We’ve already seen our fair share of leaked images and rumors regarding HTC’s next flagship device, but this latest leak is the closest look yet that we’ve had at the new HTC One 2014. Some young scamp has managed to get his hands on a pre-release model of the handset, which we can only assume belongs to his parents, and has uploaded a video of his impressions.
The original video has been removed, but fortunately duplicates have been uploaded to Youtube. I hesitate to recommend that you sit through the whole 12 minutes of amateur footage, as I did. Instead, I’ll summarise the little pieces of information that can be gleaned from the video.
Just like the various leaked images that we’ve seen, the old and new versions of the One look very much alike. The video confirms that HTC has decided to move the buttons on screen, and the manufacturer also seems to have moved the light sensor, although that’s far less important. Software wise, the video offers us a look at a new update to HTC’s Sense UI and adjustments to Blinkfeed, the version number of which is “protected” in the settings menu. The source says Sense 6.6, but we can assume he means Sense 6. From what you can see in the video, functionality remains the same as previous versions.
HTC also appears to have made several changes to its camera app, and the camera’s quality receives a highly respectable “8.7”/10 from our reviewer. Beats audio and the popular dual speaker setup remain in the HTC One 2014, which the youngster attempts to confirm with a moving 2 second rendition of the classic “Soulja Boi”. Finally, unlike the original HTC One, the 2014 version appears to have an SD card slot, although this could just be a feature included for development purposes.
If you’d like to take a look at the features yourself, I’ve included the video below. There’s also another copy here, just in case it goes missing again.
Of course revealing such an important piece of hardware is bound to have repercussions, and the kid left plenty of clues with which to identity the unit in the video. HTC’s Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, has already issued a stern warning to our leaker via Twitter, although the original comment seems to have gone AWOL. Bad news for the source, but the uproar makes this video seem legitimate.
What do you make of this brief look at HTC’s new flagship handset?