We’ve seen many leaked images and specifications for the upcoming HTC M8, but nothing compares to this. Last night, during the Oscars award show, a 12 minute video of the upcoming new HTC One appeared online. The original video has since been deleted, but details were captured and the video has been mirrored in several places.
First of all, the person in this video seems to be a child, and fails to hide the identity of both themselves and the phone constantly. I feel sorry for this kid, as his parents have most likely lost a job at HTC over this.
It didn’t take long for HTC to find the kid behind the leak as HTC America’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon began tweeting at him, but those tweets have also been deleted. Here are the tweets, in a screenshot from “WinDroidGuy” on Twitter.
— WinDroidGuy (@WinDroidGuy) March 3, 2014
So let’s move onto the phone. We can clearly see the phone looks exactly like in the previous leaks, with its slightly curved edges and the Silver color. We can also see the onscreen buttons from the images, along with the dual rear cameras.
But now we can see that, unlike last year’s HTC One, this phone will have a microSD card slot, for expanding the storage available. Unlike the HTC One, this HTC M8’s power button has moved to the top right from the top left, so now it’s more like the iPhone in that respect. The headphone port has also been moved to the bottom of the phone.
The camera software has also been improved. The app’s UI has been simplified to just a shutter button and an options button to switch between six different modes. We can see that the modes are as follows:
- 360 Panorama
- Dual Capture
All of the terms are pretty self-explanatory. It’s nice to see that Zoe is returning from the HTC One, as that feature was well-liked by everyone that used it.
BlinkFeed’s UI seems more modernized, and the general UI seems greener. It’s an interesting change, and it will be good to see it in person when the phone is officially released.
The Android and Sense versions have been protected since this is a developer unit, but Sense is most likely version 6 and the Android version is probably 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest available. No doubt HTC will use that as a marketing point, along with their “HTC Advantage” program they recently launched.
HTC’s event is scheduled on March 25th, where they will officially unveil this phone to the public. Unfortunately for them, we now know pretty much every detail of this phone, so it won’t be much of a surprise anymore. But will you be buying this phone, based off the new leak?