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HTC M8 “Prime” Render Appears Online, Shows Off Un-flush Duo Camera

Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted out a decently-sized spec list for the rumored “Prime” device from HTC, which included a 5.5″ WQHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, Cat 6 LTE radios, and water resistance.

Today, we could have our first small look at the rear side of the device, which shows HTC’s infamous Duo Camera, and a not-so-flush main camera sensor. 

From the image below, we can take away that this phone does have Duo Camera, dual flash, and the same banding that HTC has used on all previous iterations of the One lineup. The only real difference we can spot so far is the completely un-flush main camera sensor. Why would it need to stick out so far? Could it be HTC is throwing in a massive sensor? Could it be a type of attachment for different photo effects, such as fisheye? From a company that takes design ultra serious, it is really hard to imagine that this design would receive a green light.

While this may be an extremely early look at the Prime, and the overall design of the camera could change (we sort of hope it does), what are your initial thoughts so far?

HTC One M8 Prime

Via: @evleaks
  • Caleb Loop

    Looks like an EVO variant of the M8

  • sk3litor

    I disagree. No one will buy a sub standard phone once the standard is already out. Must release the standard then the “super” standard to maximize profitability. It is a d&*k move though. I.e. razr/razr max anyone?

  • TSK

    That weird shadow on the left side makes me wonder if its not an attachment that they will sell to go along with any of their devices. and the looks of this device don’t seem to match up with the other one floating around from last night/this morning that is red and has the curved back. This doesn’t look red, and looks more flat.

  • William

    HTC left 3 things out of the best phone ever made. The m8 could be that phone. Removable battery, water proof, and a legit camera. 75% percent of people that wouldn’t buy it is because of the camera. Megapixels matter

    • youssef jbili

      and ultrapixels don’t

  • Detonation

    Better be more than 4MP

  • Rob

    If it has a massive sensor on it, I won’t complain.

  • Damian

    Unflush and orange, I dislike this combo.

  • Jason Downing

    They definitely have things backwards here..

    They should release the prime version first as the standard model – M8 prime = M8
    AND THEN the standard model becomes the ‘mini’ version – M8 = M8 mini (Of course in the smaller form factor that some people like … just enough not to sacrifice the flagship quality and specs)


    • MediocrityLeaks

      build quality!

    • FYLegend21

      no, the Prime is more like a Note 3 is compared to the S4. Larger screen, better specs, and they already announced a mini version. Last year, they released the One Max which was met with disappointment as its specs were pretty much the same as the One.

      • Jason Downing

        I’m a bit confused as to what you’re trying to say. My whole point was that the prime should be the standard in a reasonable size form factor and the mini should be the current m8 (possibly in a smaller form factor)

  • tidusmccoy1515

    If the camera takes better shots than the iPhone 6 or 5s then I wont care what it looks like. I just want a great camera lens/sensor with the speed of the current m8’s camera.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Let paranoia ensue about f’ing up your camera by placing it on its back.

    • DJ SPY

      How are the cameras doing on the Nokia Windows phone?

      • rawr

        idk, ask the 2 people that have them.

  • Ant

    I hope they change the design, With Boom Sound this is going to be a huge phone. This is a replacement for the One Max and not an a “prime” m8….

  • James

    If the camera is incredible, I don’t really care if it’s flush.

    • The Narrator

      If the battery is incredible, I don’t care if it’s 100lbs /s

      • James

        Ha, because a 2cm and 100lb represent an equivalent comparison

  • K

    Curious, has it been stated that it will be running Android? We all assume it will be but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens to be a Windows Phone.

    • Has not been confirmed to be running Android, so at this point, yeah, it could be a WP. Seems unlikely, but I guess anything is possible.

    • M3D1T8R

      LOL. Not likely. They certainly wouldn’t keep the “One” name if it were some Windoze garbage.

      • Hasn’t been confirmed to be a “One” either, so anything is possible.

      • Just an FYI.. Nokia sold 27 million Windows Lumia phones in 2013.. Guess how many HTC sold of ALL their phones?? Just 22.6 Million.. so.. Hitting Nokia Windows phone numbers would be an IMPROVEMENT for HTC…

        • M3D1T8R

          Mostly of those Nokia phones are low end which most of us here don’t care about.

          • Yeah. Not true.. I know people like to say that lie.. but the Lumia 920/925 was their best selling phone in 2013.

  • Derek Traini

    How awesome would it be if the M8 Prime was an Android Silver handset?

    • The Narrator

      Hello $800 price tag

      • Brian Walker

        That’s what I worry about with Android Silver. Part of the allure for the Nexus program was inexpensive off-contract prices. Silver will just make it another phone that pretty much requires a contract.


      its not

  • j

    JHChrist, unflush cameras should have died with the Incredible. One of the worst design implementations of the past 5 years.

    • MistaButters

      People ask for massive sensors and great lenses and them complain when they aren’t flush. Have your cake and eat it too.

      • j

        Very True.. I don’t use my camera to take quality pictures.. just .. pictures. so I’ll take small and sleek.

  • Iskandar

    I think it will be prime/One Max 2

  • Looks like HTC kept true to their word about limiting the number of devices they release /s

    • M3D1T8R

      Except they have been.

      • MistaButters

        Last year was the only year you could even remotely say that was true. The year before they did the One X then One X+, along with One S, One V, J Butterfly, and like 5 Desire phones.

        • Marikel

          Completely incorrect. In 2012 HTC spammed the market with One branded devices.

          • MistaButters

            That is what I said…

            I said the year before last. First sentence I said last year. Next sentence I said the year before that. Well I didn’t say the “that” because its implied in context.

          • Marikel

            In your comment it seemed as though that the phones you stated were the only ones released in 2012. I think there were about 8 One branded devices that year.

          • MistaButters

            Yeah I did write it a bit confusing. My bad.

  • epps720

    That’s just horrible!

  • Maxim∑

    Not a fan of this prime trend… Hope the camera is covered in sapphire like the iPhone/G2

    • Ray

      play with your phone in rocks much or something?

      • Maxim∑

        If the camera lense will make direct contact with the surface of the table and buldge outwards it makes sense to add a more scratch resistant glass. Its common sense

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Using common sense on the internet? Is that allowed?

        • M3D1T8R

          Yep, bring on the sapphire.

    • The Narrator

      It’s just stupid. Let’s release all of the prime phones after the better ones have already released and nobody is going spend more money.

      • K

        As much as I despise Apple this is one thing I like about their releases. You can be confident that you will have the best they can offer for 1 year without some prime version coming out soon after. Samsung had it right before by releasing a Galaxy S device the first half of the year and a Note device in the second half, with a bunch of meh devices released in between. Now with all this prime talk it really sucks. Just do it right the first time like LG with the G3.

        • Guest

          I agree with your points. It’s about time the phone manufacturers have a candle lit under their ar$e to come out with their very best upon their initial release and not double back upon fearing Apple will come out with something better (I am an Android user too!)
          The only way we can make these phone manufacturers learn is if we boycott purchasing the “Prime” version of their devices (as hard it may be to resist) and send them an open letter from the tech community. Maybe they’ll finally listen for once… and if they don’t, their decreasing revenue streams will make them

          • Abdullah B

            Yeah but couldn’t you just blame Qualcomm for bringing out a new processor every few months?

        • LionStone

          Have less choices like Apple!? No thanks! Have a little patience, wait & get the phone you want and be happy with it while knowing in mere months, there will be newer, better, faster, etc.

          • K

            Not less choices since you have other manufacturers also regularly pushing out devices. Just saying that OEMs should not release better versions of new flagships so close to each other. For example, the Galaxy S line and Note line are different models for different people and still provides options. Same for the One and One Max. I just don’t want a One X and One X+ situation.

        • Daistaar

          Tell that to people who bought the iPad 3 then 5 months later had to sit and watch Apple double the power of the iPad and add the Lightning connector.

          • gotya

            The iPad 3 was taken off because of certain problems and iPad 3 owners were aloud to exchange for iPad 4

          • JD_26

            only ones bought in a certiain time frame before the 4

        • Joe J

          Because of the LG G3, Htc and Samsung have to release prime models.
          You want them to just sit back while LG takes their billions in sales
          just to satisfy you? Your apple logic is the reason why the iphone is
          now about 3 generations behind top tier android phones.

          now are computers, Its like saying all laptops and desktops shouldn’t
          have the latest processor. This is the future of tech. Hop on board or
          enjoy what you have