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Update: it looks like the floodgates have opened. A Facebook user showed full photos of the new One, including the back of a Verizon retail box confirming a Snapdragon 801 processor, MicroSD card slot, 2GB of RAM, and a nanoSIM tray.

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Source: PDA Plaza

If you've been waiting on pins and needles for tomorrow's HTC announcement, we've got official hardware information for you. The info comes from Canadian carrier Rogers, which posted a promotional page for the new HTC One just minutes ago. This is probably an error on Rogers' part, since the announcement is expected tomorrow in New York. The page may disappear before then, but we've got all the info we need - not that there's much left that hasn't been leaked.

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The core specifications are modest bump above last year's HTC One. The screen gets nudged up to a full 5 inches, still using a 1080p LCD. Keen observers have noted that HTC has removed the physical navigation buttons in favor of on-screen controls, though the phone still has a sizeable bezel. The design of the case is largely unchanged, with its metal unibody (now slightly more beveled on the corners), stereo front-facing speakers, and sealed battery. According to the specification page, the new One comes standard with 32GB of storage and is "expandable" (MicroSD card slot?) up to 64GB. The processor and RAM aren't broken down on the Rogers page, but most of the previous leaks suggest a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2-3GB of RAM is likely.

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The biggest design change is in the camera, or more accurately, the cameras. As seen in previous leaks, the "Duo Camera" with two sensors and lenses is designed for better overall photos, not 3D snapshots as seen in previous phones (though this may be possible as well). The text on the Rogers page is somewhat ambiguous, but suggests the possibility of variable focus after taking the shot.

Duo Camera uses two cameras so you can choose what parts of the scene you'd like to emphasize, even after your shot has been taken.

Rogers calls the rear cameras "ultrapixel" without giving a quantifiable rating, but the front-facing camera is now a selfie-friendly 5 megapixels. Other interesting bits include Android 4.4.2 plus HTC's Sense version 6, "enhanced gesture recognition," and the same dual LED flash we've seen in other leaks. The dimensions are 146.3 x 70.6 x 9.35mm, taller and slightly wider than the original One.

That's about it - the Rogers page offers a reservation for the phone at $229.99 on contract or $649.99 without, in Canadian dollars. HTC's announcement tomorrow should hash out the last details, so try to act surprised when they pull back the curtain.

Source: Rogers - Thanks, David Klein!

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.

  • FrazerMcIntosh

    Has anyone else noticed that in the side-on render in image 2, the black bottom bezel with the "HTC" logo is gone? Now that I look at it again, the bezel at the top looks a smidge smaller too...
    I hope that's the final version, the bottom bar is kinda redundant.

    • Ahmato27

      Good eye. Highly unlikely though.

    • Badouken

      Same I'd really consider this as my next phone if that htc bezel is gone! And if it has a decent battery! Unless say the next nexus comes to Verizon but I'm not counting on that...

      • Joshua Hill

        You mention battery life and then in the next sentence mention Nexus phones. Lack of/inconsistent batterylife is the reason I haven't purchased a Nexus 5.

        • Badouken

          I'm talking about the new Nexus... Which I'm sure will be better... I've heard tons of people enjoying the Nexus 5 with no problems and I have a Nexus 7 and have no battery issues... Would be kinda dumb to assume all nexus devices ever have inconsistent batteries because of one instance. Just trying to be open minded but whatever.....

          • Joshua Hill

            Not all Nexus 5 users have bad battery life, only those effected by the numerous battery draining bugs such as the camera bug. Hence my careful use of the word 'inconsistent' Those that aren't affected by battery bugs have reasonable if below average battery life for current Android flagship smartphones.

            The Nexus 4 had even worse battery life, not inconsistent in this case, all round everyone had well below average battery life.

            You were talking about phones I specifically mentioned the Nexus 5, a phone! Why even bring up tablets? I own a Nexus 7 too but it's completely irrelevant to this discussion.

          • Joshua Hill

            The tone of this post with the trailing off 'whatever.....' suggests you are failing at being open minded, if in fact you were genuinely trying to be in the first place.

    • k

      More than likely bad Photoshop skills by some intern :)

    • ProductFRED

      Unfortunately it's not the final version. Some video reviewers on YouTube have already shown off the phone and it has the redundant bezel.

    • c0n0r

      eh, there's a picture of the actual phone up there and it has the htc logo on it...

    • jonzey231

      Seriously good eye. I would but this tomorrow if it doesn't have the logo at the bottom.

  • Ahmato27

    Tell me something I did not know..

  • Jephri

    Poor HTC

  • DT

    I really liked how they kept the original One at a smaller size, with a 4.7" screen. At least in 2013 when phone screens were bumped upto 5", the body of the phones were made to compensate. This year it's all large screens, larger phones in general... I feel like we hit the limit last year and now it's just silly. It feels like the size of the phone is no longer an issue to manufacturers.

    • Kidney_Thief

      My Nexus 5 is scarcely larger than my Galaxy SII was and I doubt very many would consider it to be large.

      • miri

        It's definitely a large phone, just not massive.

      • Joshua Hill

        It's not just about the device size. Although the Nexus 5 is only 10% taller and 5% wider than the SII at the same thickness I can't reach the whole screen comfortably with only one hand. On the SII one handed use is so easy.

        • Kidney_Thief

          I suppose I should have specified that I had the T-Mobile variant of the SII with the 4.5" screen, so, relative the Nexus 5, it's only about .43" taller. I have short thumbs, so all of my phones, regardless of the size, have always required two handed use.

      • Martin Lane

        Nexus 5 is easily bigger than the international Galaxy SII..

        125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm - Galaxy SII

        137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm - Nexus 5

        146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm - New HTC One ---- LOL!!!

        • Kidney_Thief

          Samsung T989: 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.4 mm

          A whole 8.1mm taller, or about .32". Not that much bigger.

          • Joshua Hill

            Except Martin specifically mentioned the international version and you are talking about a different model why not use the dimensions for the Sony Z Ultra instead. Then you could claim the Nexus 5 is much smaller.

          • Kidney_Thief

            Except Martin edited his post after my reply to specifically refer to the i9100.

            His original post read:
            Nexus 5 is allot bigger than the Galaxy SII, are you blind?
            125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm - Galaxy SII
            137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm - Nexus 5
            146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm - New HTC One ---- LOL!!!

            He also posted after I clarified (to you) that I had the T989, but sure, I'm the idiot.

          • Joshua Hill

            Nobody called you an 'idiot'. Thanks for clarifying despite the tone.

    • miri

      Moto X ftw. The face is roughly the same size as the 4"~4.3" phones of yesteryear but thinner while still having a big screen.

  • TheSparks

    Some serious leaks... Planned to be fixed tomorrow :)

  • deltatux

    When doesn't Rogers go oops? is the better question :P

  • Lee Long

    If it truly has a 4 mp Ultrapixel back camera as many have reported, I'm buying an iPhone! I saw one leak that said 16 and 4, but others that said 4 and 2! Another 18 hours and I'll know I guess...

    • David Li

      what about the oneplus one or the other myriad of android phones out there, this is an android site

      • James

        No one cares.

      • Lee Long

        It was the worst think I could think to say! Empty threat though...could never do THAT!

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      If that's enough to make you jump to an iPhone, then you should probably just get an iPhone.

      • Lee Long

        It was the worst think I could think to say! Empty threat though...could never do THAT! I do want the best camera I can get on a phone, but i i i? No, I don't think so...

    • remister

      Dat boomsound doe.

    • Fonce Falooda

      Yep. "16 and 4" and it's a game changer, but "4 and 2" is a goof. TWO?!!! With a 5MP Selfie Cam?!!! What's going on?!!

      (Can't agree about the iPhone, though. With Jobs gone, Apple's a lost cause.)

      • shojus

        With Jobs there, Apple was a lost cause...

        • MistiXF

          Nope. Just nope. You can say a lot about Mr. Jobs, but you must admit that he was a damn good businessman.

          • shojus

            I do agree! :) I just had to say it... lol He was a damn good businessman though!

          • Elliot Kotis

            Good businessman, bad products.

      • Lee Long

        Agreed! It was just the worst thing I could think to say!

  • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

    Cool 😇

  • Julian Church

    Someone missed the part that said 649 no contract?

    • Ianto

      Canadian dollars. Which is 579 Us dollars. And the article mentions that.

  • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

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  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Are they really marketing this as the "M8"? Not a very catchy name, IMO...

    • Jesse

      u wot m8

      • cellabonez

        he said it would be popular in aussie m8

    • Joshua Hill

      Should prove popular in Australia mate.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Ha! Didn't think of that. Nice. I was reading it as "em-eight". "Mate" is cool =)

  • hagen.sal

    So many leaks it isn't even fun anymore.

  • Damien Stanworth

    Vodafone uk have also released details on their sit
    http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-phone/htc-one-m8-silver-paym

    Details are slightly different tho. Internal memory, and android version.

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

      Looks like they took their whole site down for maintenance. Or maybe to fix the leak.

    • Fonce Falooda

      "Did you," he asked hesitantly, "by any chance see what the camera specs were?"

      • Damien Stanworth

        It sounded like 5 megapixel wide angle front facing, and 5 ultra pixel rear, but with 2 lenses for changing focus or something, after the shot. I maybe mistaken, but that's how I read it.

  • Pratik Holla

    So... getting rid of the 16gb model? Thats good news!

    • Aooga

      They never had a 16gb model.

      • Pratik Holla

        A few rumors earlier on had said it would come in 16 and 32 gb flavors with micro sd expansion. If the 32gb sells for the same on contract price as an S5 or Z2, that is a good deal!

  • Aooga

    This phone is way too big.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      You think this is big? Go tell this to Samsung and Sony with Galaxy Mega and Xperia Z Ultra

      • Martin Lane

        But they're phablets, Samsung and Sony also make phones which are allot smaller. :D

        The new HTC One is very tall, almost as tall as a Galaxy Note 3.

  • Danny

    Stop making phones bigger. Damnit

    • Kris

      Get an iPhone if you don't want big phones

      • Joshua Hill

        The Android ecosystem is supposed to be about choice. However, if you want a small (easy for one hand use) top of the line smartphone you only have one option, the Xperia Z1 compact. Other manufacturers should start making smaller flagships too.

    • dot major

      like seriously idk what is up with the obsession of 5 inch+ phone, what do u people have giant hands?

  • Cody Shiranai

    Wait.... they confirmed the return of MicroSD on the One? Verizon is getting the One M8 with a MicroSD? I wanted the Note 3 or 4 this year, but this is DEFINITELY turning my wheels if this is true, especially if LG G3 opts to again not have MicroSD support.

  • Deeco

    DAT BEZEL THO!

    Seriously, I don't get the hype...the old HTC One looks better.

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