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The all new HTC One (HTC M8) rumor round-up: camera, specs, release date and design pictures

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The all new HTC One (HTC M8) rumor round-up: camera, specs, release date and design pictures

Update: HTC has finally taken the wraps off its new One officially. Read our full HTC One (M8) review here.

The all new HTC One will be unveiled officially on March 25th, but three weeks before that date and just around the Oscars, a drama worth an academy award unveiled. A kid named Roshan Jamkatel got his hands on the new HTC One and posted a full-on 12-minute video preview of the yet unannounced phone, thus breaking an NDA his father (an HTC employee) had signed, but also - breaking a lot of the secrecy around HTC’s next big thing. 

Truth be told, there wasn’t all that much secrecy left, as leaked images had already surfaced from all places, revealing the more intense metal design of the new HTC One and its one key feature - a “Duo” camera on its back. There was some, though, as we had seen a lot of still images and a very short video, but nothing like a full-on video preview. Moreover, in the following days, more such short videos surfaced and we even saw a concise walkthrough of HTC's Sense 6.0 user interface.

So what can we say now, what will the new HTC One look like? Read on to find out our recap of all its new features, a look at the “Duo” camera and what it could offer, as well as specs and release date.

“Duo” camera - two cameras on its back

HTC teasing the dual camera on the new One
HTC teasing the dual camera on the new One

HTC teasing the dual camera on the new One

The all new HTC One will be the first phone to feature two cameras on its back. We have actually already seen smartphones with dual rear cameras, but their goal was 3D photography, while the cameras on HTC’s new big thing are said to contribute to improving traditional 2D photography rather than 3D.

The actual process of taking a photograph on the new HTC One actually looks pretty much unchanged - you see a single image through the viewfinder and you tap on a button to capture a picture. The actual benefits of the dual camera become visible once you open a captured image, as you can apply “Duo effects” to the picture. We’d also guess that HTC has bundled in effects like post-capture focusing, a depth map and the possibility to erase objects from an image, but we are yet to see a confirmation about these features. The other changes in the actual shooting process should be in faster focusing and a more pronounced depth of field effect. We have also seen demonstrations showing how the two rear cameras can be used to achieve lossless zoom, but we don’t know whether the camera in the new HTC One will have this feature on board.

The camera interface is also overhauled, and now you can select from six main shooting modes. The regular camera and video modes are what most consumers will use most of the time, but there is also a “Zoe camera”, “Selfie”, “Dual capture” (recording simultaneously on your front and rear cameras), and a “Pan 360” (360-degree panorama) mode.

HTC is also said to still use UltraPixel technology, but in an improved form. That's good news, as we have found the current UltraPixel camera on the HTC One to be sub-par to its peers.

Design: more intense metal

With so many leaked images, it seems clear that the new HTC One will feature a design very similar to the HTC One, with two front-facing speakers and an aluminum unibody, but with an even more intense metal finish, with more pronounced metallic texture.

The all new HTC One (HTC M8) rumor round-up: camera, specs, release date and design pictures
The all new One should feature a slightly larger, 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Rather than having capacitive navigation keys below the display, the new flagship will sport on-screen buttons. All in all, the new design looks just a bit larger (both wider and taller) than the 2013 HTC One.

All new interface: Sense 6.0

The new HTC One is expected to ship with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat on board and a re-imagined Sense user interface on top of that. The new Sense is expected to carry the 6.x version, but it is not a huge change over the current one. The most interesting new feature seems to be the added support for 'Motion Launch gestures' like double-tap to wake the phone's display.

The BlinkFeed news aggregator is still a swipe away (but it’s been improved), and now you can swipe twice to see its contents by category. The overall visuals have not changed much either - you still have a vertically scrolling app drawer, dark backgrounds and a similar aesthetic. The two biggest changes are in the camera app and the settings menu. The camera app now has large, round icons that are easy to tap on, and in settings the icons have also been simplified, getting that trendy, flat styling.


The all new HTC One (HTC M8) rumor round-up: camera, specs, release date and design pictures
Under the hood, the new HTC One is expected to ship with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 system chip (likely, the MSM8974-AB version of it) with 2GB RAM. This is the same chip that powers devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2, (the Z2 has slightly more RAM - 3GB) so it should be more or less on par with the top performers. We’re yet to see detailed benchmarks, but it is only logical to assume that the handset will run even the most demanding of games with ease.

The new and exciting thing under the hood is the added support for expandable storage. The new HTC One should come with a microSD card expansion slot (the current model does not support microSD cards), so you can expand the storage freely.

Official announcement set for March 25th, coming to all carriers

HTC has already set the date for the official unveiling of its next flagship - it’s March 25th, with events simultaneously taking place in New York City and London. The new HTC One has also cleared FCC certification recently, and we have all reasons to believe it will arrive on all four major US carriers - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile - as well as internationally. With all this information, do you feel ready to break the piggy bank and grab HTC's upcoming new big thing?

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:47 72

1. ChafedBanana (Posts: 384; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I'll take One too.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:23 13

35. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

The funniest pun I've seen on this site and not a single like. What's wrong with people?

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:03 7

66. AndrewStow (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:15 1

68. Tamer81 (Posts: 37; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


posted on 04 Mar 2014, 07:19 1

82. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13597; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

You might be the only one.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 08:26 3

93. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

Oh shut up xD. *friendly tone*

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:47 1

99. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13597; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

You had to be the One didn't you?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:11 1

121. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)

me too

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:15 1

122. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)

me too htc one 2014 is my next

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 09:18 1

130. johnny_cypher (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)

HTC, take my money!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:50 31

2. Troysyx (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

THey really kept the 4MP camera? wow. I had the One, and that was honestly the only complaint about the phone i had. You would think that with the technology nowadays, they'd be able to bump that ultra pixel camera to 8MP or 10MP.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:40 6

20. BesnikRrustemi (Posts: 44; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)

Definetly True.
,i currently have a Nexus 4,but im planning to upgrade due to camera and display,etc.
Nexus 5 looks cool overall but i prefer HTC One Stereo Speakers,Aluminium Body,Camera Quality.etc
my only Cons for the htc one are:
1.No menu button (or remove them all and go for onscreen buttons like nexus devices
2. a camera with 4mp while others reached 12+(nokia with 41mp),no matter how good its camera is,you cant really zoom a single photo because Pixels will appear immediately,the quality is good but a non zooming camera is kinda useless.with that great quality,8mp will honestly be enough and make a Beast Phone.

if those two th

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:05 7

23. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

I will admit after 1520 I love the HTC One design, I especially love the HTC speakers, I will admit the speakers alone almost took me away from 1520, until I hear the 1520 speakers but if I was still on droid I would get htc as my next phone if they keep the speakers and keep it up with the sexy design......

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:58 1

41. SlowPoison77 (Posts: 27; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)

if u will install custom roms like MIUI, then htc logo will be ur menu button, i only dont like the 4mp camera, rest is good

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:01

59. Teja171 (unregistered)

But that voids the warranty right off the path.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 03:35 2

47. Hyperreal (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

Do you really zoom your pictures so often? I never. I know it could be more than 4mpx and its not the best camera but its descent and an average screen on laptop/pc doesnt have more than full hd so for me 4mpx is completely enough (its about 2680x1560). No menu button? dont you know that home button in htc one is also a menu button and multitask button? hold it - menu, double click - multitask.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 03:41 3

48. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 272; Member since: 30 May 2013)

I think they arent stupid to putt again a 4 MP UP camera,I think they are going to putt a new technologie on the camera

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 13:20 1

62. Beijendorf (Posts: 340; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

I'm not sure who wrote the image text, but in the actual article it clearly states:

"It will be the first phone to feature such a dual camera, without aiming it straight at 3D photography. Instead, rumors agree that the dual-sensor setup will contribute most to improved focusing, depth of field and overall image quality."

The Toshiba twin 5MP sensors (at 1.4 µm) they mention can output a 13MP image. If HTC implement their own sensors (at 2 µm) this may mean a slighly lower resolution than 13MP, but still larger than 4MP in dual-shooting mode.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 09:44

98. 7Superman9 (Posts: 86; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

They kept the ultra pixel sensor. Nowhere does it say that the rear shooter is 4mp/up. If anything the front camera will be 4mp/up. Plus with the second camera, I'm sure you can take images ator around 13mp.
But in the end we will have to wait and see.

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 13:59

105. d1zzyb0y (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)

also looking forward for this phone ,but it seems HTC dont care about the feedbacks they got from that 4 UP camera

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 14:05

106. BiN4RY (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

You do realize that sensor pixel count != image quality right?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:01 10

3. jerrycutshaw (Posts: 45; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

Agreed...I LOVE my ONE except for camera quality. I see no reason they couldn't put the Sony 13 MP OIS camera in the LG G2 in this model. If it had this camera I would go out buy it day one ...less than an than 8 and I will pass entirely.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:19 1

32. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Hopefully they bring out a higher UltraPixel or just ditch it I love my one but I feel it's camera is lacking compared to other flagships but at least the low lighting is pretty decent

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:05 1

4. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

One 2 O.o that's wired !

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:06

5. zhiae (unregistered)

i want snapdragon s805 :'(

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:59 3

27. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

s805 is made for tablets !!!! MY GOD !!! People...please do some research..

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 17:58 4

37. david1247 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)

ah no it is made for both,
"Using a smartphone or tablet powered by Snapdragon 805 processor is like having an Ultra HD resolution home theater in your pocket, with Ultra HD video, imaging and graphics, all built for mobile. We’re delivering the mobile industry’s first truly end-to-end Ultra HD solution, and coupled with our superior Gobi LTE modems and RF transceivers, streaming and watching content at Ultra HD resolution will finally be possible." source qualcomm media blog

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 06:56

72. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


posted on 04 Mar 2014, 16:52

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

It won't be ready until mid 2014

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:09 2

6. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Hm, I'm not feeling too excited about the rumors, but I loved the HTC One design so much I hope they don't make it exactly the same but take the design and make it even better.

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