HTC's M8 Ace exposed in curvy high-resolution for the first time, no Duo camera to be seen

Shortly after HTC outed its refresh to its One series in the M8 almost two months ago, we first started hearing whispers of another handset from the company -- the M8 Ace. First indicated by leaker-extraordinaire, evleaks, the Ace initially was a big question mark, though we've subsequently come to expect the still mysterious device to come packing Galaxy S5-like specs (according to one report), but forgo its premium aluminum build. The idea, we suppose, is to lower production costs, and then pass those onto consumers. That would make sense -- HTC certainly has been unable to match Samsung's success with its S series, even though its own flagships are nothing to sneeze at.

In fact, less than two weeks after first hearing about the Ace M8, evleaks gave us the first pixelated look at the supposed plastic-fantastic flagship, further fueling speculation about its connection to the M8 top shelfer. Thankfully, what we have today, courtesy of Chinese ifanr, is a higher resolution sneak peak at the M8 Ace's rear. The render of the device shows a seemingly curvy, polycarbonate body that differs from the M8 that we know in a few ways. For starters, the 4MP Ultrapixel Duo Camera seems to have missed the train this time around, and the power button has been centered on the top side. Moreover, while the aluminum One M8 has a horizontal curvature as to help with your grip, the M8 Ace goes a step further, and its back is also vertically curved, or so it would appear.


Now, don't jump the gun just yet, and keep in mind that this render is, strictly speaking, unconfirmed. That said, it is rather convincing, especially if you consider the latest tweet posted on HTC's official Twitter handle (as of this writing), seen above. It's hard to argue that HTC is hinting a device that fits the above profile in terms of design. In any case, it would appear that it won't be long until we know for sure, given how HTC seems confident we'll be seeing more curvy beauty "soon".

source: ifanr, @HTC

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23 Comments

1. newbey123

Posts: 699; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Looks pretty good if it true. Good job HTC. Still prefer the M8 and the forthcoming Prime version.

2. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Oohhredd...

3. fsalto98

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Looks pretty good, but i really dont like the button layout. But gotta love that red color!

4. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

A plastic device which looks amazing ! Samsung should learn it from HTC !

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Samsung will never learn

11. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Well, Samsung has nothing to learn from HTC. Their phones are solid, well build, reliable and the most important; selling like hot cakes.

16. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

No. Not solid and well built at all. My Galaxy S1 and 3 were both creaky and had usb problems. I had to shift around with the usb to get them to charge. The Galaxy Nexus was by far the most well built Samsung phone. Everything else is flimsy and creaky.They don't sell because they are the best... they sell because they work and spend 100's of millions on marketing.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

My Galaxy Tab 10.1, Epic 4G Touch (Galaxy S 2), Galaxy S 3, Note 2 and Note 3 weren't build poorly IMO. My E4GT or S3 might have creaked a very little bit if you very aggressively twisted it, but other than that it didn't have any issues. Maybe my Samsung Vibrant, Epic 4G, or Galaxy S 4G might have been flimsy but that's 4 generations ago. How often do you twist phones anyways? My EVO 4G, and Sensation 4G also creaked with severe twisting but that doesn't happen in daily life. Besides the fact that they all feel identical once they're in a case.... I was very satisfied with the Note 2 and now am very happy with my Note 3. I've owned a One M7 between the Note 2 and Note 3 and honestly build quality on the Galaxy line isn't an issue to me. The camera quality on the Note 3 is excellent relative to the Ultrapixel camera on my M7. Battery life is better, and my overall experience has been great. A great overall package is more important to me than polycarbonate vs aluminum. Also I install Nova Launcher on all phones I own so the heavy skinning of Touchwiz doesn't effect me and all phone software generally has the same feel because of Nova. To each their own, I'm probably going to be dismissed as a Samsung fanboy for this comment but who cares. People will blame fanboyism for any positive review. BTW, this is posted from my Moto G.... What a Samsung fanboy.... I hate to have gone through such a heavy list of phones I've owned but I'm trying to emphasize I buy lots of phones besides Samsung.

14. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Samsung and learning? ROFLMAO !!!! Learning means copying for sammy. Send from a galaxy note 3

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yup. Because the Note 3 is very heavy in things Samsung copied. Totally copied, nothing original there. HAHAHA STUPID SAMSUNG! :-/

5. Beijendorf unregistered

Sleek!

6. azers07

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

HTC Butterfly 2, is that you? =)

12. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Actually I recalled that HTC was unifying the One and Butterfly line so the butterfly might be rebranded as the M8 Ace.

22. azers07

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Butterfly series phones are so underrated. Even HTC itself denied to upgrade them to Sense 6.

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

this thing is looking great in red.......

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Looks horrible. Well maybe not horrible, but if compared to the beauty of the M8, then yes.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It surely does look ugly The curves and uneven shape and bulkiness

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I think this is the butterfly 2

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol suck t c terrible ergonomics and button layout at its best. Samsung needs to learn nothing from that garbage company. Is Acer the only Taiwanese brand that cares about manufacturing things properly these days? Because Asus and HTC certainly don't.

17. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Holy sh*t if this is polycarbonat, yet got top specs of M8 and got an even better 13MP camera... this might be my phone. The price must be right and M8 Prime Have to impress with 13mp+ camera with SD805. Samsung got nothing on HTC these coming years. Even their S5 prime looks rubbish, yes I have seen the leaks of the S5 prime.

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1486; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Power button on top of such a tall phone is a bad design.

19. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Yeah they should go for back buttons ;P

23. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Nice! I hear it's also going to have solar panels on the back so it charges on the go. The future.

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