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HTC One (2014) vs. HTC One (2013) [GIF]

After seeing the press render of a gold HTC One (2014) that was leaked this morning – we have no reason to believe this isn’t the real deal – we thought, why not see how similar this device really is to its predecessor from 2013. Our initial reaction, after taking a quick look at the device was, “Wow, not much different here in terms of appearance.” Seriously, it really is tough to tell what’s different outside of some rounder corners, that secondary camera on the back, a slightly slimmer profile, and the move from capacitive navigation buttons to on-screen.

I’m not saying that simple minor changes in appearance are a bad thing, because Samsung and Apple have been doing this for years. And remember, the design of the original One was universally praised by almost every single person whoever touched it. It was about as premium as it gets in terms of build quality. We’re just wondering if a device this similar to last year’s is enough to make HTC start the slow crawl back towards tech relevance.

To give a better representation of the transformation from 2013 HTC One to the new 2014 model, take a look at the GIF we quickly put together below. 

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  • Christopher Brown

    I just wish they would’ve kept the iPhone style edges. It would’ve made it look more sleek IMO. I guess they are going to want the UltraPixel camera to be geared toward use more for low-light photos, and the 13mp camera for normal daylight photos. I hope the green UI can be customized because it doesn’t look that great with gold. A lot of the new phones I’ve been seeing look like they are taking cues from Apple (Dual led flash, Gold Option, 64 bit processor, Fingerprint Scanner) Not a bad thing, I believe that Apple adds in innovation to each phone but little customization and Android makes it better by adding in more features. Apple does take up 54% of the smartphone market, why blame other companies for getting some ideas from them? I’m happy with my LG G2 for now at least.

  • Harold Goldner

    No removable memory? Seriously? Even the leaks of the new Desire indicate removable memory.

  • creed

    HTC needs to either close their doors, or sell out. They just keep getting worse.

  • Oh my goshy! HTC …. you’re dead to me if you seriously leaving that bar for your logo. We all know from a distance how to spot the HTC One. I know it’s hard to find a new spot for your logo but having on screen keys with that bezel is a joke. LG and Motorola (in terms of tiny bezels) have the lead in the sexy factor…and they are PLASTIC!!!! *Spits*

  • KyleVPirate

    IMO its awful and fugly looking phone. The gold color render is bad and the bottom bezel is really an annoyance. I don’t mind capacitive buttons at allnprefering them over touchscreen buttons because touchscreen take up real estate but I do have nexus 5 so nothing to complain, but with that giant htc logo there where the now gone capacitive buttons are is just a no no and bad move. Hopefully they remove that because I really wanted to upgrade to the new HTC one 2014 but if this is the final design, I am not getting it.

  • The new ‘one’ doesn’t give beats audio a credit.

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    That ghold color looks ghetto.

  • J. Gilbertson

    one thing that Android OEMs aren’t getting that’s killing me is find a killer design and stick with it for a few generations. If you want manufacturers to create accessories for your device so that the device can sell better you gotta keep the design the same for at least two generations. As much as it pains me to say it, look at Apple. Most of their accessories are good for a few generations before they become obsolete. Heck, it was a pain for my apple friends when they changed the power plug style because it broke their ecosystem of accessories.

    • Chris

      Apple had the 30 pin port for pretty much a decade though. before that the iPods used firewire.

      • J. Gilbertson

        oh yeah it was time to upgrade the port to something more simple, smaller and more powerful. Android has had the microusb for quite a while now and i’ve applauded their use of it as it’s easy to find the cable. it just kills me that they don’t standardize port locations per manufacturer. not all manufacturers have to be the same but if they can just standardize where they place it and how it docks that would be excellent for accessories. also it’s a shame that motorola’s leadership while he may look at these kinds of comments on droid-life that they essentially mean nothing now since he won’t be taking the helm.

  • RiceCake

    What is with the led flash? Kind of looks like “we wanted to do dual led but ran out of lights”

    Not sure how i feel about the green weather. Maybe the green means you can customize it?

  • master94

    The gold color makes me sick. Disgusting and tacky. The iphone looks nice in gold because it doesnt really look like gold but this screams tacky.Also the Note 3 in rose gold looks nice because it also is less yellow. Here is hoping it is just the lighting and it doesnt look that gold yellow.

    • Liderc

      Yeah, the iPhone gold looks normal for some reason. This just looks cheap. Have to give it to Apple, they know how to design.

  • Jordan

    Extremely disappointed with the new HTC One. There is no noticeable improvement. I could see many consumers getting the a new One (2013) over the One (2014) just because its going to be $200 cheaper now. They ruined it with their enormous bezels.

  • Drummer62

    I think they should spell out “HTC” with the speaker grill holes as the
    logo and gain that 1/2 inch of space and use a larger screen. Also, the
    side bezels are still wider than they need to be. My opinion.

  • paul_cus

    Those dual cameras look awful.

  • StrattHacks

    Gotta say, they really ruined the front aesthetic with the top setup. That HTC bar is bad and really they should have made it thinner, but that camera really drives me insane…. The OG One looks awesome with the sensors on one side and camera on the other, it kinda balanced it out and really looked different in a way.

    I was really hoping this was a fake or at least the mini, and that they would leave the one alone (but with the bigger screen). Damn shame that appears to not be the case.
    Looking back, I remember being part of the “The s4 looks the damn same” crowd, and now i’m disappoint that HTC actually changed their phone… lesson learned. Funny how things turn out…


    If you watch closely.. it gets worse with the gold color.. smaller screen, same bezel, etc…

  • antwonw

    Wow. Really?! Why did they round those corners so much?! It really looks like they took a step backwards. It straight up looks like they went from looking like an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 3G.

  • chris_johns

    I actually liked the really metalic looking one we seen earlier…this not so much ugh f this gold nonsense…i mean i liked the original one design so i cant not like this but…..that black bar…i know everyone is saying it but like htc come the fk on i love onscreen buttons but you kept the same design from the older version without them…then leave it without them…look at what the moto x did and the lg g2 with onscreen…thats when it works when there is no bottom chin onscreen look great

  • Disqus_n00b

    The real winners are the HTC One 2013 owners, who get at least 2 years of “high end” out of their device. This generation is more evolutionary than revolutionary…you could not say the same for smartphone owners before 2011.

  • meijin3

    I don’t think the looks improved at all.

  • NexusMan

    So the All new One doesn’t have Beats.

    • Tyler Casilio

      HTC doesn’t have that contract with Beats anymore. No Beats for HTC

  • Cael

    So is it slimmer with a bigger battery or slimmer with the same battery? My biggest question…

  • p4

    ohhh noooo, they removed beats audio! hopefully the beats logo will be a hologram paired with htc/verizon on the front

  • Ron_Swanson

    Had the One for a little bit , but ended up getting the G2. Sorry, but the G2 is just better…..and I think the G3 will trump this new offering from HTC as well

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  • PradaMir

    I can deal with the looks at the end of the day it’s still good looking, what I’m worried about is the name of this device and the camera and battery I know I will be buying this phone If they make some good moves in those fields….

    • PradaMir

      One thing i don’t like about the looks is the edges it kinda looks like it has a case on the side hopefully the edges are chamfered

    • JoshGroff

      What I’d like to know is why the name matters.

  • Tyrone Biggums

    Looks like they took a step backwards. The old “One” looks more sharp!

  • jdk2

    Love that morphing .gif. The phone, on the other hand….Ehh

  • Tony Byatt

    Outside of the questionable looks, I have a feeling this device will have a pretty good user experience…

  • d-rock

    All New? You’ve got to be kidding me. Was someone at HTC a huge Jet Li fan and can’t let go of “The One”? It’s such a stupid name to have for an item you want to be your flagship device every year. Apple: iPhone (1)/2/3/3G/3GS/4/4S/5/5S. Samsung: GS (1)/2/3/4/5 Note 1/2/3 Tab 1/2/3. Does HTC not see the marketing needs for a successfully running campaign/product. They will never recover until they come up with a naming scheme that will give them a single named product every year.

  • Jeremy Gross

    it looks slightly smaller, and the bezels are less (even with the ugly black bar)

  • Looks like they moved the headphone jack to the bottom too

    • Milind Shah

      Never noticed that! (Not sarcasm)

      • Holy sh*t they did! That’s awesome. Yaaaaaaaay!

  • Dominick White

    All I have been thinking is when this comes to Verizon, Verizon will replace the HTC logo and put theirs on that black bar.

    • calculatorwatch

      If I were Verizon I would put logos on either side of the HTC one. Double the logo, double the fun!

      • Brett Besa

        Don’t give them any ideas.

  • Leonard Fletcher

    anyone not bothered by the speakers other than me? visually it is still all aligned, with the top using the light camera to balance it out.

    • Doesn’t bother me at all actually.

      • MichaelFranz

        from an aesthetics standpoint it bothers me. But not enough to make me not want the device

      • QuitHatin

        Well of course it doesn’t bother you, now if Samsung had misaligned speakers…

      • Drummer62

        I think they should spell out “HTC” with the speaker grill holes as the logo and gain that 1/2 inch of space and use a larger screen. Also, the side bezels are still wider than they need to be. My opinion.

    • flosserelli

      It doesn’t bother me at all, since I don’t plan to buy one.

    • Jeremy Gross

      i just wish they could make the grills smaller to reduce bezel and ease of use

      edit: in lenth (from top to bottom)

  • MichaelFranz

    im guessing that left side image is a sim tray slot then, or maybe SD card slot 🙂 (wishful thinking)

    • SIM trays on both I’d imagine.

      • MichaelFranz

        yea the 2013 One render just didnt have as much of a defined image of it.

    • Jeremy Gross

      there was a rumor before that they were going back to sd cards like the one max

  • Dale

    It will be a tough choice between this and the S5. S5 will have a larger screen and more RAM, but this phone is just sexy. Really like what HTC is doing, especially with the screen fixing and 24 month updates. Come on good sized battery!!

  • Sqube

    Think of how much smaller the screen could have been if they had removed the black bar. Seriously, HTC. Remove the black bar and replace the home button with the HTC logo.

    That would have given you the best of both worlds, unless Google explicitly says that you can’t do that.

    • ricecake

      Ha i literally just said the same thing right before reading your post.

    • Chris

      if only,..,…

  • Jaxon Wright

    Why in the world do they have on-screen keys if it doesn’t make the bezel any smaller? They don’t get it

    • We’re all with you on that.

      • Fresh360

        At the press event on Mar 25th can one of you guys just ask a HTC rep “WHY!??!”

        • Chris

          Maybe (hopefully) they’ll see all this backlash and get rid of the black bar by then

          • Ray

            yes a remake a million phones in a month

          • Guest

            I know it’s not actually going to happen like that lol. Maybe the black bar isn’t actually isn’t there, it probably is but I hope not.

          • Getting rid of “the black bar” is not going to happen in that short of a time frame. IF you do you either have to change to a different component to fill it or shrink the whole device. That is simply not going to happen. Best case scenario is, get rid of the onscreen buttons and put back the cap buttons that were on the One because you might as well use the space, but even that is not realistic.

    • flosserelli

      Because all the cool kids are doing it.

    • Paul

      A bezel under the screen is necessary in all phones. The internal electronics/connectors have to go somewhere. In the case of the HTC one, the black bar would be the bezel that every phone has. It looks bigger and appears to be empty space because of the boom speaker (or whatever they call it) on the bottom. The large speaker + grill is what adds the extra space, not the HTC bar. While I agree it looks bad to have both, extra features (like large stereo speakers) have to go somewhere.

      Note: I could be wrong, but that is how I always considered the One’s black bar/speaker deal.

      • Chippah

        “A bezel under the screen is necessary in all phones. ”

        Tell that to LG foo! 😉

        • Ray

          i think hes saying if you have the boom speaker on the bottom you have to a bezel which LG doesnt have

        • Rob

          Precisely, the entire bezel at the bottom of my G2 is about the size (if not smaller) than the black portion of the bezel on the new HTC One. Still shaping up to be a nice looking phone otherwise.

      • ninjawarren

        Take a look at the Moto X’s bezel; it’s more of a shim.

        • Paul

          In the image I found, looks to be about the same size as the HTC black bar no?

          • JoshGroff

            Pretty dang close to it.

          • Justin W

            Yes, it is about the same size as the black bar. That doesn’t account for the two speaker “bezels” though – I think they could have easily added a screen with another .2-.3 inches or just removed the bezel and gone with a smaller design.

          • Knlegend1

            Yeah but this has nothing to do with the new phone. Which includes the HTC black bar plus on screen buttons.

          • michael arazan

            HTC: HoloTardisController?

      • Aardvark99

        Here’s what it looks like apart

      • Tyler

        If above the screen looked like below the screen I would be Ok with it. The black bar seems unnecessary if it doesn’t do anything.

      • Knlegend1

        You are

    • TunableTech

      Amen to that.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      This looks even worse than the Nexus 7: Bezel Edition. But at least they’ve got 3 buttons this time, so they’re making progress 😛

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      Next HTC phone will have 60% of the total front face as bezel… 25% height of phone as Top Bezel, 40% height of phone as screen, last 35% height of phone as bottom bezel… They will add 5.1 surround BoomSound using one speaker at each corners of the screen (4) and one at centre of back and last near USB port…

  • MichaelFranz

    miss that beats logo 🙂

    yea the speaker alignment kills me..

  • agentorange1985

    They really needed to bump up the screen size by removing that black HTC logo bar. Now the on-screen buttons are just going to make the screen even smaller (when visible, which is most of the time)

    • The Narrator

      It’s definitely going to he smaller than the One.

  • annnnnnnnd we’re moving the power button AGAIN. Cmon HTC, i cannot get used to one power button location without you moving it on the very next phone?

    • Yikes, didn’t notice that at first, but they did move it from the left side to the right side. I guess for right-handed holders, that should make it easier to touch.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Omg i didn’t notice that. Why can’t they decide where to put it!? Lol

      • D.B.Evans

        I hold it in my left hand, but prefer the power button on the right. It also looks like they moved the speaker jack to the bottom – so those are both improvements to me. Other than that – meh; so much fail. On-screen buttons, with no benefit from the move (seriously, either increase the screen height, or better yet: eliminate the black bar to make the phone shorter – leaving a black bar with no function other than logo placement is a sure sign of not understanding your market). Bezels appear slightly smaller; but are still relatively large compared to other phones on the market. Volume buttons still on the wrong side for left-handed holders (much easier to press with thumb rather than trying to reach around with finger tips). We’re yet to see what the new camera can do; but their camera short-comings are heavily caused by the software, and their updates to the original One show little sign of having a clue on improving it.

        The One was a good phone – but it had some noticeable misses on it. This 2014 version shows no indication that HTC even acknowledges those misses, let alone making any attempt to address them.

        • RiceCake

          I wonder if they ever thought to make the black bar disappear by making the HTC logo an on screen button (home button)? Then have your back and recent app button as well.

          A home button doesnt need to necessarily look like a little house!

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        I like the power button on the side like the Nexus 5 but if it has to be on top I would much rather have it on the left like my HTC One, than the right.

  • The Narrator

    So it’s the same, just with extra camera, dual led. And instead of removing bar, moved keys up, and the power button to the right. Whatdddaafuq

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    WOW DAT GIF!. You can really see how much they rounded the corners. And you can really feel your OCD cranking when you see how misaligned the speakers now are.

    Though I think it being more rounded will make the device more comfortable to hold because I didn’t think my One was that comfortable in hand tbh.

    • Sqube

      It’s a little smaller and more rounded, so it should definitely fit a little better in the hand. I hope the front camera is amazing to make up for what they did to the speaker.