20
May
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Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an HTC One M8 recently? Prepare to be disappointed. In addition to rumors of a souped-up Galaxy S5 "Prime," the reliable Evleaks has posted what appears to be a full 360-degree rendering of an even newer flagship from HTC. The so-called One M8 Prime looks like a bigger, badder version of the M8 - note the relatively huge bump for the primary camera and a more flat and less rounded design overall.

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Evleaks has been teasing his followers for the last week with leaked specs for the device. According to him, the newer phone uses a 5.5" 2560x1440 screen, a screaming Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, and fast category 6 LTE. Even more interesting, the device is said to use a waterproof design a la Sony's Xperia line, and a unique case made out of a composite aluminum-silicon carbide material.

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The basic physical design of the phone has remained pretty much the same, with the exception of the camera "bump" (the Duo camera is intact) and more contrast between the primary body and the trim. The larger bump could accommodate a bigger sensor or better lens, but that's just speculation - it could just have easily been a necessary part of the component design. The front design keeps the relative locations of the dual front-facing speakers and the HTC logo from the current M8.

Timeframe and price range for the M8 Prime are not available, but it's possible that both HTC and Samsung want to get their "super flagship" devices out around the same time as LG's upcoming G3 phone. Assuming that the information above is accurate - and with Blass, it usually is - a lot of early adopters will be frustrated at both companies for breaking the yearly upgrade cycle. Naturally, we'll be on the lookout for more news on this device.

Update: One more thing - Evleaks says this will be the first device to use Sense 6.5.

Source: Evleaks.at

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.

  • Deeco

    The speaker grill looks like a radiator.

    • Carlos ⌘ Franco

      I cant make fun of the speaker grills. I know how good those HTC One's speakers sound. I'll take it.

      • MistiXF

        No, they are not. Not when you sit in a quiet office and your phone rings all of a sudden.

        Yeah, those HTC One speakers are great, I blame Google for messing up volume steps in Android or HTC for messed up sound amplification. Even on '1' it's way to loud if you sit in an office for example. Yes, I know about 'Music Volume EQ', but it doesn't work as intended.

    • Skya

      Nice. I don't have to worry about overheating phone again.

  • Scott Erckman

    no reason to be disappointed. I'll use my T-Mobile "Jump!" to go from the M8 to the Prime.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      No you won't, you have to wait 6 months

      • Josh Phillips

        Only for the first Jump upgrade... I might bite on this as well coming from my note 3.

      • Scott Erckman

        I've paid off my M8 so I can upgrade at any time. Then again, that technically isn't using "Jump!".

        • Matthew DiGiacomo

          Oh well nevermind it isn't a jump then lol They only pay half of the device's price so if you didn't pay it off and tried to jump you'd still over a couple hundred lol

          • Scott Erckman

            that's for the new "Jump!" program. I'm grandfathered into the original plan where there is no need to have half of the device paid. I can use it every 6 months.

          • MyLeftNut

            I've never really understand the "Jump!" program. Do you get to keep the phone or do you hand it in when you upgrade? It seems more like people are leasing their phones instead of buying them. It you trade up before you pay it off then you hand the phone in, correct?

            As far as this M8 prime, the camera bump is...unfortunate. They should have gone with black instead a bright orange. Anything to call less attention and help it blend.

          • n0th1ng_r3al

            You hand in the phone when you upgrade.

          • MyLeftNut

            That's what I thought. That's unfortunate then. I have almost every single phone I've ever bought (on and off contract). I understand selling an old phone to buy something new but leasing a phone...maybe I'm just too old to get it.

          • NinoBr0wn

            Most people have no reason to hold onto their old phones.

          • ohhiheyho

            Only if you haven't paid it completely.

    • SVem26

      That makes two of us.. Haha.. I am so happy with the M8 that I was planning to go for a new M8 after 6 months with JUMP (if they allow that).. Now i'll upgrade to this instead.. good times :)

      • Doakie

        Good, that original plan sounded stupid. Used phone prices plummet 6 months after release, instead of trading in a M8 halfway paid off for one you owe full price on, it would be smarter to sell yours then buy a new in box one off Craigslist. I sold my M7 for only $260 6 months after buying it. I got totally ripped by HTCs horrible resale value.

        • SVem26

          I dont have to pay half.. I am grandfathered into the original JUMP.. So I get the phone 0$ down.. pay 25$per month for the phone, and 10$ for the JUMP plan..( The JUMP also covers theft insurance)
          So at the end of 6 months I would have paid
          35x6 = 210$

          I hand in the device and get a new phone 0$ down every 6 months.. Profit $$ :)

          Note 3 -> HTC M8 -> M8 Prime/Moto X+1/LG G3??

    • Ben Said

      I hate not being American.

      • Adam Faulkner

        O2 in the UK do a tariff where you can change your phone at anytime if you're from here.

  • supremekizzle

    Bump for primary camera, not battery.

  • Ali

    2big4me

  • supremekizzle

    M8 owners be like...

    • Tay

      Although this is apparently a one max successor..
      So it's supposed to be a Phablet.. Which is clearly not for everyone..

      • Eisenhorn1976

        Agreed. All the press (other than this one) seems to suggest its the Max successor.

        However, if the max carries a 16MP (or whatever) camera, it suggests that the One M8 shipped with the "old" 4MP duo camera setup in order to get it to market on time (the M7 was infamous for its early lack of availability).

        Here's hoping the M9 (or whatever next year's flagship is called) ships with a higher MP count -- if only so that all these damned "HTC One best Android device out there except for the camera yada yada" reviews can stop.

        • Ian Santopietro

          More MP does not a good camera make.

      • Doakie

        Hmmmm. I passed on the M8 because it's really not that impressive once compared to my Note 3. However THIS is something that deserves my money!! But I'm skeptical because phones with on screen buttons lose screen space due to the persistent on screen buttons. This 5.5 inch screen will actually be around 5.1-5.2" measured diagonally in Chrome. So it'll be very comparable to the Galaxy S5 screen size wise; significantly smaller than my Note 3... :-/ Not really worthy of the Phablet title...

  • Jeremy626

    o God. the bezel..... huge phone again

    • gspida

      I prefer a little extra bezel. I have the LG G Pro and my fat hands are always touching the screen when I'm just holding it. I keep accidentally moving widgets, folders, and opening apps. So think twice about wanting little to no bezel.

      • Eisenhorn1976

        Yes -- I have the same problem with the S5 and I don't have fat hands. Like a lot of other people, I wasn't too thrilled about the M8's bottom "chin" as well but now that I'm using it, I'm thankful for it. Thin bezels look great but from a practical perspective, losing the leverage a bigger bezel provides is not a good thing.

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

        Agreed, a little extra bezel is a good thing in my books.

  • Sjoerd Janssen

    Gotta say I'm not a big fan of the evleaks branding on this device.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Syntax error: closing tag match no opening tag.

      • Sjoerd Janssen

        You, sir, can have my +1. Well done.

      • Andrés

        I've been coding for so long without sleep that it took me a couple seconds to realize it was a comment hehehe. Going to take a walk right now.

      • Matthew Fry

        You have to be careful on Disqus. It sometimes will decide it's a tag and add an opening one.

    • Jeremy Lee

      Other than that, maybe you have been sarcastic all your life and this is where it ends. XP

      • Sjoerd Janssen

        Well, that's how I tend to live my life.

  • BobMarley

    LG is reducing the bezels in a really nice way , samsung is trying to do the same thing with the S5 Prime , even the iPhone 6 is trying to reduce bezels so all thoses manufacturer are reducing bezels to provide bigger screen and a better experience is the same or even smaller form factor , HTC with it's brillant as a light bulb under 2200km of sand is making the bezels even bigger thinking only of ALUMINUM like if my phone wasn't made of aluminum it will not serve to anything ... 4Mpixels ....

    • ultramaniac

      Well, you can't blame them. They're too busy designing new speaker grille and HTC logo placement..

  • Chris

    Holy crap that looks sexyyyyyyyyyy. Way better than the current M8. I think I'm gonna go pick up the G Flex tonight tho...

    • flosserelli

      Are you insane? All of these great phones on the horizon and you want one that was released last October? /smh

      • Chris

        Dude I bought it last night. It's so awesome! Ahhhh!

    • Bobby

      G Flex has a terrible screen.

      • Chris

        Dude I bought it last night. It's so awesome! Ahhhh!

        The screen looks amazing, but I have noticed ghosting. Is this a defect known of the phone? Or did I get unlucky? I'm going to go trade it, and if the new one's still ghosting, I'm going to return it.

  • RajivSK

    I don't like the design that much if I'm honest. It's way more generic and even reminds me of my s4.. I loved the look of both the original and the m8. In my opinion, the prime only needed a better camera, maybe spec bump for marketing purposes.

  • ddpacino

    Not feeling the colors... hope its better looking in reality.

  • Shi Qiu

    Looks like a thinner One M7

  • ShahinTr

    I was already a little disappointed with the M8 increasing in size. Though this looks way too big, it just may be a One Max upgrade, anybody consider that?

    • J_Pod

      That's what I was wondering, if this was the same size as the M8 or what.

  • O’s Fan91

    Dat bezel still.

  • Dee

    oh yes baby bring it!

  • John Liggett

    Well be disappointed at buying the M8 if this comes to frution soon.

  • Dani R.

    This phone looks absolutely GORGEOUS!

  • jonathan3579

    Did I miss the front picture somewhere? 0_0

    • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

      Look at the linked post - there's a 3D render there.

  • RSA

    Looks like power button will be reachable in M8 Prime!

  • Christopher Robert

    It looks like they shrunk the bottom bezel just enough to make it look good. Hope its not a fake.

  • Xyor

    Seriously, I just got my M8 last week, and this is coming? I should totally stick with Sony and never purchase any from HTC then. What about the whole one year one flagship thing. Did that philosophy just vanish in the air?!

    • Alberto Blasi

      lol, Sony's already working on the Z3, there are leaks about that one too

      • Xyor

        Well, at least Sony is still following their upgrade patterns, they always released a second flagship on the second half. So if I've got the Z2, which I totally would if it's available, I knew that Z3 will be released about 3/4 months later. But last time I checked, HTC still claimed to have only one flagship per year. A superio successor is not the problem, it's about breaking my expectations.

        • Frank Lopez

          You have some serious first world problem issues going on. I hope you get better, Suffering from #nothavingthelatest is worst than anything I can think off right now.

          Get well soon.

          • Xyor

            oh, I'm so sorry, I should totally have complained about war and world hunger in this post.

        • Mike Reid

          >one flagship per year

          LOL, with HTC, expectations should be that they'll say anything to look good, and break those promises later due to "changing circumstances".

          Yeah, every corp does this, but HTC more than other phone OEMs, IMO.

    • h4rr4r

      Why do you care? Will this make your device not work anymore?

      • Xyor

        Because I paid to have the BEST of htc, and now they are telling me that there's a better one, maybe even be released couple weeks later... I am now so confused, like, if this thing is really coming soon. Should I return my M8 and wait?

        • n0th1ng_r3al

          Return it and use a Blackberry Storm while you are waiting that will teach you to not jump to upgrade so soon.

          • Xyor

            I might enjoy it. I never used a bb before. I broke my Z1, otherwise I would've wait ed for Z2's American variant

        • h4rr4r

          No, you did not.
          You paid for the M8 and you got an M8. No guarantee was made that they would not release other devices.

  • Testraindrop

    What is it lately with the same naming for everything? Are the marketing guys to lazy to think of new names?

    One this One that, now Prime this Prime that...

    Anyway, from the Specs its has the same key elements like the G3, I guess the S5 Prime will also have the same specs?
    Well at least one can decide by price and design then :D

  • Zakarz

    Reminds me of an Evo.

  • shamatuu

    i have to see this person before i buy it bit so far those bezels and that black bar at the button are such a turn off. Why do we need two logos front and back?. like really get rid of the front logo and move the circuits around to the back HTC!. The engineers at HTC are lazy and slacking off and not putting in %110 of work.

  • TrogdorTheMagnificent

    That is one fugly phone..

  • Hi

    I hope they don't use Aluminium Sillicone Carbide, it will conduct heat like crazy!

  • skizzoid

    While I dislike having the HTC bar at the bottom as well as an extra black bar at the top, I do like that it's symmetric now. The (minor) thing I disliked about the M7/M8 was that, with the HTC logo/capacitive buttons, the screen was off-center if you held it in landscape. At least now it should be centered. Good for OCD, bad for small hands.

    • leaker

      yep. omni-balance phone is still best. symmetric bezel feels good when on landscape mode.

  • A2theC

    And yet, I'm still not seeing the appeal>? I don't like the orange/red on this render, not a good way to get my attention. And what is with the amount of plastic/metal? on top and bottom, my current phone doesn't have that?

  • mikewatson021

    That's unfortunate then. I have almost every single phone I've ever bought (on and off contract)
    http://bit.ly/1i0LgHG

  • Michael Riggs

    It will still take abysmal pictures.

    • Stan

      Lol. Hit the nail on the head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Still waiting for something near the size of my Xperia Z Ultra. C'mon folks!

  • jeux999

    Pro-Tip: there is always a better phone months down the road.

    Always.

  • Eisenhorn1976

    Newsites are making mountains of mole-hills: based on the specs, both the S5 Prime and M8 Prime are phablets, not phones. It seems like these new devices are somewhere between their flagships (S5, M8) and their existing phablets (Note 3, One Max). Frankly, I already find both my M8 and S5 a bit unwieldy. A larger device might just be too much. We're getting to the point where the 2D footprint of a smartphone is approaching Betamax/VHS tape size.

    Also, I'm not sure this isn't a pre-emptive strike at LG, so much as it is against Apple, which is rumoured to be coming up with a 5.5" device of its own. Seriously: I don't think Samsung loses too much sleep over LG given its overall lead in the market. Meanwhile, HTC sees itself as sitting at the same table as Apple and Samsung, so I don't think it cares what LG does all that much.

  • MeCampbell30

    "2560x1440 screen"
    WHY?!?!?

  • dude

    I don't think there will be an HTC Prime nor Galaxy Prime.

  • Sofia Caden

    Samsung smartphone was cool, this is even cooler. And it even came out before Samsung’s offering. The screen is similar to that of a Kindle - it uses E Ink technology http://bit.ly/ShqsFS

  • tim242

    So one useless black bar wasn't enough, so they added another one? Haha

  • Al McDowall

    Suddenly not feeling quite so bad about deciding to save the money instead of getting the new One....I feel bad for the people that did get the M8 though, this seems a little unfair (even in the world of mobiles where anything you buy is going to be superceded within a month or two)

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

    Man... this is gonna be one expensive phone.

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