08
Mar
htc case

Another week closer to HTC's big New York event, another huge leak from the indefatigable Evleaks. This time he's taken to Google+ to show off what looks like a first-party case for the HTC M8 (a.k.a. "The New HTC One"). This case it unlike any we've seen thus far: instead of a transparent "window" like the ones that Samsung and LG have been using for their flagships, this one appears to be covered in tiny holes, allowing the screen below to flash simple messages.

Update: A second leak shows off more colors - blue, red, and green:

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The idea of at-a-glance updates isn't new - Samsung was the first to investigate some non-conventional solutions with their "S-View" covers, and Motorola probably has the best device-only solution with its Active Notification feature. This black case seems to rely on the phone's screen below to illuminate small areas of the display and create a message, the time and weather in this example. Assuming that the case is indeed punctured (as opposed to covered in low-powered LEDs or something), that would keep the screen protected and allow users at least some kind of heads-up data without opening the case cover. On the other hand, it could be a battery drain - the Active Notifications feature only works so well because it relies on the power-saving function of an AMOLED screen, and HTC has been favoring Super LCDs for its flagships the last few years.

Evleaks also expects for HTC to release a Google Play Edition of the M8, matching the original HTC One GPE already available in the Play Store. That would be good news for the significant portion of HTC fans who love the company's hardware, but aren't so enamored with the Sense UI software overlay. It would also be good for the Google Play Edition program in general, since it still represents a tiny minority of Android devices.

We're expecting both the HTC M8 and the M8 Mini at HTC's New York City event on March 25th.

Source: @evleaks [1] [2]

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.

  • Garrett

    This actually looks pretty neat!

  • Guest

    Pretty neat this actually looks!

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Yoda?

  • jtc276

    Hopefully the GPE is available at the same time the normal one is. This phone looked pretty "meh" at first but, just like last year's One, it's really getting my attention. 90% sure this will be my next phone (well, the GPE version, anyway).

    • Matthew Merrick

      I just hope asop doesn't ruin the dual camera setuo

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    That is damn clever.

    • Casin

      How does this work given it's not an AMOLED panel? It can't selectively light pixels. Does this just light up the whole screen and show the displayed pattern? And if the camera and battery are good, I could definitely spring for a GPE if I don't go Nexus.

      • Justin W

        Someone else in another thread mentioned it might only show if you press the power button, but that wouldn't be as helpful as something like Active Display.

    • HotInEER

      That case idea is freak awesome.

      • thartist

        How about no? It is only as useful as per ancestral standards. It shows time (basic), it shows weather (2nd element standarized in info-at-a-glance designs) but it doesn't show NOTIFICATIONS. Catch up with innovations already there goddammit!

        AT LEAST count missed calls, sms and mails if you're trying to sell me that!

        • Brian Shieh

          Yes, because the stock photo tells all. I do hope it does way more, like the Alcatel's.

          • thartist

            Yeah, because HTC executives said "let's just hide features, it's ok if it looks like a worse product than it actually is and it doesn't sell"

    • O’s Fan91

      That guy has the fingernails of a chick...

      • TylerChappell

        It's an asian thing.

  • navjot

    Actually, this looks pretty neat!

  • GhS88

    I'll be getting this case! The hype is surmounting

  • Simon Belmont

    That's really cool. They case effectively makes it own "pixels" with plain old holes and the backlight of the screen.

    Really nifty idea. Can't wait to see the new HTC One announced.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Not really, you still need the "pixels" of the screen below, to create the desired color and shape. Just the backlight won't do. All the case is doing is letting through some light coming from the screen.

      • Simon Belmont

        If you noticed, I put quotes around the word "pixels" because I know they aren't real pixels (they're virtual "pixels" based on the light and color from the screen behind them). Obviously the case has holes and it's letting light and color through them and the real pixels can be seen through the holes in the case, and obviously those real pixels will have different colors (like any screen does). ;)

        I'm sorry if I didn't convey that idea well enough for you. But, 8 other people upvoted me and got it just fine. :)

        • ssj4Gogeta

          For me, a pixel is an indivisible unit of an image being displayed. I wouldn't call something a pixel just because it's a rectangular part of an image being displayed. That's just my opinion, though. :)

  • Bala

    looks nice, but what about battery life?

    • Phil Oakley

      Yeah, might have an issue if the M8's screen isn't AMOLED, like the Galaxy S series or the Moto X with it's Active Display thing.

      • Bluewall

        I'm sure they thought about it and have a nice solution :)

        • MistiXF

          I somehow think they didn't.

  • Jephri

    See-through! How scandalous.

  • Matthew Merrick

    Sorry, I like Alcatel's take on this better, embedding the LEDs in the case

  • EnglishRose

    I'm selling my note 3 to get this complete setup. No metal design again from Samsung so im out. HTC here I come.

    • Ricardo Ferreira

      You won't be disappointed. I have a One and a Samsung Active, both with similar specs but the One feels faster.

    • exadeci

      Wait 10 days Find 7 might be great too :)

      • kkid

        Hell yeah

    • kevin

      Selling the note 3. You're crazy!

    • Cory_S

      I feel bad taking advantage of this opening, because I want a metal phone too...but.

      Guy says he is leaving plastic phone for metal phone and plans to put plastic case on said metal phone.

      Done.

      • taz89

        Lol

      • Romdude

        I have multiple cases for my HTC One, some of them are plastic, some aluminium. The plastic ones are usually see through so you can still see how the phone was designed. Only problem with aluminium cases is the remote control but I haven't had a problem yet with reception.

        Here is a link in ebay for the see through one:

        http://www.ebay.com/itm/231075114870

  • mlj11

    Oh great, HTC.

    You've just opened up a whole new front in the ongoing mobile spec wars - phone case pixel density!

    /s

    • dextersgenius

      Yo dawg, I heard you like pixels...

  • NemaCystX

    I remember a concept drawing of someone doing this on Deviant-Art as an HTC concept design. The idea was that it was a case with a display though. This one seems to use the front screen rather the back of the phone. If this is true. HTC, thats just genius! Protects the screen better than the so called "Flip View" on Same-Sung phones

  • Cesar

    Now, if only the M8 GPE could work on Verizon's network. :/

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Or, Verizon could work with GSM phones.

  • ChicagoPete

    Odd that it's a 24-hour time display with an am/pm indicator.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      But how else would I know if it's 22:13 AM?

      • AndroidUser00110001

        Because there is no such thing as 22:13 AM. 22:13 is 10:12 PM

        • dextersgenius

          thatsthejoke.jpg

        • BehelitOutlaw

          Just get of the internet. Here let me show you the door

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          You're smart.

      • NinoBr0wn

        That was like, very dry sarcasm, right? Like Sahara desert dry?

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      How did you deuce that it is a 24-hour format clock though? 00:05 could very well be 12-hour format.

      • ChicagoPete

        12-hour would be 12:05 AM

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          Damn..! I learnt something today. Had to go to Wikipedia article to verify what you said and it IS true.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Why did you think it was called "12 hour format" if there were 13 hours?

        • tehboogieman

          My car annoyingly shows 12am as 00:xx am. Everything else works in normal 12 hour

        • EnglishRose

          Err lol ^^^^^

  • Alguien

    It's virtually the same as the Alcatel One Touch Hero's case: http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/products/smartphones/one_touch_hero.html

  • Severo Rivera

    Awesome!

  • SteveCampbell

    It's simple technology that could be done with any existing screen, it just appears clever. Lock your phone (in my case, an "old" HTC One), then press the power button. The time appears in white on mine against a plain black screensaver I'm using. If I had a case drilled with holes at the right points, the white time numbers would appear through the holes like in this picture. It's nothing elaborate.

    • EnglishRose

      Exactly what I said...

  • David Li

    Why do you need a cover for the front of your phone? Today's screen protectors are very high quality and cheap (I can personally recommend amFilm).

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      Out of curiosity why do you use a screen protector in these days of Gorilla Glass? They're not going to make much of a difference when it comes to something breaking the glass, and Gorilla Glass is crazily scratch resistant on its own.

      • David Li

        Better to be safe than sorry, it's mainly for peace of mind after having got a bunch of scratches on my s3 (none on my s2 before that).

    • khronosgt

      I use a note 3 with the S Cover... and it is easier to use... you can "lock" the cover while flipped using your fingers... so you can use one hand operation without having to balance the phone on your hand.

  • ericnpc

    It looks like there is a hole for the sensors. Maybe it's used in order to know when to show the clock.

  • http://nikolaovcharski.com/ Nikola Ovcharski

    Looks nice

  • Anfronie

    If I had to guess I would guess they are little LEDs and not holes all the way through to the screen..time will tell

  • khronos

    So... where are all the Samsung design haters now? first they said the S5 back looks like a band-aid... and now this truly looks like one and no comments on that? so I guess those comments trashing S5 must be paid a trolling campaign...

    • Romdude

      I'm still waiting for the premium S5 metal version to see which one to get or a new HTC One with hopefully fixed camera tint and larger resolution. I just wish both won't have a problem like when I had to choose between an S4 and HTC One.

  • John charitos

    Moto x active display > this

  • Steve Sy

    If there any evidence for AMOLED proving to save any power?

  • Diaz1999

    Why 00:05 ? Not 10:08 ?

  • George Av

    now the HTC One can look like a bandaid.