HTC might have been cool with a handful of M8 leaks to stir up interest, but this is probably not what the Taiwanese company had in mind. For a second time, the new HTC One has taken center stage in a video hands-on. This time it's 14 minutes long and entirely in German. We do not speak German.

This video really digs into the software experience and shows off that dual-camera. The post-capture focus alteration does look pretty impressive. There's also some sort of "extreme" power-saving mode, not unlike the Galaxy S5, but without the AMOLED-friendly black and white UI. We also get a better look at the overall interface in this video. It seems HTC is really embracing that transparent status bar, but maybe not in the way Google wanted. Parts of the new Sense have a bit of an iOS vibe with the color extending up into the status bar.

The new HTC One is set to debut on March 25th, but there won't be much in the way of surprises left. This YouTube video is probably going to be taken down at some point, although that seems like a futile gesture now.

[Thanks, Jonas]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Alex Boro

    The hype meter isn't even at zero.

  • supremekizzle

    LG G3 Nigga.

    • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

      LG G3 with AOSP = best phone on planet.

      • Pratik Holla

        What's the battery life you get with an aosp Rom? I have an S3 and I get barely 2.5 he's of screen on time vs 4 to 5 on stock.

        • TK

          Can't talk about AOSP, but roughly 7hrs SreenOnTime on heavy usage, while with moderate usage I usually have 75% left with 1,5hrs SoT.

  • A2theC

    Wake me up when I should care, seriously why are people SO interested in this phone? (Forgive my ignorance?)

    • GazaIan

      Personally, I'm into it for the camera, speakers, SD Card slot, Sense (some of it), and the leaked case.

      • Daniel Golightly

        Right there with you. I was hoping for something not likely to make me want to switch from my OG One. This is not looking good for my wallet.

  • A2theC

    The evo3d had two cameras, flop, gs5 has after focus without two cameras, are people intrigued because it has a metallic construction?

    • tay

      gs5 and xperia z2 has after focus capabilities yes. But those are software based, meaning it will take a series of pictures and then that effect can be added. Hence it's useless in scenarios with even the slightest movement. Also you need to set that mode in the settings before you take the photo(for obvious reasons). In that sense the feature becomes more of a gimmick than something practical.

      The htc one camera allows to add this effect on any picture you take.
      A huge difference

      • Leif Sikorski

        Not on any...it failed even in this video on some pictures. You need great lighting and can't use it on photos where the flash was used.

      • A2theC

        Stop what you're saying is its a gimmick overall, as this one takes two pictures at a time ALL THE TIME?

    • Dario

      No, because HTC is a good alternative to most of the crap out today, Samsung in particular. While I own both a Note2 and HTC One I tend to stick with the One. Yes, form factor, but also the lack of Samsung bloat, crap skinning, and general hype helps. But I have been an HTC owner since my Compaq iPAQ in 2000.

      • A2theC

        Crap skinning, we must be talking about sense, right? That is completely different than AOSP...at least "TouchWiz" looks generally like any other android interface, most of the stuff is in the right place. I have friends with HTC phones that are constantly complaining about various things wrong with their phones, one in particular had to replace his "One" 6 times last year over software issues, he doesn't download/mod anything, this is just stock firmware issues.

  • dandroid13

    Does anyone still care about this phone?

  • Miguel Meza

    After flashing Sense 6.0 on my M7, I no longer feel a great desire to get the phone.

    • Anonymous

      WTF.. Why the heck are you making this comment on all tech websites. Are you retarded..?

  • darkdude1

    This is becoming more leaked than the Nexus 5 was...Just announce it already. Exactly nobody will be surprised when they 'announce' it.

  • Js__

    I have adblock disabled for AP as well as multiple other sites I support, but autoplay ads are kind of dickish guys...

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

      We're absolutely not OK with autoplay ads that start playing without human interaction and all our networks have autoplay checkboxes unchecked, if they're available. If you saw an autoplay ad, believe me, it's not because we are OK with them, but someone somewhere screwed up by allowing it through.

      • Js__

        None the less I appreciate you doing what you can to disable autoplay ads.

    • arka

      Just disable flash, I've never had any problem with ads

  • tay

    It leaks because they seem to have decided it's better if the phone goes on sale on launch date rather than presenting the phone and releasing it a 1-3 months later. We'll just have to wait and see if it was a smart move..

    Anyways leaks doesn't make the phone bad. I'm betting this will still be the best android smartphone of 2014. Maybe if LG revamps their UI totally, then they could take over that throne..

    • Pratik Holla

      Yup, LG can have it all if they fix the abomination of a UI. You know you have an overwrought software when you need to scroll down in the notification shade just to see your notification.

      Less is more...

      • Jillxz

        On the LG G2 the UI isn't that bad. I'll take the UI over Touch Wiz and Sense any day.

        • TK

          Over TW, yes, but Sense I'm not so sure about that.

  • Marcell Lévai

    Downvote me to hell, but to be honest, I hate these new phones. The S5 is fugly, the new One has this weird double bezel, LG phones' ui looks like crap, Nexus 5's battery is ridiculous, oh and the camera, too. I don't really understand why the more popular companies these days produce these devices. It's like they don't even care to make better phones. They come up with something that has little to do with user feedback, they release it, ask the marketing team, to throw some bullshit at the potential users, and bam, people buy these for 4-5-6-700 dollars.

    The way I see things, nowadays the only two companies (of the more popular ones) that really care about what people need are Motorola and Sony.

    • Severo Rivera

      I will agree on you with battery, but the camera on the Nexus 5 is awesome.

      • flosserelli

        The Nexus 5 camera may be awesome for a Nexus phone, but I doubt many LG G2, Sony Z1, Note 3 or even S4 owners would be envious.

        • Jillxz

          So right. No envy here with my LG G2. Fantastic camera and fast phone with zero lag. Couldn't ask for a better phone . Feels good in the hand too.

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

        Going to have to disagree vehemently with you. The Nexus 5 has the worst camera of any flagship right now. Heck, I haven't used a shittier camera in a long while. It can't focus for shit, it has hissing issues while shooting video that I've never experienced on any smartphone, and is generally underwhelming. I hated it so much, it was one of the two main reasons I abandoned the N5 within a week, and the 4.4.2 update didn't fix anything.

        • Aooga

          Much better than the Z1 and Note 3 in low light though.

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

            Can't say for the Z1, but the Note 3, my daily driver, works much better for me, though its camera is still quite crappy with focusing. I haven't owned a phone with a camera I'd call truly great yet. And that makes me sad.

          • Gabernasher

            Seems like all the OEMs are just letting Apple keep that crown.

          • Joe Schmoe

            I haven't owned a phone that lets me fly. And that makes me truly sad.
            The problem is technology. I can wish for a phone that flies me places, and I can whine all I want. But if technology isn't there yet, it won't happen.

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

            Unfair comparison because a phone with an excellent camera exists (iPhone), whereas a phone that lets you fly does not.

          • Joe Schmoe

            You JUST said that you had never used a phone with a great camera! Personally, I disagree that the iPhone is the best, but that's more a matter of personal preference. Those two comments were blatantly contradictory.

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

            I've never owned an iPhone, but from what I've seen it can do, its camera is pretty darn good. I should have added "Android" to the "phone" bit, fair enough.

          • Joe Schmoe

            Try a Nokia Lumia 1020. 42 megs and Xenon flash on that one.

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

            Definitely, heard/seen good things about that one. Still not Android though :(

          • Joe Schmoe

            True. Though Nokia is now making Android phones, so maybe we can expect an Android with that sort of camera in the future.

          • Cody Shiranai

            Though for whatever reason, those are maxing out at 5mp only and only the XL has a front facing camera at all. I wonder if they have the sort of speed we have all been wishing for in a camera though.

          • A2theC

            Actually the camera on the iPhone is all Photoshop crap that you can't turn off. Try to take decent of at night without flesh, try to take a shot during the day without over saturated colors and lackluster contrast. Unfortunately there is a phone that will let him fly,but it isn't the iPhone, it's called Star Trek com, beam me up Scotty! Or whatever you're smoking.

          • talhamid

            Can't agree with you on the N5 camera - but it is highly possible that with its patchy supply history, LG is shipping two versions of the camera module - thats the only explanation for the highly polarized feedback all over the internet.

            Note 3 camera is beyond irritating - for me it NEVER fails to take a blurry picture. And if I had time to play with all its stupid modes and settings I'd rather use my DSLR.

            Yes, its sad that we don't have a truly great smartphone camera after all these years.

          • Cody Shiranai

            While this is a Android site, I wonder who people really feel about the cameras on those new Nokia phones, all those ones with 20mp cameras and all. Actually for that matter, I suppose since those Nokia X phones exists and are (technically) running Android, but they are only using 5 mp cameras right? How do they stack up?

          • Severo Rivera

            Well the slow focusing and shutter speeds aside. Don't you think that quality of the pictures it take is very good especially for a Nexus phone at that price range?

        • Severo Rivera

          Sorry but I still find the Nexus 5's camera to be very good. I have done comparisons with the gs4 and it does beat it especially in low light. Know because I have both phones. I guess if you want super fast focus speeds and shutter speeds than the Nexus 5 is definitely not for you, but it's not the hardware's problem that the camera is slow. Also that hissing noise while recording video is very annoying by the way, but not enough to make me return the phone.

        • David

          I've had every single android flagship in the past 2 years and I must say that the nexus 5 is by FAR the best phone I have ever used. I am not a professional photographer, but with the right tweaking the the N5 takes better pictures than the S4 and has on par battery.

          I would take the new HTC one any day if it wasn't for those bezels.

    • Jack March

      Would agree with the Motorola part if the Moto X wasn't such low specced, when I had it for a few weeks you could see lag with intensive tasks, also the screen wasn't too great either. Very excited about the Moto X2.

    • loyd

      You are complaining about the htc bezels but are fine with the xperia z2 bezels? Alrighty then..

      • Marcell Lévai

        I didn't name devices, though I was thinking about the Z1 Compact.

        • MSined

          Which still has obsenly large bezels.

          • Cmmdr Keen

            no it doesnt compared to other phones

      • Banutu

        at least xperia Z2 is water/dust proof and has a 3200 mAH battery, take that into consideration before making such comparisons.

        • Tay

          Yes but it's still a huge phone. It has a larger footprint than most other phones out there.

          • Banutu

            You still don't get it, most other phones ain't water and dust proof and doesn't have such a premium built like Sony, now stereo speakers... And comparing Sony with HTC is laughable at this point.

    • Jillxz

      Well to me LG looks good. I have the LG G2 and I think it looks terrific and it runs without a lag at all.

      • arka

        LG is still good, they lazy with software update tho.. I prefer LG GP 2 with its sdcard slot.

        • Prezes Dyrektor

          riding the lg g2 on cyanogenemod and never looked back. It's a grand phone for the screen, battery and design. I would have never purchased an lg if i didn't own a nexus 4 before.

      • ben moliere

        The LG G2 HAS a good look (in the front at least). I really love the almost wall to wall display.

        • Jillxz

          Good looks front and back to me. I love the buttons on the back . So very convenient .

          • ben moliere

            All an all it's not bad. I like the feel better than Samsung S series. But I'm with HTC. I had a T-Mobile Dash as my first HTC. That is before must people even knew of that company. I eventually got the first iPhone because it did offer more than any other company did at the time. Although I continue with iPhone until 4 I always had an HTC as well. And now Android offer so much I no longer have the need for an iPhone.

      • rdx

        u serious ?? LG's UI s 1 of d worst in market

        • Jillxz

          Nope. They have improved it tremendously since the early years. LG G2 has a very nice looking UI. I have seen my friends Galaxy S4 and I will take the UI on my G G2 any day. looks so much better than TW>

        • Diaz1999

          I think it must be the Nokia X UI...

      • acer1096xxx

        I really like the G2 but I'm not a fan of the software at all. I know I can install AOSP or some other stock rom, but I'd rather not go through the trouble.

    • TY

      New One double bezel: unfortunate consequence of limitation of digitizer and following user feedback of wanting 3 buttons and nav bar. And having dual front-facing speakers.

      LG: Well...at least it's software, although there is no sign they'll change soon.

      Nexus 5: Battery not THAT ridiculous actually. It is at least on par with Galaxy S4. Camera quality is fine, but software...duh.

      No phone is perfect. For me, Moto X is so close except AMOLED. I hate wrong colours. I hate burn-ins. I know it's for active display, but I wish they use an LCD with some magic low power backlight to perform this feat. And Sony...they always get the display wrong. VA, VA, VA, accurate IPS(z1 compact)!!, then ultra-saturated IPS...duh. But then the z1 compact is not perfect because it's essentially the less compact 4.3" phone in 2013.

      • andy_o

        The OIS on the Nexus 5 has to be the most underappreciated feature in a phone. I take a lot of scans of receipts with Camscanner, the OIS is a godsend.

    • Fred

      Hey, people are buying them like they're free. Why should they improve?

    • talhamid

      The camera on the Nexus 5 is much, much, MUCH better than what it gets credit for. In real life use I have ebeen frustrated beyond belief by the camera on Galaxy Note 3, it ALWAYS manages to get a blurry picture.

      LG's UI is crappish but less so than TouchWiz.

      I don't get the hype behind the Moto products, since they are minimalist and asking too much for it (Moto G is a notable exception)

      I agree with you though, Sony Xperia Z2 is currently the top of the heap whereas design, features, UI and camera are concerned. It seems I will have a hard time deciding between One and Z2. Its a good problem to have though.

    • S1ayer

      I think the last phone that nailed the design was the Droid DNA. That phone was fucking sexy. Just needed more power for the 1080p display. I hate the on-screen buttons for the M8 so much.

  • blairh

    It appears the back camera is still 4 MP and the second camera is for depth information, refocus, and 3D effects. I know MP aren't everything but it's really odd that HTC is going to put more MP into the front camera (5) than the back.

    At least they have this video going for them.


    • Phillipe Viana

      Yeah, that's what I could understand from the video as well... Hope they can do better with four megapixels this time.

    • Pratik Holla

      I wonder how many people see a need for a 5MP front facing camera. I just don't see the demand for improved selfie image quality. It would have been better if they upped the count of the rear facing camera

      • A2theC

        Dude, don't complain about better quality sexting....

  • cesar suarez

    After seeing this, I'm not surprised that the new filter


  • Leif Sikorski

    Not a big fan of some of its design aspects.

    - the 2mp camera for the depth information will often be covered by the hand if people hold it "normal"
    - It's a personal taste, but I think that a black front where you don't see that much where the displays begins and ends looks much better. Especially this black ring around the froncam looks weird

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

      How exactly do you hold your phone? Not asking aggressively, legitimately curious. I can understand covering the upper camera if your finger is on the power button, but otherwise I'm not sure how that would work.

      • Leif Sikorski

        When you take a photo you hold it in landscape and then it's really likely that your fingers on the left ans right side will cover the 2mp lens.

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

          Ah ok, wasn't thinking about landscape. Luckily the M8 brings up a popup in the camera app if you're covering the depth lens.

  • Badouken

    This phone looks like a decent upgrade to me considering my S3 is starting to show its age / the power and home buttons as well as the USB port are acting up. Obviously has some problems though... I'm still gonna hold off and see what the LG G3 has to show! And id love to see what the Nexus 6 has to offer but I'm stuck on Verizon... there is a very slim chance the phone could arrive on Verizon this time... But im gonna keep hope!!!

    • Cody Shiranai

      I am in the same boat except I got an S4 around my birthday (because I have friends who work for Verizon and one of them gave me his S4 when he got his Employee Edition Droid Ultra). I was on the S3 and I was really thinking of going Note 3 or waiting for the Note 4. Beyond that, it's really about seeing what VZW gets in a few months since I can still upgrade anyway (use it or lose it right?)

      I was thinking about the One Max, but given what it has compare to the Note 3, it seems like a bad idea and hell will freeze before another Sony phone hits VZW especially after the ATROCIOUS Xperia Play, but who knows, maybe the Z2 will come anyway. I will only look at the G3 if it keeps SD card support personally.

  • Pratik Holla

    So, what did he confirm the MP count of the camera to be? Sorry, I dont speak German.... need to download Duolingo

    • DingDong

      He said 4.1 Megapixels and 2mp for the rear and 5mp for the front.

      • Cao Meo

        Does it mean we will have 6 ultra pixel photos?

  • Jillxz

    Still has those wide black bezels. No thanks. Also don't like that brushed aluminum look . I'll stay with LG . LG looks better to me.

  • FindingAtlantis

    All I heard was some Nazi speaking some unintelligible mumbo jumbo. I could experience his stench through my speakers. If I was there in person, I would have beat that terrorist to death.

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

      Aaand banned.

    • ant sz

      Your really cool, now run into on coming traffic.

    • bsr

      FindingAtlantis - He's speaking GERMAN. That 'mumbo jumbo' is a European language. He's speaking it because he is GERMAN and comes from GERMANY.
      FYI not ALL Germans are Nazis. Not all Nazis are German. And just because he is not speaking YOUR tongue does not make him a terrorist.
      Playing your stereotyping/generalising game, I'd say you are *most likely* an ignorant American (not ALL Americans are ignorant).
      And if I'm right, I'd like you to consider that you are using ENGLISH with which to communicate, not a language called 'American'.
      Get over it - and maybe get some therapy.

      • Cmmdr Keen

        your troll feeding skills are supreme

        • bsr

          Well thank you.

  • HotInEER

    I'm buying the S5 and the new HTC One and keep the one I like best, the other can go to my wife if she's willing to give up her G2 which I'm not sure she will....lol

  • Fred

    I wonder if he's going to have a bad week.

  • KiwiBri

    3D Photo? what use is that.. what a waste of time..

    • Cao Meo

      We never know what people can do with it, and I think the dual camera is much more capable in 3D than that.

  • Scott Kaforey

    They still put the damn headphone jack on the BOTTOM of the phone?

    • http://www.engadget.com/ Jon Fingas

      Ever try to use a phone with cords dangling over the screen? A headphone jack on the bottom is better.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    This is probably the most leaked phone in history, I don't know what the hell is HTC hoping for when we probably know about the device more than the company itself by now

    M8 is ruined even before it's out, smh

    • Cao Meo

      how a phone can be ruined by leaks? Every OEM wants the public know as much about its phones as possible. Leaks are the most efficient method to spread the news.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Because it absolutely kills any hype for the phone when you know everything about it even before it's out, and personally I would already be thinking about other possible devices instead of New One because I can analyze literally everything and compare, there'sno surprise about it at all

        • Cao Meo

          The hype will last about 1h, and after that? I think what HTC needs is more people know about the phone and not just some short lived excitement and only for geeks...

  • Cao Meo

    I see him swipe the black bar and it brings up the multi tasking screen, and HTC logo can act as home button....Not sure why they use on screen butons.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    If you have an HTC One, keep it. As this is not really an upgrade from what I can see. It just looks a little different, and has a slightly upgraded processor. HTC One owners, you can keep your current phone and basically have the same phone lol. Seriously...The first 'One' is still a great device.

  • Banutu

    HTC overpriced, thick, weak battery, huge bezels etc. after I saw Xperia Z2, this phone is irrelevant to me.

    • Cody Shiranai

      Unless you are on Verizon, who is your God (phone) in that case?

      • Banutu

        IPhone *sarcastic face*

        • Cody Shiranai

          Sarcasm or not, we were still talking Android on Verizon. I doubt there will be another Sony phone on there unless this takes off in popularity, but who would know about it unless the OTHER carriers decide to push it. I guess Moto X (and by association Droid MAXX) is the best phone on there that isn't a phablet.

          • Banutu

            I dont care about carriers, i get my phones off contract unlocked, the perfect phone for me so far at least is xperia Z2, has about everything a smartphone should have which many other lack.

          • Cody Shiranai

            That's nice if you have that sort of option available, but most Americans don't as they are in fact locked if they want the better service to go with their shiny new phone.

          • Banutu

            Americans have nexus 5 for 350 bucks... Here its 400 euro x.x

  • Jenny

    HTC will cease to exist by 2016. Mark my words.

    Maybe I'll get one of these HTC phones as a souvenir.

  • Martin

    Same crappy back camera.. HTC just can't do it right..

  • Samplethief

    They've messed up calling it the HTC One or HTC One M8 (wtf is that). As brilliant as their phones are, they just seem to make bad decisions when it comes to the PR front. Why not just keep it simple and call it the HTC Two, then next year the HTC Three and so on....

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Any word on the rumor that Verizon will get a 2 week exclusivity period?

  • http://xiongyingsong.wordpress.com/ Xiong Ying

    The confirmed specs and benchmark results revealed here: http://results.rightware.com/ The best phone so far according to Basemark OS II and Basemark X results.

  • Travis Faulkner

    There is still a rumor running around that one of the cameras is 16mp because of some Chinese instruction manual that says the cameras are 4mp and 16mp. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/544710/20140324/htc-one-2-specification-samsung-galaxy-s5.htm

    Unfortunately Im afraid this is bull. If it wasnt I think I'd throw my full support behind this baby. But if I cant zoom or crop my Ultrapixel pictures, then what are they worth?

  • Fonce Falooda

    I was so excited for weird dual camera stuff, but 2 and 4 MP? My Galaxy S2 has 8MP, and it's three S's old! It has more than this new one, combined!

    So go ahead an put 12 cameras on the back of your phone, where 3 take X-Ray images, 5 take thermal Predator pics, and 1 of them can see into the future, but if the resolution's only 320x240, who cares?!!!

    Disappointed. (I'll apologize if we've been mislead by the German leaker.)

  • flash more

    Screw all this talk of the ugly arse G2, how can you compare it to such beauty of the One or the Two, oh dear I hope that wasnt potty talk! I'll take a metal S5 please(wakes up)or the Z2 will have to do with its huge bezel size and weight, hmmm.
    It is heavy and large but that make it really easy to hold whilst doing everything except it feels heavy in the pocket, Z1 camera was less than desirable in low light and I expect Z2 to be the same, so thats that for me!
    I hate G2(yet love my white goods), S5 look like a Fisher Price child's toy with zits and hardware fuze, the HTC Two is ugly and has Logo's front and rear not to mention ugly rounded off corners and a 12 month old 4UP disappointment! If I were a corporation with ears and eyes I'd be designing or releasing a device with minimal bezels, 5" 2k or 1k display (with 440ppi minimum) 2gb ram(3gb is nice but not needed)metal housing with dedicated shooter button, 13mp(sony sensor with OIS with DOF advancements incorporating Sony camera software tweaks and extras found in Z1 )

  • myredbones

    The htc one s is hideous... And no rechargeable battery.. No Way...looks like some kinda school experiment that htc employees took turns super glueing together..just hideous..😌😫😒