htc m8 one 2014 (2)

Now that the Nexus 5 has landed, the season for big Android launches seems to be drawing to an end. Big manufacturers have already put out their best devices on the market, looking anxiously to the crucial holiday season ahead. But don’t let the lull fool you: behind the scenes, big Android makers are hard at work preparing flagship devices for the first part of 2014.

We know, for instance, that HTC is working on the successor to the popular One, due in the first quarter of 2014. According to @evleaks, the device is codenamed internally M8 (the HTC One was M7) and will be the first device to run HTC’s Sense 6 Android overlay.

Now we have the first alleged images showing components of the M8, revealing a design that is very similar to the current HTC One. There are some differences though: most visibly, the metal body wraps around the edges, instead of having straight sides with chamfered edges. This wraparound design evokes the older One X, though that was made of plastic instead of metal.

Another interesting feature is the small round hole above the camera on the back. The Chinese source of the images speculates it may be an opening for a fingerprint scanner, or, less likely, for a secondary camera lens.

On the inside, the new HTC One is said to feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a Full HD display, though it’s all just unsupported rumors so far.

How credible are these alleged shots of the M8/HTC One (2014)? Well, if HTC hopes to deliver its new flagship early in the year, it’s not too early to see leaks like this. It’s also plausible that the Taiwanese company is marching on with the industrial design of the One, which proved quite successful.

Then again, we might be looking at a prototype, a different device, or something else altogether. One thing’s for sure: expect more HTC M8 leaks in the coming months.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Jack Parker

    Why cant OEM’s make one flagship, one mid ranger and one low end phone?

    • MasterMuffin

      And a phablet!

      and an answer to your questiom: because they’ve got to get everyone’s money :)

      • tomn1ce

        I think you misread his question. He wants to know why CAN’T OEMs make a flagship, a mid ranger and a low end phone.

        • MasterMuffin

          I didn’t misread it. They can’t do it, because they’re are just too greedy

    • Aniruddh

      Well, you need to upgrade your phones every where. Technology in the mobile world is changing fast.

    • frhow

      Thats what they are doing. Htc One – Flag ship, Htc One mini – mid ranger.

    • APai

      there are actual differentiators other than the marketing clones they make. i do agree with you to the need to simplify the product lines, however, the clones happen because of evolving technology, and price factors. having many models is not necessarily bad – however, making pointless iterations is solely the doing of the marketing division

  • hititi

    Just wonder how many does the so called “popular” HTC One have sold? Just wondering…..if it’s sales is good, shouldn’t HTC be reaping the profit now??!

    • frhow

      Don’t know but I have had the S4 and the One and I would buy the One over the S4 in a heartbeat. I blame it on the success of the S3 was so great in getting the Galaxy name out there that even though in my eyes its a better phone than the S4 the consumer awareness of the S4 over the One was astronomical.

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        Don’t say “better” say “better for me” please ;-)

        • frhow

          I agree for me. :-)

      • jdoee100

        Yeah, and when S5 becomes a sales success, you’d be blaming the S4. Sales-wise the One has been a big disappointment for HTC.

        • frhow

          So you’re saying the S3 was not what made the Galaxy brand a success? Lol. That is what killed the other OEMs and the fact they only released on flagship that year.

          • jdoee100

            No, Samsung has/will continue to make good improvements on their phones, thus strong brand of the S and Note series. On the other hand, HTC’s efforts has been up and down(recently more down than up), thus no brand awareness.

          • frhow

            No they have a better marketing dept that’s it. Nothing more. Hence the gimmicks they put into their phones and market to people as an amazing feature I.e. eye scrolling.

        • Not Happening

          Actually the One has sold pretty well, but HTC is riding entirely on the One and nothing else which means it has absolutely no volume, not a lot of investor hype, and crappy marketing for the most part. They plan on changing all of that in 2014.

      • HTClolz

        … or perhaps people had previously bought HTC phones like Thunderbolt, Sensation series etc., felt let down and swore off HTC for life.
        That is a part of the story that HTC fans tend to forget. It isn’t only about what HTC are doing at the moment. Their past mistakes are dragging them down. Many people now simply do not want to invest their money in a flagship phone from a company that has let them down before.
        I personally had a Sensation a few years ago which arrived brand new with large dust particles trapped between the touchscreen and the LCD. The replacement I got developed Wifi problems when I was still halfway through a 2 year contract, but out of warranty. (Not software related problem, the Wifi hardware was at fault.) I would have zero motivation in purchasing any phone from HTC again.

        • frhow

          And the Droid ChargeCharge or S2 was any better?

          • MasterMuffin

            S2 was much better (gotta add: for me)

        • Amine Elouakil

          What’s the problem with the Sensation again? dust? that’s not a common problem and the people who had that issue had HTC offered to switch the device even when it was recently out of warranty.

          The Thunderbolt was BAD, bad battery life bad software optimization bad updates (non existant and you know why), but is it HTC faults really? the Thunderbolt is just a glorified Desire HD/Inspire 4G and those are just he best phones of their times yet the Thunderbolt sucks, do you know way? hint : Verizon

    • Trolla

      Profit margins of HTC are quite low compaired to Sammy.Take HTC one and s4,
      1.Full aluminium unibody vs plastic means higher manufacturing cost and not to mention time consuming. sensors having OIS which is again costly.
      So there margins are low and sales are good but not that good to turn their fortune around.
      BOttomline:Touch Wiz is still crap.

    • Amine Elouakil

      If I had to guess I’d say around 20million more or less and this estimation is coming from the device sold by HTC During the periode of launch and factoring % of sales per device that were sold at the same periode at shops.

      Bro you know nothing about Finance it seems, HTC revenues are fine, in fact they increased by quite a marging between the begining of 2013 and now (especially in Q2), but the issue is Profit is related to marging, and because the One is much more expensive to build than it competitors HTC isn’t able to make profit on the device unless they sell it in huge countities (lower costs of production) which is not the case here the sells are fine but not spectacular.

      The question is why doesn’t HTC make a Samsung like device to increase their margings and profitability, well HTC has an uphill battle it needs brand recongnition and since they don’t have the Advertising budget of Samsung the only way to do so is with exceptional product that makes the difference (this what make HTC what they are to beging not ad campaigns) so yes the manufacturing costs gets lowers by the time, and if the succesor of the One uses the same process then the marging should increase ever so slightly I guess.

  • dandroid13

    Same crappy looks…

    • Rice30

      No trolls in this site.

      • dandroid13

        Saying the truth is being a troll?

        • Piterson Massenat Desir

          Your truth is not my truth. So is it still truth? Hey out of here with that man. It’s not truth it’s your opinion

          • dandroid13

            If it wasn’t truth HTCrap wouldn’t be struggling like they are…

          • Piterson Massenat Desir

            Last time I checked, the HTC one design had nothing to do with HTC struggling. Your original post says same chappy look, followed by the truth is not trolling, so now you’re implying HTC is triggering because of the looks of the HTC one? Lol. HTC is struggling because theyare not making ebenough money to market and even if they did, their marketing sucks. The phones, from the HTC one S are beautiful.

          • dandroid13

            Beautiful copy of an iPhone or a BB Z10.

          • MasterMuffin

            Trolling: success!

          • Petraeus

            i ll find you and kill you

    • Marsg

      The build quality is good but I don’t like the look of the devices either, way too much bezel. For instance the HTC one is slightly taller than a galaxy s4 but has a .3 inch smaller display

      • RanRu

        That’s too make room for the stereo speakers, though. If the bezels serve a legitimate function, I think they can be excused.

        • Marsg

          What about the side bezel? It serves no purpose and it’s double the size of other devices, and if you have ever taken apart a HTC one you’ll know the speakers aren’t that big compared to the grill, they could easily reduce the length of the device by a quarter of an inch

    • youarenotallowedontheinternetz

      “posted from a samsung phone that hasn’t changed any design elements, slimy plastic build quality, ridiculous feeling and cartoon looks for a decade”

      • Marsg

        They haven’t changed the design but their devices all though plasticly, look good, turn the screen off on a galaxy note 3 and galaxy s4 and it looks like one sheet of black glass, the entire front is uniform, like the lg g2 and the iPhone 5s, and now even the nexus 5. The HTC one has the silver aluminum, than the white plastic around it , than the black bezel on the front on top of the aluminum bezel, not minimal at all, it looks crowded. But again the build quality is amazing, I just think they could do more design wise

      • dandroid13

        A successful design doesn’t need to be changed every year like HTCrap does desperately.

    • SeraZR™

      Just went full retarded there …..

  • Benjamin Pavel

    I just hope the size will be the same…i don’t understand this hype that with every year we have bigger and bigger phones…if only my hands would grow bigger and bigger lol.

    • Sreekar Pradyumna

      Lol Hahaha! So true!

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    HTC One did not get HTC out of the dirt and I dont think the same thing with an even more rediculously placed finger print scanner than the HTC One Max is going to. Please HTC please don’t do this!

  • Xavier_NYC

    I see they’re riding that design until the wheels fall off.

    • MasterMuffin

      They just created that great design this year… Do you expect them to reinvent the wheel every year?

      • Ben Edwards

        Well yes, otherwise they’ll end up like Apple and Samsung.

        • MasterMuffin

          They need brand recognition, chaning design every year would be stupid

          • Ben Edwards

            Brand recognition comes from better marketing, not maintaining the same design year upon year.

          • MasterMuffin

            It comes from both

          • Duuh

            Indeed. Samsung is not so popular just because of marketing and advertising. You can always differentiate a samsung phone just by looking at it and it is also a key strength. Besides, I’m positive this phone will be sexy as hell even though reminiscent of the One

          • MasterMuffin

            Yup, the back wrapping around the edges seems to be a nice small detail addition

          • Daniel Ursul

            yea, i like that. i got the htc one and dust gets in the gap between plastic and metal. i excited about the 5 inch screen mostly. and they better give us 64 gb or expandable storage

          • Xavier_NYC

            Perfect example, Samsung. And No I don’t own a Samsung device..

          • Starly Solon

            Tell that to Apple!!

    • SBaka

      Look at the Evo. They did the same thing. HTC has trouble making follow-up phones.

    • holdthiscat

      Two words: Apple and Samsung. They certainly haven’t strayed very far in the design of their devices.

    • Amine Elouakil

      Are you blind? it’s more rounded like a One S, with of course the non gap aluminium construction from the One, if the device has the same build quality as the the One then I’m more than happy with it. but why are critizing HTC which they didn’t uses the same design for their flagship ever, (example from recent years HD2 -> Desire HD -> Sensation -> One X -> One) while the other been doing the same think over and over again iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S phones or Sony Xperias.

      • xPnoyStar

        Sony not really. They just started that Omnibalance design this year :D

        • Amine Elouakil

          Well it’s still the same squared forme as last year and the same color schemes sur they switched to a more glossy glass finish.
          Now look at one of last year flagship the Xperia T and compare it to the Xperia Z and see for yourself

    • Shark Bait

      Its a great design! Why change, its the best chance to get back to the prime time, and updated , better marketed HTC one

    • Seth Forbus

      I think I’m the only person who doesn’t like the design of the one. I like boomsound but other than that the hardware design turns me off a bit.

  • Shark Bait

    Seems like their doing the right thing to me . same great body and good processor. Let’s hope for more ultra pixels and more mAh ……..

  • Umesh Rajput

    Every time the same dull design

  • Tanner Hoyt

    A company doesn’t need to completely redesign their phones every year and their software every two years to be innovative. Samsung, HTC, and Apple have all found designs that work for them. They’ll tweak them every year, and that’s fine. I can’t stand to see comments like “ZOMg! GS4 looks like GS3 so Samsung obviously! not innovative. LOLZ”

  • dandroid13

    So many fanboys here… haha

  • Magnetic1

    I wondered about when with all these extraneous sensors they are putting into smartphones will the polygraph testing capability be implemented?
    This will give the BS detector a whole new meaning.

  • AMYunus

    Customer want better HTC One, not HTC One Max is not better anyway.

  • Nick Jennings

    Reading some of the comments made me laugh. Design of new phone hasn’t changed, etc. LOL! If it hasn’t changed and you’re still buying their phone then you must like it. I guess it’s because they have met your standards for a smartphone so all you have left to gripe about is phone design. Wow, the things i see posted sometimes makes me wonder. Are you people who post such ignorance ever happy? Complain about anything really make you feel that good? Just accept the phone the way it is, just like you did when you bought it.

  • Tommy

    There are still a number of new devices incoming in the next few weeks and months, but we really like the HTC One M8. It’s classy, quick, and well-priced considering the feature set. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.