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Hey Look, the HTC M8 in a Case!

With a March 25 press event now looming, the leaks for HTC’s upcoming flagship phone will likely only pick up. Codenamed the M8 and successor to the One, the latest image of the device with a case on comes to us courtesy of industry leaker @evleaks. The image doesn’t necessarily reveal anything new, but the date of March 25 and location of New York City is listed on the device, both of which relate to the event.Β 

Other than that, we’re seeing BlinkFeed once again, along with transparent on-screen navigation buttons. We also have dual BoomSound speakers, a front facing camera that looks bigger than usual, and an overall design that mimics the HTC One.


Via: Β @evleaks
  • keasycase

    HTC deff said they was going to have a edge to edge display… They said a while ago… Y would they bring back something that was a problem on the old phone…

  • Martha Focker

    Damn I sure hope this is fake that black HTC logo bar is terrible, please please please dont be real, I’ll pass for sure probably get the latest Zopo 990+ octa core, looks the shiz!

  • mroliverkc

    so……..people will pass on a great phone because of a logo and a bezel? cut it out, you will buy it anyway. thats why youre here reading about leaks.

  • Justin W

    From this picture, I can gather that there appears to be a button on the top of the phone; the designer of the case randomly put a hole int eh side where the power button should be, and we still have that pointless bezel at the bottom that now contains solely the letters “HTC”. Fantastic.

  • Gustavo Bessone

    I really hope this picture is fake. It makes no sense to put the buttons on the screen if you are not going to save any space in the bezel. So they end up reducing the screen real estate and having a wasted space where they could have put actual physical buttons. Inneficient bulky phone. Love my HTC one but these onscreen buttons may have me switching to samsung for that reason alone. Onscreen buttons seem like a really stupid trend to me.

  • roberthenderson

    Just goes to prove all the “onscreen buttons will provide more screen real estate” people completely wrong. Hmm, I wonder if there’s something other than ‘button mechanics’ under capacitive buttons?

  • I know you guys will think I’m lying but I kinda made a UI concept on my free time and it looks identical to sense 6 like 2 years ago in Google Drive πŸ˜›

  • Dameon

    That screen looks photoshopped. The bottom left of the screen is closer to the edge then the top left is.

  • deskjob

    Holy batman black bar.

    HTC, please tell me this is just one sick joke, a la Hipster car wash style πŸ™ I don’t mind having your logo on the front somewhere, but now that you’re going to on-screen buttons, couldn’t you have come up with some other way that doesn’t include excessive bezel?

    Geez, it’s like you don’t want my money at all.

    All you had to do is keep the same design minus the black bar. Come up with a clever way of showing HTC on front. Throw in a 3000mah+ battery and MicroSD slot (I’ve given up on removable batteries. Also starting to think the portable USB powerbanks make more sense as they can be used across multiple devices). Up the ultrapixel to 8mp. To knock it out of the park, throw in Snapdragon 805.

    We know you can do a lot of these from your Butterfly S phone that’s already out! 3200mah battery with 5″ 1080p and front facing speakers with minimal bezel. Too bad it’s plastic. And not available here. Argh HTC.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah the Butterfly S seemed like the perfect phone. It fixed the only couple issues with the dna (no sd, battery), and added the nice front facing speakers. Too bad Motorola got Droid exclusivity so we never saw it here as a “dna+”. I still love my dna but that would have been perfect. I personally don’t mind the plastic. Aluminum gets scratched easily.

  • Epic Tea

    Its the Note 3 or Nexus 5 for me if the camera still sucks and the black bar doesn’t leave, the black bar on the first one was fine because of the buttons but no excuse here.

  • dukez45

    I love my one. I mean not everything has to be like Samsung or apple. Look at LG. They go their own route and the I phone did the sane kept the same look. And stuff. And we gotta see what all it does. Only drag is memory hope for the ad slots

  • Mark

    huge bezel….no thanks

  • Did anyone else notice something might be missing from this picture? Why is there a hole in this case where the red circle?

    • seth

      I thought I was the only one. SD card slot?

      • emach

        I thought so at first, but then I realized I’ve never seen a case with an SD card cutout. There’s no way its an IR blaster, but somebody speculated it might be a swipe-style fingerprint reader. It would be cool for the M8 to have one, but I highly doubt that a fingerprint reader is in the cards for it.

  • Turb0wned

    Are they going to release a black one first. 2 months later Verizon gets and exclusive red. 3 months after that sprint gets a blue one. 2 months after that a silver one comes out for all carriers?

    Or can they actually do it right and release all colors from the beginning on all careers? Nawww, that’s asking to much of HTC.

  • Daistaar

    Dual LED Flash on the front?! HTC continues to put items where they should be.

  • Caveman

    The license plate reader in my head sees this as the “HTC Mate” every time I read it.

  • Nayners

    ..That HTC Logo. Yikes. That’s valuable real estate, wasted.

    • danix180

      I agree.. What a waste..!!

  • Orion

    On screen buttons but yet the wasted bezel just for the damn logo. lol

  • Alec

    Nice side bezels. Looks like a picture frame.

  • SplashMTN

    HTC needs to take a cue from LG when it comes to the screen and remove those bezels. The sides aren’t terrible, but the htc logo bar on the bottom is ridiculous. Put the G2’s screen footprint, camera and battery in a device like this and I’m sold.

  • Tyler Casilio

    NOOOOOOO! Why is that Bezel so big and why is there even a bezel at all! Noooooaawaaaaa *cough *choke aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • renegad3

    HTC why bother with onscreen buttons if your going to keep the logo bar??

    Love my One, but this iteration aint gonna do it for me.

    • paul_cus

      Same, just going to stick with the One.

  • Radgatt

    Why is the power button on the top and not the side of the phone? C’mon Man!!

    • LionStone

      Small hand issues?

      • LionStone

        haha…guess so! πŸ™‚

        • Radgatt

          I just like being able to turn my phone’s display off with my thumb vs having to reach up with my index finger. Seamless motion moving from volume rocker to power button on my moto x. Would have liked for the same thing to be on the new HTC phone. That is all.

          • LionStone

            I know…just teasin’ ya. For myself, once I learn the phone’s button layout, I just go with it. I use the N5 & DNA and honestly either one is fine, although I do prefer the sleek and less protruding buttons on the DNA.

  • Dennis Persaud

    Sorry HTC I have been a hard core user of all your flagship phones this one is not for me “IF THIS IS YOUR FLAGSHIP PHONE” .. I guess I will be taking a look at the LG G2 OR EVEN WAIT FOR THE LG G3 and move on …THIS IS WHAT I CALL UGLY…

    • SplashMTN

      The G2 is the best device I’ve owned. I’m not a fan of their skin, but that’s easily fixed with root or Nova/ADWex/Apex.

    • aQuickBit

      You really showed HTC there with that post.

  • MichaelFranz

    im hoping for some kind of functionality in the black bar. Maybe like slide finger across to wake and unlock instead of power/lock button i’d be fine with it being useful then pointless. the LED flash ont he front cam is a first. making selfies more doable in low light (smh that i used selfie)

  • Alec

    I’m not even gonna say anything.

    • KingofPing

      Then I won’t reply. πŸ™‚

  • richkoos

    I hope this picture is reversed in some way, why would they put the power button on the other side from the one. And whats that big gap between the volume buttons and the top?

    • KingofPing

      The gap is part of the case. Te actual volume buttons could be exactly the same as they are now…

      As for the power-button…yeah. I find myself trying to shut off any phone that way now and it drives me batty. (My other phone is a Nexus 5…with a power button on the side. Like a sane phone.)

      • richkoos

        If it’s part of the case, what is it for? It makes it look like the phone has a gap or something it in. Maybe it’s for the sim card, but why wouldn’t that be covered up in a case? I also really hope it doesn’t have the dual camera sensors, the leaks make that seem more and more like a reality…

        • KingofPing

          “if it’s part of the case…”

          What else could it be? Part of a hippo? πŸ˜‰

          “What’s it for?”

          Presumably to provide a clear distinction between “up” and “down” when not looking directly at the device? (I’m just winging it here…off the top of my head, as it were)

          “Maybe it’s for the sim card, but why wouldn’t that be covered up in a case?”

          It ain’t. If they did decide to make some stupid bump for it, there’d only be one (Not counting dual-sim devices, obviously)…

          “I also really hope it doesn’t have the dual camera sensors, the leaks make that seem more and more like a reality…”

          I hope for world peace. (Or world peas. Peas are yummy, and some folks are hungry.)

          • xpyroxcorex

            i believe he is talking about the cutout above the volume buttons lol. maybe it is for a sim, or the ir blaster since its not on the power button? odd placement but totally possible

          • KingofPing

            You are correct. I read that completely wrong. Damn.

            More evidence of an SDCard slot, perhaps?

          • xpyroxcorex

            oh please oh please oh please be an sd slot. honestly that black bar pisses me off, but if it really is an sd slot then i could deal.

  • ahhh yes


    • There are bezels… EVERYWHERE

      looks like the bezels are 1/3 the size of the screen. Pretty awful for a flagship.

      • MichaelFranz

        you also have to remember they have front facing speakers. regardless of the top and bottom bezels the front facing speakers is a huge win over having bezels like that as long as the left and right bezels are thing enough its a good win.

        • Dennis Persaud


          • MichaelFranz

            i agree the black bar is a little redundant. However, and this is just speculation, that since they had capacitive buttons is the M7 that maybe they incorporated something into this black bar. i said in a comment above that maybe they put a swipe to wake/unlock built in. If they black bar is there, its there and we can’t do anything about it. I say if it is there then make it useful and just a black bar that serves no point.

          • Dennis Persaud

            I love your immiganation and lets hope so … If not HTC WILL BECOME A FAILURE IN 2014 …OH LORD HELP THIS COMPANY …HTC

          • te504

            I think it going to be a fingerprint sensor but still less bezel is all way a win….

          • LionStone

            How ’bout we wait to see what the final ‘official’ version is?

          • Dennis Persaud

            YES …LETS WAIT

          • Dennis Persaud

            Yes that’s a good idea WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WAIT but it better not be that thing we are looking at right now is what they are bringing on March 25 2014..OMG

          • Bradley

            The black bar is for the fingerprint scanner

          • michael arazan

            Or a notification light that blinks on and off, maybe to different colors

        • bd1212

          While that’s all well and good, that doesn’t excuse having that massive black bar there. The front speaker assembly is essentially the same as any other speaker assembly in other smartphones, but instead of routing the cables/speakers straight downwards on the bottom of the phone (or the back) they put them facing forward. That doesn’t explain why that massive black bar needs to be there.

          • Josh Desmond

            If there going to have the bar there might as well kept the buttons.

        • Jj Aguilar

          I think they r. Goin to use the htc logo to turn the phone on like the galaxys

    • calculatorwatch

      Can’t argue with that math… πŸ™‚

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Sh*t, that black bar is starting to look like reality…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It is kind of silly that they kept it there. I understand that they are trying to push their brand but this is kind of silly to leave the bar there just for their logo

      • Tyrone Biggums

        I’m still hoping it won’t be there, we’ll see. I don’t see why they have to brand the front of the phone.. I know what I have. I don’t need a constant reminder.

        • Tyler Casilio

          Oh God. What do we do!? I really don’t want that there! Do I tweet someone, how do you contact these people! HALP! Mass Panic!!!

          • Tyrone Biggums

            First world problems.

          • gb2ThirdWorld

            Why is that bad? The third world has been given billions in aid and still can’t get it together. Time to move on to caring about twerking, the Biebs, and phones.

          • David Robles

            The same goes for the nexus 5, onscreen buttons and a huge black wad of nothing right underneath. Google needs to move those buttons south and OFF THE F***ING SCREEN!!!

    • Mark Aaron Collado

      hopefully that bar will have a hidden feature? swipe to unlock or something like that

      • Tyrone Biggums

        Whatever the reason may be, I don’t think it’s worth taking up screen real estate, or making the device’s front side look tacky.

      • Franklin Ramsey


  • ktnx

    >>”Other than that, we’re seeing BlinkFeed once again, along with
    transparent on-screen navigation buttons. We also have dual BoomSound
    speakers, a front facing camera that looks bigger than usual, and an
    overall design that mimics the HTC One.”

    Note that he doesn’t note the gigantic black bar and HTC logo, if this was Samsung they would be constantly harping on, oh I don’t know, a verizon logo on the home button?

    Try a little journalism with your opinion pieces DL.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Get over yourself.

    • bobby

      It has already been talked about over and over. Yes there is bias on this site. Did you think you were logging into the NPR website?

      • PoisonApple31

        Write a letter to Obama.

    • KingofPing

      Have a cookie.

    • aQuickBit

      Today I learned, journalism is degrading a company due to a personal design choice of a device that promotes their own product (Verizon isn’t their product, it SHOULDN’T be on there). Journalism is not finding interesting and relevant news stories to report on and share with the public to spread knowledge. Got it.

  • Such

    Peep the flash on the front facing camera!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Very interesting. Just noticed that. And yes I will be replying to every post sorry.

    • aQuickBit

      Wow good catch. That is really cool (because I take *so many* selfies)

  • Nicolas Palomo

    Damn it looks awful. If the leaks are true and they are keeping that useless black bar with the HTC Logo I’m selling my current HTC One and changing to a Xperia Z2

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      What does this new HTC having the bar there have to do with your current device?

      • Nicolas Palomo

        Simply that I don’t like that waste of space and that it’s the main problem for me. So? I’ll guess I won’t be upgrading my HTC one for the next iteration, simple as that.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Understood. So you’re not keep your One you’re ready to upgrade now?

          • Nicolas Palomo

            Not quite yet, I’ll wait to MWC to see the new phones. For more that I love the amazing build quality and speakers on the One I can’t stand the capacitive keys anymore. Had been a nexus user for the past 2 years made me accustomed to the soft keys. Everything was perfect about the next HTC one but that damn black car + a 5 inch screen it’s going to be hard to manipulate with one hand and that’s a big drawback.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Here comes the Bezel Police weeeyooo weeeeyoooo weeeeyoooo.

    Either way very happy to see they at least moved the power button to the other size of the top.

    • Carlos Lopez

      idk that black bar might not be as annoying as people make it out to be. At this point a big battery is more important to me than the black bar

      • hldc1

        I’ve been a big opponent to the giganto black bar, but considering your thoughts on the battery, I might have to reconsider my position.

        Good point.

      • JMonkeYJ

        But why not just move the buttons to the bar then? I’m all in favor of on-screen buttons, but I see no reason to have on-screen buttons AND a massive black bar.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Just curious but why do most people prefer top right over top left? I personally like the lock switch on the right side with the volume rocker on the left like the Nexus 5 but if it has to be on the top I would prefer it was top left. That’s the easiest spot for me to reach it with my pointer finger, unless you’re a lefty.

      Again just curious.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Specifically with the HTC One (when I owned it) it’s a thin and tall device even at 4.7 it’s almost impossible to one hand all the way to the left. I think it’s just easier for my index to get to the right side. When I had the one I’d always have to 2 hand the device to press the power button

    • paul_cus

      Lol, bezel police

    • Kevin McDole
  • nicholas cusmina

    looks kinda like a quasi droid incredible

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      hmmm with the case I see it too.