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HTC M8 to run Sense 6.0, could this be HTC's next big thing?

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HTC M8 to run Sense 6.0, could this be HTC's next big thing?
The HTC M8 will be the first handset running on Android skinned with the new HTC Sense 6.0 user interface, according to @evleaks. The notorious leaker known for having a spot-on track record has spilled the beans about the M8, but the information is obviously not confirmed officially, so take this with the usual grain of salt. Still, it makes sense for HTC to update its skin with the release of what might be the company's next big thing.

The HTC M8 is obviously a codename, but what does it stand for? We know that the HTC One carried the HTC M7 moniker, so it’s only logical to assume the M8 will be HTC’s flagship phone for 2014. This is also not the first time we hear about the existence of an HTC M8 device. This past summer, first details about HTC working on an M8 prototype surfaced from Pocket-lint.

At the same time, details remain scant and we have not seen any images that would draw at least a partial picture of the M8. Knowing that HTC follows a yearly release cycle for its flagships, we would expect the HTC M8 arrive between March and April of 2014, so it’s clearly way too early for more substantial leaks. What this seems to suggest, though, is that HTC has indeed picked Android to power its next flagship. This is not surprising, but it's interesting since we've heard that Microsoft has been courting HTC to use Windows Phone on its top-shelf devices. If this leak is true, those talks seem to have not resulted in a flagship device.

Let’s also make it clear that M8 is merely an internal codename. The actual device will have a different name once it hits the market. Could it be the HTC Two? What do you think?

source: @evleaks

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:46 2

1. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)

HTC has an awful lot to gain! HTC 2 won't be enough. HTC 22>>>> maybe!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:50 13

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

My guess is HTC One (2014)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:33 6

12. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

This will be a loser from HTC if it comes with it is so-called Ultrapixel Camera.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:41 12

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

No, if this time there will be more megapixels.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:24 3

17. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 280; Member since: 30 May 2013)

Yeah there are not stupid,they are going to putt 8 or more MPx for sure

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:48 5

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

It'll make 'Sense' if they just stop investing more resources for developing Sense UI. They can ignore all that and just stick to stock android with some very basic customized additions.

Unlike Samsung, HTC and Sony who heavily skin and customize the Android, plain vanilla android remains smooth and fast even after much time.

My 512MB 4.1JB vanilla android device hasn't slowed down a bit since nearly an year, even after heavy use. While I've seen very bad experiences my friends having with their 'Global Branded' phones.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:54 3

7. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

The Xperia Launcher of my wife's SE Arc S is pretty close to the stock experience and performance. I'll go as far as say that it's the least skinned OEM launcher, latest MotoBlur comes close to 2nd.

Just saying give credits to Sony.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:33 1

11. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

first of all there is no way any major OEM will drop their skin, as much as you and i want them to. this is what makes them stand out among the competition. they might just offer stock android as an alternative like the Google Play edition devices, but that's just about it.

my second point is, Sense is not that bad as you are thinking. if i have to choose between android skins, Sense would be it. it has gotten fast, if not faster than Touchwiz, feature-rich and actually looks much much better than Touchwiz.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:40 2

13. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Haha even TouchWiz is laggy and slow. All the anti-android people keep bashing Android, what is the reason do you think? In most cases it's the Skinning which causes such performance drop.

Well it's much less evident in latest phones with monster specs, but you can see this clearly among Mid Rangers. There is a huge group who can afford/prefer mid-rangers.

And btw what I was saying was especially for HTC, because already they are in heavy loss. Nexus-kind of devices will surely improve their sells and reduce operating costs, since they'll have to invest less in teams who prepare software updates for their phones.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:31 4

22. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

you are repeating what i have just said. yes, Android skins don't perform as good as stock Android, but OEMs need new features to market the phone with, or to make them stand out. if they didn't, they will risk even more loss.

HTC outperformed Samsung this year because they have managed to focus more on the end user-experience than just cramping gimmicky features and marketing the hell out of them. that's why i believe HTC will do good next year too, presuming they take the same path.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:52 1

23. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

But that is Touchwiz that is laggy and slow, as an One owner Sense 5/5.5 feels and looks miles better than stock Android and is as fast. Besides what would differentiate manufacturers if they all went vanilla?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 11:25 1

31. SirrJonathan (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

I dont agree. While stock Adroid does run smooth and fast, companies need something to differentate thier products from the competition. My favorite custom UI is HTC Sense. Its clear, clean and most of all beautiful to look through. I dont find it stale (Touch Wiz) or Basic (Stock android) and they're use of a minimalisti style UI adds more 'Eye Candy.' Even the icons look better 'flat.'

And besides, HTC have revamped Sense 5 + to be more "out of the way" , light weight, implimentation,going to show that they are listen to consumers

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:49 1

3. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

The only big thing that happened to HTC (after their downward Spiral) is the HTC One Max - and that is big only in screen and dimensions.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:50 6

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

If it has 3000mAh battery and a 5" screen then I'm sold :P

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:53 2

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

YES PLEASE. Go hard or go home HTC! Next year probably your last year :p

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 06:55

8. Saafa (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

Maybe it comes with HTC One^2 !?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:15 3

9. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

HTC all it needs to focus on is camera, battery and sd storage since most consumers want that extra ballooni. The rest is already perfected, and this time work on the quality control, like I mean the HTC ONE would have sold way more then now if it wasn't for the manufacturing issues. Please HTC dont disappoint your fans.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:19 2

10. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

U buy the HTC one2 and then comes along the fricken HTC butterfly s2 which kills the HTC one2. Another prob with HTC

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 07:53 4

15. Eclectech (Posts: 253; Member since: 01 May 2013)

my guess is that it will be a 4.7 to 5 inch screen, with less bezel, 3000mAh battery, the latest Snapdragon, 3GB of memory, 8 ultrapixel camera, IR blaster and even better BoomSound speakers.... oh and some new fancy metal build. It'll be the phone that makes me want to upgrade from my current HTC One.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 10:36

29. julaiele (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

...and will be marked in gadget history as THE PERFECT SMARTPHONE EVER MADE FOR HUMANS..! Simple but monstrous. No complications.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:22

16. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Good luck to HTC. I don't know what more they can do to get the attention they need. It's too late to offer something truly new for the holiday season, and their attempts to beat Samsung to the market with the One last spring fell apart.

The One was a killer product...until the S4 arrived a month later and the market all but forgot the One. Despite the fancy design and great speakers and screen, I have yet to see one in the wild. My friends and I who owned buggy older HTCs wouldn't give HTC the benefit of the doubt this year.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:26

18. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Good luck HTC, I'm pulling for you even after leaving you because of the blind king at the helm.
He does not hear his people wants and needs.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:28 1

19. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 280; Member since: 30 May 2013)

The HTC One (2014) is going to be a monster!They just need to recover the mistakes that they made! Good Luck HTC!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:29 2

20. zhiae (unregistered)

take my money

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:31

21. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

competition has been groving since last year and evey single manufacturer have to create something innovative and unique feature and features. I didnt like nokia lumia series but know lumia phones are getting better and better. HTC releases good looking phones but they somehow didnt manage to sell well.Maybe next year will be decisive year for HTC.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 08:53

24. newbey123 (Posts: 639; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

Hope that make it at least 5-5.2, with 3,000 mAH battery. If they do this and increase the camera I will replace my One X with the new One.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 09:27

25. alexfiran (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

they should skip that awful plastic side of the one mini and one max..keep the design of the one and add a 8-9 ultrapixel camera and a larger battery..that would be a winner

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 09:38 1

26. TheNexGenCeo (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

Phones are becomin' so OP nowadays, just 2 years ago 1.2GHz processor was beast now we're at 2.3GHz, it's madness, the phone industry is basically Dragon Ball Z

Goku = Samsung
Vegeta = Apple
Gohan = Sony
Picillo = HTC
Krillin = Nokia
Yamcha = Blackberry
Bulma = US Patent Office

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 09:44

27. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

But then who is Nappa?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 09:55

28. TheNexGenCeo (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

Hmmmn....I'd say LG

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