This year’s Mobile World Congress feels just a bit different than usual. Taiwan’s HTC has announced some Desires and even “re-launched” the X, but has opted not to unveil its new One. Just last week a new leak appeared that claimed to show off the device – allegedly going by the codename Perfume – in full frontal, sans HTC’s oft-criticized black bezel bar. In fact, no logo appeared to be present at all, something that Samsung Korea (and Galaxy Japan) seemingly knows something about.
Today’s leak originates from a Weibo account which has since deleted the post, but not before Techtastic.nl was able to save the image. The picture appears to be of the back of the One M10:
A few key take-away points to discuss:
- The camera sensor is markedly different for an HTC One flaghsip. Whereas the One M7, One M8, and One M9 all used a camera module flush with the device’s body, this looks to protrude as evident by the ring around it.
- To the right of the sensor is a dual-LED flash, and another space which is assumed to be used for the laser-focusing module which the phone is rumored to have.
- HTC’s classic antenna lines – part of the original design cue HTC argues has been copied by Apple – are present, and are as thin as ever.
- The back – while clearly made of metal – has a very different aesthetic going on: a large chamfer going around the rear perimeter of the device.
For reference, here is the image which was leaked last week:
It should be noted that there is something a bit strange going on with the display. In particular, the bottom-right corner looks to be sticking over the white bezel. It is possible the display itself is damaged, or the image was edited or Photoshopped for reasons unknown. The picture does, however, line-up (design-wise) with that leaked earlier in the month:
In this picture however, there looks like what appears to be a third antenna band along the top part of the frame – just above the camera – yet this is clearly not present on today’s rear leak.
It remains to be seen as to which – if any – of these three leaked pictures turn out to be accurate. They might all be of the real product, or they might all be a clever trick. It is also possible that one or more could be of a prototype device that was sent out “in the field” for testing but to disguise the body itself.
The HTC One M10 is rumored to be shipping with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It will supposedly be dropping the BoomSound speakers – like the A9. Depending on the region, the Snapdragon SoC may be replaced with a MediaTek unit instead.
With HTC inevitably going to launch its new flagship within the next couple of months, it is only a matter of time before the final design becomes known, or at least until some more leaks start to trickle out. In the meantime, feel free to leave your thoughts below and discuss what to make of the newest possible picture of what may potentially be the new One (but not that One).