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Pre-release leaks have given us a pretty good look at HTC's next big thing

We're just a couple of weeks out from the announcement of HTC's 2014 flagship smartphone, the "all new" HTC One — also known by the codename "M8." And thanks to a steady trickle of pre-release leaks, we've already been able to learn a significant amount about the M8, both inside and out, ahead of the expected March 25 launch.

It's no secret that HTC has found itself in a precarious position, amid falling revenues and tough competition from the likes of Samsung. And fielding one of the best smartphones of 2013 seems to have done little to counter that. At the dawn of a new smartphone generation, then, HTC needs the new HTC One to make a big impact.

So what do we know about the phone so far? And what are we expecting to see on March 25? Let's take a look after the break.

Industrial design and colors

HTC One (M8)A rounder HTC One with metal sides, on-screen keys and two cameras.

Let's start out with a statement of the obvious — the new HTC One will largely look like an HTC One. After rebooting its design language once in 2012 and again in 2013, HTC has settled on this style for its high-end (and even some mid-range) products. So it wasn't too surprising when the first reliable images of the phone showed many similarities to last year's model, including a metal chassis and "BoomSound" front-facing speakers.

But there are numerous intriguing differences. The plastic outer edge of the M7 is gone, replaced with a wraparound metal design. The capacitive buttons have been retired, with a move to on-screen keys allowing the M8 to hold a dedicated task-switching key. What's more, there are two rear cameras this time around, something we've not seen since the brief flurry of 3D smartphones in mid-2011. (That's HTC's "Duo Camera," which we'll talk about later.)

Various leaked images of the top of the device show a black plastic strip up above, housing the phone's power button. (This time it's moved across to the right side, but it looks like that won't be the only way to power on the new HTC One, as we'll discuss in the software section.) Other photos reveal microUSB and headphone ports on the bottom, and a microSD slot on the right edge.

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So far we've seen the M8 in silver, dark gray, gold and — fleetingly — in blue. There've been suggestions that the device could arrive in red as well, though so far this color has remained elusive.

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Internal hardware

Suitibly high-end internals, and a 5-inch 1080p display.

Rumors that HTC would step up to a five-inch screen for its 2014 flagship have been circulating for months, but the most complete information on the rest of the M8's internals was revealed earlier this week through a leaked sales guide and corroborated by a shot of the Verizon M8's box on eBay. According to both, the new HTC One will pack a 5-inch 1080p panel, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB/32 of storage (though a 64GB verion remains a possibility), backed up by microSD expandability up to 128GB. There's also talk of "Ultrapixel" rear cameras, a 5MP front-facer and a nanoSIM slot, as well as a 2600mAh battery, stepping up slightly from the M7's 2300mAh.

Or if you prefer tables —

Platform Android with HTC Sense
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPUs
SIM card type nanoSIM
Memory Storage: 32GB
RAM: 2GB DDR2
Extended memory: microSD up to 128GB
Display 5-inch, 1080p Full HD
Sound HTC BoomSound, dual front stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
Camera Duo Camera with UltraPixel, BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0µm, F2.0 / 28mm lens, HTC ImageChip 2 with HDR video
Front camera: 5MP BSI, wide angle lens with HDR capability
1080p video recording, HTC Zoe
Connectivity 3.5mm stereo audio jack and microUSB, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled, Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS/AGPS + GLONASS, NFC, 4G LTE capable.

More: Leaked specs from back of Verizon HTC One (M8) box

None of that is too surprising — though if it turns out the "base" M8 model does indeed come with 16GB of storage, it'd be a surprising step down from the M7's 32 or 64GB. At least you'll have that SD card, we suppose, and the 16GB model won't be the only M8 available.

There's still relatively little information available on the device's two rear cameras. Leaked specs point to a 1/3.0-inch sensor with 2µm pixels and a lens with f/2.0 aperture, which matches up with the old HTC One's camera on paper. It does sound like HTC has some novel uses for its dual-camera setup, though, which looks set to use the "HTC Duo Camera" branding. And we have to imagine HTC is using a different sensor this time around, after the M7's daylight performance was criticized last year.

Software features

Based on the leaked spec list (in addition to the couple of unauthorized hands-on videos that have emerged), the new HTC One appears to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat Sense 6, a new version of HTC's software. Unfortunately most of what we've seen of Sense 6 so far comes from renders, a handful of leaked photos and shaky YouTube videos. But from what we can tell it seems a little lighter and brighter than Sense 5, with renewed emphasis on vivid colors in apps like BlinkFeed and the Sense music player, as well as somewhat larger typography.

Further details have been brought to light by the leaked sales guide and an ad from Australian carrier Telstra, both of which highlight key software features of the new HTC One.

First up, that mysterious dual-camera setup. It's referred to in both leaks (and, more recently, an image of the Verizon M8's retail packaging) as "Duo Camera," and while it's unclear exactly how it works, we do know a little about what it does. From Telstra's ad:

Create vivid images even in low light and professionally edit memories after you've taken the shot. Choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects.

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HTC's 'Duo Camera' could let you refocus photos after taking them.

That's echoed in the leaked sales guide, which talks about "professional photo editing features," re-focusing after you've taken your shots and blurring backgrounds for DSLR-like effects. So it would appear that HTC, like Sony, Samsung and Nokia, has some kind of advanced focus controls built in. It'll be interesting to see whether the presence of two cameras allows HTC to enable this feature as standard for all photos, rather than requiring a special shooting mode. The mention of "3D effects" is also curious, though it'd be certainly easy enough to shoot 3D images on a dual-camera setup, even if that isn't the main purpose of the "Duo Camera."

On top of that, you can bet favorite HTC One photo features like Zoes and video highlights will be onboard, too.

Elsewhere, HTC looks set to implement touch-to-wake features in the new HTC One, similar to LG's Knock-On capability. According to the leaked ad —

HTC Sense 6.0 simplifies you smartphone experience. Double tap the screen to turn on your phone, swipe to access your favorite apps, news and social media feeds.

'Motion Launch' lets you double-tap the M8 to wake it up.

The sales guide elaborates on this somewhat, referring to the feature as "Motion Launch." Apparently double-tapping on the screen wakes it up and displays the time, weather and notifications — which sounds a lot like the standard Sense lock screen. And swiping the screen when it's asleep can also trigger certain apps to load, with the example of swiping right to access BlinkFeed mentioned in the sales guide. These new features should compensate for the M8's slightly weird power button placement, making it easy to switch on without having to reach up to the top-right corner.

Finally, "Motion Launch" is also said to allow users to answer calls by placing the ringing phone to their head — a feature we've seen on some Samsung phones over the past year.

Accessories

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Twitter leaker @evleaks has given us a look at a couple of M8 cases. The first appears to be a relatively run-of-the-mill hard shell case, but the second one is more intriguing. In what might be HTC's answer to Samsung's S View (and LG's QuickWindow), this unique dotted flip case allows the phone to display the time and weather through holes in the front while it's closed. It's unclear how this feature is activated — if it's always on, it'll be interesting to see how HTC is managing the power requirements, though it might simply be activated by the power button or some other method.

Availability

M8 Verizon box

Any lead time HTC has on the Galaxy S5 could be hugely important.

HTC will surely be targeting all major carriers for M8, just as it did the M7 last year. In the U.S., we've already seen leaks of the device on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and we're willing to bet Sprint and a few of the smaller operators will be getting it too. Over in the UK, one or two retailers already have pre-order pages up, with speculative pricing in the £550 range, for whatever that's worth.

With the Galaxy S5 arriving in many countries on April 11, every day prior to that that HTC is able to have its new flagship on store shelves is vital. (Indeed, we've been hearing from sources for some time that HTC wants a very short window between announcement and general availability.) What's more, it's important that the crucial U.S. release of the device doesn't experience any delays of the kind that affected the M7 launch. At least it seems Verizon, the country's largest operator, is onboard from the get-go this time.

So that's what we know so far about the new HTC One. For sure, the numerous leaks of this device have given us plenty of information to mull over as we await the March 25 launch events. But we wouldn't be surprised to see some surprises from HTC on the day, particularly in the areas of software and camera capabilities. Until then, keep watching Android Central in the next couple of weeks for full coverage of the new HTC One launch, as well as any further leaks that emerge.

 

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The new HTC One: What we're expecting

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The table in the article only lists 32gb. That would be really cool if that was base imo. sd card, might have a winner for alot of folks! I will be taking a look.....until I realize there is no s-pen...lol.

Maybe on the one max 2014

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I'd think about it too, but they can't make it a downgrade from the One, with a bigger screen. That's what last year's version was and it was disappointing.

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Same, I can't wait for the new HTC One Max 2 with the M8's supposed internals but hopefully thinner bezels & a Snapdragon 805

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I'm fine with on screen buttons. I'm a little disapointed that they are going to 16 GB when the current One starts at 32 GB, but the presense of an SD slot mitigates this to a degree.

The bezels though... That bottom bezel is seriously gigantic and all so it can have an HTC logo. When it had buttons on it, it was understandable. Now? It looks ridiculous and add extra height to a phone that, due to its front facing speakers, is taller than average for its screen size. To justify a bottom bezel that large, there better be a good function related reason for it. If it is a finger print scanner or something, okay fine. If it really is just logo space, no bueno.

@Illustrator Joe,

I gotta do this; "Say hello to the New Evo Duo by HTC."

It has Two rear cameras, on screen buttons, a larger screen, a Full Metal Jacket (PUN), display tapping features, bigger battery, Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6, 16/32GB storage capacity, and an SdCard slot that most developers have not recoded their apps to use correctly.

Did I miss anything?

Oh yeah, a big bottom bezel with a hidden Fingerprint Scanner in it.

That about sums up what I see.

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"Oh yeah, a big bottom bezel with a hidden Fingerprint Scanner in it." I'll be all over this phone if that's true.

One of the few things I love about my 5s is touch ID unlocking and it gets even more useful if you jailbreak. So damn convenient.

It was almost the perfect phone and I was going to buy 2 of then and live happily ever after. I guess I will have to wait till any manufacture offer a smartphone with zero bezels and stereo front facing speakers.

You're not going to get a phone with zero bezel anytime in the foreseeable future. It's what holds the screen on.

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So, you're saying there's a chance.

On a more serious note have you ever replace a smartphone screen?

I've notice the main reason we have small bezels is because in case of an impact it won't shatter the screen so easily. Curve display may be the answer.

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Omg! So true! Don't buy the fucking phone if you don't like the damn bezel! I'm so tired of the damn bezel complaint! It's one of the most annoying nerdish complaints I've ever heard...and, it's not even worth trying to explain it to anyone who doesn't like it.

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Perhaps it has something to do with the front-facing speakers, and the space requirements for them (internally)

The phone has to be a minimal size to fit the internals. That "bezel with the logo" is there due to size requirements. There's an empty space there, so they might as well put their logo on it. There's no getting around the fact that the bezel space would be there regardless.

Wait, it has bezels? WTF MAN!?!? This is unacceptable. And I suppose somewhere on those bezels they put their stupid name, right? This is bullshit.

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Haha too funny! I too get tired of people complaining about the bottom bezzle. I'm surprised no one has complained about the size of speakers holes. Geez give it a rest!

You definitely have no idea how much important these kinda small things are.
Large bezels is definitely a big issue specially coz this phone comes with front speakers. The phone becomes more bulky and when you put a case on it, it adds more bulk...
High-end phones are now normally at 5 to 5.2 inches and for better grip,one hand usability, it is very important for a phone that it uses less bezels.

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- Battery! People went mad about the battery on the last year's One. Simply because it was far behind the rest of the high end devices from other manufacturers. I am scared it will happen again... Maybe I am wrong?!

Way to take all the fun out of it Mr. KillJoy :-)

I would not necessarily complain about the 16 GB since there is the SD slot, but I would say that it is a step in the wrong direction. I keep hoping that the amount of storage would take some focus in the "spec war" but it does not seem to be going that way at all. I was hoping that this year 32-64 were going to be the options.

And the one complaint that no one will share with me is the metal body. Sure it looks good out of the box. The ergonomics are great as well, HOWEVER when the body starts to show wear and tear, or gets dropped, it turns from premium to utter ugly crap. If you throw a case on it, then what the heck does it matter if it is made of metal or plastic? You can say what you want, but a new backing for Samsung is $10 and your scratched up phone looks new again.

+1000. People put too much emphasis on a "premium" materials. When a majority use a case.

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Are you sure about that? The few HTC One (and One Max) I've seen in the wild didn't have cases, neither does mine (and there still isn't any dent on it).

You're probably right, but apart from iPhone users, very few people put cases on their phones where I live (even phablet users).

Almost everyone I know uses a case I think 2 people with iPhone 5 I know don't and there phone is scratched up even when I'm out and about people seem to have cases on. I rarely see a naked phone. I really think the mass consumers especially use cases more than some may think it's why accessories etc have become a huge business. People buy cases not just for protection but for customisation too. I'm surprised there's not been a recent survey done to see how popular or not cases are.

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I'd also like to see android central do a survey on how many people use a case.

I know very few people also that don't use a case... and the one person I know in-particular who doesn't have a case, his S3 is all scratched up after 1 1/2 years of use. I'll never own a smartphone without a case... that's why I could give a shit less about what the phone is made of.

Why the Hell are you gonna be banging the phone up to the point where it's ugly..I've had mine for a year and it still looks new including the glass and the metal. Pretty much any phone you drop and throw like a frisbee is gonna look like crap! Almost everything that ages gets less attractive over time...WTH do you expect....? You know what? I shouldn't even respond to these posts and dignify them as worthy of thought....but..here you go!

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Accidents happen, things slip. Did you see the drop tests the other week? All it takes is one drop and you can turn your Mercedes into a pinto. At least with the plastic crap it can be fixed for the most part

Then sounds to me like you shouldn't be buying a metal phone...I have nothing against plastic, but the metal version of the HTC one is just stylish and made for those who like style and are willing to PROTECT it!

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"Almost everything that ages gets less attractive over time"

Except Julie Bowen...She looks better now than she did in Happy Gilmore.

You're right. I WILL complain about on screen buttons. I do not like them. No exceptions.

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I understand that you may not like them, but Google's image of Android now, without a doubt, includes the onscreen layout. For every guy like you out there who's ripping HTC et al for their on screen buttons, you have to know that Google has got to be pressuring these OEMs to include them.

Now with HTC, the only straggler is Samsung, and some of that may be about ego at this point, or it could jsut be about pissing Apple off with a hardware home button. Whether it's defying Google or pissing off Apple, Samsung doesn't care whether you like the hardware approach or not and when they do decide to change it, it will have nothing to do with any customer feedback.

Well, I think that there is some legitimate complaining that should take place with this device. They have made some decisions which are simply dumbfounding.

- They've given the phone, which is already very much on the tall side and already weighs a lot, a bigger screen without reducing the bezel size. The phone will be wider, taller and heavier. There is no tradeoff.

- They've given the phone onscreen buttons. Imo, that is a great move. However, they've kept the black bezel bar where the buttons used to be. From a consumer standpoint, that is wasted and useless space which only adds to the phone's heft.

- Why revert back to SD card use? With the prevalence of cloud storage and streaming music services, surely the 32 and 64 GB options of last year's One were suitable enough. Did the subtraction of 16 of 32 GBs plus the addition of an SD card slot result in cost savings? Perhaps. If the SD card slot either forced the phone to be bigger in size or took away the ability to put a bigger battery in there, then HTC made a piss poor tradeoff.

I love the metal all around look. The white sides on the One were not constructed with the highest quality control standards. I love the idea of dual cameras and improving what is already a very good camera from the One. I love moving to onscreen buttons to better mirror Android. But I don't like the points listed above. They half assed this thing at a time when HTC can't afford to half ass anything. And, that's a shame because the new One had the ability to be a really great update to the One. Instead, they arguably made their new phone worse than its predecessor.

And to add to your SD comments, why revert back when the cost of storage is insanely affordable now? I like the SD card, but I get your argument and can see how even 128gb would be reasonable with current suppliers and costs.

It does look a little like a cheap copy of an original One. Seems like it will be a very tall device, also. I suppose they had to make design concessions to house the extra camera and speakers.

I guess it comes down to how much you value the speakers

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I definitely miss the front speakers since i switched to the Nexus 5, and the cool Sense feature of linking contacts

I've never properly used one, and after previous discussions on this site maybe I should before I voice such opinions. But I almost never have any sound coming from my phone so speakers aren't a priority. But many have said once you do have decent speakers you end up using them a lot more than you might otherwise.

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They are awesome for alarm purposes.....(only phone that woke me right up) have to plug my N5 into external speakers to wake me..... also they sound like real speakers for music purposes, lots of mids and bass....unlike regular phone speakers all high with no real bass...and you don't have to cup your phone when showing a friend a youtube video

It is not a priority for me either but those speakers are awesome. Next time you walk by a store you should check it out. It is the one thing I wish my Note 3 had.

Yep too tall for many. If they were to make it w 4.3 in I would consider it as the next phone. Anything _over 130-135 mm in height is too much for single hand use.
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Tnx but that is desirable for mid range market not high end. Seems like only Sony realized that there is a demand for compact size phones without compromises.

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The fact they had one of the best phones of 2013 tells me they need to spend more on marketing. A better phone only gets you so far it would seem.

There are some things I like about the new One in these leaked pictures, but there are a couple of changes I don't like, as well. At this point, I just need to see it in-store to make a decision, although I might wait a few months to see other flagships.

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I'm liking what I see and the specs are really good, I'm interested in the duo camera and what it can do.
I do agree though that marketing will be the success or downfall of this the New One.
I'm certainly hoping the former as HTC make really really good flagships.
Good luck HTC and you have my attention.
Sent From the one the only the magnificent Note 3.

Meh, no news on the rear cameras yet? Still using ultrapixels I guess. Not a fan of phones made of metal since I despise the heat produced by CPUs especially when playing games.

Was hoping for a 3000mah battery and not really sure I like the rounder corners. Bottom bevel bezel is also a bit excessive

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Never owned a HTC although I like what they are doing here minus the SD card which is to appeal to Samsung users.
Momentum is hard thing to get back once you lose it. Too many years of small batteries and no updates caught up to HTC IMO.

Sent from my Moto X!

Lots of press though for quick Kit Kat updates.......my Sprint One got it in what, 92 days? that's impressive....and I thought the battery life was fine if you have wifi or good LTE signal...kit kat even helped, only true power users have battery issues, but they tend to be near a charger or computer to plug it into.....how often are we really not near a power source? and there are soooooooo many external battery options now anyway, battery life shouldn't be a big issue

I don't really think that it is to appeal to Samsung owners, I think they just see it as being successful for Samsung (because options are always good) and they are looking to try and steal some the mojo back.

I think you make the most sense out of everyone on here. SD Cards are an option that some people want.

"How'd you get the beans above the frank?"

I agree. This was the ONLY thing I missed last year. I don't install apps to the card, I just use it to store media, so the restrictions placed on it by Kit Kat aren't much of an issue to me.

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Way to many people for years including in store reps and technicians didn't understand that created functionality issues. Many handsets were needlessly malfunctioning, returned, and refurbished. Imagine the number of people who lived with freeze ups, restarts, and corrupted SD cards.

I'm pleased Google "finally" put their foot down with Android 4.4 KitKat -- for the proper functionality and security of Android.

I am pleased that Samsung, HTC, and LG don't care much and work around it. I bought Android not apple

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sorry but htc dont seem to be learning very quickly.
i would like to see a serious bid for them from lg or lenovo or huawei,at least they listen to their end users and not what reviewers say.
htc should be forced to scan and read xdaforum.everyday,they may just save themselves that way.
otherwise htc have at most 18 months (2/3 models)to start doings things properly or they will cease to exist as a seperate firm.
forget about trying to conquer america,forget aa about a

None of that is going to happen. And Lenovo has Motorola. And the Desire 816 is a huge hit in China. You're predicting in 18 mos they'll cease to exist? Seriously? You need to stop expecting them to be like Apple and Samsung. They're not going to be and can't. HTC makes phones. THATS it. Those other oems make many other things beside mobile devices. They're bigger and more diverse in the things that bring in profits. HTC is never going to be or have the market they do because they only make phones. And please stop predicting their demise in 18 mos. Thats just ridiculousness.

With all the leaks the spotlight is now on HTC. I guess the marketing team is doing something right. Last year all I seen was Samsungs ads bashing Apple and calling the s4 the next big thing. This year Samsung is quiet and all eyes are on HTC.

True. One the S5 launches it will be wall-to-wall coverage. Which is so much better than all the speculation.

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I've been leaning very, VERY hard toward the Nokia Lumia Icon, just because nothing else in the Android world really excites me like my Galaxy Nexus did when it was introduced. Not the Moto X, the LG G2, or the Samsung S5. BUT . . . I must say that the new HTC One has me pretty jazzed. The decision may have to come down to 2-yr agreement price (which I pretty much hate the idea of) . . . but the One is definitely the most intriguing Android phone out there right now (on Verizon, anyway; I'd still love an Oppo).

I bought the Lumia Icon the day it came out, had it a total of 12 hours (6 of which I was sleeping) before I sent it back. It felt weird, cheap and although I am now (eventually) a fan of Windows 8.1 I couldn't get used to the phone.

I'm gonna wait until I see what Jay thinks about this and then decide how I feel.

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I'd say it's pretty much guaranteed. It might actually be bigger than the current HTC One since the whole top is plastic

I use mine a lot so i hope they keep it.

I am loving the sound of the new HTC One! I live mine with Sprint so I hope the M8 isn't just for Verizon! && Gold! I'm super excited! I'm a Rep for Sprint ATT and Verizon through Target Mobile so I'll keep my ear out!

I am absolutely SHOCKED that you haven't had 20 guys respond to your comment to ask what Target you work at so they can come and buy their new phone from you. It's normally a pretty big sausage fest here. Welcome to Android Central!

Then just post all of your pertinents here. But be careful what you wish for. The nerd herd can get a little overwhelming here sometimes.

If I was under the influence, I would have only registered certain sentences of your conversation in this order:

Person A: it's normally a big sausage fest here.

Person B: haha I think I could handle it..

Person A: Be careful what you wish for, the nerd herd can get a little overwhelming sometimes.

A lot of innuendos can be read from that..lol. I'm not sure if that's what the other person was taking about though..

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64gb with sd card be awesome...hope this time T-Mobile gets a 64gb version no bull shit exclusive at&t this time please

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Agree! Exclusivity sucks. Only leads to disappointment and hampers broad reach sales. The (theoretical) variety of internal storage and color options present a carrier availability challenge.

Perhaps quick delivery direct order fulfillment centralized distribution warehouses can alleviate that issue.

Not only that, but the T-Mobile model of buying the phone outright means that many of the original One owners (or even those of other phones) can sell their phone and use the money they make for hte pricier storage upgrades.

This phone is absolutely gorgeous. Really hope HTC gives us 1-2 extra so I can potentially use it as my work device. Rock on, HTC!

Only thing I wish for on the M8 is for an easier to press sleep/lock button.

Damnit, you know what? It's growing on me. My current One is still doing fine so I don't absolutely need a new phone but if it has just a few more hours battery life, I'll probably be able to make it through a day without worrying at all. Hope we'll see some unique features like Moto X like always-on voice control though. Ultrapixels have so far been a real let down.

i was at a dinner with a guy whos testing this phone for verizon, i wish i paid more attention but he kept raving about the camera, which allowed lots of after image manipulation, like focus points changing to different depths and giving 3d effect not unlike the evo 3d. he did mention the new flip case that has its own screen for showing relevant information which i assume is the light bright looking one in the photos. also of note the camera seems much much better than the original ONE in dark light photos. hoping to run into the guy this weekend again and i can get more info from him. my attention was more directed towards all the wine we were drinking instead of a phone. Strike one up for the alcoholic side vs the geek side.

Good for you :) people miss fun while starring at their phones - pics, sharing and stuff. Last bday party I went to, the " younger" girls were playing w their phones for 90% of the time.

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I have a different perspective on HTC's "leaks" - I think they are intentional and ingenius! Why? 1. They are reining in fantastically unrealistic expectations caused by speculation for a long period of time causing unavoidable disappointment at launch. 2. Long, ongoing, continual "buzz" = brand recognition 3. What we are seeing is real, and very good quality = heightened anticipation with real expectations 4. Official "teaser" videos still create a sense of mystery and excitement, even after all that we know from "leaks" . HTC is innovating again - this time in a whole new marketing strategy that completely goes against the grain and is working brilliantly! Congrats to HTC!

DDR2 ram is a misprint, as the Snapdragon 801 doesn't support it.

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The Duo-Camera feature is what I'm most excited about. Using the second camera to create a better DOF effect is something that I really want.

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