Depending on the type of person you are, product leaks are either the best thing in the world or they’re the worst type of journalism. I happen to fall into the latter camp. Every new awesome smartphone is just around the corner. Why buy a smartphone today when X device is two months away, Y smartphone is three months away, and Z smartphone, the one you really want, is four months away? Leaked images, renders, press shots, specs, screenshots, whatever you want to call them, they just confuse people, make the press speculate on things they don’t really know about, and in the end we all lose.
Take HTC’s M7 for example. We know that HTC is going to announce a new phone in a month or two because … everyone is going to announce a new phone in a month or two. How crazy will the M7 be? Take a look at the company’s last phone, the DNA/Butterfly to get an idea of what to expect. That thing has a 1080p screen, quad core processor, and 2 GB of RAM. What more can HTC possibly do to the M7? The screen is maxed out, they’re not going to use one of those new fancy Snapdragons since they’re not going to be released until the summer, so will they bump up the camera?
The two images above were leaked via Android Police, who claim to know a guy who knows a guy who knows something about the M7. Whatever. If I told you I knew exactly what the Note III was going to look like, and that I even had the spec sheet, what could you possibly do with that information? Not buy a phone for the next six to eight months while you wait?
Expect to hear more M7 information sometime between now and the end of the world.