Pictures of the HTC M8's back cover leak, reveal mysterious new element

Pictures of the HTC M8's back cover leak, reveal mysterious new element
You might recall that before the HTC One received its real name, it had a code name, the M7. Now, pictures allegedly showing the back cover of its successor, the M8, have leaked. This could well be HTC's 2014 flagship phone. Interestingly, there is a mysterious new addition to the design - a round hole right above the camera. We don't know what it is for. A fingerprint scanner is one possibility, but it would be a very awkward place for it as it seems to be out of reach.

The speculation calls for the M8 to be equipped with a 5 inch to 5.2 inch screen with 2K resolution, and be powered by a Quacomm Snapdragon 800 processor. 3GB of RAM is rumored to be on board and the phone will carry Sense 6.

Expected to be released sometime in 2014, we can see that look on your face that says that you can't wait until the M8 is given its real name (HTC One Two?) and is ready to be shipped right to your house. HTC is hoping to continue the success it had with the HTC One this year. While the manufacturer is still struggling (the company recently reported its first quarterly operating loss ever and comScan shows that it lost 1.4 percentage points of market share in the U.S. during the Q3), the fault did not lie with the top-shelf model. It was the mid-tier devices that did in HTC this year.

Pictures allegedly of the HTC M8 back cover

Pictures allegedly of the HTC M8 back cover


source: ePrice (translated) via UnwiredView

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85 Comments

1. NoComment

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

Jeez, not that I'm complaining or anything, but Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 is in everything. It's an amazing processor, but I wouldn't mind more variety, then again, others haven't managed to come up to par with it, such as the tegra 4.

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The Tegra 4 is actually good performance-wise. Unfortunately it produces so much heat that it just isn't suitable for smartphones.

7. NoComment

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

I'm crossing my fingers for the Kepler powered Nvidia Logan (tegra 5), and the 64 bit Nvidia Parker (tegra 6)

21. RODJOS

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

ARM Mali T760 :D

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If it is true and resolution will be 2K, then I wish it will better have powerful GPU.

77. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

everything is great about this specs but HTC needs 13 ultra pixels or 13 mp camera to be a killer phone.

78. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I agree that 4MP is not enough.

55. Beijendorf unregistered

As Woodshop20 also mentioned, the Tegra 4 is actually a better GPU. The only problem with it is that it also requires more power which means increased heat and shorter battery life. It could be useful in tablets and some phablets, but there's probably a reason for the S800 choice other than the good public image.

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

What is with manufacturers and fingerprint scanners??!! Seriously, all they do is rack up the price of the device and they're pretty much useless on phones anyway. Oh well, at least they put a Snapdragon 800 in it this time.

34. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah agreed, maybe samsung can come up with a feature which takes advantage of the sensor

4. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

lol same old design ugly note 3 much better

6. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Note 3 Uglier . 2K resolution, Boom sound, Aluminum built and ultra pixels camera better than your note 3 plastic wanna be lather lol.

18. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

it has already been established that ultrapixel was cr*p. and boom sound isnt new. nokia 5800 had superior stereo speakers. htc is the most over rated brand ever. they dont listen. look at sony. theyre listening to customer demands and are improving with each new phone they release

19. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

is the nokia 5800's speakers in its current flagship? didnt think so either..

25. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

unfortunately not. i just said it to remind others that quality speakers is no innovation

23. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

That what you think. I used to hate HTC myself before but after the HTC one things changed a lot with HTC One, They start listen to customers and ultra pixels camera isn't crap but has less megapixels than other phone it's only 4MP and still shoot pics better than lot of notorious MP camera phones. PS. I own HTC one and LG G2 BTW and still HTC One shoot better pics at night than 13MP OIS G2!

35. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

You mean Nokia is the most over rated brand ever

44. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

nokia 5800? what about n95 96 91 and all of those phones with dual stereo speakers i still have my n95 and have yet to see ANY PHONE even come close to it volume or sound quality

46. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

exactly

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...i still have my n95 and have yet to see ANY PHONE even come close to it volume or sound quality" The answer is HTC One. And I also still have my Nokia N95 8GB and keep it in my drawer.

52. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree in a way, I believe HTC is some-what over hyped but not overrated. I noticed even with Mods and Beats Audio ON/OFF, I could still get louder playback from a GS4. And then look at the N5, it took some cues from Sense 5.0 and added the Google Now app as if it were BlinkFeed. Nevertheless, to each their own.

53. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"I noticed even with Mods and Beats Audio ON/OFF, I could still get louder playback from a GS4." Louder doesn't mean better quality.

67. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

Wrong again bob. If the ultrapixel was crap why has ever review raved on about it. Aaron Baker at phone dog. Brian Klug at Anand Tech. And ultrapixel camera was amazing. You are just a pissed of fanboy of another OEM who hates HTC for making superior products. Nokia 5800 speakers were utter crap. No the most overrated brand would be your precious Samsung. Nokia. And Apple. HTC does listen to their customer moron. Because they keep giving me what I want. Also look at the design changes from the One to the One Mini those changes were made based on customer feedback you idiot.

32. zmtfatzombie

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Ultrapixel Camera is a failure. HTC One Max is also a failure because of its sucking camera.

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Why Ultrapixel Camera is a failure? I agree that 4MP is not enough, but apart that I don't see why Ultrapixel Camera should be marked as a failure.

68. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

And you are a total fool.

10. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

wait hold up. Did you seriously just try to say samsung has better design than htc? hahahahahahahahaha okay.

14. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Just remember......You started it PS: no way in HELL that the note 3 is better than htc's designs

17. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

htc cant make any devices that challenge note series. so somehow this guy is right. note 3 ftw (best phone in the world right now) btw i am nokia fan. and design wise sony and nokia are way superior to htc.

73. cordawgfrito

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

Note 3 is trash. Please. Nokia's design is utterly horrible. They couldn't design their way out of a paper bag. Nokia and Sony wish their design was as good as HTC. It is a common fact that HTC has the best design. Every review says it and so on and so forth. So nice try.

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