rumor, the on-screen buttons for the M8, which were apparently confirmed by evleaks last week, have been detailed thanks to a separate leak reposted by HTC Source.

This is our first look (below) at what HTC might use for the on-screen buttons on the M8, and so far, it’s typical HTC graphics. While the look of the buttons won’t constitute a letter home to your mom, the addition of on-screen buttons in general on an HTC device should have fans of the OEM quite happy. Below is a graphic of the buttons lined up next to the capacitive buttons for the HTC One and One X.

HTC Buttons

The M8 is cooking up to be a fancy 2014 flagship, so are you really looking forward to its official unveiling?

Via: @evleaks [2] | HTC Source
  • MikeSaver

    This would be awesome if they have on-screen keys.

  • Linx

    I could care less if the battery can’t get me past 3pm. If the Galaxy S5 has a removable battery it’s game over as far as I’m concerned

    • Allan

      So you COULD care less?

  • hldc1

    The button layout (capacitive two-button layout) is the reason why I didn’t purchase the HTC One.

    If the M8 goes with the on-screen three-button layout, I will gladly buy this beast.

  • Higher_Ground

    Got to be fake, there’s no way they’d do something sensical and adopt the on screen buttons and manage to keep the standard order of back, home, recent apps.
    If it’s not fake, thanks for finally catching up to 2 years ago. If only Samsung and LG would fall in line, that’d be one less reason for me to ignore their phones.

  • Ralph Bretz

    As nice as the HTC One’s design was and I assume the M8 will be very similar with the uni-body aluminum I just can’t purchase a HTC device after my sister-in-law’s Droid Incredible and my wife’s Thunderbolt & Droid DNA all died. Especially the Droid DNA. We went through 3 of them.

    • M3D1T8R

      Funny, my DNA that I got new last June is working better than ever. And my wife is remarkably STILL using my old Incredible every day as a wifi device, and I got it at launch, nearly 4 years ago. Power connector broke so do battery swap, but it’s still going (rooted running CM7), and still my all time favorite phone. Admittedly I never had the Thunderbolt or Rezound as they didn’t seem that great, but the Incredible and DNA have been fantastic in my experience. Definitely looking forward to the “new One” with the buttons fixed.

  • Jay Ochs

    i’m excited..but god i hate “back” being on the left. that was always my issue with HTC phones with the 3 button layout. I’m a righty, and it’s so much easier having the back button towards the right of the phone, like the S3/S4, and my G2 (which the G2 is awesome because you can customize where the buttons go..) so I’m hoping HTC includes that customization feature built into Sense.

    • Mike H.

      Yeah but they need real customization not just options like the g2. I wish they gave a option for a search button instead of notification drop down.

    • Scott Webber

      stock android has back on the left. Samsung is doing it wrong.

      • Jay Ochs

        yeah and it’s incredibly annoying for one handed use. sorry, some of us prefer it on the right. that doesn’t mean samsung, for example, is “doing it wrong.”

        • Scott Webber

          I disagree. There is a standard Android UI. It would be ok to add the option to move onscreen buttons around for users like you, but it’s doing a disservice to the Android ecosystem to have the buttons move around on every phone a user buys. An Android phone should work like an Android phone.

    • bd1212

      I thought the same way, but it’s really not a big deal and you get used to the change after a day or two.

  • Chris

    I have an upgrade now but I’m waiting to see what the M8 or even the S5 has….

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    As for looking “Strikingly” like the M7… The iPhone 5s looks “strikingly” like the 5 and the same can be said for the S3 and S4. I think it’s a good idea, fans sometimes just want stability and familiarity I think. And the fact that this phone has one of be most talked about designs is a plus.

    • calculatorwatch

      Yeah I don’t think the One’s design was its problem. If they’re going to keep the phone the same size though they definitely need to expand the screen to around 5″ so there’s not so much bezel. That and of course a good camera and better marketing could make this phone a winner.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    It’s crazy to me how much the conversation has changed over on-screen buttons. I feel like the android blogs couple years ago were begging OEMS for on-screen…now it seems to be half and half. Not sure why. Though I love on screen and do prefer them so this is a big plus for me.

    • Tim242

      Waste of precious space.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That hasn’t bothered me since the first Nexus with on screen, and it doesn’t bother me now. I just don’t like hardware buttons.

        • Tim242

          I wouldn’t mind them, if they could easily be resized. They are far too big. The main reason I put a custom ROM on my Gnex was to shrink the buttons.

    • KingofPing

      Immersive mode probably had a lot to do with it, and before that the fact that at least some of the popular apps had full-screen capability.

      On my n7 I have xposed and “Immerse me” module which pushes every app to immersive mode…and I love it.

  • Buckoman

    U wot, HTC?

  • rotard777

    If the one had a full 5in display speaker to speaker, with onscreen buttons I would have bought it.

    • Mike Aurin

      Why is this man’s opinion down voted? Like us Droid Lifers never voiced our opinions on what features we would’ve liked in a phone?

      • Mike Aurin

        Further more, I bet a lot of people would’ve bought the HTC One if it had those things.

      • flosserelli

        The ever-present downvote trolls.

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          There’s been a lot of those lately

      • Chris

        Many of the kids here have a hard time gasping that some people may have different opinions then of their own. The downvotes on this comment just proves their denial.

        • Mark Mann

          If that’s the case, and people are bad for down voting someone’s opinion, why even have a down vote option?

          • Chris


        • Chris

          3 people are in denial

      • Craig P

        Probably because they disagree and are going “No!!”. Not that I do, but I’m just assuming.

  • Johnnygeyyourgun

    HTC One with on screen buttons and a better camera is a winner in my book..I also hated the power button so If they could make that easier to reach/press that would be great as well.

    • Tyler

      These are the main reasons why i didn’t get a HTC One.

    • Chris

      Reason why was because of that IR blaster.

      • Sqube

        Not sure why you got negative votes. If you’re going to have an IR blaster on your phone, it stands to reason that it be at the top of the device.

        Or did people want to hold their phones landscape when using their phones as a remote…?

        • Chris

          It’s because they don’t know that the phone had an IR blaster.

        • Higher_Ground

          I’d guess he got downvotes because there’s 2-3 people who troll this site and downvote everyone…. because there’s absolutely no reason to downvote such a simple factual post.

      • Chris

        I personally prefer the power button on the right side of the phone. They could do the IR blaster on the top and move the power button on the side like the S4

    • PhillipCun

      I think the HTC One had a lot of good. HTC should take this opportunity and fix all the weak points noted by the users. I will love them even more for this.

    • John Legere

      That power button reminded me of the iPhone. Hopefully it is gone with the M8.

      • Chris

        Because it was rectangular?

    • JMonkeYJ

      I’m fine (in fact happy) if they move the power button to the side, as long as they keep the IR blaster.

    • Carlos Lopez

      don’t forget the bigger battery too

  • I’m just excited with the on-screen buttons! FINALLY!!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Yeah, this would make me happy, since I’d be able to use immerse mode and customize the softkeys

  • dreadfall

    One is beautiful.. so why change the design?? make it slimmer and reduce the size with the same 4.7
    with on screen keyboard this will look better

    • j

      Definitely needs smaller bezels. The one was the worst 2013 flagship when it came to that. Same size body as some main competitors, but smaller screen. So, either up the screen, or shrink the body! I think 5″ is a nice sweet spot.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Bezels can be shrunken a bit, and I’m not one to complain about bezels. And the button layout is currently ridiculous.

    • Cael

      HTC doesn’t know how to make a phone slimmer without putting a <1500 mah battery in it.

      • Chris

        My EVO LTE had a much larger battery

        • Cael

          How big was it? because in regards to the standard battery….
          HTC One was 0.37 inches. It’s battery is 2300 mah.
          HTC EVO 4G LTE was 0.35 inches. It’s battery was 2000 mah.
          Droid Razr Maxx was 0.35 inches. It’s battery was 3300 mah.
          Droid Razr Maxx HD was 0.37 inches. It’s battery was 3300 mah.
          Droid Maxx was 0.33 inches. It’s battery was 3500 mah.
          Samsung Galaxy S4 was 0.31 inches. It’s battery is 2600 mah.
          What’s HTC excuse?

          • John Legere

            “We like gold, not batteries”

          • Chris

            stay on topic John

  • Damian

    If HTC can step up its camera game with the “twin censor” this might be my next device, finding little to dislike from the M8.

    • Alex

      As long as the final output is at least 8MP I think they will have a winner on their hands. The HTC One could take some great pictures, but they just didn’t have enough resolution at 4MP. They looked great on the phone, but were blurry when I tried to use them as my desktop backgrounds.

      • Ian Case

        They shouldn’t unless you’re using a 4K monitor. 4MP in standard 3:2 camera ratio is 2448×1632.

        • Alex

          No camera has pixel perfect sharpness at 100% crop though, let alone a phone camera.

  • thanks though

    DL sure does push the brand with the worst track record of phones pretty hard. For a site that loves on time updates, the fact that the One X(+) won’t even get 4.3 should mean DL should ignore HTC as just a low end handset maker primed for a takeover (for patents, not for the (lack of) talent and IP).

    • flosserelli

      Cool story bro

      • thanks though

        Uh oh, failed android company fanbois are out in force today.

        • T4rd

          The One X and One X+ was a carrier exclusive phone in the US. The One and its successor is not. I wouldn’t judge the One or this next phone based on a phone that probably hardly sold at all on the one carrier it was available on in the US. /NeverownedanHTCdevice

          • Cael

            I’m pretty sure the One X and X+ were released in other parts of the world though…not to mention the EVO 4G LTE was Sprint’s version is getting 4.3 so yeah…

          • T4rd

            Which is why I specified “in the US.” Also, if I’m not mistaken, the One X and One X+ had different internal hardware (Tegra 3 and S4 SoC variants) between the US/LTE and international versions; adding to the complexity of updating those models.

          • Cael

            I guess that’s why Samsung doesn’t update the many versions of its phones. /s

          • T4rd

            Indeed. /s

        • flosserelli

          I have been following DL for a couple of years and I have not noticed them “pushing” HTC or any other OEM. DL reports android news, and this article qualifies as such. If you have an axe to grind with HTC, then don’t read DL articles about HTC. Pretty simple concept, really.

        • Farmsworthy

          You can’t complain about android fanbois when you yourself come off like a burned ex-lover of a company that won’t update your device.

          • Chris

            His 2.5 year old device…

        • Chris

          Someones mad….

    • Adrynalyne

      Or maybe they should just report Android news as it comes up?

      Why does it need to favor what you consider popular?

  • cizzlen

    HTC “U Wot M8”

  • Droid Ronin

    Is it just me or do those look like the Xperia on-screen nav buttons?

    • Alex

      The back button definitely does, but the home and multitasking buttons look the same as previous HTC phones.

    • Chris

      We’ll see when the final product launches…. Don’t pout just yet…