As we draw ever-closer to HTC's February 19th press event(s), leaks around the HTC M7 - aka the HTC "One" - have been steadily increasing. The latest comes to us yet again courtesy of @evleaks, and here it is.


Let's start with what's right about it. First, it matches up with a previous leak, albeit one that was also from evleaks. Second, there's a lot of visual polish going on around the hardware that wasn't present in that first image. Shadows, reflections, and various shiny edges make this image seem significantly more official. The on-screen portion of the image conforms with what we've previously seen HTC do with new phones - 10:08AM, on the day of the announcement, in the city of the announcement. Which would be London, on February 19th (there will be events in NYC and London). The lack of a connection type icon (3G/4G) is also typical of HTC press shots, and the home button on the right lines up with previous rumors about its placement.

Now, what's wrong with it? Well, a few things, if I'm honest. The software imagery looks like it's been less-than-professionally overlaid onto the image of the phone. Particularly, check out the white feathering that's most visible at the bottom left and right corners of the screen - it actually overshoots the boundary of the display a bit. This makes it seem rather likely two images were combined into a single composite here. The image also has obviously been blown up and enlarged from its original size (thus the pixilation), obfuscating some of the finer details.

That doesn't mean this image is fake, per se. It does mean that this probably isn't a final press shot, though.

What does make me believe this is close to being the real deal, though, is the hardware. It appears press-quality in this photo, and far more physically 'real' than the first evleaks image of this device (below for comparison), which looks much more like a computer-generated model.


Unfortunately, given the low-ish resolution of the image leaked this time, it's hard to really dig in and get a super-fine look at it. Still, the very fact that a more photorealistic image of the hardware exists is compelling evidence. Stuff like this doesn't just pop out of nowhere - not of this quality. While the software does appear to have been added at a later point, that's far from a reason to debunk the rest of the image.

Perhaps those M7 images we leaked may not have been the real thing after all (at least, maybe they're not the "One" phone). Could HTC be pulling a Samsung and sending out dummy hardware to conceal the final design? I suppose we'll have to wait for February 19th to find out, barring more convincing leaks before then.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • hyperbolic

    I gotta tell ya, the phone looks amazing.
    I hope the SGS4 will be as beautiful as this one.

    • bluevoodo

      You sir are a good commentator.

    • Larizard

      I'm betting it won't be.

  • Alex

    humm... This really look a lot like the blackberry z10

    • Danny Herran

      Indeed. Too much resemblance imo.

    • spacekobra

      Not really, maybe if you squint or something.

      • QwietStorm

        You have to squint to see the clear similarities to this?

        • spacekobra

          I know enough people with one to be able to distinguish it.
          No speaker grill. No incredibly obvious front facing camera. No metal trim.
          I could go on.

          • QwietStorm

            You don't have to go on. I didn't say they were twins. I said there are clear similarities.

    • A_N_D_Y

      well, despite general similarity HTC hasn't started to work on this One right after the Z10 presentation.:P
      The similarity here is NOT due to unique design elements, but due to the lack of them: super-minimalism.
      These designs, ok, this design is VERY basic. Very simple.

      Let's hope, it's aluminum. And the black version is BLACK, not grey, brown or asphalt.:DD

    • Larizard

      Scary idea, but take a look at the beveled corners.. looks eerily similar to the iPhone 5...

  • invinciblegod

    As much as I like HTC, it's obvious they got some design cues from the iphone 5, judging from the polished angled chamfers. However, that's just fine with me! I always wanted an iphone 5 with android and now i may have my wish. The weirdness in the button configuration may make it annoying though.

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

      The visual similarities are kind of a trick of the brain, though - you're seeing the shape of the iPhone 5, and the backside of it (with the striping). The chamfers are pretty similar, I'll admit.

      But if you compare the front of both devices with the display on, they're not all that similar.

      • invinciblegod

        Indeed, I did not mean that HTC was copying apple, just using some design elements (mainly, the polished chamfer). However, after looking at the design a bit more, I realized that this design is actually sort of jarring. I couldn't describe it before but now I can see. All the other phones' front faces look like they are one solid front. This one looks like the front is split into 3 parts. If you look at the iphone 5 and galaxy s 3, the visual effect is that the whole front is comprised of one solid piece. Even the One X has this effect. Seems like a departure.

      • QwietStorm

        First thing that came to my mind was the BB Z10

  • Laurence

    Ugh, I hate the button configuration So what, has HTC just decided to give up on the multitasking button altogether?

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

      I'm guessing the HTC logo is the multitask / menu button.

      • invinciblegod

        That would be horrible. Remember the Verizon Note 2? The only acceptable Verizon or HTC button is one where pressing it will call that companies concierge service.

      • Larizard

        I think it's more like long-pressing the Home button will bring up the multitask button.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Dear HTC,

    Logos are not buttons. If you turn one of the Android buttons into your logo, I will cut you.


    • bluevoodo

      HTC: Bring it Ron!

    • http://twitter.com/nklenchik Nick Klenchik

      Tell that to Verizon's note 2

    • George

      i don't think it will be a button, I reckon they'll put the task switcher as long press of the home button...

  • NicholasMicallef

    Lets hope it doesn't have a chamfered edge like that, we all know how pristine iPhone 5's edges remain after a month or so...

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  • Floss

    Well I was thinking of sticking with HTC just because I liked their designs more then Samsungs, but hell if this is the future of their designs I might as well just go with the Android leader...

  • RB

    The multitask button is an HTC logo?

    That is SO intuitive!

  • Anotherdroid

    this is silver, right? not white? if so... i like it. but, this is most certainly a poor PS job.

  • Pegasus195

    This is fake, the design is copied from iPhone 5, htc wouldn't make this because they'll be sued.

  • GragonV

    still looks a lot like the back of an iPhone to me :|
    And those speaker line as well as the logo is some sort of ridiculous :-SS
    Last thread about this M7 was coming with a nicer concept, why wouldn't HTC and other producer take a reference to those concepts >.<