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Rumored HTC handset looks even more like an iPhone 5 in leaked photo

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A photo of what is thought to be the next-generation HTC One handset was purportedly leaked to the Web on Friday, showing the smartphone clad in a "slate and black" colorway similar to Apple's iPhone 5.

HTC M7


Codenamed "M7," the rumored handset is slated to launch in Europe and North America next week and takes a number of design cues from Apple's most recent iPhone, including chamfered edges, top and bottom screen "borders," and now what appears to be a black anodized frame.

First spotted by Unwired View, the leaked image yields no additional clues as to the design of the HTC device. A similar photo of the same phone, this time in silver, was seen earlier this month and was thought to be an image meant for members of the press.

As for the device's internal hardware, speculation points to a 4.7-inch full HD display and Qualcomm's 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor.

Other rumors have pegged the M7 as being HTC's successor to the HTC One, and note a launch will likely take place on Feb. 19. Pricing is expected to be in line with current models, starting at $200 for the 32GB version and moving to $300 for the 64GB iteration.
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Makes sense that cell manufacturers would copy an original.

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Everybody wants to be Apple. That's a fact. Even the iHater crowd secretly wish to be fanboys but they can't bring themselves to do it. So they live vicariously on sites like AI, MacRumors, MacNN and the like.

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The chamfers? Definitely. The angle of the curves? Yeah. 

 

The rest? Eh, not really. Is there a back shot? The front here looks more like the back of the iPhone.

 

And I'm reminded of that great quote: "The back of our computer looks better than the front of theirs!"

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post #5 of 49
Good point ikrupp.
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I am actually surprised that not much has been made of resemblance between the BlackBerry Z10 and iPhone 5. This is getting ridiculous.
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The chamfers? Definitely. The angle of the curves? Yeah. 

 

The rest? Eh, not really. Is there a back shot? The front here looks more like the back of the iPhone.

 

And I'm reminded of that great quote: "The back of our computer looks better than the front of theirs!"


"Angle of the curves"? Curves have angles? Maybe you are referring to the radius?

 

I do agree about the back of the iPhone 5. Despite Apple's videos, I really do not think most people (even here) appreciate the marvelous engineering embedded therein. But here is the problem - it is covered up on >75% of the units.

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Looks like the Blackberry z10. Or iPhone 5. I dunno. I thought fandroids hated the iPhone design.

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Well that agreement Apple had with HTC looks to be 86'd...

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Originally Posted by stelligent View Post
"Angle of the curves"? Curves have angles? Maybe you are referring to the radius?

 

Yeah, the arc; you're right. 


But here is the problem - it is covered up on >75% of the units.


Do we have reasonable numbers for the people that use cases?

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post #11 of 49
I've seen some other 'leaked' pictures online and this phone looks almost nothing like the iPhone 5.
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I've seen some other 'leaked' pictures online and this phone looks almost nothing like the iPhone 5.

 

Not only that, but this image sure doesn't look like a "photo", especially with that oh-so-perfect little glare line.

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I guess I'm a "fandroid" now, at least I ditched my iPhone 4 in favor of a GS 3 last year. Anyway, I don't have an issue with the iPhone aesthetics so much as I do with the OS and phone screen size. The iPhone "design" is pretty nifty otherwise.
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Looks more like a BB Z10... (which in turn looks like an iPhone 5)
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So they put the display on the back. Genius¡ Seriously though, the back of the iPhone 5 does look elegant with those thinner strips so I can see why another would find that styling attractive. I dislike the lack of a Home Button on this (and the BB Z10) but each certainly looks nice.

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Do we have reasonable numbers for the people that use cases?

If the number comes from Apple is it automatically reasonable? If so then 78% of iPhone buyers get a case for their phone too. (Apple does surveys?)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443687504577567421840745452.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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post #17 of 49

It looks like a photoshop job to create controversy, I'd be surprised if this actually comes to market.

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post #18 of 49
Why does everybody copy apple?!?
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It would be a beautiful phone if the logo were laser-etched in the bottom part so the screen would be centered as in the iPhone's. And the two little holes--or whatever they are--break the cleanliness of the phone.

Oh, and it doesn't run iOS, so why bother. Otherwise it's a very attractive phone.
post #20 of 49
Just wait, it will also be available in a white and aluminum version as well. All part of the natural evolution of the cell phone of course.
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The chamfers? Definitely. The angle of the curves? Yeah. 

The rest? Eh, not really. Is there a back shot? The front here looks more like the back of the iPhone.

And I'm reminded of that great quote: "The back of our computer looks better than the front of theirs!"

Or better yet "do you have a match?"
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Why does everybody copy apple?!?

Because sadly it pays to, look at how well Samsung is doing.
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post #23 of 49
$1 says the HTC CEO is the next to say how everyone should innovate... Lol
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"Angle of the curves"? Curves have angles? Maybe you are referring to the radius?

 

Why yes, (circular) curves actually do have angles. There is the central angle and the deflection angle -- railroad and highway engineers typically refer to a curve (what you are calling an arc) by it's degree of curvature which is the angle of deflection of a circular curve subtended by a 100 ft. arc. See any decent reference on surveying or geometry and it will explain these in detail. (Look at horizontal curves http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/educweb/ce353/lec05/lecture.htm   as vertical curves are parabolic.)    IHTH.   /s

post #25 of 49
As I understand it, HTC has now settled with Apple. Perhaps that is what is driving any design cues that may smack us as cavalier if their intent was to be original. Apple is likely now getting a cut of every HTC Android phone sold, just like Microsoft does.
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HTC M7

 

It is a nice design, I think. But apart from being on the blackish side and having the rectangular shape with rounded corners, it's quite a different design. To have a optimal screen size vs. device size ratio, companies are kind of stuck with this shape.

What I really wonder is, what are the upper and lower grills for? is it for ventilation, or to they come with such big loudspeakers.

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It is a nice design, I think. But apart from being on the blackish side and having the rectangular shape with rounded corners, it's quite a different design. To have a optimal screen size vs. device size ratio, companies are kind of stuck with this shape.
What I really wonder is, what are the upper and lower grills for? is it for ventilation, or to they come with such big loudspeakers.

It's especially different when you look at it from the sides or rear - and the front is readily distinguishable.

I don't think Apple's going to care a bit about this one.
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Honestly, I think it does not look anything like an iPhone.  It has curves edges and it is black, but the speakers on the front are different and the camera is in a different spot.  Everybody that makes a black phone will make iPhone clones then...

 

AI is stretching it here. 

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People may surely confuse it with a smartphone, and that htc branding on the front is just there to mislead them. Zz
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Originally Posted by Sensi View Post
People may surely confuse it with a smartphone, and that htc branding on the front is just there to mislead them.

 

So how did that point in the Apple/Samsung trial go? That's what Samsung tried to assert, as well. 

 

[Obligatory comment about how their lawyer still couldn't tell the devices apart]

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What I really wonder is, what are the upper and lower grills for? is it for ventilation, or to they come with such big loudspeakers.

 

A wide speaker grille has usually been a hallmark of HTC's designs.

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Bogus story is bogus

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Again, look at the back of the phone. It's nothing like an iPhone.
http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/htc-m7-leaked-as-the-2013-heir-to-the-one-x-throne-20121218/

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post #35 of 49
They really shoehorned a much bigger screen into a not that big of form factor.
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@tallest skill : I use a mophie juicepack currently. Also, going to an Apple store and looking at demo iPhones... nah, not getting one and carrying it caseless. Too many scratches in a secred environment like a store to survive my pockets.

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Frankly I wish the iPhone looked more like this HTC.

For my taste, the most dated part of the iPhone is the thick top and bottom bezels. The back of the iPhone 5 looks great, the front really needs to catch up. But that means they have to re-think the home button. Perhaps like the 30-pin dock connector Apple is ready to do this soon ...
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Frankly I wish the iPhone looked more like this HTC.

For my taste, the most dated part of the iPhone is the thick top and bottom bezels. The back of the iPhone 5 looks great, the front really needs to catch up. But that means they have to re-think the home button. Perhaps like the 30-pin dock connector Apple is ready to do this soon ...

1) Look at the bottom of each device. They have about the same size bezel. I think you're seeing an illusion of a double bezel.

2) If they make it as thin as the back of the iPhone 5 then how will the Home Button be made to fit? I think it's possible with a more elongated button but changing it isn't something to be considered lightly.

3) Note that the HTC phone has the logo printed on the front. The iPhone does not. It's never had it on the front but even with the display off you know it's an iPhone. That means the front look is iconic even after the change from a 3.5" 4:3 display to a 4" 16:9 display. I think that's important.

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3) Note that the HTC phone has the logo printed on the front. The iPhone does not. It's never had it on the front but even with the display off you know it's an iPhone. That means the front look is iconic even after the change from a 3.5" 4:3 display to a 4" 16:9 display. I think that's important.

Because they've never changed the front. Like a Aston Martin grille, no matter what year the make one can always tell it's a AM.
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3) Note that the HTC phone has the logo printed on the front. The iPhone does not. It's never had it on the front but even with the display off you know it's an iPhone. That means the front look is iconic even after the change from a 3.5" 4:3 display to a 4" 16:9 display. I think that's important.

 

True, the iPhone puts its big Apple logo on the back, where other people can see it.  Most phones do that. It's like those car dealer logos they put on the back of automobiles to get free advertising (which I always make them remove).

 

As for the front, what makes it most recognizable as an iPhone (or iPad), is that single round Home button with the blank white app icon.   The bezel can change, the colors can change,the size, the curves and borders... but that button is always there.  It could have a round screen and the Home button would still give it away.

 

Now you make me think about other phones.  For example, Samsung's motif that they've often used for many years, is to have a rather large primary button with chrome trim, surrounded by other buttons.  The primary one used to be Select, now it's Home.

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