HTC’s UI layer, the HTC Sense, has always been an attractive feature that is exclusive to HTC phones. The latest version of HTC Sense is going to be the HTC Sense 5.0, and it is the highlighting feature of the upcoming flagship device, the HTC M7. We haven’t had many leaks about the software, but here’s a leaked photograph which claims to be of the dialer and keyboard from Sense 5.0.
Not much is known about Sense 5.0. All we know is that HTC is going to keep it “simple and clean”. As of now, all the HTC’s high end devices, including the One X+, run on HTC Sense 4.0. With HTC Sense 5.0 Android overlay, there will be substantial changes made to the lockscreen, the baked-in HTC apps, and on-screen elements. If the leaked screenshots are to be believed, I can see that many changes haven’t been done to the keyboard and dialer, but then they are just part of the whole UI and I guess HTC has made changes elsewhere on a larger scale.
As far as the HTC M7 device goes, it has been spotted running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), and it is expected to be upgraded to the latest version of Android available before the device is launched. The device will most probably be launched at the CES 2013, though it is not expected to go on sale before first quarter of 2013.
In terms of exterior looks, the M7 seems to be heavily inspired by the company’s recent high-end device, the HTC Droid DNA. The device will come with black chassis and screen will have nice beveled edge which adds to up to the overall aesthetics. If reports are to be believed, M7 uses the same materials for construction as the Droid DNA. Taking a look at the specs, the device looks impressive on the paper. It is rumored to be equipped with a 4.7in display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Doing some quick math, that converts to a pixel density value of 468 pixels per inch (ppi), which is approximately 40% higher than the iPhone 5’s so-called Retina display. There’s another rumor which suggests that HTC will be using a new technology called SoLux Display, which offers significant visual improvements over the previous Super LCD2, but the same hasn’t been confirmed yet.
It is likely that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor that is clocked at 1.7GHz and will run in conjunction with 2GB of RAM. A 32 gig variant is expected to launch, and there will be no microSD card support for additional storage space. Connectivity wise, the device will be supporting wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n standards and will have a LTE chip. Like the Sony’s flagship, the Xperia Z, even the HTC M7 is expected to come with a 13 megapixels camera on the rear and 2 megapixels camera on the front, and the phone should be able to do 1080p recording very easily. What do you think about HTC M7 and HTC Sense 5.0? Let us know!