Jan 16 AT 12:25 PM Nick Gray 40 Comments

Rumor: HTC M7 firmware exposes first render of HTC 2013 flagship phone


The latest rumor has it that the above image depicts the upcoming HTC M7. According to @evleaks, the image was pulled from a SIM card installation tutorial included in an early version of the HTC M7′s firmware. The image shows a white device with a very minimalistic design dominated by edge-to-edge glass that covers the display. Above the display is a large front-facing camera, two senors (most likely used to measure proximity and ambient light) and micro-drilled speaker holes. What’s most surprising about the design of the device in the image is that it sports a matching set of micro-drilled holes below the screen, suggesting that the HTC M7 will have front-facing stereo speakers – a feature that would definitely enhance the handset’s media and gaming experience.

HTC M7 render

While we always love seeing leaked images of unannounced phones, we do not believe that the image above represents what the HTC M7 will look at launch. One of our sources claims that the design seen in the image is “not even close” to what the HTC M7 looks like and that the leaked image of the M7 from last week “matches up a lot better.”

Our source has yet to disappoint us with bad information, but we will remind you that the HTC M7 global launch is currently stalled, and the device could have multiple designs based on market and carrier demands. Fortunately, the official unveiling of the HTC M7 should happen during or before Mobile World Congress, which means there’s only about five weeks of rumors and speculation to get through.

What are your thoughts on the leaked image? Would front-facing stereo speakers be a selling point you’d be interested in?

Source: UnwiredView

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • triangle

    The leaked photo looks fake. Maybe it’s right in concept, like the edge-to-edge glass, but the overall design doesn’t look all that attractive to me.

    • heat361

      Yeah it looks fake to me.the edge to edge screen also seems a little suspicious.

    • epps720

      I agree, I’m not that fond of this design and HTC always puts out beautiful phones. Love the idea of the front facing speakers though.

  • Mix

    I think they went all out and used MS Paint on this bad-boy!

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for HTC

  • Dirge

    Looks like the iPhone 5 with front speakers. :/

  • J3R3MY_H

    Loving the front-facing stereo speakers

    • Tangent

      Me too! I was always baffled by the decision to have the speaker on the back, facing away from the viewer…

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        Likewise. I don’t get why speakers were *ever* mounted anywhere else. It makes no sense!

  • jerrbomb

    I’ve learned that when it comes to rumors and speculation, to take it at face value. The above image looks attractive, but i’m not too down with the speakers both on bottom and on top. I’m a big HTC fan and their Flagship devices don’t disappoint (in my opinion). But still, i’m excited to see what that actual device looks like when its officially outed.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    Of course everyone wants front-facing speakers. That’s why the HTC 7 Surround was such a juggernaut.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Hey, that was the best Windows Phone 7 phone on AT&T in 2010. Too bad it was the only WP7 device on AT&T at the time and WP7 was horrible.

      • jerrbomb

        your being a bit nice about WP7.. lol

    • J3R3MY_H

      No amount of awesome hardware features can make up a bad software experience.

      • ihatefanboys

        The software is fine, stop hating on HTC. Sense has gotten a lot better over the last few revisions.

  • jerrbomb

    Lol like i said, i’m down with the speakers, but i’m unsure of them… guess it’ll take some getting used to.

  • golcarcol

    I like the idea of edge-to-edge glass, but does anyone know the repercussion of this? Would it break easier when dropped?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      HTC was been using edge-to-edge glass for a while not. The HTC One X, One S and Droid DNA have curved glass which actually wraps around the edge of the device.

      • uknowme

        Yes and I for one love it. The only thing I don’t like about this render is the white. It cheapens it to me, but that is personal opinion.

  • jerrbomb

    i suppose everyone on this page has that ONE thing they don’t like about this render.. lol.. thank God it’s just a render.. lol

  • inviolable

    As long as its in black

  • jamal adam

    I highly doubt it’s edge-to-edge but the glass probably is and it has a similar look to the white Blackberry Z10.

  • redraider133

    Looks like the bb z10..


      Totally agree. Looks just like the actual leaked images of the new BlackBerry.

  • Paul Atreides

    Three phones had a baby…One X,Nexus 4 and Iphone 5.

    • jerrbomb

      LOL… but unfortunately i think you are about to get some serious down votes for that one….

      • Paul Atreides

        Lol Truth hurts bruh…

  • snowbdr89

    HTC nexus m7 sounds better

  • Mankind

    I became so absorbed with CES rumors prior to the show and was really exhausted down when nothing had appeared about M7. Now, I guess I will have to contend with waiting until MWC and not become so consumed with release information prior to the next show. But, I do seem to like the new look, assuming this recent pic leak is farely reliable. I would have some reservation if there is no Micro SD slot, in addition to the storage built into the phone. Otherwise, I am very much interested to see this phone in my hand as a replacement for my cheesy HTC EVO 3D. I wonder if the M7 would be considered the next release in the EVO line, replacing the EVO 4G LTE?.

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully, it will be announce before mwc and then show case at mwc.

  • donger

    Wish HTC would include vanilla Android without sense like the Nexus one.

  • sbala

    Copy of design from Samsung’s front speakers

  • BigCiX

    I’m not digging it.

  • jamontoast1291

    I actually really like the design. It’s different. I’m sure the final version will be significantly different however.

    • jerrbomb

      I totally agree…

  • Drake Paulsen

    I love the design, it does look a lot like the iPhone 5. I do not like apple products because of the software but I have to admit they make a beautifully designed device. So I wouldn’t mind a high end Android device that has a slight iPhone 5 design.

  • Drake Paulsen

    I love the design, it does look a lot like the iPhone 5. I do not like apple products because of the software but I have to admit they make a beautifully designed device. So I wouldn’t mind a high end Android device that has a slight iPhone 5 design.

  • SID

    Why does most of the leaked fake pics have edge-to-edge touch screen, with no borders? Why the people making these fake pics obsessed with such a design? It looks stupid and even if such a mobile exist it’d be unwieldy.

  • Kevin E.

    Looks like a psp design.

  • mulamo11

    I believe its an idea that should be implimented in all phones