It was just a couple of days ago that HTC started talking up its plans to hit the midrange hard this year, and lo and behold, there's at least some evidence that the company is ready to make good on that commitment. Chinese site MyDrivers.com posted what looks like a press render of a new HTC device, which Engadget later corroborated with their own render. The Chinese site calls it the Desire 8.

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According to the source, what you're looking at is a 5.5-inch phone with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter, which matches the admittedly vague specs floating around for the HTC One successor. The body is sterile white plastic, a mix of the original One X and the 2013 One's design with a big bezel and front-facing speaker. Significantly, this render lacks navigation buttons. If you assume it's real (which is a big assumption), it could be explained by an HTC graphic designer popping an older screenshot onto a current hardware design. The home page in the photo matches the current version of Sense, not the newer one recently leaked.

It's entirely possible that this model might not make it outside of Asia - HTC seems to be keeping the focus on the One family in the lucrative North American and European markets, with a few smaller exceptions. The design of the Desire 8 itself looks nice, especially considering its size, though I could do without the gap between the bezel and the casing. Here's hoping it turns out to be real.

Source: MyDrivers.com via Engadget

Michael Crider
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  • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

    I like those new speaker holes.

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    HTC finally moved the power button to the side of the device!!

    • Ricardo Neves

      The One Max already had it. That's because both phones are huge.

  • Ricardo Kummel

    I just hope for a waterproof HTC phone.. Lost my One to water damage and got really mad at myself for letting it happen.

    • jake connolly

      I don't know if this is correct but I thought the One X was waterproof, well slightly waterproof...

  • h4rr4r

    Where are the buttons?
    I don't see back, home or applications double square thing.

    • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

      There's a note about this in the article, but it could also be because they're swipe-to-hide like suspected previously...

      • h4rr4r

        So that giant HTC logo is just to make sure they have as much bezel as possible?

        • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

          Oh, well, right, I don't know.

          • jake connolly

            Unless the HTC is there until the buttons appear, so like a placeholder until the buttons are there.. Or just a watermark kinda thing till released

          • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

            Ah maybe it's just like the One but in the render the back and home buttons backlight is off.

  • Matthew Fry

    Maybe this is the fabled One X2?