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Yet Another Purported HTC M8 Image Surfaces, Massive Black Unnecessary Logo Bar Included

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I don’t feel like the the purported HTC M8 (One follow-up) leaks are going to slow down any time soon. With Samsung preparing to announce the Galaxy S5 in weeks, HTC can’t be far behind with their next flagship. And with that, we get pictures like the one you are seeing below from @HTCFamily_RU. According to a Tweet sent along with this image, you are looking at an almost-crystal-clear image of the One’s successor. 

The device resembles a phone that has been leaked a couple of times, and as was hinted at by @evleaks, looks a heck of a lot like the One. It appears to be slightly more rounded, but the overall design theme is identical. You have dual BoomSound speakers, a potentially wide-angle front camera, big beautiful display, and a massive black bar which houses an “HTC” logo. Wait, we’re looking at on-screen navigation buttons, but HTC thought we still needed a massive black area for their logo to shine through?

Since nothing is confirmed, we’ll withhold our remaining judgement on that area until something is made official.

Other than all of that, it looks like Sense. It looks like an HTC phone. And it’s also sitting pretty in some sort of a flip case.

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Via:  @HTCFamily_RU
  • Riz Virani

    so this is the black bar people keep talking about.. gross.

  • mnguyea

    Is it really necessary HTC to put your dam ass logo on the front and the back? And if you are going to do put it on the front does it need to be like 18 font occupying wasted bottom bezel? I’ve moved away from HTC many moons ago. My first phone was the Hero but after going to stock Nexus I can’t stand Sense or any other skins OEMs put on top of Android.

  • Gerard

    It’s not like onscreen buttons didn’t already waste valuable screen estate…

    • BobbyG

      except they disappear when you need the full screen…

  • coolsilver

    Looks nice except that damn strip at the bottom with HTC on it. #NeverAgainHTC

  • Mark

    I didn’t get the One last year because of the camera and I will not be getting this one either due to that ridiculous black bar at the bottom. What’s it for? Just to put your name on the front of the phone which we all know will big planted also on the back of the phone? Come on, why would you sign off on such a worthless and pointless non functioning design. Pissed off!

    • Mark

      LG did it right with their phone.

  • NicholeMaldonado

    That bar though…

  • Christopher Webb

    If this is real, I see it being a smaller, lower-end One. I don’t think HTC would suddenly make the speakers asymetrical (at least on the “flagship” model), and there’s a black plastic rim around the front, reminiscent of the HTC One mini’s white plastic trim.

  • Jeremy Gross

    HOW BIG IS THIS PHONE GOING TO BE?

  • mgamerz

    So will the Verizon version have an additional bar with Verizon above the HTC logo too? Or maybe they watermarked the display?

  • WickedToby741

    For a company that claims to know a lot about design, they sure do seem to be missing the point of on screen buttons.

    • JMonkeYJ

      I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  • Tim Buchanan

    WHO NEEDS FOUR CLOCKS ON ONE SCREEN?!?!

    • Alan Paone

      some people need to know what time it is a lot.

  • Alan Paone

    It looks like a smaller model, and its probably the next-gen Desire or One mini

    • Chris

      Why cab’t HTc just kill off the desire and make the “one” the one for all?

      • Alan Paone

        The desire costs about half as much as the One. You can’t make a $600 phone for everyone

  • Tyler Casilio

    Please, don’t do this HTC. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    • Frisi

      Boo hoo! Can’t hear you over my BoomSound speakers.

      • Tyler Casilio

        I’m gonna get the phone still because I love everything else about it lol I’m just hoping that that space doesn’t stay that large

        • Frisi

          ;) It can always be a prototype or a fake chinese clone based on the rumors. :P

          • Tyler Casilio

            Yup lol those Chinese rascals

  • SplashMTN

    That bar looks pretty fugly to me. Then again I’m spoiled with the G2.

    • cizzlen

      Yeah with this new fail of a design by HTC and Samsung’s home button I may just go ahead and pick up the G3 later this year.

      • SplashMTN

        I’m loving the G2. My only problems are that there’s so much bloat and I’m not a fan of LG’s skin. It’s not terrible, but I would much rather prefer something closer to stock. I will probably just root to solve these issues though. the camera, battery life and device itself are great. Cheap plasticky feel on the back, but I use a case so it’s a non-issue.

  • M3D1T8R

    Hopefully this isn’t final. Not a big fan of the more rounded corners. And they could get rid of the HTC logo, or if they must have it, still reduce that blank logo space to half as tall as this. The side bezels could be smaller as well. If they’re making it with 5″ screen, it better still be smaller overall than the current One (or my over year old DNA with 5″ screen), especially the width. And I want a 64GB option if there’s no SD slot, as I assume with an all alum design.

    In any case, eagerly awaiting seeing the final design. It’s still looking like the most promising device this year since the switch to correct on screen buttons. Maybe a Moto X2 will be interesting but who knows now with the sale to Lenovo.
    (Already posted on AA since I happened to see it there first but prefer DL so bringing it over here.)

  • rev bud green

    Hey guys, do if the m8 gs5 are released in a couple of weeks, how long before we’d find out which carriers will be offering what phone??

  • duke69111

    Verizon’s front logo on the LG G2 is not looking so bad now, is it?

  • chris125

    They need all that bezel for the Verizon logo

  • Detonation

    I love how everyone is overreacting to what is probably either a fake, prototype, or both (decoy)

  • Rand Paul 2016

    Why dint they jusy use htc as the home button

  • C-Law

    If you have to put a big bar there like that for internal reasons, might as well stick nav buttons on it. I love on screen nav keys but in this case, they don’t make sense

    • Hothfox

      Upvote for the (probably unintentional) pun.

  • Tim

    This was my next phone until I saw that HTC logo

    • Frisi

      Oh come on. Lamest excuse.

    • Tyler Casilio

      This is my next phone, regardless. I don’t like that, but I do like what the phone will have, including Sense 6.0

  • Me

    This one is going to be ridiculously long. Hopefully they dont put the power button at the top again.

  • Me

    HTC: 1 step forward 2 steps back

  • Dominick White

    For the love of the gods man, what is the battery size?

    • Frisi

      2900 according to rumors.

      • Dominick White

        So they finally listen and started putting in bigger battery

        • Frisi

          Hopefully the rumors are true!

      • M3D1T8R

        Hope that’s true. Or larger.

        • The Narrator

          Eh 3000+ should be the minimum in 2014

  • Tim242

    HTC just needs to stop with the bezels.

    • Frisi

      People needs to stop complaining. Don’t like it? Get a moto x or something else. ;)

    • Chris

      Samsung needs to stop with the home button…

      and what? the icon is fine?

      • Tim242

        A lot of people, including me, like the physical home button. It serves a purpose. Bezels are wasted space.

        • Chris

          You are right, but this bezzel is way to big

        • grumpyfuzz

          So, if there was a no bezel phone, how would you go about watching video, or playing a game, without your fingers accidentally touching the screen. Bezels are not just wasted space, but too much bezel is bad.

          • Tim242

            I’m not saying there should be zero bezel. But HTC needs to cut it way down. Between the speakers, the black border around the screen, and now the logo bar….it’s too much.

          • grumpyfuzz

            It seemed like you meant there should be zero bezel, because you said bezel is wasted space. And I agree, the bezel on the HTC One and the leaks of this is way too much.

  • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

    Bezelicious

  • Diablo81588

    Huge bottom bezel how retarded..

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Without the bottom bar it could have been a comfy size. Why are logos put on the front anyway?

  • Tyler

    Yikes that top speaker hurts my ocd! I feel they could have incorporated the logo somewhere else and top speaker in a more asymmetrical manner.

  • Chris

    For a premium device HTC should have:

    1. Kept one logo and that would be on the back
    2. If two logos are needed. Embed it in the device it self or in the speakers.

  • Ilija Soldo

    Pls tell me this is fake,the speakers arent disame,the bezels,hope that this isnt real…

    • Frisi

      Oh it is real, Chinese fake or not, it is real.

  • Chris

    To get a sense of the large area.

    Even half that size may be too big.

    • matt

      who the fu ck downvoted this? They should be shot!

      • Chris

        Thats going a little too far.

        Chances are its some teenager who can’t handle these types of posts. Let alone on a school day…

        • Austin

          I completely agree, there is too much bezel. Its disappointing to see this.

  • Lorenzo Rey Camejo

    Well that ugly black bar with the htc logo screws everything up, I hate the huge bezel on my Nexus 5 on the bottom just for the notification light, but at least it has no ugly logos!

    • Frisi

      Until Verizon snaps theirs all across that black bar. ;)

      • Chris

        Its large enough for Verizon as well as “wireless” and what ever slogan they are using now…

        • Frisi

          Verizon 4G LTE all across that. #SexyStuff

  • hyperbeatser

    HTC to design team: “People want software navigation keys, so that’s what they’re getting; and since people love the design of the One so much it’s going to be exactly the same, just take off the capacitive keys and we’ll be golden!”

    • calculatorwatch

      Don’t forget “People weren’t satisfied with our camera so we’re gonna give them two cameras instead of one really good one!”

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  • bd1212

    Come on HTC… you make the screen bigger. You add on-screen buttons. The next step was to remove the massive black logo bar. And you left it. How do the designers at HTC not see that this just looks dumb? Such an unnecessary waste of space. Other than that the phone looks beautiful, but I’m still waiting to hear how big the battery is and how many MP the camera will have. It’s between this, the Nexus 5, and the Galaxy S5.

    • Frisi

      The 4MP count never bothered me on my current One. People with iPhones and other Android prefer to use my phone for pictures (due to the low lighting camera). After all, in the end of the day, most of us don’t print those pics and just use them for Facebook and Instagram…

      • bd1212

        I’ve used the One quite a bit and while the pictures looked great, if I zoomed in even a little bit, the detail and sharpness was lost and the image looked fuzzy. That’s actually why I’ve come to prefer the 13MP camera on the S4 (only real good thing about that phone to be honest). I could snap a picture of people or objects and zoom in very close and still be able to see incredible detail and sharpness. Even 8MP on the One would be a huge step up. I’m interested to see what they do with that rumored second camera. Maybe super resolution?

        • Frisi

          You are quite right on that, but I never zoom on pic. (I guess it all depends on the person). But I’ve used my One to take pics to later use in promos and ads, and does the job. And yeah, I wouldn’t mind an 8MP Ultra Pixel Camera, but I don’t think that will be the case this time around. We’ll see eventually.

          • bd1212

            Yeah, it’s definitely dependent on the situation/person. Just a few scenarios that happen often during summer time are when my friends or family will ask to take pictures of them. I take a pic, it looks great and then they zoom in a little closer to see everyones faces a little more close up. That’s when they would tell me “retake the picture it came out blurry.” For your purposes, zooming isn’t an issue, but as you said it’s dependent on the person/situation.

          • Frisi

            I try not to zoom hahahahaha But my friends are selfie crazy, so most happens on the front cam. The rest are just panorama pics and things like that.

          • bd1212

            Yep my friends need to see every last detail lol.

          • Chris

            Good luck with that on a cell phone camera.

          • bd1212

            I may have exaggerated a bit, but that’s honestly the one place where more megapixels is a good thing. Take my old Galaxy S4 for example. I went on vacation last summer with with my family and some family friends of ours and every time a picture had to be taken, they always asked me to take it because the amount of detail in each shot was incredible, even after zooming in. Panoramas could be zoomed into incredibly close without becoming fuzzy. On their iPhone’s the same images were good, but nowhere near as clear as on my S4. I received a lot of compliments on the pictures it took. If only HTC had that camera, they’d be perfect.

          • Tim242

            I took vacation pics with my S4 as well. I printed them out, and they were better than point and shoot pics I took the year before.

    • Austin

      The Galaxy S5 will have a lot of bloatware. For me, its the successor to the Moto X or this (possibly)

      • bd1212

        I root all of my phones so bloatware isn’t really an issue for me, I just remove it. Or I just disable it. I’m also very excited to see what Moto will bring to the table as well. These are some exciting times.

        • Chris

          Disable isnt the same as removing it.

          • bd1212

            Never said it was. It stops it from running, though. That’s enough for me.

          • Chris

            Yeah. I still like to remove it all together. Its still taking up space on the phone that could be used for things I personally like.

          • bd1212

            Very true, can’t argue with that.

          • TylerCameron

            Yeah… but you don’t want to support Samsung. That’s basically telling them “I LOVE what you do to Android! Keep doing it (:” and Samsung is seriously turning into the Apple of Android OEMs.

          • rwrwr

            So then who do you support? The brand new chinese Motorola and their new Moto SpyX? HTC and follow them into their descent into bankruptcy and being taken over by another company?

          • TylerCameron

            Currently, the companies I support the most are Motorola and HTC. I was deeply saddened to see Google let Lenovo buy Motorola Mobility. I think Motorola does some of the best work ever seen with Android, they seem to have the most common sense on a lot of fronts, and they even got their act together with updates. And I think Lenovo is going to ruin Motorola. All the work that Motorola did last year to become relavent last year is going to go to waste. Lenovo can’t even make decent computers.

            I’ve always loved HTC. They’ve always had a special place in my heart. That’s why it hurts so much to see them drive themselves into a wall. Last year, they really plussed it with the One. They showed us that they aren’t giving up, and they really did an amazing job, especially with design. You can tell they put A LOT of work into every detail. A high amount of attention to detail in every aspect of the phone.

            Now with this, yes, sure, it looks like last year’s one, but they aren’t applying the same attention to detail. That chin with the logo? The top speaker grille being off centre? It saddens me when they did so good last year to see them slack off with the next version.

            I’d like to support LG after the G2, which is an amazing device. Great design. Functional. Powerful. But LG is still using their awful UI. They did good by using a navbarnavbar, but they did it COMPLETELY wrong by putting a menu button there. -.-
            A recent apps key is so much more useful. Don’t give me crap like “oh, Android has and always will need a menu button for legacy apps and lazy developers.” Sure, but, again. Navbar. If you’re in a legacy app because the developer is lazy, A MENU BUTTON WILL APPEAR.
            On top of that, LG has one of the worst Android update track records.

            Another good OEM is Oppo, but their N1 was definitely too large, wasn’t pentaband, and completely lacked LTE. But I like what Oppo is doing. They’re innovating for sure.

            So, yeah. Motorola, HTC, and Oppo are the best OEMs. Honestly, when it comes to Samsung, even an iPhone is better. At least they have a premium feel, they don’t lag, and Apple doesn’t stagger OS updates for their phones based on if it was last year’s model or not. Samsung took over a YEAR to update the Note II. A year+, the Note II remained on Android 4.1. That’s totally unacceptable.

  • samus

    Trash bin design. Pass

    • Philip J. Fry

      Not really.

      • Frisi

        People like to overreact. :P

        • Chris

          Samsung fans…

      • Tim242

        Yes really.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Okay forget the Bezel… WTF is up with the misaligned speakers? . . . smfh HTC you’re ruining it!!!

    • Frisi

      More like the top one is less wider. But it is aligned to the left. It does bothers me a bit, but as long as it sounds great, I don’t mind.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I feel like if they got it to work the first time…what’s so different now with a highly similar design? ….(though I’m probably still buying it)

        • Frisi

          I honestly wanna see what they have under their sleeve, specially with the sensors changed all the way around, close to the camera. Maybe it’s just a minor swap, but who knows. I’m more excited to see what Sense 6 has to offer. I’ve been liking Sense since I got my HTC Hero. Sleekest android skin out there, IMO.

          • Chris

            I’ve been usijng it since the first EVO. Yes it got bloated around 2011/2012 but it has since been cleaned up

          • Frisi

            Yeah, Sense was a pain in my Amaze. I skipped the One X and One S era (freaking contracts) and I then got the One with Sense 5, so much smoother and overall better experience. My friend has the Evo 4G LTE (with Sense 4) and that DID feel a bit lighter, but still had some rough edges.

          • Chris

            on my EVO 3D and rezound it was a huge pain. I still liked it. Sense 4 is when it started to get good again,.

          • Frisi

            I had my EVO 3D for a mere 6 months until Sprint decided to say I was “using too much roaming” and I had to switch carriers. That’s when I got the Amaze.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Ahhh the Hero (on Sprint) I loved that phone for about 4 months then I felt like bashing it into a wall LOL. I paid full price for the HTC EVO and never looked back.

          • Frisi

            Updates bugged that phone so much. Everytime felt heavier on the software. But Every HTC did, sadly. The One is the only one so far that has yet to feel heavier with time. Feels as smooth as the first day.

    • Chris

      they didn’t have that problem last year

  • Shane Redman

    c’mon HTC…trust in your design that. It’s already so distinguishable from the front that you don’t need a logo there. Just screen and speakers and ppl know it’s an HTC

    • Frisi

      Actually, people that see my phone, front or back, ask me what in the world is “HTC”. Then again, here in PR most people only know Samsung or Apple.

  • Frisi

    Am I the only one around here who doesn’t mind bezels? Still better looking than any Samsung phone out there…

    • calculatorwatch

      I agree it still looks better, but compared to the S5 it’s gonna be about a full inch taller and probably about as wide despite having a (slightly) smaller screen. I just wish HTC could give us a premium look and feel without having to settle for such a large phone.

      • Frisi

        I wonder if it’s taller on purpose… (to make up for those on screen keys). I think that I’ll get the best impression when I personally used it. When I saw press pics of the One I wasn’t thrilled that much, but when I held it, and saw how much better it looked in person, I went crazy for the design.

  • Carlos Lopez

    I seriously hope this is just a prototype D:

  • Joel Conde

    Bezely bezel belz. No thank you.

    • Philip J. Fry

      At least it doesn’t have a home button the size of Manhattan.

      • Joel Conde

        It’s a step in the right direction, I guess.

      • JMonkeYJ

        I never thought I’d say this, but I’d rather have a massive home button than a completely useless black strip.

  • Chris

    It was requested by Verizon so they can have space for their large a s s logos

  • Blue Sun

    I’m liking that the image was taken without Blurry Cam. That’s pretty much it.

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

    If it’s real, that black HTC bar is the worst design I have ever seen. Facepalm.

    • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

      Hopefully the final design is different. Some rumors say that black bar area could be a finger print scanner, but it’s still too much wasted visual space.

      • Frisi

        First time I’ve ever heard of that rumor. I did hear it was going to have one on the back, on top of the camera, but recent picture leaks shows it’s clearly a second camera. I don’t think they will add a fingerprint sensor. It wasn’t too good on the MAX.

      • tanknspank

        Yeah, make the bottom speaker a little wider, and split the middle with the finger print scanner. No need for that huge logo/bar at all.

        • flosserelli

          Or ditch the black logo bar altogether, recenter & maxmize the display, and use the remaining space for upgraded speakers. There is still plenty of room for the HTC logo on the top or bottom metal bezel.

          • grumpyfuzz

            What is the point of the HTC logo in the first place, I can’t get that through my head. Not only ripping HTC, but also every other manufacturer/carrier that does it.

          • flosserelli

            I think a manufacturer has a right to label their products. But I don’t need a Verizon logo to remind me who rapes me every month.

          • Philip J. Fry

            There’s no need for 2 logos. Put 1 on the back and leave the front nice and clean.

          • Tyler Casilio

            Would look so clean and classy

          • grumpyfuzz

            Ha, right about the Verizon part. And I agree, they obviously have a right to label their products, but is it really needed on the front of the phone? 1 logo on the back is fine though.

          • Cael

            Sad thing is, Verizon’s might pull a One Max…

          • Chris Hannan

            I need a Verizon logo to remind myself who I’m raping in excessive data.

          • Allan

            Some companies still think that branding repetition sells more units. The more consumers see a logo, the more likely they will be to purchase from that company. However, studies have shown it has little to no effect on consumers’ purchases. Short answer: there is no point, it is a waste of space and justifies the criticism.

          • RiceCake

            Slap an official sticker on it and im sure people will buy it and leave the sticker on.

        • TSON1

          Would be cool if the HTC logo was used as a unique-ish multi-color LED notification light. Lights up the H, then the T, then the C, then all three when you get a notification.

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        I hope they use it for something practical. If not, that’s even worse than the Nexus 7: Bezel Edition.

        • michael arazan

          You know it’s going to probably have the Verizon logo there when Verizon gets their grubby hands on it

      • TylerChappell

        Yeah, it’s as if they at first FIXED the awkward button layout on the One with the non-functional HTC logo smack dab in the middle, and then foolishly went back to the drawing board and were like “Wait guise, I know we’ve moved to onscreen buttons now, but we can’t forget to make sure users know what phone they are using every time they look at the screen!”

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Whazzzzapp Taylor. Haven’t heard the rumors of anything fingerprint with the M8 guess we’ll see.

    • Jason B

      Cost cutting at its finest. The less you have to change, the less it costs in the long run.

      • Philip J. Fry

        Good for them, bad for us consumers.

      • D.B.Evans

        Agreed – it’s like they wanted to incorporate changes, but limited them due to cost restrictions. The main benefit of on-screen buttons is reducing overall size of the device. If you still have the black bar with a logo, then the benefit of on-screen buttons is gone. Were they maybe unable or unwilling to redesign the internal components enough to accommodate a shorter device? Perhaps they still have a commitment with a vendor to purchasing more of the existing aluminum shell size/design due to the One not meeting original sales targets? Either way, it would have been better to enlarge the screen rather than leave a big black bar on the face. One that you know the carriers will also want to use for their own logos in addition to HTCs.

        Whatever their reason, if this is the look of the final product, then it comes across as a lazy and half-arsed design.

        • Cael

          It looks freaking taller! >:[

          • cizzlen

            Seriously! I hate tall phones, plus with the power button being in an awkward place it just makes it that much harder to use. I’ve had my fun with my One but this “One” to me, is one and done.

        • RiceCake

          It doesnt even look like they tried to make the black bar smaller. There is a lot of wasted space top and bottom of the HTC logo.

        • j

          Not only is the benefit gone, but it is in fact a detraction IMO. Biggest benefit to SW buttons is it allows for larger overall screens because you don’t have to waste bezel space for buttons. Onscreen buttons reduce usable screen size tho.. This phone has all the bad and none of the good.

          It’s either bezel + off screen, or on screen and no bezel. Those are the only correct implementations.

    • ericerk

      It’s the perfect place to put a verizon logo.

    • ImmaDroid

      That looks like 1 full inch of pure stupidness.. The phone could of been much more compact!

    • The Narrator

      I feel like the front speakers are to blame.

  • TheDave1022

    HTC black bar ruiins the design. Just put HTC on the back and call it a day. Make that useful screen space or make the phone a little smaller

  • Greg Morgan

    this will be at the bottom of that bezel list you posted earlier lol

  • Rammstein

    Obviously not a fan of the bottom bezel…but my OCD is kicking in with the misaligned speakers

    • Frisi

      I don’t mind the bottom bezel, but that unaligned speaker IS tingling my OCD senses…

    • epyon

      They look like they’re aligned on the left-hand side, but the top speaker is actually shorter than the bottom because of the front-facing camera. Still, it looks jenky.

    • JMonkeYJ

      The speakers are misaligned on the current HTC One, as well.

  • Philip J. Fry

    One step at a time. I’m just glad to see on screen buttons.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Yeah you’re right. I’d rather have them embedded the logo onto the bottom speaker. But onscreen buttons are a great star

      • Chris

        that would have looked nice.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    LOL. Why does that bar look so damn thick?

    • cadtek91

      Because it is.

    • http://www.HighResFoto.com/ Mike Wewerka

      That’s what she said.

    • bd1212

      Because it is. Samsung and LG manage to add in their logos without taking up a huge amount of space, why can’t HTC do the same? Apple (I know it’s not usually accepted to speak of them here) doesn’t even have a logo at all. Why must HTC be the worst out of the bunch when it comes to logo size/space.

      • Logan Jinks

        Everyone else gets away with putting their logo on their phone because they don’t have front facing speakers. Additionally, most companies feel that they need their logo on the front of the phone for brand recognition.

        Google can kind of get away with it, because the people seeking out their the Nexus line already know what they are getting. Google spends very little in ad revenue to sell Nexus products.