HTC One 2 (M8) Release Date, Price, Specs & Rumours For The All New HTC One
The HTC One's successor packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 4MP Ultrapixel camera, and it's coming on March 25
The HTC One was one of the finest Android handsets of 2013. For many it was THE Android handset of 2013, surpassing strong releases from Samsung, Sony and LG. HTC raised the bar with the One, adding in new hardware, cutting edge design and a complete rethink of its custom Android skin, Sense.
The end result was a compelling, unique, and thoroughly captivating device. The HTC One might not have sold in the same number as the Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5s, but it did pick up awards and accolades the world over, solidifying HTC as one of the foremost Android manufacturers in business today.
HTC’s 2014 looks to be very much like 2013: an uphill struggle. That’s bad news for the company, but consumers shouldn’t worry – financial dire straits haven’t stopped the Taiwanese firm in the past, and 2014 should not be any different.
Ahead of its launch last year, the HTC One was plagued by a myriad of issues, ranging from supply shortages to problems with distribution. HTC isn’t likely to let something like that happen again - it’s bad for business and it seriously hurt sales of the One last year.
The sequel to the HTC One, currently known by its codename, the HTC M8, is expected to arrive in early 2014. Not a great deal is currently known about the M8 – or the HTC One+, as it’s also known – but what we do know is detailed below. As more information becomes available, we’ll update this article with all the pertinent details.
Another HTC M8 image leaks on Twitter
If there was some kind of award for most leaked phone ahead of launch then HTC's M8 would be well on the way to winning it, it seems to be surpassing Nokia, Apple and Samsung leak-fests by a country mile.
The latest snap appears to be an official press image, which has been posted by notorious Twitter leakster @evleaks. The image shows a close-up of the handset's dual-camera arrangement.
Up close with the HTC M8 cameras. pic.twitter.com/kSnvwToAlp
— @evleaks (@evleaks) March 5, 2014
Interestingly we can see the dual-LED flash appears to have different colour LEDs, meaning it seems to be a dual-tone setup similar to Apple's iPhone 5S and one which would produce better colour for photos taken in low-light.
More Snaps Leak Showcasing Metal Chassis
Yet more pictures have leaked of the HTC One 2. We've seen most of it before of course, but one particular shot shows the handset from an angle we haven't seen before, which seems to show a thinner, curvier and generally smoother phone design than the original HTC One.
HTC M8 "All New One" appears in hands-on video
The HTC M8 has leaked ahead of launch, this time in a 12-minute hands-on video on YouTube. According to reports the original uploader took the video down pretty quickly but it has since been re-uploaded by someone else who managed to grab the footage.
The video showcases the HTC M8 alongside its predecessor, the HTC One, confirming that the design and size is very similar and there are no physical keys on the front. Interestingly, the HTC M8 appears to have a microSD card slot.
Also illustrated is the HTC Sense 6.0 UI complete with a revamped BlinkFeed screen, a new music player interface and tweaked multitasking.
The camera UI has also been modified, although considering the HTC M8 is reported as having some fancy new dual-camera lens technology that's hardly surprising - although with that said there are no clues from the interface preview of how this dual-camera tech actually works.
At time of writing the re-uploaded video is still active and we've embedded it below.
HTC Issues New "Metalhead" Teaser Trailer
Following hot on the heels of that leaked video above, HTC has now released a second teaser trailer for the HTC M8. The "Metalhead" video sees HTC talking up its aluminium unibody construction. Check it out below.
First Official Image of “The All New HTC One”
Just hours after @evleaks confirmed the new name for the HTC One’s successor and informed us what colours it’ll be coming in, the first photo appears. We discovered the handset will be called The All New HTC One and will be coming in silver, grey and gold upon launch.
Twitter leaker @evleaks has provided us with our first glimpse of the next HTC handset. Brace yourself, here it comes.
There’s not much of a change from the original HTC One handset. There are slimmer screen bezels than before and that much talked about dual-camera set-up is present on the back. Then there’s the on-screen buttons on the front of the handset, the hardware keys are now gone. There are also a few image changes on the UI, for example the battery indicator has changed to all white.
HTC engineers have also been busying reducing the amount of plastic required to keep the handset together, meaning the M8 will likely look and feel like a much more premium affair than its predecessor.
“There will be no plastic seam going around the outer rim of the M8 like there is on the One. The only other place you will find plastic is the two strips across the back. HTC has figured out how to eliminate the excess plastic but maintain radio strength,” reports Geek.
And Now It's In "Gray"
Another image has also been leaked by the same Twitter user (@evleaks) which shows the handset in grey. The screen still has the same display and not much is different apart from the colour. There’s still a dual-camera set up with a dual-LED flash.
The hardware buttons are no more and the three symbols have made their way onto the screen. It’s still looking quite similar to the HTC One.
In gray. pic.twitter.com/0h355HloRt
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 20, 2014
A number of other sites have taken to calling the handset the “HTC One 2014” and we think we are going to follow suit. If the handset really is to be called “The All New HTC One” it’s going to be a bit of a mouthful and isn’t an appealing title at all.
When we refer to the HTC One 2014 from now on, remember we are talking about the next HTC flagship. Whatever the handset is called - the HTC One 2, M8 or The All New HTC One – we are bound to call it the HTC One 2014.
Previous Design Rumours
The obvious place to start is with how the HTC One+ will look, but seeing how well-received the HTC One was in this regard, as well as taking into account recent leaks, it’s looking increasingly likely the next flagship from HTC will be more a refinement of the One’s existing design, rather than a complete re-imaging. And that’s fine - the One is still one of the best-looking devices around.
The image below is one of the earliest leaks of the handset and shows a back panel with a very similar design to the HTC One.
HTC could change the shape, making it more angular, as well as shave off a few millimetres and grams here and there – either by making it thinner or reducing the bezel. I’d expect the build materials to be pretty much the same, too. Although it would be great if HTC could make the aluminum chassis less prone to scuffs and scratches – my HTC One looks like it has several tours of duty under its belt.
However, notice the two ports at the top of the rear panel, these appear to be for a dual-camera setup, as newly leaked images seem to confirm.
The photo below comes courtesy of @HTCfamily_ru.
— HTCFamily.ru (@HTCFamily_RU) February 4, 2014
Again, this image appears to indicate that the design hasn’t changed much from the HTC One. The one real big difference is those twin cameras on the back of the handset. There’s also a dual-LED flash to accompany the duo of lenses.
If this is indeed the real image, it would appear the HTC One 2 won’t feature a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset like some rumours have suggested.
No sooner had we seen the first clear image of the HTC One 2's back panel and a new batch of snaps has appeared on the internet.
As with the previous leak, they come via a Russian source, this time mobiltelefon.ru, and we're treated to a couple of shots of the front of the handset.
We can clearly see the onscreen controls replacing the earlier capacitive keys from the HTC One -as rumoured. The punched speaker grilles have made a return and the bodywork surround seems to hug a bit tighter than the previous model.
There's no sign of a fingerprint scanner - we previously saw it had been removed from the back panel but supposed it could have been moved to the front, as it turns out that's not the case and it appears to have been ditched altogether.
The most striking thing is the display, it's massive and appears to be a true edge-to-edge affair offering masses of real-estate to play with. According to rumours this will be a 5-inch setup, but having virtually eliminated the bezel we wonder if it mght even be a bit larger, say 5.2-inches or so. Hopefully we won't have long to wait to find out.
However we'd still approach these with caution as they do have that slightly render-ish vibe going on and may not be the real deal. We're hopeful that they are though, because this looks like a seriously slick piece of kit.
One leaked photo has been making the rounds on Twitter which seems to be the real deal. It shows the device sat in a flip cover, meaning you can’t see all of the device. New additions in the photo include an LED notification light between the camera and the top speaker.
The screen is also unlocked in the photo meaning we can confirm the handset will feature on-screen navigation buttons.
Another leak has come from HK-Android which revealed the following two images of the handset.
Once again we can see there will be two rear cameras with a dual-LED flash. It’s still not clear why the device will feature two sensors but it’s thought to be to do with changing the perspective of the shot after it has been shot.
In terms of the design it looks very similar to the HTC One. The bezel around the display does appear to be thinner and we'd expect the handset to be slightly smaller as the navigation keys, previously positioned below the display, are now on-screen.
Another image of the back of the handset has leaked and appeared on a website called HTC Family. The image shows the device with a shiny back, more curved edges and a polished metal rear. It looks quite different to the rear of the HTC One.
Camera wise it once again features the two rear facing cameras with a dual LED-flash. The source which posted the image also claims the handset has a 5-inch display and two front BoomSound speakers.
The site which published this leaked image also tweeted to confirm there would be no fingerprint scanner on the handset.
#HTCM8 Bad news: no fingerprint scanner...
— HTCFamily.ru (@HTCFamily_RU) February 17, 2014
A new image has leaked via @evleaks showing what's alleged to be the HTC M8 wearing a protective case. It's not clear whether the case is an official HTC offering but the image looks like an official product render, leading us to suspect that it could well be direct from HTC itself.
HTC M8, protected. pic.twitter.com/xaH4m4aPrD
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 18, 2014
Not much of the HTC M8 can be seen under the case, but it does show the on-screen Android controls and the updated UI on top of Android KitKat.
As those leaked images appear to confirm, the HTC One 2 might be the first HTC phone to use Android's on-screen controls rather than physical or capacitive keys on the device's exterior.
This is according to reliable Twipster (that's Twitter tipster) @evleaks.
M8 will be the first HTC device with on-screen buttons.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 27, 2014
Not much else is said in the leak, but it's thought the HTC One 2 will have a larger 5-inch display than its predecessor. It could be that it achieves this without expanding the overall size, however, as on the HTC One some of the bodywork is taken up by the capacitive keys.
A leak originating from Chinese social media site Weibo claims to show what the HTC's on-screen buttons will look like. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the buttons are arranged in typical Android fashion with a central Home key, a back button on the left and a multitasking button on the right.
While the image appears fairly convincing at first glance, it is the sort of thing which could easily be faked. But there is also another image which has leaked showing those on screen buttons again.
The leak comes from a French site called NoWhereElse and also revealed an image for the camera set up which is featured in the camera section below.
HTC One 2 & Sense 6 UX
According to phone leaker @evleaks, below is the homescreen for the new HTC M8. The screenshot appeared on Twitter and is meant to be part of the user interface on the next HTC flagship.
The screenshot is showing off the on-screen navigation buttons and there’s also a rejigged Blinkfeed which shows all your social networking and news content on one screen.
Courtesy of Android 4.4 KitKat, the controls bar and notifications bar are both now transparent. Another change is the battery indicator in the top right, which has switched from dual-colour to all white much like the surrounding clock and network indicators.
The UI hasn't been reffered to as Sense 6.0 though, which is interesting.
HD Sense 6 Wallpapers
Two wallpapers, said to be from HTC’s upcoming Sense 6 UX, have also been leaked online. Both images are very colourful and rather easy on the eyes. Both wallpapers were disclosed by @evleaks and are said to have resolutions of 2160x1920 pixels. Are scrollable wallpapers about to make a comeback? You can download the images here and here.
Display: Bigger – But Not By Much
@evleaks reckons the HTC One+ will feature a 5-inch display. That’s 0.3-inches larger than the HTC One’s setup, meaning the handset could be larger. We say, “could” because larger displays don’t always mean bigger handsets these days, as Samsung proved with the Note 3 and Galaxy S4, amongst others. How HTC deals with the added screen real estate remains to be seen, it’s only 0.3-inches so could be easily accommodated within the existing chassis size with some clever design work.
Either way – we don’t think anyone would begrudge the company for producing a slightly larger handset; not with devices like the Note 3 and Lumia 1520 doing the rounds. Big is back and is very much in vogue.
Processor and hardware specs
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 is official and is scheduled to start appearing in handsets during the first half of 2014. But the jury’s still out on whether we’ll see it inside the HTC One+. Some reports suggest the chipset won’t be ready in time for HTC’s planned Q1 release for its next flagship; something both HTC and Qualcomm have refused to comment on.
If this does turn out to be the case it can only mean one thing: a Snapdragon 800 chipset at the heart of the HTC One+. Now, this isn’t a bad thing – and it’s certainly an update from 2013’s HTC One – but, as is always the case with tech, some will bemoan the fact it’s not running the latest silicon on-market, as the Snapdragon 805 – the world’s first 20nm LTE-enabled chipset – is set to become more common later this year.
800 vs. 805: What’s The Difference?
According to Qualcomm, the “Snapdragon 805 is the first commercial mobile processor to enable on-device Ultra HD display, including support for Ultra HD UI, gaming and imaging, as well as video capture and playback.”
Don’t worry, though, the Snapdragon 800 is still plenty powerful – Ultra HD aside, you will not be left wanting. Other specs, now confirmed by an AnTuTu benchmark, include 2GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat out the box. Like its predecessor, the One+ will also feature a Full HD 1080p display.
Snapdragon 800, Most Likely
More recently, benchmarks from AnTuTu seem to confirm the presence of a Snapdragon 800 setup. The device in question – which goes by the name "htc_m8-userdebug|4.4|KRT160" – clocked up an impressive score of 36,000 inside AnTuTu.
Further investigation by AnTuTu's creators has revealed that this is indeed the work of a Snapdragon 800 chip. The spec line-up includes Android 4.4 KitKat, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB chip with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics processor (GPU), 16GB of onboard storage and a 5-inch full HD 1080p display.
HTC One 2 Benchmarked Again: Faster Than The Galaxy Note 3
A set of leaked photos includes one shot showing AnTuTu benchmark results on the screen of an HTC One 2/M8 handset.
While the score figure is blurred out, we can see from the bar indicators that it has clocked up quite a high ranking above the Galaxy Note 3, Xperia Z Ultra and LG G2.
The AnTuTu Benchmark also revealed some details about the One+’s imaging capabilities, and it seems HTC is sticking to its UltraPixel guns with a 4MP camera on the rear and a 2.1MP on the front, meaning some of the biggest changes are likely to be software-oriented. But seeing what Apple did with the iPhone 5s’ imaging capabilities, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – so don’t write UltraPixel off just yet.
Industry analyst Wilson Miao with TrendForce reckons HTC has at least one USP up its sleeve for the HTC One+. According to the analyst’s report, the One+ will feature “separate camera lenses for low and high lighting.”
How this will work remains to be seen, but the leaked images we've seen recently indicate there are actually two lense on the rear of the device - one smaller and one larger.
Another image gives us a look at the dual-camera which will feature on the back of the handset. We’ve seen the dual-camera set up before which includes a dual-LED flash.
So why would HTC introduce two cameras on the back of the handset? It could be to create depth of field in photos essentially meaning 3D images. Another possibility is the earlier rumour that the HTC One 2 would feature seperate sensors for low-light and high-light conditions - we didn't know what to make of this before as it sounded a bit outlandish, but having two seperate lenses could be HTC's solution.
HTC One 2 camera tech demoed at MWC 2014
HTC hasn't revealed any premium products at MWC this year but some camera tech believed to be destined for the HTC One 2 flagship has been demosntrated at the expo.
There have been enough leaks now to show the HTC One 2 definitely has a dual-lens rear camera setup and Corephotonics was on-hand at MWC demoing its dual-camera Computational Photography Zoom features co-developed with Qualcomm.
Pocket-lint reports that the demonstration unit produced "an optical zoom up to five times greater than 3x digital zoom."
While there isn't concrete confirmation that this is the exact tech inside the HTC One 2, it would appear that no-one else is doing this stuff. What's more, Pocket-lint said that Corephotonics reps confirmed a suggested pairing of 2-megapixel and 4-megapixel sensors (which is what rumours say the HTC One 2 has) would be the ideal setup for this tech.
As well as offering enhanced zoom capabilities, the report indicates that it will also offer the ability to use depth-of-field effects, which would also be able to be edited after capture.
HTC One 2 (M8, One+) Launch Date Confirmed
HTC has issued invites for the launch of its 2014 flagship, codenamed the M8. The event will be a global launch and is taking place at two separate locations: New York and London. Know Your Mobile will be reporting live from the London event, so no outing for our passports this time, unfortunately.
The Handset Formerly Known As The HTC One
In what might well be some of the worst mobile news of the year so far, often reliable Twitter source @evleaks has spoken out with some new information, alleging the HTC M8 will have a different name to what has previously been reported.
Apparently we shouldn't be looking out for the HTC M8, HTC One 2 or HTC One+, no, the handset will instead be called The All New One.
We'll just let that sink in for a second.
@evleaks has a good track record but we really hope it's wrong on this one. That's a prime candidate for the worst mobile device name ever. And we thought HTC One 2 was bad, we didn't actually think it could get worse.
The Tweet goes on to say the handset will be available in "gray, silver, and gold."
Forget HTC One+. Look for M8 to be called The All New One, in gray, silver, and gold.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 18, 2014
Don’t like the new name for the HTC One 2? Unfortunately you might be stuck with it, as it’s looking more and more likely to be called “The All New HTC One.” Twitter tipster @evleaks has posted a press slogan for the HTC M8 which appears to confirm the name to be just that.
Then to top it all off, all but confirming the name of the new handset, HTC has uploaded this beautiful piece of film-making.
If you wind straight to 1:21 in the YouTube video above there’s a blackboard which states “The All New HTC One, March 25, #HTCOneUp.” That puts a lot more emphasis on the title of the All New HTC One but could the company opt for a HTC One Up handset? Both names aren’t exactly great.
— HTC (@htc) February 24, 2014
The All New HTC One Approved By FCC
The next flagship handset by HTC has now passed testing by the US FCC regulatory body. It passed on February 20 before the launch which should take place in March. Even though we have already seen photos of the handset and know the announcement will be made on March 25, it’s good to see some confirmation from the FCC.
The listing also featured the HTC One 2014 is going to feature soft, curved corners. But apart from that it looks like it will feature a design very similar to the HTC One.
There appears to be an AT&T LTE version of the handset in the FCC certification. We are pretty certain there will be other carriers which have access to the LTE version (plus unlocked versions of it) and there will also be NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi on board.
A second FCC listing of the "All New One" has appeared as of March 4, with the phone passing the certification process. The filing indicated six versions, with four which appear to be for each of the major US carriers.
The NM80P6B100 model is also listed, this is believed to be the international version with 4G LTE band 7. Other variants appear to be tailored for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile US.
"The All New HTC One" Name Appears In London-based Promotion
We've already seen so much solid evidence supporting the idea of HTC's terrible "The All New HTC One" name for its next flagship, but now there's another snippet sealing the dreaded deal.
HTC's UK Twitter account tweeted a photo of an advert banner posted on the side of Selfridges in Oxford Street, London. The ad also bears the expected launch date of March 25 - that's thought to be the announcement, but as it's on the store banner could we also see HTC selling the handset on the same day?
— HTC UK (@HTC_UK) March 3, 2014