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Another leaked HTC M8 image claims it’s the real deal

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The HTC M8 is the codename for the yet unannounced HTC One successor, but interest for the upcoming device is so large we are virtually drowning in a sea of leaked images and rumors. This new image is the latest drop in that sea, and it differs from some of the previous photos that HTC itself shot down for being fabricated. The difference is subtle, but there are a few elements that we think suggest that this time we might be looking at the real deal.

Notice the new element between the front speaker and camera

Notice the new element between the front speaker and camera

First of all, let us mention that this image comes from the @htcfamily_ru Russian Twitter account (update: Hungarian blog Mob.hr seems to have made it public even earlier) that has gained traction recently by publishing a lot of speculations and leaks for the HTC M8. Obviously, though, the image is not from Russia, nor Hungary. It has clearly been picked up from China, as you can see the abundance of Chinese characters on this latest leak. To be perfectly accurate, it seems that it has been picked up from Taiwan as those are the Traditional Chinese characters used in Taiwan (they differ from the simplified characters used in mainland China). And you know where HTC is from, right? Yep, Taiwan.

There is another detail, though, that makes us think this image may be very close to the real HTC M8. It is the detail right between the upper front speaker and the front camera. This looks like an LED light for notifications of sorts, but whatever it is, fact remains that it is something new, something that has not been on the original HTC One, and with its weird elongated shape we don’t think we have seen this on any smartphone so far. Why is it important? Simple, it would take a very creative person to fake something like this. Of course, that is not impossible, but what’s more interesting is that some earlier leaks have appeared showing the very same detail from a different angle, and obviously taken by another person.

All in all, the moral of the story is that while this image seems closer to the truth, it is still an unconfirmed leak that you should take with the usual grain of salt. With an expected late-March unveiling, we might learn very soon. In the meantime, feel free to chime in with your thoughts about this latest image, do you think it's real?

source: mob.hr via @htcfamily_ru

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:31 15

1. ankiipankii (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


most beautiful phone i've ever seen...kudos HTC if this is real

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:00 7

16. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Looks basically like the One with on-screen buttons.
I sincerely hope they did fix their horrible build quality with this one.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:35 8

22. jove39 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


horrible build quality? please explain.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:43 3

25. SleepingOz (unregistered)


http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/htc-one-problems/

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:21 1

35. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Do you think other smartphones are perfect? Entirely nah

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:29 2

38. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


he didn't say that though...

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:11

45. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Never said such thing, just that the HTC One has one of the worst build quality ever. And the lowest ifixit repairibility score..

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 20:44

55. William13 (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


I've never experienced any of these issues. My One has been absolutely fantastic, I just wish we offered the One Max, because I'd try to get it on my COU line fo sho.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:38 2

46. amro99 (Posts: 105; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


are you serious?? it is not even close to the original One in terms of beauty. it is definitely NOT the m8. Stupid htc logo placement, ugly rounded corners and upper speaker grills being smaller than the lower ones are clear steps back from its predecessor... so it is FAKEEEEE

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 04:30

60. kameni011 (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


mob.hr who post picture is Croatian blog hot hungarian...-.-

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:38 23

2. Awalker (Posts: 1578; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


They couldn't find a better place to put the logo?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:44 27

9. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


No joke, that's a fat chunk of bezel for just a logo.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:13 5

17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


They just literally stretched One to make this. And does anybody else think that it looks worse than it's older brother?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:43 2

24. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Looks like a mini to me. Relative size of the logo,
relative width of the top speaker grill.
The two silver parts are differently curved
than the One and the One mini altho they look
allmost of same height. Like arcs of bigger circles,
more iphon-y (i see sueing coming)

What's the point of on screen buttons
when sooo much space on bottom?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 02:00

58. zhiae (unregistered)


Ur damn right bro

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:04

43. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


this is a made pic fake because why would htc keep the bezels for an HTC logo. thye would have kept the older navigation

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:17 2

18. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It might be there for ergonomic reasons.

You like bending your thumb 180 degrees to press a button?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:11

33. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


unfortunately not on this series

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 19:17

53. cncrim (Posts: 854; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Why can't HTC use the HTC logo as home buttom.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:39 2

3. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Looks a bit small and fat, maybe M8 mini? hence the Logo looks a lot bigger than htc one's

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:39 1

4. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


is there ever a leaked image that claims it isn't the real deal?

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:57

29. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


it's real.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:12

34. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


that's not the point
how can you even have a "leaked" image if it claims to be fake? it's a contradiction of terms.
are random graphic designer's dreamed up concept pictures "leaked?"
it's like going through the process of counterfeiting money and then telling the bank it's fake when you go to deposit it

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:28

37. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i understood where you were coming from.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:40 4

5. THE_Hulk (Posts: 55; Member since: 09 Feb 2014)


gotta admit it's absolutely gorgeous!! (a sony fan)

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:40 2

6. dcgore (Posts: 229; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


If the specs are on par with the GS5, this will sell really well.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 07:13

64. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The One's specs were essentially on par with the S4? Did it sell well? Same with the One X & S3. Sounds like a broken record.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:40 7

7. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I feel like such a downer for saying it, but it's weird when they make the phones assymetric. Not to mention they could have skipped the on-screen buttons if they were going for a notable HTC One-like bezel at the bottom anyway.

You need to stop ruining winning concepts, HTC. The devil is always in the details.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:43 2

8. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Why to use on-screen buttons if there could be place for normal ones?...

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:48 2

10. johnehms09 (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


This is bigger than s4.. Damn! Bezels

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