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

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.

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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  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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64 Comments

1. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

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

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.

22. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

horrible build quality? please explain.

35. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Do you think other smartphones are perfect? Entirely nah

38. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

he didn't say that though...

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..

55. William13

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

46. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 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

60. kameni011

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

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

2. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

9. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

17. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

24. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

58. zhiae unregistered

Ur damn right bro

43. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 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

18. av911 unregistered

It might be there for ergonomic reasons. You like bending your thumb 180 degrees to press a button?

33. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

unfortunately not on this series

53. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

3. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

4. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

29. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

it's real.

34. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 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

37. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

i understood where you were coming from.

5. THE_Hulk

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

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

6. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

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

64. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

7. Beijendorf unregistered

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.

8. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

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

10. johnehms09

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

This is bigger than s4.. Damn! Bezels

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