HTC’s 2014 flagship device won’t get its official reveal until March 25th, but it’s already leaking all over the web. At this point it’s not 100% clear what the final product is to be called, but the handset is known internally as the M8 so let’s go with that for now.
The big news over the weekend was the release of a 12-minute video “review”, removed by the uploader but captured and re-posted by someone who caught it. We’ll get to that shortly — first let’s try to reconstruct exactly what leaked and when.
@evleaks, a consistently credible source for such things on Twitter, trumpets the M8’s specs on November 13th, 2013:
Sounds like the HTC M8 is — and you could probably predict — a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 15, 2013
These specs are more or less confirmed by AnTuTu on November 25th when someone runs a benchmarking test using a device with the ROM code htc_m8-userdebug|4.4|KRT16O. You can see the results of that test on AnTuTu’s site.
Some additional specs are posted on LlabTooFer.com:
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3Ghz
- Screen: 5″ Full HD 1080p
- ROM: 16GB
- RAM: 2GB
- Cameras: 4 UltraPixels/ 2.1MP
- Battery: 2700-3000 mAh?
- Wireless interfaces: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR port (HTC TV)
On January 17th Bloomberg runs a story with a tipster leaking details about the M8’s camera:
Twin sensors on the rear of the new handset will provide better focus, depth of field and image quality… An improved version of HTC’s Ultrapixel camera will be featured in the device, the person said.
@LlabTooFer tweets some news about the M8’s front-
Small update regarding M8. Front camera will be 5mp instead of 2.1mp…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) February 5, 2014
On February 4th, the first photo of the M8 is tweeted. Hot on its heels are images of the home screen (February 6th), plus press shots of the device in gold (February 19th) and in silver/dark grey (February 20th).
On March 2nd (yesterday), a YouTuber with the handle “GadgetReviews” uploads a 12-minute video tour of the M8. The video is pulled, but not before Austin Ouellette downloads a copy and re-uploads it to his own YouTube account.
And here is that video:
The original uploader is subsequently identified on Twitter and contacted by HTC:
— WinDroidGuy (@WinDroidGuy) March 3, 2014
Anyway, that’s pretty much all I know about the HTC M8. Did I miss anything?