High rez press photo of the HTC One leaks just hours before the unveiling [Update]

by: ŠtefanFebruary 19, 2013

Update: a video of what appeared to be the HTC One briefly went live on YouTube. Published by MobileGeeks.de, the video was soon made private, but from the accounts of those who have watched it, this leaked press shot is genuine.


What you’re looking at below is a press photo of the new HTC One that’s going to be announced in roughly 12 hours. In case you’ve been living a rock, the HTC One will be HTC’s premier Android flagship phone for the first half of 2013. It’s set to have a 4.7 inch 1080p display, quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, and allegedly a teeny tiny 2,300 mAh battery.

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The image, which comes from the French website NoWhereElse, looks legitimate. The site has proven to be accurate in the past regarding rumors, so we think this is the real deal. And if it’s a fake … well, we’ll know what the official HTC One looks like in half a day.

While we’re on the subject of the One, it’s important to point out a few of things. Let’s start with the elephant in the room: Samsung. They’re going to hold an event on the 14th of March to unveil the brand spanking new Galaxy S4. That means there’s a good chance that we’ll know everything there is to know about the S4 before HTC even has a chance to bring the One to market. That’s going to hurt sales, a lot.

The next big topic of contention is HTC’s track record. They announced the One X in February 2012, updated it by announcing the One X+ eight months later in October, and then two months after that they unveiled the 1080p Butterfly. That’s three “flagship” phones in the span of one year. How long will the One be the cock of the walk? Six months? Less?

And let’s also not forget about Sense. It’s an Android UI skin that’s extremely polarizing. You either love it or you hate it. This writer falls into the latter camp, and whenever he admits that in public, HTC fanbois come to his front door with baseball bats.

We’re going to be in New York covering the announcement of the One, so make sure you come back here in a few hours. If not, let’s just say we have baseball bats too.

  • Кирилл Соболев

    i really like it (neverthinkofcopyingIphone5) //but off screen navigation buttons, serious?

  • tlc000

    Looks awesome, the ui looks great too …but the shiny metal bezel seems awfully familiar

  • Mitchel

    Damn, HTC. If only you have tons of marketing budget & mindshare like Apple & Samsung, this phone will sell like hotcakes. Dang, it’s drop dead gorgeous! I fucking love the UI!!!

  • Looks awefully similar to the blackberry Z10, really.

  • Frank

    12 hours?, isn’t it 6 hours from now…

  • MasterMuffin

    They already had a hands on video in YouTube (which is private now). Should have catched it when I could :(

  • Nattawat

    wait did they just said w/ snapdragon 600 , oh my gosh i am goin to get this phone.

  • I was able to recover some of the cached file on my computer of the original video. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMU69bknEVk

  • CageSxL

    2300mAh nooo

  • nebsif

    Meh guys be real, so what if HTC was the 1st android oem, so what if the desire series used to be epic… its another 2012 huge bezel device with a high res screen, and 2 speakers, okay.
    Lemme say again, DAT BEZEL, its huge!

    At least One X was the sexiest phone ever made, the new “One” is something i’d expect from a Chinese OEM. ( http://www.gizmochina.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/JiaYU-Delay.jpg ).

    • Kassim

      Too true.

      I’ve never seen the need to (starkly) draw so much attention to the bezels by having the front of the phone divided into three this way – even if it was the same size but just had a “single piece” fascia, it would look a million times better…

  • it looks like Z1 + IPHONE 5 with WINDOWS interface !

    i ll settle for XPERIA Z and wait for GALAXY S4

    • yahyoh

      +1 :/

    • bitch_please

      A DEALBREAKER! Grow up.

  • Looks great but lets see an a few hour I have the butterfly X920d and I’m debating whether the Xperia Z or this new HTC phone

  • Rob

    Out of curiousity what is it you don’t like about Sense?

  • yahyoh

    HTC one : using BB z10 design + iPhone 5 combined , its using WP8 UI , ITS using 2 front speakers ( copied from Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 )

    HTC One the most copycat phone ever

  • Honeycomb

    Wait, didn’t Apple launch this phone a few months ago? Lol

  • kirk
  • This looks more like an iPhone 5 than anything. It may have some style similarities to the Z10, but that phone looks like a Droid X anyways.

  • Another phone with a non-removable battery. And they wonder why I only buy Samsung.