Protective case for HTC M8 reveals that a fingerprint scanner will be on the device

Protective case for HTC M8 reveals that a fingerprint scanner will be on the device
An image of a case allegedly made for the HTC M8, and listed online, reveals a opening for a fingerprint scanner. The M8 is believed to be the code name for the upcoming successor to the HTC One Android flagship phone. While the HTC One does not employ a fingerprint sensor, the phablet-sized HTC One max does.

Based on the leaked case, the fingerprint scanner will be on the back, above the camera, and users will have to swipe their finger across the glass on the back. That is similar to the scanner on the HTC One max, and quite different than the TouchID scanner used by Apple for the Apple iPhone 5s. The scanner on the iPhone is embedded in its home button and requires the user to keep his finger still for a brief period of time while the sensor reads the fingerprint. HTC One max users claim that having the fingerprint scanner on the back makes using it rather difficult.

The latest rumored specs for the M8, which is expected to be named the HTC One+, includes a 5 inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under the hood. We expect to see 2GB of RAM on board, 16GB of native storage inside and a microSD slot for those needing additional storage. A 2900mAh cell keeps the lights on. Android 4.4 is pre-installed out of the box.

The HTC One+ is expected to be launched in March after being unveiled at next month's MWC in Barcelona.


source: Alibaba, gottabemobile via Pocketlint

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI

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36 Comments

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This shouldn't be surprising, HTC is the only company willing to ignore ergonomics for style. The power button has never been in the right place in any of their handsets, the home button on the HTC One definitely isn't in the right place, and their fingerprint sensor on their next flagship won't be either. That is a given. HTC is terrible and no one should expect anything less.

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This shouldn't be surprising, HTC is the only company willing to ignore ergonomics for style. The power button has never been in the right place in any of their handsets, the home button on the HTC One definitely isn't in the right place, and their fingerprint sensor on their next flagship won't be either. That is a given. HTC is terrible and no one should expect anything less.

28. Teja171 unregistered

I think their standard came down from the launch of the HTC one. The sense 5.0 looks worse and performs worse than sense 3.0 I think the HTC one X was somewhat better than the persent One, if it had a better battery life with a Fhd display.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Dafu.q are you talking about? Sense 5 is the smoothest UI aside from Moto's. HTC One > One X, aside from camera.

34. Teja171 unregistered

Sense 5 has bullshi.t kinda icons. The best thing to do is to root it and put some kind of AOSP rom

22. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Here's my speculation based on this case, leaks, and my HTC One. 5 inch screen with capacitive buttons or 5.2 inch screen with on screen buttons Clearly dual flash from what is shown Wide port opening on case, most likely USB 3.0 CPU- No Idea, not that big of a deal if its a S800, just will fall behind quickly Camera- Ultrapixel, new tech, 5-7 mp, better OIS Material- Aluminum, but more durable construction, possibly LiquidMetal if we're lucky Gorilla Glass 3, perhaps Sapphire Fingerprint sensor, and that's actually not a bad spot, considering how it is near the power button Three launch colors, White, Black, and Red Storage- 16-32 GB, with sd card available in certain markets 2700-3100 MaH battery Improved Boomsound speakers Thinner, more curved design. I think this is a very accurate prediction.

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Missing the mark and ignoring customers wants, HTC!

20. bootroot

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

the must smoke too much at HTC office. Putting fingerprint sensor a the back require to turnback the phone each time you have to login come on!

19. Teja171 unregistered

I think this one will be a flop again.

17. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I hope it's just a muck, fingers crossed

15. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

DualLED flash detected!

14. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

what a good place to position a fingerprint sensor HTC,please just upgrade the SOC and camera on the one,and i will replace my 5S with it

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds like a killer device, they should rework the fingerprint scanner though.

5. Gregor

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

This hole is hopefully not for an unnecessary fingerprint sensor

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah. I for one hope it's for a high-intensity particle-beam capable of cutting through diamond!

27. Teja171 unregistered

Well, we have to wait until feb for the official announcement to happen.

4. GeekMovement unregistered

Looks really inconvenient to scan your finger above the camera... my reaction is ...................

18. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Awkward place to have a scanner. Or make the scanner sensor bigger so whatever angle your finger scans should work

24. GeekMovement unregistered

+1 a very awkward place to have a scanner. I'm really curious to see what the final product will be and what HTC has to say about it.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Huh. With a hole that small, swiping you ringer would be pretty difficult.

12. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I think they were trying to innovate but failed, how would you even be able to reach it? Index finger? I would rather have it below the camera if it was possible

16. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Why can't they put the finger print scanner underneath the the HTC logo on the front, in between the home and back buttons? In fact why can't they make the scanner tactile and become an actual home button with a back an application switcher key on the sides? HTC is starting to frustrate me...

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And HTC wonders why they're losing to LG, Sony and Samsung...

3. phoner

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

and htc also wonders why people like to go with cheap sammy designs instead of high quality designs.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I hope they've realized by this point that a $12 bn advertising budget might help...

8. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

High quality it ain't, sorry, this isn't just about cliche quality when Samsung is making strides for change in it's UI and design this year so this argument is becoming tired and very 2011. HTC don't seem to be making any change for 2014 and are sticking with complacency for this year's model based on last year's success. They also have the nightmare of dealing with a growing/rising threat from LG, Oppo/Xiaomi and a resurgent Sony and Motorola, never mind Samsung and Apple.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um the Samsung hardware smokes HTC hardware in so many ways that it isn't funny. Maybe that is why people go for it and not marketing like some morons like to cling to.

31. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Ummm...and all that hardware of samsung... and the phones are still laggy as hell. Yes on paper samsung s are a bit more powerfull but but the software is not there yet so ...a gilion of ram and sixteen cores cpu's are just OVERKILL. Most of apps only use 2 cores..Ohhh or you're saying that because touchwiz need all that in order to not crash every 2 seconds.... now I get u. The only thing samsung smokes is yr brain through their powerfull advertising. On any day htc one wins hands down compared to s4. And it's not a student/TROLL/brainwashed saying that...it's almost every review tech site. But u did good today...'sammy' is going to reward u well.

35. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol you HTC retards are hilarious. These are facts. Stone cold and hard facts. 2600 mah > 2300 mah 5 inch bigger than 4.7 Gorilla Glass 3 much more scratch resistent than gorilla glass 3 Ddr3 ram is much faster than ddr2 ram 1.9 GHz is faster than 1.6 GHz 7.9mm is much sleeker than a fatty 9.3mm Button placement on the GS5 is much much better. I know you HTC fans love to downplay Samsung products but all those things are hardware related and pretty damn f**king important things to boot.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Cheap? Lol please stop right there. HTC spends how much in R&D a year? How much did Samsung spend? Exactly. Please explain why over 50 million people prefer the S4 over the HTC One. 50 million.

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