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While photos of upcoming flagships from Samsung and other major manufacturers remain elusive, hardware leaks from HTC have been coming in steadily for the last few weeks. The latest and certainly greatest comes from the indefatigable Evleaks, who posted a full press photo/render of the HTC M8 earlier this morning. Evleaks says it will be called "The All New HTC One," foregoing any kind of sequel moniker.

The most striking thing about this press render is that the entire phone is colored gold, drawing indisputable comparisons to Apple's "champagne" iPhone 5s color option. Presumably other colors will be available. Beyond that, you can see dual cameras on the back, a double LED flash setup, virtual navigation buttons, and a refreshed HTC software package that looks like KitKat (note the transparent notification and navigation bars). All of these points line up with previous leaks, though we still don't know the specific purpose of the secondary rear camera.

Beyond that, the design looks almost identical to the current HTC One, complete with an all-metal build, somewhat chunky screen bezel, dual front-facing speakers, and a slightly more dramatic curve on the device edges. We don't have reliable specification information, but one leak early this month claimed that the New One will use a 5-inch 1080p screen and a 5-megapixel front camera. There have also been leaks of an "M8 Mini," presumably the follow-up to last year's HTC One Mini.

HTC is expected to reveal its new flagship at a March 25th press event being held in London and New York.

Source: Evleaks

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • taxi333

    Take my money and my soul <3

    • Gaja

      ^Bezel fanboy here!

      • taxi333

        can't wait to see what Samsung is going to offer this coming Monday ( Galaxy S5) ... if there aren't improvements to the 'S' line design I might go with the HTC One ( currently I have the S4)

        • Gaja

          I think Samsung is gonna do really really great, new TouchWiz, small bezels, waterproof, fingerprint sensor.. it's gonna rock. While HTC on the other hand is gonna get destroyed, because this design and these bezels are horrible, and even besides design, don't see anything really new here..

          And if anyone wonders, I'm not a Samsung fanboy, but a happy Nexus 4 owner..

          • qu4ttro

            Ill take that bet sir. I don't think you're going to see a waterproof phone first...quite difficult to do with a removable back plate. A fingerprint scanner is about as pointless as having a 4K display on your phone. your eyes cannot even distinguish the difference...Plus, theyll still be plastic... Now give me something from them with HTC build quality then we have a contender!

          • frhow

            Yep, sad to say but Im not that impressed with the design and I have the One. But this is not screaming sell the One and get the all new One. So I am looking at the S5 to come much stronger than the S4 did and if they clean up Touchwiz to where its as clean as Sense then I might be jumping ship even though I absolutely love my original One. and I despise Samsung products but HTC needs more than just a spec bump right now.

  • Brendan

    This looks like a mini due to the power button switching sides and the smaller speakers.

  • Daniel Traynor

    Looks horrid.

  • Floris

    They probably reserved some space for the Verizon tramp stamp version.. Very thoughtful of them.

    • Cael

      Instead of Verizon getting it like the Max they'll probably share it ala LG.

  • Baleeted

    Waiting for comments about the HTC logo on the front.

    • abobobilly

      Oh that does look horrid. I don't understand. If HTC really wants to show by putting that logo there that "HTC" made this phone, then they can atleast make it serve a "Purpose". Make it Home Button for instance. Or SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

      But its just there. Its like HTC's message to the owner ... "IN YOUR FACE, CUSTOMER!".

  • samosa legend

    Being honest, I prefer the original HTC One to this. The edges are way too rounded which makes it resemble an iPhone.

    • Tay

      How does the iPhone 5s have round edges?

    • abobobilly

      Round Edges ...
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      Round
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      ROUND ...

      Law Suit incoming HTC!

      • Mike

        I believe HTC and Apple signed an agreement not to sue the hell out of each other last year...no one knows for sure as to which patents...but I would think it would be covered.

        • abobobilly

          If i am not mistaken, details of that news weren't made public. Or were they?

          You have a point. But we can never be too sure when its Apple we are talking about. They can play dirty, as we've experienced in the past.

  • Martin

    If Samsung makes it wrong in Monday, this will make it easy for me to buy HTC.. Little more bazel for the good quality sound... I can live with it :-)

  • Steviemac

    iPhone 5S dickriders!

    • Martin

      What dickrider are you?

    • abobobilly

      I guess it'd be a'right then to scream it to you to ... "SUCK ITTT!"

  • Tony Byatt

    R.I.P. HTC...

    smh...

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    The HTC NoOne. Get it? Because no one will buy it from that bezel?

    Thanks, I'll be here all week.

    • Gaja

      Good One mate, if you know what I mean. :)

      • abobobilly

        Lame ONE actually ... if you know what i mean. :)

        • TheFirstUniverseKing

          I guess you're not the One the joke was intended for, if you know what I mean. :)

          • MistiXF

            I don't, and I'm Neo.

          • abobobilly

            Oh i was talking about the product being discussed. Comon. Its no fun when you have to explain your joke.

    • blumpkinator

      I'm interested in buying it. Sure it would be better without the bezel, but nothing is perfect.
      I really like my One. I can't think of a phone from another OEM that is built with premium materials [metal,glass,leather, etc]. Closest would be the Sony Xperia Z1, but the glass back is just too fragile, metal is a better choice. The MotoX has optional wood backing, but mid-range specs.

  • fabitrader

    I like the front 5 mp camera makes it even better for hangouts and skype.

  • Sergio

    HTC, from a truly friend, please, fire your hardware lead designers... Any company will ever realize that users don't want wasted space anymore? The one who makes a device with no bezel at all, will sell as hell...

    • Mark Reisch

      Problem with not bezel is that then when you are holding it, you have more tendency to touch the screen, thus pissing yourself off. The bezel helps to give you something to hold on to. I personally don't want wall to wall screen, unless there is a certain amount of dead space around the sides of it!

      • abobobilly

        Very valid point. But i think the bezels of G2 and S4 seem just perfect. Not too much to annoy you or causing accidental touchings, and not too much to make the display area seem wasted.

        Having a bezeless phones might look good, but the way screen sizes are increasing, its definitely gonna hinder the ergonomics hence the usability.

  • Nick L

    The more I look at the new One, it doesn't look that bad. Sure I would prefer that they got rid of the HTC logo on the bottom of the screen for more real estate but it's by no means ugly.

    • Frisi

      People are just overreacting.

    • Gaja

      Well that's the point. Why would you buy something that you need to "look at for a while" so it stops looking bad? Especially if the price if roughly the same as S5..

      • Frisi

        Because Samsung phones looks amazingly great. #Not.

        • Gaja

          You're not objective at all, just a fanboy..

          • Frisi

            No, I actually think Samsung phones are ugly, not about having certain fanaticism towards HTC, or any other brand. For example, I like a lot the Nexus design, the moto x, even how the LG Flex looks. I simply don't like the Galaxy design.

          • Gaja

            Well design is subjective anyway.. But I also like the Nexus design, and even own a Nexus 4 myself.. The only thing I don't like about it are soft buttons taking away screen space.. Which is also one of the reasons why I really like the Galaxy design.. but got the Nexus primarily for the Android updates and low price..

          • Frisi

            On screen buttons are a hit or miss for me. I do hate the fact they use screen space, but there is something about them I like. I have a Nexus 7, and I don't mind them. OH! And some apps now are hiding them. I have Sonic Dash, and it's completely full screen, just swipe up to pop out the buttons. So I guess it's all now how developers make the apps.

          • qu4ttro

            Seems to me that the one who isnt objective is you. HTC build quality is superior to most manufacturers today and Ive had many differrent ones over the last several years. Lets take samsung for example, I still have a few of their devices in the drawer and frankly their plastic constriction doesnt stand the test of time, theyre creaky, cheap plastic. my HTC One while a year old now is still a fantastic device. Now if you were to complain about a second tier camera I might understand...

          • Frisi

            And the camera complain is just relative. It's the photographer, not the cam. A friend of mine has an iPhone 5S, and the worse pics you can use for example are hers. If the user doesn't know how to use it, you can have a 100MP camera, and still look bad.

            I have taken great shots using the 4MP "Ultrapixel" camera.

      • Loka

        This phone doesn't look bad.

        The s4 was ssomething that looked bad.

      • Nick L

        I mean, it's not like I have to stare it for hours for it to look better to me. Also, having an actual press render rather than a Mr. Blurrycam shot (or a render with it in an ugly case) makes a big dfference.

        • Frisi

          Biggest difference is when I personally see it. For example, I have a friend who disliked the One mini by the press renders. She saw it in person, fell in love with it and bought it.

  • Frisi

    Don't like bezels? Don't buy it. I'll be getting it for other reasons, such as sound, build quality, and the sleek look of Sense. I dont mind bezels, never had.

    • Gaja

      Well guess what, nobody likes bezels!

      • Frisi

        Such an over statement. I'm sure a lot of people don't mind about having them.

      • qu4ttro

        Glad that you feel that you can speak for everyone. Frankly the bezel size is so very low on the priority list crying about it just makes you kind of a whiner.

        • Semianonymous

          Maybe for you. I consider bezel to be wasted space on the front of the phone that makes it unnecessarily larger and/or the screen smaller. You can go ahead and enjoy the dead space on your phone that probably only exists so a logo can exist. Besides, the thick bezel isn't even the worst part, its the fact that the top and bottom bezels are uneven, which draws attention to the asymmetric speakers. The gold coloring doesn't help any, maybe the black version will hide the speakers away.

          I think HTC could have done much better with the design, if this is indeed the real deal. I will completely change my opinion if there's something hidden under the bottom bezel like a gesture bar or fingerprint sensor.

    • jonathan3579

      I'm not a big fan of the bezels but I can't pass up HTC's build quality.

      • Frisi

        Exactly. I guess you have to give up SOME things. I've gotten HTC phones for their build quality, even if I sacrifice specs, or other things. I guess bezels this time around...

    • mustbepbs

      Yeah like those DNAs that were dropping like flies for no apparent reason, including my own. Gotta love that HTC build quality.

    • Cael

      I'd buy a Sony for those reasons.

  • Tay

    If I remember correctly when the HTC one renders were leaked people complained just as much as now..

    Those round edges are quite impressive as it's now a full metal phone that's more stuck together..

    But i agree that the htc logo is a total waste of space.. And the gold color is not really my taste..

    • Frisi

      True. Actually, when the One renders leaked, I wasn't blown away. Everything changed when I actually used it, and had it in my hands.

  • WhoaManWtF

    The bezels are ridiculous, I could never put up with that after having a G2. What the hell is the second camera for anyways?

    • Mark Reisch

      Yes, lets make fun of it before we actually find out about what the second camera actually does. It may help to act as a light meter giving better lighting to your scenes. especially with back lighting.

      • WhoaManWtF

        I was not making fun of the camera, just the bezels. With the camera I was simply asking what it is for, I like your idea on that subject though.... But because of the phones form it won't be on my list of devices anyways.

        • Mark Reisch

          I would say before knocking it, see what it looks like in other colors. I honestly hate the gold (champagne) color on any phone. But the phone might look great in black or another darker color. I have to say that I have the One now, and It is truly one of the best phones I have ever owned! And I've had quite a few. the speakers on the front are absolutely incredible if you are listening to a song or a video. It is the only phone where I have actually had to turn it down because it was disturbing to other people. That has never happened to me before. Keep an open mind. Is all I wanted to say.

          • WhoaManWtF

            It is not the colors, although I do not like the gold.. If it had the same exact body and everything except the entire glass portion was screen I would like it.

          • Mark Reisch

            I was thinking about that. I wonder if they did it like that because by adding the HTC logo at the bottom, that isn't actually the screen. At least on the original One that i'm looking at, the actual screen is above the HTC logo. what this does is it helps keep the screen an actual 16:9 aspect ratio. I'm thinking that with the size of the phone to keep that aspect ratio and fit allllll the stuff that needs to be squeezed in that they may have needed that room. Just spitballing, but It may be the aspect ratio if they made the screen longer, then the width would also have to change.

  • Wasd

    Power button still on top, seriously?

    • Kevin

      Not sure if thats a power button on top of the Infrared port... other than that can't see anything else on top. if its not on top i have no idea where it is on those renders.

      • Matthew Fry

        The M7 has a combo power / IR button. Looks to be the same. The side has volume buttons only as far as I can see.

      • abobobilly

        Oh thats the power button. They haven't bothered to change the design. I doubt they'll change the position of Power Buttons since it packs the IR blaster underneath.

  • mustbepbs

    Way to completely miss the point of on-screen buttons, HTC.

    • Frisi

      Let's just wait for their mandatory "How it's made" video in YouTube :P

  • schlanz

    dat chin

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      bad designers, duuuude.

      • schlanz

        I don't like their style, dude. I am not going to go find a cash machine. I'd rather cut of my johnson.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Virtual buttons + power button on top. Wow, you'll have to really twist your hands to turn this phone on.

    • Martin

      Maybe there will be double tap to wake up the screen.

      • Cael

        I'm sure they'll save that next year for The Way Newer One

      • abobobilly

        Desires are Desert.

    • Matthew Fry

      No different than the current One. I can't say that I've ever had trouble. Since I've gotten my Note 3 I've been constantly pressing the volume when I want the power and vice versa.

      • abobobilly

        That'd be solely because of "used-to" factor. But you gotta admit it that power button on top, is a HUGE inconvenience, and is a MAJOR drawback in design.

        It can do fine on a smaller phone, but on a larger than 4" phone, its just a disaster recipe. I have seen phone slipping from people's hands (thanks to the slippery bodies of these recent phones with their power button on Top), while reaching for power button.

  • Josh P.

    I'll say it... This just looks ugly. It's my opinion, but I don't think this is their saving grace... UNLESS... its 349 off contract, which it wont. We can dream right?

    • Frisi

      You never know. ;) They are already repairing screens for free. So anything is possible. Plus, they can take a page of Google's and Motorola's book. $349 seems to be the sweet spot to make phones fly off the virtual shelves.

      • Josh P.

        If they want to save their skin, it would be perfect. They need another great phone and with the design being... kind of a one size fits a few... a low price would make people love it. People flock to the Nexus line and the moto x and g because of price and HTC, Samsung and others need to realize this when they launch flagships.

  • telbany94

    I prefer the 2013's version

  • kamiller42

    I had to look up "indefatigable."

  • Chris
  • Fry

    I kind of wanted this at first, now I'm not so sure.

  • Sqube

    What would have been really interesting is if they made the Home button the HTC logo. Then they could have had it emblazoned on there and they could have also done visually interesting things with it (have it change colors when you press it, show different colors for notifications, who knows).

    But that option was literally the worst of both worlds. If they were going to keep it they would have been better off without on screen buttons at all. Just make the HTC logo act like the home button.

    Ugh. Come on, HTC. I own the One. I want to own your next phone. But I'm legitimately concerned. If that ends up being a 3-D camera on the back I'm going to have to get the S5.

    • Mark Reisch

      It wouldn't be a 3D camera, it is spaced too close together. Look at their 3D phone, you would want the lenses spaced about as far apart as your eyes are.

  • ssr66902

    I held off on the purchase of the HTC One in anticipation of a better camera on the next generation model. Now I find myself disappointed. The press render above makes the "M8" look like a premium "Mini" model with the metal body wrapping onto the face of the device. The shortening of the top speaker and the needless inclusion of the thick bottom bezel as advertisement space all combine to make the phone look "cheesy" to me. A shame really, since all they really needed to do with this device was upgrade the camera and bring it's internals up to date.

  • gspida

    LG: Knock Knock
    HTC: Who's there?
    LG: HTC
    HTC: HTC who?
    LG: Exactly ;)

  • Semianonymous

    Ugh-uh-lee

    Uneven bezels, non symmetrical front speakers, leaving that bottom space just so there's a logo even though there's on screen buttons now... Swing and a miss.

  • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

    To be fair, HTC One really looked (and looks) much better in person than on paper, so I don't wanna comment too harshly before holding one in my hand... but it does look underwhelming, to say the least.

    • Shawn Cheever

      So far, I agree. The rounded corners and rounded back remind me of the iPhone 3G, haha.

  • Gaja
    • Cael

      HTC is so behind.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      I've been arguing this kind of stuff for years. That most Nokia and Apple phones are hilariously big relative to their screen. I hadn't run the numbers for the Nexus 5 and Moto X, glad to know the Nexus 5 is on par, for some reason I thought the Moto X was slightly more efficient (obviously ~1% differences are negligible).

    • Derail Doax

      Ah. I never did the math on my Note 3's screen percentage. Great to know. I always liked the small body on the Note 3 with how large the screen is. Thank you for posting.

  • Lord_Santa

    I know this has been said to death. But that bottom bezel is absolutely horrific.

  • Grahaman27

    This thing is going to make the HTC one look "mini". Smh

    • Cael

      lmao is that possible? The HTC One is like the size of the G2. This one would have to be size of the Note.

  • invinciblegod

    NO THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE SAME GOLD AS THE HTC ONE! THE GLOSSY SHINY ONE!

  • Fifth313ment

    What's with that nasty new sense green color? Ughhhhh, horrible!

  • alterbridge111

    gotta be honest, i think that this design is kinda outdated now. imho, too much bezels and too bulky

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    And here I thought only Apple was dumb enough to call a new device "The New iPad"
    HTC, I am disappoint

  • namesib

    Lmao enjoy your three rows of bottom bezel virtual button fanboys HAHAHAHA

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Thanks, but no thanks. Your absurdly big bezels are enough for me to go look somewhere else. Moreover, the round corners aren't kinda ugly.

    But well, it won't be uglier than whatever Samsung will release. That's for sure. But at least Samsung will make sure its phone is compact relative to its screen size.

    I own a SGS4 and my next purchase I think will be the red Nexus 5 when is on stock again. These new smartphones from Samsung and HTC don't really interest me.

    • Lumi

      "it won't be uglier than whatever Samsung will release"
      I don't know, even with a physical home button, Samsung is still nicer and has less bezel. I find the Note 3 very neat, especially the textured back cover.

  • Karan O

    it looks like a fat one and its still got the bezel !! how this supposed to be BETTER device?!
    it's just a ONE+ that they somehow made it look WORSE !

    • Karan O

      i guess i will get a nexus 5 then i waited for this so called FLAGSHIP/Beauty Phone for so much time ! DISAPPOINTED !

  • Kazimir

    Just add the golden gun and go west :-))

  • t4inc

    Nice to see all the LG fanboys with their ugly G2s taking a swipe at the M8. Boys, your phone is ugly as hell and even though this phone ISN'T as nice as the One, it's nicer than your terrible-looking G2 will ever be.

    Form over function is overrated.

  • Isaiah

    What I liked about the original One is that the speakers covered most of the top and bottom bezel, making the bezel look smaller, but it appears they shrunk the speaker size on the new One, showing how big the bezel is, and making it look so unattractive.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Geez, give HTC a break. Your G2 with minute bezels doesn't have stereo speakers, now, does it?

  • Lars Jeppesen

    I want it just for the 5mpix front facing camera

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