Leaked HTC M8 wallpaper seems to confirm a 1080p display

HTC’s upcoming flagship Android smartphone, codenamed M8, might indeed have a 1080 x 1920 pixels display - as all the latest rumors have been suggesting.

@evleaks just posted an alleged HTC M8 wallpaper on Twitter (see it on the left). There’s nothing too exciting about the wallpaper itself, but the original image - hosted on Google Docs - has 2160 x 1920 pixels. As you may know, this is exactly the pixel resolution of scrollable wallpapers made for 1080p Android smartphones. Ergo, the M8 should be a 1080p device.

Since @evleaks is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to leaked information, we should take this with little to no grains of salt.

We heard that the M8 (possibly called HTC One+, or HTC One 2 when it hits the market) would feature a 5-inch touchscreen panel, Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 UI, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a dual-sensor UltraPixel rear camera. At 5 inches, a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution would provide a 441 ppi density, which should be just fine, if not excellent, even if new Quad HD smartphones will be available later this year.

An HTC M8X also appeared recently, but it’s not clear how (or if) this is different from the M8. In any case, HTC is probably getting really close to announcing its new high-end smartphone - it might do it next month, or in March - so everything should be clarified very soon.

source: @evleaks

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Good. Better performance and battery life with the same amount of perceivable clarity. Nobody needs 2560 x 1440 displays, we only "needed" 1080p for 4.5"+ displays, and even then it wasn't really that noticeable unless it was on 5"+ displays.

15. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

That's what people said when 720p came, 1080p came and sales of those smart phones defies the false assumption that " Nobody needs 1080p ". People appreciate technological advancements and companies strive for this, not stagnation, no matter how logical it may seem to you.

17. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I think this time is different,a 5.5 inch 720p display (see note II) leaves room for improvement in sharpness department,now,with 1080p displays,we have enough pixels for sharpness,as even the most tiny of details can be seen without pixelation the difference between a 1080p display and a 1440p display in detail level,on a smartphone,on naked eye,nearly doesnt exist

18. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

As long as display is over 320ppi, it looks great, and >350 is no doubt sublime. 4,5" flagships are good with 720p, but these days, 5" and bigger should have 1080p, because eventhough ~250ppi is accectable, it is midrange and you can see pixels.

20. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Agreed, but now you see phones pushing the 6 inch mark and 1440p will definitely get the ppi to the range of 1080p on a 5 inch, which we all like.

21. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

i own a ONE X and when i compare it to ONE's screen side by side (same screen size, 720p vs 1080p) the difference is only visible when you stick your face into the screen, so almost not much difference. going for 2K? absolutely useless. but the sad point is that for marketing purposes, it will really help companies like samsung who know how to fool average joes into thinking that 2k on a 5-6 inch screen is far superior to 1080p.

25. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

1080p is a marked improvement over 720p atleast for me and 1440p will also be the same. The newer display tech is more battery efficient than previous ones so you will get better battery life.

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I've addressed that in my comment. You could only notice individual pixels on 720p displays larger than 4.5", but you would have to stick your face right up to the display. At 5" it was easier to see pixels, as it dropped below the 300 ppi mark, and 1080p was needed to raise it up again. However, even at 6", 1080p stays well above the 300 ppi mark. With average Android flagship screens at about 5", 1080p would be more than sufficient. Even above average display sizes like on the Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra are perfectly clear at 1080p. It just doesn't make sense to go any higher unless it's a tablet, where you could actually see a difference and compensate for the extra battery drain with a bigger battery.

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

You're all missing the point. The reason 1080p was necessary was because there was actual content for it and with the screens at that resolution there would be no need for down scaling on 1080p content. But currently we have 0 content at higher resolutions and anything higher is a sheer waste of batteries. Pixel density has long since become meaningless after it went 400+ and the regular content producers are showing no signs of pushing the envelop on developing anything more than 1080p for several years to come.

33. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Agreed bro,but there's another detail that can be taken in consideration: all apps are adjustable to screen size and resolution on Android these days,so the actual quality has to come from the display itself Of course,for media (movie watching,for example) is a lot easier to run a 1080p file on a 1080p display but the actual advantage of a hi res display is present in all scenarios

37. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 891; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

What he means is that we can live with 1080p on 5 inch device and we dont complain.. That would be better in reducing the price & increasing battery life.. the two main needs of todays smartphones

24. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Once you use one your perspective will be upside down

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

And hopefully a better ultra pixel results.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Anyone who is going to take 2k displays as the next trend and must have should be punch in the throat.

4. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

like it

5. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's good please don't screw the camera up

6. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

720p is enough, 1080p is better 2k and more are extravagant

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

More like 720p is enough, 1080p is better, 2k and more is even better.

34. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I think not necessarily,it depends on the display size for example: 6'' 720p can mean pretty low ppi 5'' 1080p is just right 6'' 1440p is very good 5'' 1440p is pointless

35. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

even with 7 inch screen i'm fine with 720p. but that's just me though since i prefer performance over resolution in most cases

38. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 891; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Nexus 7(2013) has 1200 x 1920 resolution & it looks gorgeous.. I feel we can live with 720p and dont complain.. (like on Moto X..) That would be better in reducing the price & increasing battery life (moto x).. the two main needs of todays smartphones

7. hafini_27

Posts: 950; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Good move HTC

9. GeekMovement unregistered

Yeah at this point there should be more focus on the UI skins, battery, and overall experience rather than screen resolutions.

10. teja171 unregistered

wallpaper looks abysmal

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Quite disappointed if this is true especially if it's gonna compete with the other flagships this year

12. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

They have to beat samsung. After all, they were once the King of Android.

13. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Will they name the next successor as HTC ONE+ONE = 2. Oh wait its the third one. So let it be HTC ONE+ONE =3

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Something tells me this will cost HTC sales but honestly it shouldn't, sticking to 1080 is the right thing to do, just not necessary to go 2k on a 5" screen when Imo the returns will be minimal. It certainly won't be the same as going from 720p to 1080p and I return it should mean better battery life too especially if the 1080p screens are even more efficient than last year's 1080p displays.

16. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Good move, focus on stuff that I can see. I dont need a gimmicky 2K display that no human can tell the difference in.

19. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Hopefully this builds up battery life

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