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Zoom, enhance: the alleged One M10 photo reveals front fingerprint scanner, unattractive looks

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Enhanced One M10  image

Enhanced One M10  image

A couple of days ago, what's supposed to be the first real HTC One M10 photo appeared. Admittedly, it wasn't much to look at, partly because it was all obscured in darkness. The alleged picture showed the front of what's expected to be HTC's next flagship, and while it did hint at something that kinda-sorta looks like the One A9 design language, not much could be seen, aside from the phone's frame, earpiece and front camera.

Being the ex-CSI agent that I am, however, means I can employ the triple-A computing power of my workstation to digitally enhance the leaked image, and reveal detail that's otherwise invisible to the human eye. The process took a couple of days to complete, but now we have the result, and it's telling.

To the left, you can see the enhanced version of the leaked M10 photo. What do you think? To me, it definitely speaks of an A9-inspired design. It also lacks the front HTC logo, a much appreciated omission. What's notable here, though, is the fingerprint scanner – it has a less elongated shape compared to that of the One A9, and, as you can see, is mounted at an off-center position towards the bottom edge. To be honest, it doesn't look very promising. It's definitely below the design standards of the HTC that was. But then again, what do you expect from a company that lost its head of design. Twice.

With this new fingerprint scanner shape, the supposed HTC One M10 looks more like some of those Chinese Meizu phones, rather than the One A9.

With its less elongated fingerprint scanner and no front logo, the alleged M10 (center) looks more like this Meizu PRO 5 here (right), than the A9 (left).

With its less elongated fingerprint scanner and no front logo, the alleged M10 (center) looks more like this Meizu PRO 5 here (right), than the A9 (left).


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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:10 11

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2074; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Terrible but I really don't think that's the final design of HTC M10, HTC can't afford to release a phone with looks like that so therefore I don't think they would.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:10 6

2. Ray.S (Posts: 312; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Let's hope you're right!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:25 2

5. yann (Posts: 176; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


I also didn't expect Microsoft to release 950's with their terrible design also, but it happens.
Hope HTC do not repeat MSFT mistake. Another fall will be...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 14:24

41. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2074; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I don't really think the 950's look that bad, seriously it could have been worse, if anything the design is bland not bad or terrible.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:40 1

6. WPX00 (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


I'm probably alone in thinking it actually looks good. #foreveralone

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:21 1

14. Good-Is-Better (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)


I don't see what is terrible in that. If they can do that and put capacitive buttons instead of on screen and forgets about huge bezels in the name of boom sound, I may end up with a HTC device one day.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 23:55

44. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


If this is the final product then this is dead on arrival already !

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:11

3. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I need to hold it first, I had given my mother my M8 when her S5 was stolen. I was at her house a few weeks ago and went to get her her phone it was ringing. The M8 is a tank, so damn solid makes even my iPhone 6S Plus and Sony Z3v seem like toys. Then again after seeing the support and accessories I get for my iPhone, and EPIC camera and audio capabilities of my Z3V, can I go back?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:21 9

4. Wiencon (Posts: 1784; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


To be honest I preferred M9 design, this is horribly average, looks like some Meizu or Xiaomi. Why is it so hard to listen to customers opinion, M9's design was fine, they could remove the black bar, reduce bezels and I think most people would be satisfied. At least M9 was unique and M7 is still IMO the best looking phone ever created (maybe along with Lumia 925)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:45 2

7. sumpil (Posts: 42; Member since: 02 Feb 2016)


we can't make judgement on the phone without seeing the back of it.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:46 2

8. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


If HTC manages to fix the camera this time around with the M10 I have 3 phones that im intrested in, S7,G5 and M10

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 06:18

27. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


It's easier when some f**k up so there's only one choice.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:52 8

9. BobLawblaw (Posts: 304; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Still looks like a generic slab..

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:56 8

10. Djz89 (Posts: 274; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


just as ugly as the galaxy series.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:17 18

13. BobLawblaw (Posts: 304; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


If you're gonna troll at least be creative about it..

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:55 3

25. Kumar123 (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


If you're gonna post a butthurt comment at least be creative about it.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:04

33. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Sure lets be creative.

the design is nice beside thats freaking ugly home bouton.
So yeah ufly as the galaxy series because of the home bouton.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:25

39. LionStone (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


It is a fingerprint sensor, get with the times...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:03

11. FluffyBled (Posts: 475; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


It seems HTC ditched beautiful designs, and that was the only thing (except sense) selling their phones!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:08 5

12. Fardon (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2014)


Ex CIA agent but didn't notice holes next to fingerprint for capacitive buttons.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:26

15. Ray.S (Posts: 312; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Hi there, agent Fardon.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:26 1

16. Sdiq572 (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Wow, how smart are you, how could you see that little things. I see it now too. Thanks, so its now has capatitive button

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:29 4

17. E34V8 (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1707/24492653859_0616fd0ba6_b.jpg

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 06:57

28. skips (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


thats one pretty phone tbh. im crossing fingers that those are the official renders

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:05

34. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Look amazing beside the home bouton should not be there and bezel smaller.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:37 5

18. lukkiristi (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


What a strange headline. Declared unattractive by that photo? Also (and most importantly), if that is unattractive, then so are S6, 6S, M9 & all the rest. Or maybe I'm not looking at things through the right glasses?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:37

22. ibend (Posts: 3551; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


obviously better than iPhone tough :-/

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:30

40. Nath4N (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)


this whole article is pathetic, not just the headline

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:40 3

19. waqarzec (Posts: 49; Member since: 09 May 2013)


Phonearana do u know that HTC introduced classiness.....why ur post suggest that u are a HTC hater pa....why always against HTC why.why

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:38 4

23. ibend (Posts: 3551; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and thats with that sarcastic poll for this article? is that suppose to be funny? o.O

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:07 1

35. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Every year techwebsite do the same thing.

Last year they where trolling HTC M9 for throttling up to 50% but said nothing about S6 and such throttling up to 40-50% as well. ( anyway both phone are lightning fast and never slow down so who care if its throttle? )

This year they know HTC will use similar hardware and is comming back with a camera thats at least look killer on paper so lets start the propaganda machine again and put into buyer head thats its ugly why not.

PA this is pathetic.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:50

45. TerryTerius (Posts: 1550; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


The M7 and M8 were well reviewed by PA. Not always kissing a companies backside or coddling the feelings of their fans doesn't make you a "hater".

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:20

20. seiyachan (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2015)


It break my heart and make me angry at them to see they are ditching now the dual front facing boomsound speakers.... m7 was super amazing, m8 they ditched OIS and metal front grills and capacitive buttons for the worse, m9 they ditched ultrapixel main camera for a subpar way too high MP camera (which directly contradict to the ONE's design philosophy about the camera MP race) , now m10 if they really ditching the speakers (which was the most renounced feature over competitors) altogether I am going to hate them!!!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:22 1

21. seiyachan (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2015)


waqarzec, may be because HTC doesn't have the spare money to pay them like samsung or others...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:08

36. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Most probably thats yeah.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 05:44

24. GMS85 (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Time will tell.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 06:00 1

26. Kumar123 (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Can't believe that One of my favorite Andorid company which is famous for its design capabilities is going to release a phone that looks this unattractive. Come on, HTC. IMO, One M8 is the most gorgeous andorid phone ever. M9 was okish. But this is seriously boring and looks like cheap chinese phones.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:06

31. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It looks a lot like an iPhone's front panel but with thinner bezels, and I thought you LOVE the iPhone's design lol
iHypocrite

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:09

37. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Yeah with thats home bouton its look too much iphone but otherwise design look fine.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:11 1

42. SenorThrottles (Posts: 264; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


It looks like an ugly mix of the iPhone and Galaxy home buttons

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:22 1

29. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Unattractive? Ray, you sound like a typical PA reader who every two years argues about the leaking pictures of the new iPhone's design and call it "fugly" and when they see the actual phone at the announcement refutes their own words.. We see this thing every single year not only with iPhones, but with Galaxies, Xperias, Nexuses and so on.. Chill people and wait for the phone's announcement. I hope that I haven't offended you Ray. :)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:33

30. kefalin (Posts: 230; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


HTC cant really come up with their design. Firstly,they copied Apple and now even Meizu? Pretty poor i would say

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:10 1

38. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


HTC been using similar design since way before iphone 6 and iphone 6 the one who copied the design!

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 00:07

46. benjdbs (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)


accurate observation...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 11:02 1

32. marorun (Posts: 3163; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


So now PA trolling HTC?

All 3 phone in comparison look alike anyway.

I like this design personally beside the front home bouton this should not exist on android phone. I would prefer smaller bezel and no such home bouton.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:36 1

43. Esteban4u (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)


HTC's current situation (market share and mind share) was caused by themselves. They stopped listening to what their customers wanted and they continue to make bad decisions. They also didn't pay attention to what happened to Blackberry. If the company dies, it should serve as an example to all other OEMs that continue to operate, complacent and myopic to the pleas of what remains of their fan base as well as ignoring what professional reviewers and savvy patrons of popular review blogs/websites like this fine website. Samsung will be next.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 18:35

47. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 172; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Looks more like the iPhone 3Gs to me

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