20
Jan
2013-01-20_20h10_25

You know what we like here at Android Police? Solid information. Earlier today, we reported on an alleged render of the HTC M7 that looked a little 'close-but-not-quite'. For starters, that image is not exactly the M7. But a helpful tipster decided to help us clarify some things today, by providing real images of something that more than likely is the M7.

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We've been seeing a flurry of photos recently and this to be the most legitimate one yet. This is also obviously a photograph of a real piece of hardware, not a render. This photo corroborates a lot of the information that PocketNow's tipster reported that we mentioned in our last article - notably, that the home and multitasking buttons have been swapped. It also confirms that the rear of the device is considerably different from that mockup (it looks a lot like the DROID DNA, actually):

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For starters, the flash is on the opposite side of the camera. The HTC logo also appears to be a glossy black, not the shiny embedded chrome that the mockup portrayed. The Beats logo lacks any accompanying text. It lacks an FCC logo or any other product certification marks, so we wouldn't consider this design 100% final.

Included with these two photos of the phone, our tipster also gave us a few screenshots of Sense 5.0 itself.

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One of the first things you may notice is that the app icons look strikingly similar to the ones on the PocketNow render. However, those may have been pulled from some past leaks of Sense 5.0 ROMs. One very noticeable difference, though, is the clock widget. As you can see both in the images of the front the device, and the first screenshot in the row above, it's quite different from those we've seen in Sense previously. This one opts for a more subtle, vector-based look, rather than the skeuomorphic design that HTC has opted for in the past (so, yes, it seems the company's tastes have changed). All in all, it appears that the previous render was using a lot of reliable resources, though it came up short on a few important details.

We can also see in the photos that the volume rocker will be on the right side, the front-facing camera will be on the top-right corner of the device (absent from the previous render), and that HTC may be including some new, bright rectangular widgets that will provide users with easy access to helpful information.

Until the device is officially announced, though, there is still some remote possibility that this is an elaborate hoax. It wouldn't be the first time that we've seen someone go to great lengths to create a fake. It could also be an early prototype, meaning the design could still change.

What do you think? Look real? Notice something we missed? Lusting for it with a fiery passion? Let us know.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • kennedy myril

    Come to papa....

  • Ambroos

    That interface font is just weird.

    • NemaCystX

      Reminds me of the Windows Mobile days when Sense was called Manila, later then called TouchFlo then eventually Sense on Android. even the lockscreen is starting to look like it

  • NotTheTodd

    Those buttons look like they might be on-screen and not hardware - although it's hard to tell, I really hope on-screen. The hardware button must die!

    • Freak4Dell

      Fuck on-screen buttons.

      • mechapathy

        Fuck fuck on-screen buttons. It's a double negative.

      • NotTheTodd

        Why? The latest versions of android are meant to have on-screen instead of hardware buttons. The hardware buttons aren't physical buttons anymore anyway, so what good do they do you?

        • Freak4Dell

          They save space, letting you actually use more of that stupid gigantic-ass screen these manufacturers insist on cramming on their phones. Maybe if the software ones were customizable out of the box, but they're not. They're completely useless and serve absolutely no good purpose for anybody but modders/custom ROMers (which I am, but I lived without that aspect of modding just fine). Sure, they hide away when you're in some games and videos, but you know what? Hardware buttons never needed to hide away...they were always in a position that didn't make them intrusive. Sure, developers could make use of dynamic buttons, but I have yet to see one do that, other than the menu button. Even in the case of the menu button, half these developers still go and stick up in the action bar at the top. It's been a while since I've gone through the Android design guidelines, so maybe the menu button is supposed to be in the action bar up top, but if so, then what the fuck is the software button bar for?

          • mechapathy

            I would actually use the menu button as an argument against hardware buttons. But hey.

          • Kokusho

            HTC mapped the menu button fonction on a long press of either home or multitask (your choice) And because the use of this button is becoming less and less frequent it's a non issu to not have it directly.

          • mechapathy

            That's probably the best implementation of this. But take something like the Galaxy line, which all still have hardware menu buttons. The good thing about soft buttons is they can be dynamic. So when the menu button is redundant, it hides, and appears when it isn't. But when more and more developers switch to menu in the action bar, which will happen because more and more devices are incorporating soft buttons, you'll still have a redundant hardware menu button on legacy devices. Of course, devs will still support the hardware menu button for a while, but that will probably change when the most popular devices all have soft buttons.

          • Zak Taccardi

            the nexus 4 has extra pixels in the screen height to account for the software buttons.....so you don't get extra space by having hardware buttons

          • http://twitter.com/Serotheo Simon Yu

            768x1280.. it has extra width.

          • daniel candelaria

            Yeah, extra width, not height.

          • PhilNelwyn

            See how the back button turns to a down arrow when the keyboard is open?
            See how easy it is to launch Google Now on devices with on-screen buttons?
            What if Key Lime Pie comes with even more software buttons awesomeness?
            Buy a phone with hardware buttons and you automatically opt-out of any update to that part of the software.

          • Kokusho

            long press home on One X, you got Google Now. Even easier than with On screen button.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Long pressing sucks.
            That's precisely to get rid of it that Google changed the buttons/multi-tasking.

          • Kokusho

            Long pressing doesn't sucks. Long pressing is just harder to see it's there, THAT is why google changed it.
            Now the Google's way of poping Google Now is a basically a long press + swipe up on the home button. It's the same thing ! You re speaking non sense here.

          • PhilNelwyn

            You at least admit that there's a good reason why they abandonned long pressing.
            Yeah sure, it's the same thing... good luck swiping on a hardware button. ;)

          • didibus

            Pretty sure eventually, they plan on having more then Google Now show up on that half circle.

          • tomn1ce

            it would be nice if Google makes the nav buttons customizable out the box.

          • Freak4Dell

            Other than that it looks slightly better visually, turning into a down arrow does nothing. The back button serves the same purpose (dismissing the keyboard when the keyboard is active).

            Google Now could just as easily be launched by a long press, double tap, etc.

            Key Lime Pie better, because so far, the software buttons have served no good purpose.

            For what it's worth, I have a phone and a tablet with software buttons, so it's not like i haven't tried them out. I would have chosen hardware buttons if I could, but that wasn't exactly an option with the rest of my requirements. I'm not holding my breath for any significant advances with the buttons.

          • PhilNelwyn

            "Other than that it looks slightly better visually, turning into a down arrow does nothing."
            O_o ?!
            LOL
            Apparently I'm talking to a GUI expert...
            I'm glad people at Google know more about intuitiveness than you.

            The good purpose on-screen buttons are already serving is the unification of nav buttons across Android devices, and HTC is proving here how bad hardware buttons are.

          • Freak4Dell

            That makes absolutely no sense. It's just as easy, if not easier, to screw up standardization of buttons with software buttons as it is with hardware buttons. HTC switched up the button order here...how do you think they get the system to recognize that the right button is home and the middle is multi-task? That's right...software. With software buttons, all they'd have to do is the same manipulation, and they could still put their buttons in whatever order they please. This does nothing to unify anything.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Tell me, how many devices with on-screen buttons do you know that don't use the default layout?

          • Freak4Dell

            How many phones with hardware buttons didn't use the standard layout of menu, home, back, and search? That's right...basically only HTC phones. Since HTC hasn't made very many phones with software buttons, we have no idea whether they'll stick to the standard or not.

            Oh, and the Nexus One has a different layout than pretty much anything else out there. Even Google doesn't know which layout they like the best.

          • PhilNelwyn

            I like how you can easily spot speechless people: it's people who answer with a question.

            Refering to things that don't exist is completely pointless, so let me reply for you: none... there's no phone with on-screen buttons that don't use the default layout. That's called unification.

            Even you give examples of how bad hardware buttons are.
            And there's no need of remembering old devices for that, Samsung's actual flagships are the perfect example.

          • Freak4Dell

            "none... there's no phone with on-screen buttons that don't use the default layout...yet."

            I went ahead and fixed that for you. Not really sure why, because I know you'll keep ignoring any logical points and keep adoring your OMGSOCOOLFUTURISTICTRONSHITUBER1337 software buttons, but whatever.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Yeah, I was sure your best argument was non-existent devices.
            You're a joke.

          • Freak4Dell

            Glad I could make you laugh. I suppose I owed you at least that much, considering how much you entertained me with your naivete.

          • PhilNelwyn

            Make me laugh?
            I just said that you're a joke, not a good one.
            You're sad actually, and your argumentation is pathetic.

            I'm still waiting for some answers I'll certainly never get.

          • Freak4Dell

            I gave you all the answers. It's not my fault you have no reading comprehension skills.

          • PhilNelwyn

            You gave me all the answers?
            You mean except the one I gave for you.

            I'm still waiting for you to tell me how hardware buttons are better that software ones regarding updates...

            You say "I'm not holding my breath for any significant advances with the on-screen buttons."
            But are you holding your breath for advances with hardware buttons?
            See now how ridiculous your answers are?
            Hardware buttons belong to the past, on-screen buttons ARE the significant advance.

            Even you say that it would be great to be able to customize nav buttons.
            Well, it could happen with on-screen buttons, it will never happen with hardware buttons.
            That dream edge-to-edge bezel-less phone?
            It could happen with on-screen buttons, it will never happen with hardware buttons.

            Oh, and answers like "Google Now could just as easily be launched by a long press, double tap, etc." are actually couter-arguments, they're just good examples of the "fragmentation" caused by hardware buttons.
            Something as basic as navigation should be the same on every Android device.

          • Freak4Dell

            And I'm still waiting for you, or really anyone, to give a convincing
            argument that software buttons are better. I never once said hardware
            buttons were better regarding updates, nor did I ever say I was waiting
            for any. Who is basing their arguments (or lack thereof) on non-existing
            points now? I said that there's probably nothing significant coming in
            the way of software button updates. Nobody is taking advantage of
            software buttons as it is, so there's no evidence to suggest that will
            change.

            Yes, I clearly said it would be great to customize it,
            but Google has not given us that opportunity. If they were so into
            getting everybody excited about software buttons, they should have done
            something with them, instead of just making them pointless replacements
            for hardware buttons. They solved a problem that didn't exist, and
            you're just defending a case that didn't exist. Google has used software
            buttons since Honeycomb...4 versions now. They've done nothing with
            them in that time. There's two dynamic button scenarios that anybody
            here has been able to bring up. Those are the down arrow when the
            keyboard is active, and the menu button. I've already pointed out that
            the down arrow adds nothing to the experience, and the menu button
            doesn't belong there in the first place, according to Google themselves.

            I won't even go into how ridiculous the idea of a bezel-less phone is, because I've done that on other posts on this site.

            How
            exactly is an action fragmentation if it's the same across every phone?
            On the older Android phones, you long-pressed the home button for
            multi-tasking. This was the same on every phone. That's not fragmented
            whatsoever.

          • PhilNelwyn

            "And I'm still waiting for you, or really anyone, to give a convincing
            argument that software buttons are better."

            And you talk about comprehension skills?

            - On-screen buttons can be updated (with swiping gestures for example), not hardware ones.
            - On-screen buttons can change depending on the situation (including when changing orientation), not hardware ones.
            - On-screen buttons bring standardization of the navigation across Android devices (yes, it actually does), not hardware ones.

            These are convincing arguments, only a troll could deny it.

            "I never once said hardware buttons were better regarding updates."
            Exactly, you said nothing about that, that's why I was waiting for an answer... get it now?
            So, if hardware buttons aren't better, what's better? Will you say it at last?

            "there's probably nothing significant coming in the way of software button updates."
            Firstly: are you coming from the future?
            Secondly: the fact alone that they can be updated make them better.

            "Yes, I clearly said it would be great to customize it,
            but Google has not given us that opportunity."

            And do hardware buttons give you that opportunity?
            And which ones are the most likely to give you that opportunity?
            You're so fusty... that's sad.

            "they should have done something with them"
            They ARE what they've done.
            Quit hanging on to features of the past that won't evolve, look for progress.

            "There's two dynamic button scenarios that anybody
            here has been able to bring up."

            That alone is a progress over hardware buttons.

            "Those are the down arrow when the
            keyboard is active, and the menu button."

            You can add the fact that they hide when watching a video, playing a game, taking photos, etc... and that they adapt when changing the orientation of the device.

            "I've already pointed out that the down arrow adds nothing to the experience."
            And I've already pointed out that it adds something... what kind of argument is this?

            "and the menu button doesn't belong there in the first place, according to Google themselves."
            You didn't understand the purpose of the navbar's menu button.
            When they decided to simplify the navigation, and changed the multitasking, they removed the menu button. But a lot of apps were yet to be updated and had no menu button in the action bar. That's where on-screen buttons are great: they allowed to only show the menu button in apps that weren't updated, which is impossible with hardware buttons.

            "I won't even go into how ridiculous the idea of a bezel-less phone is"
            It sounds ridiculous to you because you're narrow-minded and conservative. You'd have said the same about planes if you had lived 200 years ago.

            "How exactly is an action fragmentation if it's the same across every phone?
            What on earth are you talking about? Are you drunk?
            The navigation is the same across every phone with on-screen buttons, but the ones with hardware buttons fragment the user experience.
            Stop talking about older devices, stop living in the past, evolve!

          • Freak4Dell

            1. I, and others, have already pointed out that hardware buttons can be manipulated in similar ways to achieve the same effects. Just because one can be swiped doesn't make it any better. If hardware buttons were not able to achieve the same effect at all, I'd concede this point, but they are, so you lose.

            2. They can, but they haven't in 2 years. There is no promise of them doing anything useful.

            3. This was already debunked as being purely made up by you.

            4. Hardware buttons ARE better. I pointed out why like 50 posts ago. Your tiny brain just can't understand logic. Hardware buttons are NOT better in terms of updates, but they're also not necessarily worse (see point 1).

            5. Firstly, no, I'm not from the future. I'm just educated enough to know that history repeats itself. Secondly, no, that doesn't make software buttons better.

            6. Software buttons make that possible, but without the customization, it's like having a car without inventing the wheel first. There's no point.

            7. I'd look at progress if there was any progress. In 2 years, there has been no significant progress, other than taking up 50-odd pixels on my screen for no reason.

            8. I already addressed the hiding in one of my earlier posts. I will not do that again. As for orientation, you're right. Software buttons offer more possibility in orientation changes. However, other than UI, they haven't done anything on phones for orientation switches, either. In fact, I'm pretty sure AP did an article in which one of the points was how stupid the rotation for the software buttons was, because they didn't actually go anywhere. Granted, tablets have actually taken advantage of this by moving the buttons to the appropriate edge when the tablet is rotated, but phones still keep them on the side. They just happen to look prettier when they sit the right way, but if I wanted form over function, I'd get an iPhone.

            9. You didn't point out anything. You made some sort of joke that only you laughed at about how I'm a GUI expert.

            10. I understand the purpose of the menu button just fine. The issue with un-updated apps having the menu button in the button bar is a problem that was created by software buttons, not a solution.

            11. No, I wouldn't have said the same things about planes. Planes are useful in life...really useful. Bezel-less phones just create hassle.

            12. Wow...I...wow...there's simply no words to convey the stupidity of that reply. I explicitly pointed out how an action with hardware buttons was not fragmenting, and you just reply that it is. That's an impressive show of ignorance right there.

            13. So, I'm not allowed to talk about old devices, but I'm not allowed to talk about future ones, either. What exactly am I allowed to talk about, Dear Leader?

          • PhilNelwyn

            ...

          • Corey Emerson

            Do either of you know the difference between "Fact" and "Opinion" ?

          • PhilNelwyn

            Please tell me, is the following sentence an undisputable fact or a respectful opinion?
            "They're completely useless and serve absolutely no good purpose for anybody."
            And what about that brilliant "Fuck on-screen buttons?"

            This guy is a troll and I had to make him taste his own medicine.

            Now with all due respect, your comment, as wise as it is, comes two days after the last post of the conversation and doesn't bring much.

          • didibus

            Let me give it a shot...

            The best argument I find for software buttons is the possibility of having more of the front of the phone a screen, so bigger screen, smaller devices. I'm not talking bezel less, on the contrary. Think about a phone that has 8mm bezel at the top, and at the bottom, so you can hold it. Now if you had to add hardware buttons, where would they go? They would have to go on the bottom bezel, therefore, you have no more bezel at the bottom. Now Samsung is using a one button scenario, so they're implementation of hardware buttons would still allow you to hold the phone. But HTC hardware buttons would be in the way. So an HTC phone would probably have to have a bigger bezel. Now if the hardware buttons are actual press down buttons, as opposed to capacitative, you might still be able to deal with it, holding the phone, but without enough force to press down on the buttons, but it still becomes annoying.

            Apart from that, I assume that hardware buttons add internal bulk, clearly some space inside the phone must be used for the button mechanism. On screen ones could maybe help in making lighter phones, or thinner phones.

            I also believe Google plans on using the on screen buttons for more then what they are, but must wait for it to become more adopted, at risk of breaking compatibility with other phones. If they were to add 4 more apps to the half circle, there wouldn't be enough possible alternative to quickly open 5 things using the hardware buttons. If they were to make it so swipe up from back button and switch process would open their own half circle, making it possible to quickly open 15 apps total (if they fitted 5 apps on the half circles) then no way hardware buttons could do that. They could easily add a swipe to hide the bar, a similar action to that of the notifications, but in reverse would work really well. Swipe up from the bar, then down all the way out of the screen. To get it back, slide up from outside the screen in. Right now, they only use it for a few things, visual queues on the action, and the menu bar, and also to reorient. I admit, this is not enough to justify their relevance over hardware buttons, but I believe google is slowly getting people used to this new paradigm, and will slowly roll out more changes to it.

            Finally, it also makes Android more complete as an OS. By having navigation in software, it makes it very easy to install Android on any device. Someone could install Android on an Iphone (if they found a way to do it), and they would have the full experience. If you install Android on a PC with touch screen, you'd get full experience. If you use it with a mouse, you can click the navigation menus using the mouse pointer. If you put Android in a Car nav screen, you get the full experience. They are basically decoupling Android from the hardware, making it less dependent on a particular hardware implementation.

          • Freak4Dell

            Thanks. Your case was well thought out, and much better spoken than that other moron. However, I still do not agree with most of it. For the bezel issue, take a look at recent phones that have software buttons. My RAZR i (or the RAZR M) is a perfect example. It has software buttons, but there is still an area below the screen that is empty (on the RAZR M, it hosts the giant Verizon logo). They could have easily put hardware buttons here and given us those extra pixels for actual screen use, or, if eliminating that extra space was possible, they could have done that. There appears to be some engineering/design constriction that is preventing them from reducing that space, so until they can conquer that, the software buttons don't offer a benefit as far as saving space goes. Oh, and a minor correction, Samsung uses one clickable button, and 2 capacitive buttons.

            Your theory about quick launching apps is interesting, but keep in mind that on phones, that half circle ends up being pretty small. On tablets, there's a ton of space, so I could definitely see a lot of apps being put there, but it doesn't work so well on phones (but then again, phones are becoming tablets now, so who knows). I think 15 would be stretching it. I'd say 3 is a good number, which is one more than hardware buttons could provide (if we only assume long-press and double tap...you could also do triple taps, which would then match the 3). However, considering that there's already a dozen different ways to quick launch apps from the lockscreen and the home page(s), and you would still have to turn on the screen to do it with software buttons, it's not any faster. The advantage to the software button launching apps, of course, is that they could be launched from anywhere in the system, but the hardware buttons would still provide the same effect. The real difference would just be the numbers.

            Very good point about installing Android on other systems. That is definitely something I hadn't considered, but at the same time, it's not of much use to consumers.

            Basically, I still say software buttons solved a problem that didn't exist. When it really comes down to it, I don't have any opposition to software buttons themselves. I just have an opposition to their implementation at the current time. Android has many problems, but this was simply not one of them, and I think the hard-on that people get for these buttons is utterly ridiculous. Of course, we're geeks, and we get hard-ons over weird things, but I think discrediting a manufacturer because they find it better to use one type of button over another is just stupid. Software buttons could definitely make things better in the future, but there are a lot of other areas I'd like to see Android improve in before they start messing with stuff that isn't broken. Maybe in the future, everybody will make their screens taller in order to give us the same amount of pixels we would have had if they had given us hardware buttons. I'd have no problem with that. As it is right now, though, software buttons haven't provided any real use in the 2 years that we've had them. We haven't really seen bottom and top bezels shrink (side bezels are another story), we haven't seen a reduction in the cost of the device (Nexus 4 excluded, but we know that's subsidized by Google), and it's already been proven that phones can be thin and light regardless of the buttons (DROID RAZR). Other than looking cool (and really, until manufacturers stop putting their logos on the front, this is a moot issue), these software buttons have added nothing of any particular value. For 2 years, they've just been taking up space. Honestly, when I first saw software buttons, I was undecided, but I was hopeful because I thought they would mean reduced bezels and thus, reduced device sizes. We've seen the opposite, though, even if there is no correlation to the buttons. Devices have gotten bigger and bigger, with only the side bezels shrinking in any meaningful way, and on the tablet side, the bezels have largely remained the same, even on official Google tablets. If you've seen my posts on topics about bezel-less devices you know that I think it's stupid to not have a bezel, but at the same time, bezels could stand to get smaller. I think it's safe to say the buttons aren't what was keeping bezels so big, though.

          • PhilNelwyn

            My case was much better thought out and spoken than your "fuck on-screen buttons."
            Just imagine what I'd call you if I was as disrespectful and coarse as you...

          • Sean

            oh my god you guys are acting like children. It is a phone. If you don't like it, don't buy it. If you do, Buy it. I do. I will. There are 50 THOUSAND other phones out there. and HTC isn't gonna give 2 shits if you don't buy 1 M7 from them

          • PhilNelwyn

            It's always been this way, adults act like children and kids act like they're grown up...

    • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

      They're definitely hardware :(

      • Guest

        I think they're software buttons. Notice the 20 under the messages icon?

        • mechapathy

          That's not a 20. It's a reversed US. As in "NEXUS"

          • NemaCystX

            Nexus 4 takes gorgeous "blurrycam" pics

        • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

          That's a watermark. Those buttons are definitely hardware, they go flush with the rest of the finish on the front of the phone - onscreen buttons would have some discoloration there.

          • mechapathy

            It's a reflection. These pics were taken with a Nexus 4.

          • NemaCystX

            and slight backlight bleed around the edges where the bezel would cut off

      • mechapathy

        It certainly looks that way, based on the screens. But it's possible the screenshot might auto crop the buttons out. Hopefully they're on-screen so that fucking stupid-ass home button placement can be fixed.

    • Tommy Thompson

      If they were on screen buttons, they would be in the screenshots...no?

    • NemaCystX

      I just took a look at this screenshot in photoshop and did some filter arrangements I can't find any evidence that shows they are on-screen, they look like they are hardware keys.

    • Wayne Randall

      The buttons aren't in the screenshots. If I screen cap, I get buttons on the image.

    • Brian Walker

      I'm really dumb. I got up close to my monitor to examine the buttons, and I saw pixels so I said to myself "Yep, definitely on-screen". Yeah, those pixels were just my monitor. Derp.

    • chris barden

      on screen buttons make you lose screen real estate....are u kidding me? if you wanted a 5" screen it would have to be 5.2" to make up for the damn buttons..therfore making this "4.7 screen a 4.5"...derp...

  • mechapathy

    The order of the buttons is bad, and it should feel bad.

    • Kokusho

      yeah, the home button should always be in the middle.

  • Freak4Dell

    It's nice, especially the back, but it seems so...unoriginal, especially for HTC.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I totally agree. I expected more from them in terms of design. This is like an 8X (front) / DNA (back) mashup.

    • asianrage

      It's original HTC elements, right?

  • butter

    "lets find a way to seperate us from other companies"
    "what about a huge battery and fast updates?"
    "nahh.. just switch the homebutton to the right side."

    • Freak4Dell

      This...what were they smoking when they thought that up?

      • Wam31

        +1
        Also, what the fuck is that blue crap in the first snapshot ? Metro Sense 8X
        I hope it's not the M7, that would mean I have to wait for the next Nexus...

    • bluevoodo

      because you already now the battery size.

      • Alzoids

        It's 2300mah. Yeesh.

      • Alzoids

        It's 2300mah.

    • Zach B.

      The Desire HD/ Inspire 4G had Home button on the left side! Seems like they ventured to the middle, and now to the other side completely. I'll reserve my judgement on it until I can try one in my own hand.

  • BrianLipp

    This better not be a real phone because....WHY WOULD YOU SWITCH THE HOME AND MULTITASK BUTTONS?!?! We were finally on the right path of all OEMs standardizing the order, with Samsung as the only holdout. There is no way HTC goes back like this.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Could vary based on region. Hard to say. But I agree - it makes no sense. Pun intended.

      • Vandré Brunazo

        In soviet russia...

        • NemaCystX

          hardware buttons are you lol

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    Literally weeping, who is responsible for this. WHY WOULD YOU SWITCH HOME AND MULTITASK >>AND<< MAKE THEM HARDWARE?

  • NemaCystX

    The first screenshot must be the new lockscreen. As far as the FCC logo and ID goes, it could be inside the device rather than outside if the battery is removable

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yep, but there's no indication this has a removable batter, and I very much doubt HTC would start using them again when all their recent flagships are sealed.

  • ltredbeard

    but will they update it??? prob not

    • Kcls

      They've been pretty good about updating stuff lately though. It's no nexus of course, but it'll probably get maybe 1 past key lime pie.

  • PINJ

    i like the sense 5.0. my one x looks better though

  • Tech Pro

    I do not mind on-screen buttons. But I prefer hardware touch buttons because it allow more screen for display.
    I lie the newlayout if they are hardware touch buttons. I like to operate my phone with left hand and found I need [Recent App] button much more than [Home] button. I mostly switching between apps, rarely re-lauching them from home screen. Also, [Recent App]is also works as [Menu] button for old App. It's easy to reach middle of phone with left thumb and much harder to rreach right side since phone is getting much bigger.

  • bahamutfan

    It's too bad, knowing HTC, the battery icon shown here will be indicative of the battery life...

    • Zach B.

      My HTC One X+ battery icon shows that when it gets around 60%. Their stock icon's don't give a rather accurate representation of how much battery is left. :(

  • http://windowsphonedaily.com/ Saad Hashmi

    Looks a lot like the Windows Phone 8X, right down to the front camera placement and the shiny back logo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elliot.declet Elliot David Declet

    Please be a prototype becease bad placement of Buttons and if that's sense I prefer ancient dino HTC hero's sense 1.0 sense 5 is really ugly please keep the flow of sense 4

  • Linch

    My first phone was a htc Inc. since then I have had the displeasure of owning the inc2 and now the inc4g. I can fomfortably say that I am never owning another htc device

    • http://twitter.com/asrat_24 asrat_24

      Have a HTC One X, pure FAIL!!!!

  • TechGuy21

    well done guys. my first android phone was HTC too. i cant wait to see more of this.

  • dylando

    I've defended HTC in the past and they really do make great hardware. But their last great phone was the One X, while a great phone, the execution was botched. They basically did not stick to their word about focusing on Quality instead of quantity. That being said, the M7 (or what I've heard about it so far) does not excite me in the slightest. Its just a spec machine but theyve lost touch with what made them unique.

    • REdman

      I agree, HTC is now in the "lets' sell some shit to people already" mode..and forgot about "let's just make the best device for people"..and what their doing to sense is beyond my understanding...why the f$@# to they need to keep changing the htc sense layout,functions and design..simply put, Why fix it, if it ain't broke?!

      • William Snelling

        Because it is broke. I haven't seen anyone who actually thinks Sense can't be improved.

        • Sean

          I disagree with you dude. I have sense with fricken Gingerbread, on my thunderbolt cuz it hasn't been updated, and I still love it. I Love sense. least it isn't bland like stock, and bubbly like apple and samsung. I loved my flip clock, and think sense's ui makes the most sense.. That being said, even with these changes, if it does come to verizon, im getting it regardless. I AM loyal to HTC. and as i stated, I have a thunderbolt and love it, and people hate on that phone all the time

    • Abel

      The HTC One X looked like a great phone but makes you regret buying it afterwards

  • http://www.facebook.com/unethical.hacker Adie Bhatt

    The icons are good minimalism has got HTC.

  • Zach B.

    Wish HTC would put the power button on the right side of their devices (more natural and much easier to hit) and have the volume rocker on the left, w/ the charging port on the bottom like 99.99% of devices. (One of the few complaints I have with my HTC One X+)

    • http://twitter.com/MrFandroid Daniel

      "much easier to hit" That's the problem with them on the right. I prefer them up the top.

      • Zach B.

        You have to shift the phone in your hand to turn it on with it on top, back when phones weren't so big it wasn't a big deal. (And I have rather big hands, hate to see someone with smaller hands do it) The volume rocker is on the side now and you don't randomly hit that by mistake ever, same goes with power buttons on the side unless its cheaply made and super sensitive.

  • Kamil Romański

    I don't get why they switched home and multitasking buttons... It's not that multitasking on HTC devices was great cough One X cough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mdminhajuddin Minhaj Uddin

    Whats with the stock look of the icons ?

  • daniel candelaria

    I wish HTC would get with the program already and switch to software buttons. Their capacitive buttons are really starting to make their new phones look aged.

    • Kokusho

      no

  • http://twitter.com/DzakwanRizaldi Dzakwan Rizaldi

    xperia z looks better

  • http://czujnym-okiem.pl/ Czujny

    Yup, here it is.

  • Bojan Gutic

    Please, for the love of god, add on-screen buttons, so you don't get screwed again when Google adds things like Google Now, or makes the menu button antiquated. HTC just keeps veering further and further away from stock Android, and it's only killing them.

    • Chris

      Google now works fine with my EVO LTE. Push and hole the home button...

      • Bojan Gutic

        Swipe up from the bottom of the screen makes so much more sense. Not to mention the menu button bullshit that HTC owners have to deal with.

  • Fifth313ment

    If that is sense 5, then my EVO LTE will be my last HTC phone. I love sense 4+ and going to a flat style with no more cool weather effects and icons, themes, etc and I'm gone. It's sad as I really love HTC. But even the home buttons being switched bothers me too. HTC should have kept their quality and old phones while pushing marketing and software updates faster. This sucks...

    • Chris

      I have to agree. Sense 5, if real looks like dog shit

  • http://phonestabs.com/ Sumit

    If this is going to be the next flagship handset, it should have a 5-inch display which is becoming a trend among all manufacturers to include a large-sized display in their flagship devices. But rumors say it will have a 4.7-inch. Lets see what it will turn out to be.

  • bob

    if its not a nexus, i'm not buying. Im nog going to wait monhts (years) for system updates.

  • http://twitter.com/Fourthletter58 Fourthletter58

    "skeuomorphic design"

    Having photo realistic clouds and weather is NOT skeuomorphic design, having a calendar on your phone with leather effect is skeuomorphic.

  • TrankWoods

    Sounds like a pretty solid plan to me man.

    AnoTimes.tk

  • retschy

    oh there is 4G Network

  • Max Barlow

    Go to androidpolice scroll down, Hey look its the M7!, scroll down... "There Is A Significant Chance This Is Not A Real Render Of The HTC M7"
    A little over cautious now are we? I don't blame you (because of said hoax), but there was little reason to doubt it was fake. Plus I don't really class "Namely, the Home and multitasking buttons have been swapped." as grounds to dismiss a render, or "For starters, the icons are off" considering it was a major os jump... fashion changes, car design changes, so do logo's. It's progression of design.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      We doubted it was a real render because people said "Hey. This isn't a real render." Then we offered corroborating observations and evidence.

      As it turns out, PocketNow's sources specifically said "Yeah, that looks close, but it's not a real render." And that's exactly what our pictures show, isn't it? It's close, but there are key differences. Meaning the render likely did not come from HTC, but rather a well-informed fan.

      If that exact image shows up on HTC websites and press material, I'll be sure to apologize.

      • Max Barlow

        Sorry, I didn't express my point brilliantly. I am in no way trying to belittle AP, or you as a matter of fact. The wording of your title is correct, as you just highlighted. However the way you came across, made it sound like the whole thing was fake, and it was just a complete guess on the designers end. At no point did I think that the render did come from HTC, but I did take it as, "yeah, it's going to look pretty similar to that", as there are always discrepancies in early renders like this. Bar the technically of the wording in your title, it does sound like you're going back you yourself a little, but like I said, I don't blame you that you would make such a statement, i'd probably do the same in your situation, and you have to write something about it because it's news... and, well, you're a news site. Anyway, I wasn't trying to diminish you or have a go, sorry if it sounded like I was. I love you're articles and follow AP religiously.

      • Wam31

        Hi Eric,
        Does anyone else find weird that the image filename starts with "nexusae0" ?
        Would HTC intend to release the M7 as a Nexus phone ? If so, that would explain the non-sense-ish snapshots...
        But then again, the clock doesn't say 10:08 so...

        • Max Barlow

          If this was going to be released as a nexus phone it would not contain any relevance to sense whatsoever. The Nexus line stands for pure vanilla android. No custom skins, no adaptions. This phone clearly has sense on it, as shown by the screen shots above.

          • Wam31

            Yeah, I'm well aware of what a Nexus is... Hence my surprise when I saw the filename.
            But honestly, the screenshots don't scream Sense to me. Only the "Sense Version" on the Software Information screen... (Clock widget ?)

          • Max Barlow

            With all due respect, "sense version" kinda solidifies it as a sense device... not a nexus, as well as the white settings background with dark title banner (I only recall seeing white setting background as stock on sense, correct me if i'm wrong anyone), the icons aren't stock, and last and probably most definitive there's no google branding.

  • Khaled Fayez

    I still dont get sense, craps all over my one x.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005068416015 Neo Haming

    This phone must be perfect for video!
    I can recomend ArkMC DLNA application to enahance phone functionality!

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    I really hope this is not what HTC is betting its future on. This looks like a Windows phone to me.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    No, this can't be Sense, the icons don't look like shit. ;)

  • Stocklone

    I love the Metro UI. So I am really digging this. Getting rid of all the chrome and going with flat colors makes it very appealing to me. I know I'm not the only one as many heavily customized Android home screens use flat color and distinct well defined lines and shapes throughout the home screen. Unnecessary chrome is so Apple anyways.

  • Fifth313ment

    http://androidandme.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/htc-droid-dna-sense-006.jpg

    "HTC Sense 5 spotted on HTC Droid DNA:

    The HTC M7 has been making headlines lately, but that doesn’t mean HTC’s older phones can’t get a piece of the limelight. A new image surfaced this morning, showing the Verizon Droid DNA
    running HTC Sense 5. Before you get all excited about the prospect of a
    new version of Sense on your phone, we’d like to mention that the image
    was posted on LeakROMS, which most likely means it’s just a port of the
    HTC M7 software build running on the Droid DNA.

    That being said, HTC has done a good job of updating its most recent
    phones to the latest version of Sense. If the trend continues, there’s a
    very good chance that we could see HTC Sense 5 running on the Droid
    DNA, One X, One X+ and One S in the coming months."

    Source: http://androidandme.com/2013/01/smartphones-2/htc-sense-5-spotted-on-htc-droid-dna/

    Anyone who wants this running on their phone should go buy a Windows phone as this is pure ugly crap!

    • Corey Emerson

      Gross.

  • GazaIan

    The HTC Confidential watermark pretty much confirms it. This is how we got the Sensation leak and how we got Sense 3.0.

    That said, I would absolutely love it if the Sense 5.0 seen here was leaked. ROM tear downs, porting at XDA, some mod packs for us.... Yum.

  • VoiceofSky

    Those are definitely Software buttons and i am VERY proud they finally went this route as Hardware buttons are a thing of the past and frankly makes the phone look gay and generic..Phones look 10times sleeker and more modern with On-screen buttons..The buttons are placed weird but whatevz,i can just change that once i root it if it does indeed end up in that order upon release... Either way loving the look so far. :)-

    • BrianLipp

      if those are software buttons, why dont they show up in the screenshots? On every on-screen button device, the navigation buttons always appear in the screenshots. And they were definitely taken on a device, since in the 2nd and 3rd images have the "screenshot taken" notification

      • VoiceofSky

        well,every Manufactures "Overlay" (Touchwiz,motoblur ect ect) has features dedicated to their handsets am i right?..So,with that in mind HTC might have a dedicated screenshot feature for Sense 5 that doesn't capture the software buttons and actually just crops the picture itself ,either that or it could of had an edit feature the second you take it ,to crop the buttons out before it saves the screenshot to your folder(s) ..Many ways this could be.

        The main reason for ME,that these are On-screen buttons is because of how MASSIVE the bottom bezel is before we see the buttons,thats wasted space that i don't think i've seen a phone waste since 2010 ..and i'm almost positive HTC isn't trying to follow the past here in 2013. :)

  • Knlegend1

    Home button, deal breaker!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sahilsandhir Sahil Sandhir

    I think it's fake. An xda member ported leaked sense 5.0 onto a htc droid DNA. Maybe it's a pic of that. And to make it look legit, the buttons are switched( notice that buttons are too high up and not in center) I think its a droid dna. they turned off the backlight on hardware buttons and made those buttons on screen.

  • Tony Willis

    this may be a buy for me because that ugly evo shift/evo 3d bezel is gone

  • Guest

    I'm hoping the only reason the buttons were switched because the photograph is showing a prototype.

  • Abel

    The settings UI looks like Flipboard
    The M7 employs a different design from the one X, (Which is good because it wasn't a sturdy design)
    but continues to include the curved screen (which differentiates HTC from Samsung)
    As for Sense, it still feels bloaty from the looks of it.

  • Bakaouji

    "AP: Coke or Pepsi?
    EB: Coke, every time. I'd climb over the carcasses of 1000 jagged Pepsi cans, for a Coca Cola."

    Thank you.

  • Ryan Fino

    HTC One for verizon? Pls.