HTC were the first of many to come out with a 5-inch 1080p smartphone, and now it looks like they’ll once again be the first to achieve an even more impressive milestone – to release a phone with a 4.7-inch 1080p smartphone. It’s called the HTC M7, and according to recent leaks it looks likely to launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
Let’s have a look at what’s been discovered so far. First of all, we’ve got a pretty good idea of the overall look and feel of the device, thanks to a full image that leaked last week as well as a video of the front and rear chassis of the phone – sans any interesting internal components – courtesy of ETrade Supply.
The video makes it quite clear that HTC are abandoning the design language they introduced last year with the One Series, in favour of a more angular style that we saw in their 5-inch 1080p smartphone late last year, the Droid DNA aka Butterfly. It’s a surprising development, given how adored the One series’ styling was, but I suppose progression along a design front is key.
So we’ve got a rather angular look and feel that’s similar to what we’ve seen most recently from HTC, but on a smaller device. That smaller screen should make it easier to hit the lock button at the top of the phone (which was a bit of a stretch on the Droid DNA). There’s also a new button – a dedicated camera button! That’s always a favourite with photographic enthusiasts, and hopefully indicates that we will see at least a 13 megapixel sensor here and performance to match.
We also know roughly what’ll be inside the phone. We’re expecting a faster 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage with micro SD support. Again, all good and proper. On the software side of things, we’re expecting a less colour Sense 5.0 skin, offering a complementary design to the phone’s monolithic look.
The M7 looks promising for HTC. The beleaguered Taiwanese company desperately needs a hero phone to sell well, and the M7 is their best attempt. With a well reviewed and best selling sim-free HTC phone, the rest of their business could also see an upturn thanks to the ‘halo effect’ that’s been so well employed by Apple. Will that happen? I guess we’ll have to wait until the release of the phone to really tell, but I am hopeful.
What do you think – will the M7 be HTC’s salvation? Let me know in the comments below.