HTC M8 leakage continues with new photos and video

China Mobile and T-Mobile versions of the new HTC One leaked

HTC might be pixelating the new HTC One in its teaser videos, but online leakers are showing no such discretion. This morning we're seeing two significant leaks of HTC's next big thing — first up, a shaky one-minute hands-on video showing the T-Mobile 32GB version of the phone, dipping into the settings menu to show Android 4.4.2 KitKat, HTC Sense 6.0 and the phone's unique IMEI number. (Whoops.)

Meanwhile in China, relatively high-quality photos have emerged on Weibo showing the China Mobile M8 from all angles, along with a side-by-side comparison with the One Max, while apparently confirming the presence of an SIM slot on the left and microSD on the right.

Check past the break for more photos, as well as that T-Mobile hands-on video.

Source:, YouTube; via: Android Central forums

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  • Exciting I think! I might wait it out some to get one and thats IF it replaces my current HTC One.
  • I just realized that this is very bad for HTC. Adding sdcard support for a device running 4.4.2 is a mote point. The only apps that can read/write to it are Google's, HTC's, and Carriers. Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...
  • Some people use SD cards for more than apps, believe-it-or-not. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1
  • I think he was getting at that 4.4 Kitkat and SD card support can be weird since 4.4 manages SD card memory and what you can do with it very differently then before Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • SD card is a good place to store photos and videos. Posted via Android Central App
  • videos, music, picture, comics, etc
  • pr0n
  • +4 Posted via Android Central App
  • SD card is a must for music and photo addicts! It's a welcome change and may just sway me away from my Samsung and back to HTC. I don't think I've moved apps to SD since my EVO so I doubt it's a problem. Most of my apps sit uninstalled in the play store, when I need to use them I install real quick, use it and usually uninstall again. Never saw the point of having apps installed that are rarely used anyway. Posted via Android Central App
  • If you're rooted, you can very easily revert SD permissions to what they were in Android 4.3
  • HTC Laughed At Samsung because of their Galaxy S5. But right now I think they don't deserve anything. WTF. I was thinking of buying HTC ONE M8 from Galaxy S4. But this is bullcrap. LOL. FUCKEN HTC. NOT IMPRESSED AT ALL. Also, they suck at protecting photos.
  • considering the amount of leaks about this phone, HTC has really gotta pick new testers. I mean the guys youtube id has mixtapes in its name.
  • This is the worst-kept secret in the history of mobile phones. Just go ahead and announce it, HTC. And hopefully the display lifting at the bottom is a preproduction flaw, or a screen protector.
  •'s gone.
  • You do realize this may well be by design, right?
  • I don't believe it is by design but the steady drizzle of leaks has pushed the buzz level higher on this phone than any I can remember for a while - it's not all bad for HTC.
  • Seriously just announce it already. Posted via Android Central App
  • They will.....on the 25th.
  • There is nothing to announce at this point. Posted via Android Central App
  • you know exactly how the 2 cameras work?
  • I'm hoping to be on 4.4.2 on my Sprint LG G2 by the 25th. Posted via my SPARK enabled Sprint LG G2, that's constantly laughing at my wife's T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3 with borked sdcard support on 4.4.2...
  • I'm disappointed. Apparently it ditches many of the sleekest design elements from the original HTC One — namely the glass that spills over the sides and blends into the polished, chamfered edge that surrounds the phone’s face. These photos and videos show a raised edge framing the front. I prefer the original design. Moreover, still showing is the HTC logo in the wasted black bar space on the display, unless there is a function. Otherwise, WTF. I hope these are test units and not final production design. Of course, release information, professional reviews, and my own hands on will determine whether I upgrade my perfectly functional EVO LTE or wait for Sprint Spark in Southern California and then compare offerings.
  • Yeah, for all we know, these could just be prototypes/test units, and we could be getting trolled hard. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • The new design means the phone is much more compact or uni body if that's the correct term..
    More metal holding the entire phone together than the old sandwich model with the plastic mould in between Posted via Android Central App
  • ? Eh ? I'm looking at my HTC one right now and the screen does not "spill over" the sides, it is just square like any other phone with a plastic strip running down each side. Posted via Android Central App
  • He didn't say the SCREEN spills over the sides, he said the GLASS spills over the sides.
    Probably best seen here:
  • But it doesn't. That's a piece of plastic bonded to the glass. (Moto x style) The M8 just replaces that plastic with metal.
  • That is absolutely not what he is referring to Posted via Android Central App
  • I can't believe someone who is testing a phone would record in portrait and let his imei make it to video.
  • And their phone number... Whose calling first? lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Ya at least the last kid tried to hide it... Sorta not really G2
  • Just dont understand how This person can drop his number and imei and serial .. after what Just happened to the last stupid kid Posted via Android Central App
  • My guess leak was htc approved posted from the AC Slater app
  • This is definitely a possibility. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Indeed, at least the other kid knew to cover the phone number at least. I think it's the carriers more than HTC who need to vet their testers better at this point.
    Posted via Android Central App
  • I doubt any of the "leaks" have really been leaks.
  • What happened to the last kid? Posted via Android Central App
  • murdered
  • Haha Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5
  • Lol Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Lmao
  • I actually legitimately laughed for a couple seconds. Thanks for brightening my comment reading :P Posted via Android Central App
  • He got a promotion.
  • wow super fast !
  • Lmao, HTC has done such a poor job at keeping this a secret Posted via Android Central App
  • Very curious about the specs. And visuals are cool but in hand feel counts so I'll give it its fair chance..just as ill do with the S5. Posted via Android Central App
  • We are a fickle bunch....everyone wants a leak or preview but when you get one you bitch and moan about how it's done. Complaining seems to be the only real thing that makes people happy.
  • Mob mentality. You only need one person to start it and then it just explodes. Odd that it rarely happens when someone says something nice. I guess it's easier to be negative than positive.
  • This. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Great post. Posted via Android Central App
  • "Complaining seems to be the only real thing that makes people happy." Sounds like my ex mother-in-law.
  • Lmao Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Even though there have been many leaks we still don't know that much about the features G2
  • Because there will be none (new ones, at least, save for the dual camera). Everything else, if the teasers are any indication, is just an iterative improvement. Better Boom Sound, better UltraPixels (hope they do get it right this time around), better... umm... wait, that's about it...
  • ...Better Boom Sound, better camera, dual LED's, bigger screen, bigger battery (reportedly), faster processor, an actual menu button, slimmer profile, SD Card, possible better volume buttons (they seem to stick out more than the M7), audio jack on the bottom instead of the top (makes docks easier to implement), new version of Sense. The M8 based on my preferences appears to be a significant improvement in almost every aspect over my M7 - on a phone that was already superb.
  • Yup, that's what I said... other than the Dual Camera, there's no NEW features. Only upgrades (no matter how good they are, they're just that, upgrades). iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4S, I mean, Galaxy S5, and now HTC One Two or whatever they decide to call it. Nothing major.
  • Not arguing the "new features" perspective (although the SD card definitely is for HTC), but responding to the "iterative improvements" being limited to BoomSound and Camera. I think we are at the point of smartphone development where changes will be evolutionary, not revolutionary.
  • It just dawned on me... how awkward is it going to be taking landscape pictures with this? Not only do you have to be careful not to cover one lens with your fingers but TWO, widely spaced from one another, and one of them right on the 'grip area' of the phone... ¬¬'
  • Yeah I suspect buyers will be surprised and annoyed after dozens of photos of their fingers.
  • If they can't see their finger in the preview (i don't want to say viewfinder) before they snap the picture, then, well...
  • But that's the thing, I don't know how the dual lens will work. Supposedly the top lens is only for better depth of field and Lytro-like after-focus. So, will the preview show only the 'main' lens image? Both already processed? If I cover the top one, wouldn't the 'main' lens still be enough to take the picture? Still think it's an interesting setup, though.
  • Sometimes I think people just want to complain about anything they can possibly think of. How many people actually grip their phones like that when they take pictures? I don't ever see it. Unless of course you're the girl with man hands from Seinfeld. I see people gripping the sides of their phones, index finger on top and some on the bottom, when they take a picture in landscape. They hold the bottom of their phone when they take a picture in portrait. Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't WANT to complain as I won't be buying this phone. But if I made the comment it's because I do hold my phone like that when taking pictures in landscape. And I do hold it in the way you're describing, too. Am I in the minority? Probably. Would that be an issue for people holding their phones like that when taking a picture? Yes. Just because it won't affect you it doesn't mean it won't affect someone else. Oh, and I'm not a girl with man hands or viceversa. Just an average-handed Joe. Thanks.
  • I didn't think you were complaining, just questioning whether the second lens being so close to the edge will make it more vulnerable to unintended fingers in the edge of pictures. I'm looking at the M8 as a possible buy, and I had the same reaction to the lens closeness to the edge as you did. It's very easy to miss the obstruction until after taking the picture, especially in landscape. I don't think it's a major big problem though - users will quickly learn to adjust to the extra lens.
  • No, you are not in the minority. Anyone with an ounce of common sense takes photos of wide areas and groups of people in landscape mode.
  • I've got an ounce or two of common sense. I wasn't talking about shooting in landscape. About 95% of my photos are in landscape. I was referring to where most orient their fingers when they hold their phone in that position (though I see that auto-correct changed "thumb" to "some" in my previous post).
  • Most people hold their phones on the edges/corners when taking a landscape picture anyway. I don't think fingers would get in the way really. Posted via Android Central App
  • If you want a better grip and more stability for night-shots and low-light situations, getting a firm grip on both sides does help a lot (which is why I sometimes hold the phone like that). Sure, with UltraPixels this should be improved and maybe you won't have to worry about it, but still... for SOME it will be a nuisance.
  • I hold my HTC one at the top and bottom edges when taking photos, so the new one will be no different than the current model this respect.
    Posted via Android Central App
  • That top speaker smh.. Why couldn't they leave it like it was? Posted via Android Central App
  • I guess lots of people were having problems w/ the placement of the proximity sensor when they would hold the phone up to the right ear. It was far enough away that it wouldn't always shut off the screen and people would inadvertently hit the screen and disconnect calls or push on-screen buttons. I've never had an issue with it but I guess lots of people have.
  • Dat 2g speed though Posted via Android Central App
  • So this might sound crazy but I'm pretty sure this is a fake. First off, as a person always on T-Mobile 2g, it doesn't say 2g, it says e. Second, why would T-Mobile test a high end phone on 2g instead of 4g LTE. Third off, with my experience with phones never have the memory be 32gb, anyone who has a 32gb model phone check your memory, I know for me on a 32gb moto x I only get 26.33 GB. I'm sure the HTC one I had would be pretty similar to that. Overall though I don't think this is real. Just a clever hoax probably made by HTC. Posted via Android Central App
  • The G2 says 2G Posted via G2 + Nova
  • My HTC One (when I had it) said 2G when I was in low signal areas... Posted via Android Central App
  • All I want is an SD card slot and decent updates and I'm sold!
  • Still no word about what that second camera lens is for.
  • Don't understand these people.. I like previous year design. Damn thing just looks like last year with minor tweaks. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah I am always interested in seeing if it gets the same hate as the s5 did when it was announced -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • It won't. S5 gets hate because Samsung has a much larger following.
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the S5 gripes were because of the rumored specs not matching with the final result. The specs were supposed to be a relatively large improvement over the S4, but I guess some people think that the final results are incremental (I think they are fine though). With the M8, I don't think any of the rumored specs sounded like anything other than incremental improvements, so the expectations weren't that high to begin with. Posted via Android Central App
  • You are corrected. Rumors are rumors. Nobody said facts. Also, Samsung has a bigger following as you said. So that means many more people could talk about it. But we all know all rumors on the Internet are true. Until they're not... Then we blame manufacturers for not making them true... Instead of calling those who made the rumors liars. Posted via Android Central App
  • Or maybe the hate comes from the fact that the S5 is similar (design-wise) to the S4, which is itself quite similar to the S3, when a lot of people were expecting a complete revolution. But if it's like last year, every article about the M8 will be flooded by anti-HTC comments, just like with the og HTC One.
  • Precisely. It's not as if people hailed the s4 when it was released. Why? Cause it did nothing to improve the s3s faults. And the s5 is continuing that trend. That's why people are complaining. The htc one looked great and felt great. And they seem to have tweaked the design for this year to get an even more uni body look Posted via Android Central App
  • Better camera, display, and battery life , improved gps, faster processor, and improved graphics abilities these are all of the top of my head and you're saying it was minor? Appearance wise sure, but don't kid yourself into believing it a as a small update. People did hail the s4 over 50 million to be exact it's only on the Internet that the s4 is viewed as a failure. Posted via Android Central App
  • Stop throwing facts in the equation. People need to realize all hardware is going to be small jumps from here on out, software is the improvable commodity. -------------------------------------------
    You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you
  • From all of the leaks, it looks like the SD card is pretty much assured. I'm eager to know the battery capacity, and also intrigued as to the camera operation, and the function of the extra lens. Barring any more specific leaks, we will all know in just a couple of weeks.
  • Does anyone know for certain if the rectangular cutout to the right of the top speaker and to the left of the camera lens is an ambient light sensor or a new large notification LED?
  • I hate the back button being on the left. I imagine folks that are left handed like it there. IMO.. The G2 got it right by allowing options for onscreen button layout. End of the day this looks like the HTC butterfly S to me. Posted via Android Central App
  • The back arrow button points to the left, hence it's intuitively placed on the left as Google designed. Placing it on the right is bass awkward.
  • Where is Beats Audio Logo?
  • They dont license from them anymore.
  • This and Xperia Z2. Posted via Android Central App
  • here's the video
  • The video here does not work Posted via Android Central App
  • Wait so the M8 is smaller than the old HTC One?
  • That other phone is the One Max
  • Ahhh thanks!
  • I'm loving this phone the more and more I see it. I've never used an Android phone, but I'm definitely willing to give this one a shot.
  • Man, I sure hope Sprint has this in the "Iron Man Red" color like the HTC One.