Is this the first render of the HTC M7?

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 16, 2013

htc m7 render

HTC is in trouble; by now everyone who’s even remotely interested in the mobile industry know that. A one-time darling of the mobile market and standard-bearer of the Android army, the Taiwanese company has finished 2012 with a disastrous quarter and the smallest profit in almost a decade.

Peter Chou’s company needs a smashing success to break the dry spell, and all signs indicate that HTC puts its hopes of deliverance into a device codenamed M7. We’ve already seen several supposed leaks and rumors about the M7, but today we get a first look of how the device might look like.


The above image was produced by evleaks, a source that has proved trustworthy in the past. In an Unwired View post, evleaks claims that the render is a screenshot from an animation that shows users how to insert SIM cards into the device. The absence of details (including the HTC logo) suggests that the render is incomplete, and that the final device could look quite different.

I know what you think – it looks like the back of an iPhone 5 (or is it the new Blackberry 10 device?). The resemblance can’t be denied, but HTC could get away with it (unlike Samsung) thanks to the reciprocal licensing agreement that the company signed with Apple last year.

Here’s another image that an Unwired View reader has put together based on the render:

htc m7 render

To help you complete a mental picture of the M7, the device is supposed to sport a metallic unibody design and a full HD display. The Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona is the setting where the M7 is likely to make its grand entrance, at the end of February.

Would you like the M7 to look like this picture? What do you think of those front facing speaker grills?

  • MasterMuffin

    I’m currently laughing at those who bought DNA/butterfly :P

  • Mr.ME

    This thing looks beautiful. I told people to wait, but of course they didn’t.

    • and i’m telling ya to wait for the Galaxy s4. we all know they are the best phones


        • they will use android you dumbass. reason why? cos they Also may i ask why you’re typing in block capitals? if your capslock key stuck down cos you jizzed on it?

        • baker

          fix your caps lock button first dude, lol :D

  • Andrea Forester

    I think that’s a pretty gorgeous device that combines the aesthetics that Apple has so long excelled at with the functionality and customization of Android. A two way win already, but those front facing speaker grilles should be an industry standard, so when I listen to music, play games, or watch a movie, it plays at ME, rather than the person in front of me.

    All in all, a sexy phone in almost every respect so far. If we assume at least a 720p screen (preferably 1080p, as that’s becoming more common), a Tegra 4 processor, NFC and 4G LTE, then this could potentially be a come from behind home run for HTC if they apply witty and vigorous marketing.

  • ahmed warda

    the same of iphone 5 in the shape

  • Shane Tu

    Holy crap…. this wait is worth it!

  • *throws up** now i need to clear my internet history…. cos i don’t want ugly shit covering it.

  • this is total crap! it doesn’t even look good!

  • If the quality is as good as my old HTC HD2, then it should be a winner. My Note is quite frankly slower and hugely disappointing after the HD2.

    • Filip Justin

      God, the HD2 is one of the crappiest phones.. crashed on me a couple of weeks ago.. bought a Note 2 instead..

      • Barney

        I for one don’t buy that BS of the HD2 being superior to the Note. That’s just a bitter and sour fanboy talk, we’re all Android at the end of the day and the common enemy is MS and Apple, stop with the infighting. The note I would say is one of those legacy phones, more so than the S Series. Legacy phones being the HD2/N9/N900 but with the note comes more modern futureproof hardware and thus being able to throw more at it. The note 2 is a vastly underrated phone, it is just spectacular beyond belief which until 64 bit smart phones come to fruition by 2014, we won’t be in a rush for the note 3 because the note 2 pretty much has solid hardware and can handle the most demanding tasks thrown at it. The HD2 will somehow be running WP9 but that outdated hardware will be soon be on it’s last legs and showing it’s age, it’s only a matter of time before a true successor in the form of the note 2 will carry on the legendary burden that the HD2 left behind.

  • aj

    Fake..look at the last picture. Instead of Play Store, it has Android Market

    • “Here’s another image that an Unwired View reader has put together based on the render”

      Did you read that part?

  • Goddamn that’s ugly.

    • xyzer

      yep. ugly earspeaker grill. ugly microphone grill.

  • Filip Justin

    Blackberry.. HTC.. Lawsuit anyone?

  • Marcus Renagade

    Apple lawsuit coming