Zoom, enhance: the alleged One M10 photo reveals front fingerprint scanner, unattractive looks

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A couple of days ago, what's supposed to be the first real HTC One M10 photo appeared. Admittedly, it wasn't much to look at, partly because it was all obscured in darkness. The alleged picture showed the front of what's expected to be HTC's next flagship, and while it did hint at something that kinda-sorta looks like the One A9 design language, not much could be seen, aside from the phone's frame, earpiece and front camera.

Being the ex-CSI agent that I am, however, means I can employ the triple-A computing power of my workstation to digitally enhance the leaked image, and reveal detail that's otherwise invisible to the human eye. The process took a couple of days to complete, but now we have the result, and it's telling.

To the left, you can see the enhanced version of the leaked M10 photo. What do you think? To me, it definitely speaks of an A9-inspired design. It also lacks the front HTC logo, a much appreciated omission. What's notable here, though, is the fingerprint scanner – it has a less elongated shape compared to that of the One A9, and, as you can see, is mounted at an off-center position towards the bottom edge. To be honest, it doesn't look very promising. It's definitely below the design standards of the HTC that was. But then again, what do you expect from a company that lost its head of design. Twice.

With this new fingerprint scanner shape, the supposed HTC One M10 looks more like some of those Chinese Meizu phones, rather than the One A9.

Is the HTC One M10 stunning?

I'm stunned alright.
Wasn't HTC a VR company?

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1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Terrible but I really don't think that's the final design of HTC M10, HTC can't afford to release a phone with looks like that so therefore I don't think they would.

2. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Let's hope you're right!

5. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I also didn't expect Microsoft to release 950's with their terrible design also, but it happens. Hope HTC do not repeat MSFT mistake. Another fall will be...

41. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't really think the 950's look that bad, seriously it could have been worse, if anything the design is bland not bad or terrible.

6. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

I'm probably alone in thinking it actually looks good. #foreveralone

14. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I don't see what is terrible in that. If they can do that and put capacitive buttons instead of on screen and forgets about huge bezels in the name of boom sound, I may end up with a HTC device one day.

44. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

If this is the final product then this is dead on arrival already !

3. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I need to hold it first, I had given my mother my M8 when her S5 was stolen. I was at her house a few weeks ago and went to get her her phone it was ringing. The M8 is a tank, so damn solid makes even my iPhone 6S Plus and Sony Z3v seem like toys. Then again after seeing the support and accessories I get for my iPhone, and EPIC camera and audio capabilities of my Z3V, can I go back?

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

To be honest I preferred M9 design, this is horribly average, looks like some Meizu or Xiaomi. Why is it so hard to listen to customers opinion, M9's design was fine, they could remove the black bar, reduce bezels and I think most people would be satisfied. At least M9 was unique and M7 is still IMO the best looking phone ever created (maybe along with Lumia 925)

7. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

we can't make judgement on the phone without seeing the back of it.

8. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

If HTC manages to fix the camera this time around with the M10 I have 3 phones that im intrested in, S7,G5 and M10

27. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

It's easier when some f**k up so there's only one choice.

9. BobLawblaw unregistered

Still looks like a generic slab..

10. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

just as ugly as the galaxy series.

13. BobLawblaw unregistered

If you're gonna troll at least be creative about it..

25. Kumar123 unregistered

If you're gonna post a butthurt comment at least be creative about it.

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sure lets be creative. the design is nice beside thats freaking ugly home bouton. So yeah ufly as the galaxy series because of the home bouton.

39. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

It is a fingerprint sensor, get with the times...

11. FluffyBled unregistered

It seems HTC ditched beautiful designs, and that was the only thing (except sense) selling their phones!

12. Fardon

Posts: 96; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

Ex CIA agent but didn't notice holes next to fingerprint for capacitive buttons.

15. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Hi there, agent Fardon.

16. Sdiq572

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Wow, how smart are you, how could you see that little things. I see it now too. Thanks, so its now has capatitive button

17. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

28. skips

Posts: 486; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

thats one pretty phone tbh. im crossing fingers that those are the official renders

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Look amazing beside the home bouton should not be there and bezel smaller.

18. lukkiristi unregistered

What a strange headline. Declared unattractive by that photo? Also (and most importantly), if that is unattractive, then so are S6, 6S, M9 & all the rest. Or maybe I'm not looking at things through the right glasses?

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

obviously better than iPhone tough :-/

40. Nath4N

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2014

this whole article is pathetic, not just the headline

19. waqarzec

Posts: 75; Member since: May 09, 2013

Phonearana do u know that HTC introduced classiness.....why ur post suggest that u are a HTC hater pa....why always against HTC why.why

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and thats with that sarcastic poll for this article? is that suppose to be funny? o.O

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