HTC M7 gets detailed ahead of CES — all-black design, new Sense UI, and more

January 5, 2013

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Mere days before the possible unveiling of the HTC M7, new information about HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone has surfaced, this time detailing the design of the device, the new User Interface, and its availability.

The scoop comes courtesy of HTC Source, which received some tips from an insider on what the world can expect to see when the HTC M7 makes it CES 2013 debut. Let’s get to the juicy bits.

Design-wise, the source said that the M7 will bear a resemblance to the Droid DNA, though with none of the red accent. We’re looking at a completely black shell – made from the same material as the DNA — with “a very nice looking beveled edge” along the display of the phone. While past rumor indicates that the M7 will feature on screen buttons, that isn’t likely to be the case.

As for its specs, there’s nothing that we haven’t already known or guessed. The HTC M7 will sport a 4.7-inch HD display (468 ppi), a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP main camera, 2MP front-facing cam, and a 2,300mAh battery. There’s no microSD slot, unfortunately.

The test device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but it might get upgraded to Android 4.2 before it hits the market. The M7 will have the latest iteration of Sense UI on board, possibly dubbed as Sense 5.0, with a more “simple and clean” look. Meanwhile, HTC’s home-brewed apps will also get a design makeover.

The HTC M7, according to the source, will be released in Q1 2013. We’ll find out soon enough if the information given is accurate. Stay tuned for our CES coverage!

Comments

  • jennifer Talia

    But how will it do once dunked in toilet?

    • OdinBoi

      One more reason to go for Sony. I’m not worried about the toilet but typhoons and monsun rains and so on is in the same category.

  • http://twitter.com/danmcsw danmcsw

    “New Sense UI…”
    /me facepalms
    That is all.

  • MasterMuffin

    DAT SCREEN! still prefer AMOLED though but DAT PPI

  • Nixon

    Seems like I will give up the wait for a Nexus 4…

  • OdinBoi

    Sense ui, no card slot and tiny battery. Say no more. Sony ftw on full HD.

    • Nick Dion

      how is 2300mah tiny? and its is a 1080p screen, so yes full HD..

  • Deloma

    im liking these details a lot

  • gimboid

    Nexus 4 ftw! Then next year nexus 5 ftw!

  • Scorpineo

    Is the battery replaceable?

    • ConCal

      Dosen’t look like it will be. But all rumors/speculation at this point.

  • cycad007

    *SIGH* Looks like I’ll be keeping my money. Thanks HTC for listening to your customers about the removable battery and SD slot. Maybe I’ll take my business to ASUS

  • Monji

    No micro sd slot + removable battery = no sales. HTC why won’t you listen to your customers?

    • panda

      well, they only listen to apple. that is.
      customer is second.

      lol

      • Monji

        No offence but HTC is in Apple’s pants remember that they lost in court and had to pay Apple? I used to have an HTC Touch Pro 2 and moved on to a better device since they don’t have a micro-sd slot anymore… They were doing quite well in sales compared to other non-apple manufacturers before (when they had micro-sd slots and removable battery)… Why did they change that? Sony is already killing it with its Xperia Z… Same specs, listening to its customers and dev friendly.

        • Moosa Mahsoom

          The nexus 7 sold well despite the fact that it didn’t have a microsd slot. Even the nexus 4. Manufacturers are probably dumping it to reduce cost or something like that.

          • Monji

            The N4 sales haven’t even reached a million… It seemed that it sold well because it was out of stock but that only because of LG’s poor stock and manufacturing management. The N7 isn’t even a phone…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MO4ARC3MSQER3MLD2SG2L7JE3U phillip

      Apple devices seem to sell quite well for not having sd slot or removable battery.

    • cycad007

      You took the words right out of my mouth. The sad thing is I actually would be a willing customer if the HTC One had those two features.

  • memyself&i

    Why not take the design cue of the One X which was their most inspired design? The DNA almost seemed ugly compared to the one X’s sleek unparalleled style. Also, earlier reports said it would have an aluminum unibody design.

  • Brady

    I wish somebody would just tell Mr. HTC “Look bra … aint nobody tryin to use Sense. I mean, c’mon … get it together.”

  • opiag

    Well seeing as I am tired of my Tbolt, this phone sounds a lot better

  • InspectorGadget80

    Well no more HTC phones. Just glad I never bought one they suck at SD CARDS support and battery life