Lite-brite

It could be a Lite-Brite. Or it could be one of those magic-erase drawing things you buy for the kids. Or it could be a case that shows relevant data. It might even be bullshit. All we know is:

Holes. Time. Colors.

And we only know that because @evleaks told it to us. The suggestion of the Internet at large is that it's some sort of magic flip case that will display the time and weather while it's closed, and have a way to do it with an LCD screen that doesn't eat your battery like delicious candy. Alex says maybe it only works if you push a button. But we really don't know what to think of it, and anything we (or anyone not working for HTC or unboxing phones on their bed) says is a wild-ass guess.

Anyhoo, it's a neat picture. Sort of retro-looking and playful. We almost want to see it in real life. Look for it at the big HTC shindigs this month in New York and London, I reckon. In the meantime, what do you think we're seeing? Comments are open.

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I think it has an induction coil in the rear, and uses Bluetooth to display data on a screen embedded inside the front flap.

Or Lite-Brite.

One of the two.

xxjdogxx71 says:

I'm fine with either one of those

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DWR_31 says:

I want this case.!
Dang! I shouldn't have bought this beautiful LG G2.

Coming to my senses now. It's HTC were talking about, here.

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Pretty scary if you think an lg is something to brag about. The joke will be on you when you see the new htc one and you can laugh on the inside how you have your inferior lg. You have to remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Truth be told it just sounds like you work for lg and are just trying to bash htc. Maybe you should go to another web page and comment on old reports of your lg that are ancient history. I hope you and your inferior lg the best of luck.

SEGROUKIN says:

Is it a crime to love the phone that suits your needs? Why can't everyone stop this childish phone war and get on with their lives? There's more to life than phones or maybe your phone is your life who knows...

My phone is the best in the world cos it's what I can afford and it suits my every need (Phone wise). I don't need a silly benchmark test or tech site to tell me that.

MERCDROID says:

The butthurt in this comment just screams hilarity.

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ScottColbert says:

So does the assholism in yours.

jubeldum says:

01-31-07
Never Forget!
/Obscure?

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TommyQ94 says:

What calendar are you using for a 31st month?

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mfromme says:

The United States posts their dates month-date-year. Pretty much the rest of the world posts date-month-year.

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BigDinCA says:

Don't worry. We're working on fixing it for the rest of you. It takes time.

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Morten Lund says:

No thanks.. ISO 8601is the way forward..

BigDinCA says:

True, for data and official purposes. It makes it so easy for sorting data by date. It's what we used in the military. But nobody is using that in their day to day lives.

TommyQ94 says:

Ah right doesn't make much sense to understand but suppose system I've known looks odd to Americans

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jmwils3 says:

either way, it looks really cool :) cant wait to see what HTC has in store. I suspect that, in spite of all the leaks, there are still plenty of surprises left.

pacoinurreta says:

BT will kill the battery slowly, so its Lite-Brite.

Darth Spock says:

It's supposed to be awesome.

dmiller440 says:

Just looking for Qi charging. Any chance that is included?

Is it not just the 'sleep display' on the phones screen showing though holes on the cover and thus giving the impression of a dot matrix style image?

That's what I get from it anyway and it's certainly one of the more stylish cases I've seen personally.

Mago27 says:

I agree, and seems smarter than Sammy's display cover since it actually protects the whole screen in reasonable fashion, and it retro look it's awesome, smarter, stronger and lower tech (which means soon to be replicated by others)

jimbo says:

I agree with Jerry's premise of induction coil powered display panel using Bluetooth (3.0 for low power consumption) data from app feed.

I believe all see through ideas as some point out down thread, don't pass the feasibility test.

jesseagruber says:

Edit last paragraph. "retro-lloking" isn't a thing (yet?). *retro-looking

jlczl says:

Looks childish.

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someguy01234 says:

What, because it's low in pixel count?

drokssilva says:

Lol.

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Bwahahahaha says:

Because it looks childish...

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BigDinCA says:

Says the man with the Stewie Griffin avatar. Besides, there's nothing wrong with childish. Have you seen some of the cool shit kids have nowadays?

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Jon Slater says:

As a great man once said, "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes!"

I like it!

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ronnypoo says:

looks really nice. however, I cannot stand using flip cases. Apart from tablets, the fact that i have to use two hands or strenuously with one hand to flip it open to use my phone makes me not want to buy them.

NoNexus says:

That's one of the reasons s view and the LG one is cool. You do not need to open the case to answer the phone or take a picture

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DocToxyn says:

Who takes a picture of their mysterious phone case at 00:05 AM and would it really be partly sunny at that time?

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ncfanboy says:

Could be someone in Alaska :-P

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nosmohtac says:

Exactly! And 24 hour time isn't displayed with an AM or PM. I call BS!

jackwagon06 says:

It's the S5's backside......In black and leds

FortTech101 says:

Lol

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kj11 says:

I agree that it looks like a flip cover.... and I kinda like it

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anekin007 says:

Not a fan of flip cases but I guess HTC is trying to do something different instead of the little window. I would prefer a nice kickstand case.

Jonneh says:

That's what Seidio is for.

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koolkos54 says:

?????

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anthonok says:

I want it

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calvin35 says:

Hmmmm. I wonder if it will be all metal as well? I can't imagine anyone wanting to cover their all metal phone with disgusting plastic? Insert sarcasm wherever you like.

Daniel UK says:

I used to cover my crappie plastic phone(s4) with a metal casing if that helps?

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NoNexus says:

Thought your post was sarcasm

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atg284 says:

Man this would be perfect if I knew htc had a nice watch coming out soon. With how things are going you almost have to pick a watch & phone together. If you want a smart watch that is.

jtc276 says:

Since when? The only proprietary smartwatch I can think of is the Gear series.

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DroidOn says:

It's missing phone protection on a whole one side of the phone. Really? Whoever designed this case, if it is real, would definitely lose me as a customer if they sell it leaving that one side of the phone totally unprotected. Maybe there is something there that doesn't meet the eye, from the photo. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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zizu101 says:

Both sides are protected. The case is also on the back. To prove it , the two plastic rims at the back are hidden because of the case.

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jtc276 says:

I think he's talking about the right edge of the device. It's actually a very logical complaint and probably the reason I won't be purchasing this case either (although it looks awesome).

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DroidOn says:

You are correct.

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zizu101 says:

Looking at it carefully, the top and bottom are not covered also.

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DroidOn says:

You are correct. I noticed that after posting my original comment. That too, would be a deal breaker for me.

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jayjay234 says:

HTC wanted to copy Samsung but failed at it MISERABLY.

DS1331 says:

Lol yeah cause Samsung has something that does this.... Moron. This is different and I'll take different all day not like you guys that buy Samsung phones because it's the cool thing to do

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NoNexus says:

Yes that is the only reason to buy a Samsung phone

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DS1331 says:

And I didn't mean everyone. Alot of people.

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NoNexus says:

I think the features and the commercials showing them off is more the factor than its cool

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rampage1979 says:

Here we go again with the copying complaints lmao.

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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Why exactly would they want to copy a manufacturer that has worse build quality and design and a much less stylish and more bloated software?

Can't really see it myself...

BigDinCA says:

I actually think it looks decent. Basically their version of a Note. Nice screen though. And a big ass battery never hurts either.

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ronnypoo says:

You're an idiot.

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downbeat4 says:

This case is 100% real. I saw this case last week at a conference. It allows you to answer calls while the screen is covered and to see certain notifications through "the blinds".

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downbeat4 says:

And it looks dope... But I'd be hesitant on putting a case on the New One... It feels really sweet in the hand "naked".

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droidhead_1 says:

Looking forward to trying it myself.

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NoNexus says:

You have the advanced copy? Can you write a review for us?

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mvp4him3 says:

Hmm it does look like a light Brite Haha. Does not look like a case I would care for.

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jtc276 says:

It's definitely niche, but the odd and original design are appealing to me. Hopefully they also release a more protective version.

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deeb215 says:

This is cool for at a glance but I'd prefer something with more functionality and a kickstand for The One.

jtc276 says:

I'm sure those will exist, also. HTC made two cases for the One last year. I'm sure they'll make that or more this year.

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deeb215 says:

Right, I liked the one they had for the original hopefully more color options this time.

And it will cost close to $100.

Brilliant

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It looks nice to me.

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popartist says:

I generally dislike flip cases but this one looks pretty cool, I like lights and colors. :)

mtmerrick says:

so they half-assed a ripoff of Alcatel's Magic Cover?

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/04/alcatel-one-touch-hero/

DS1331 says:

Lol that's just stupid to me

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The e-ink one seems very useful.

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rampage1979 says:

Try harder.. Lol copying blah blah get over it.

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mtmerrick says:

i'm not complaining that they're copying, i'm complaining they're copying _BADLY_. there's a difference.

BigDinCA says:

How is it badly? It looks like you have persistent clock and weather displays, along with calls, alerts and notifications I'm sure. It seems a little better than some static symbols.

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That_Hal says:

Awesome! Really different from other cases and really cool!

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If they are going to have a information type cover why not a Sink cover?

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Xingularity says:

It is good to see something new and unexpected. It may not be practical for some but it might just be for others. HTC might just be able to surprise us with something new as a whole with their next phone.

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widekyle says:

I bet its just holes in a flip case and the screen is used to make the flap light up in different patterns. But definitely looks cool and I want it.

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jtc276 says:

Wait. Did people think it was something else?

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gregmcph says:

I think it looks cooler in the picture than it will in real life.

I'm in love with this case and this phone.

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farieq says:

Alcatel one touch hero already have this kind of case last year. Htc just copy it...

rampage1979 says:

Is there an echo in here lol.

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Jacques says:

I dig it!

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XavierMatt says:

I hate it.

antw081 says:

I don't know what I'm looking at. But I want it!

jeffe007 says:

That is so funny Jerry that u thought of he Lit Brite before me! I was thinking this when I saw it! Maybe, they are still popular in Korea?

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I don't usually get cases for my phones, but that one looks so cool I'd consider getting it.

Looks like a very stylish retro look cover to me, it's looking like I'll be getting another HTC phone this year given what's been rumoured so far and we'll designed accessories such as that are just the icing on the cake.

Sean Bugeja says:

We're gonna need cases for our cases pretty soon...

Habiib says:

Do I get to keep my clothes on for this position?

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MERCDROID says:

I object to clothing!

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zizu101 says:

There's some kind of sensor above the flash, what is it?

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MrJazz says:

Is everyone over-thinking this?
I see pinhole cutouts covering onscreen widgets...

Markb709 says:

I really doubt it. If the cover is off by 1/16th of an inch you wouldn't see anything and it would be garbage. HTC would surely notice that within 30 mins of testing. With the Samsung cut out displays, a small amount of the cover sliding around doesn't hurt it at all.

MrJazz says:

FAT widgets. Also explains button press theory...

Notifications without opening phone through that's what

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Jdroid3 says:

seems like I'm hearing a lot of junk replies let's stick to the topics I don't care about he said she said

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cajunaggie87 says:

My guess is that there are tiny holes that go through the actual screen cover and the colors come from the screen itself. So the case doesn't require batteries, but the phone uses its screen to shine light through the holes in the cover.

rogue5 says:

That looks so cool, i wonder if you could do real time sports scores, get caller id or even better if you program your own picture and text on it. If so, i'm sold on it.

kf6kmx says:

Right now my guess is the case is JUST holes... It uses an app to display the data on the phone screen lines up with the holes....?
Wouldnt be hard to implement that without any fancy hardware

Wollombi says:

It's a large, steaming pile of ugly, that's what it is.