Feb 08 AT 8:28 PM Nick Gray 30 Comments

HTC M7 rumor roundup: new name, retail price and a re-confirmed launch date


Since there seems to be a half dozen new HTC M7 rumors every day or two, we’ve decided to condense the last few into a single post. The expectation is that HTC will unveil the M7 on February 19th at press events in New York and London (we’ll be attending the New York event), but we’re sure there will be quite a new more leaks and rumors before then. So let’s get started!

HTC M7 shows up in black and silver in Carphone Warehouse’s inventory system. the image pretty much tells the whole story. A picture of Carphone Warehouse’s inventory system lists the HTC M7 in both black and silver along with an M7 hard case and screen protector.[1]

HTC Germany promo image reveals a heart-powered microchip.  Don’t worry, you read that right. HTC Germany seems to be pretty excited about the unveiling of the HTC M7, so much so that they were willing to put their heart into it. The promotional image simply reads “ALIVE SOON” with HTC Germany’s web URL. It’s hard to say if there’s any hidden meaning we should be seeing, but it’s certainly an odd way to get people excited about an upcoming flagship phone. [2]

HTC M7 price tag set at  â‚¬649.99 in Europe, March 8th launch date-reconfirmed. While the price of HTC’s flagship phones have increased over the years, the â‚¬649.99 leaked from a French retailer is about â‚¬60 more than what consumers paid for the One X last year. Naturally, everyone can set their own price, but we hope we won’t have to shell out more than $200 (with a two-year contract) once the M7 lands in the US. The image was eventually pulled, but it did also list a March 8th sale date, confirming information shared with us before. [3]

HTC M7 name to change to HTC One at launch. Apparently, the M7 isn’t going to still around much longer. According to evleaks, HTC will be branding the phone as the HTC One. This could be a good thing, if HTC plays its cards right. They spent quite a bit of money building the One brand in 2012, but they will need to clean things up if they don’t want to cause confusion among consumers. We’re thinking the HTC One branding will follow what Apple has done with the iPad. They could release a new HTC One every year and have a One Mini (4.3-inch display) or a One Max (5-inch or larger) to give consumers various size options. If this is the case, all other Android phones from HTC will have to carry the Desire brand. [4]

Who’s ready to pay â‚¬649.99 on March 8th to buy a silver HTC One? Honestly, we can’t wait to get our hands on the HTC M7/One at the February 19th launch event.

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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  • roland

    So what will be the price tag boy unlock International Version. I hope HTC doesn’t price themselves out of business they make great phones but very pricey

    • Nate B.

      600+ my friend. The trend of unlocked phone prices have never changed. This isn’t a Google Nexus device.

      • heat361

        I wish this was a nexus though. IMO HTC needs to make another nexus.

      • zerosix

        650 EUR! That’s awful. It’s $870! SGS3 costed $650 in it’s earliest days.
        I’ve always thought that pricing is htc’s weakest point.

        • Hom0ncruse

          final nail in the coffin for HTC

          • live2skico

            You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • 57

      Godspeed Mr Pope Benedict

      • Tangent

        And what exactly does Emperor Palpatine’s resignation have to do with the M7?

    • aranea

      I think a good price point would be between Nexus 4 and unlocked SGIII. Although the phone sounds great I’m not sure it can justify more than double nexus 4 price tag.

  • Vance

    I’m saving my nickels and dimes… I’ll be getting this phone on launch day.

  • donger

    Make it without Sense Ui.

    • Tangent

      I happen to like the newer versions of Sense. I specifically chose the Viper S rom for my Sensation because it has it. Although it would be nice if it could be disabled if the user chooses like the very early HTC Android phones could do…

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    I hope that they go back to being developer friendly. HTC has been slowly killing their-self and their brand.

  • alexanderharri3

    HTC One would be interesting…considering that they’ve already had so many “One” series phones that it’s bound to have confusion.

    Now if they would listen to consumers for daily driver battery and something not locked down to fort knox, since that is taking up so much dev time to make it locked up.

  • surethom

    I am looking for a new flagship camera phone with screen less than 5inches I am looking forward yo seeing this, but might wait till may to see what the Motorola X phone has to offer!

  • Phonemaya

    Behold! A HD enabled Quad-core phone is coming soon on feb 14, for just about $250!


  • Martijn

    I wish if they promise bluetooth 4.0 for this phone it will be a reality and not a lie like they do for their other phones. and i hope blogs will write about the bluetooth 4.0 scam HTC and Samsung are pulling. Blogs are too connected to brands like HTC and Samsung to be critical.

  • Steven Hyde

    Just leave that name as M7, has more of a “James Bond 007″, highly sophisticated, appeal. Seriously!

  • emagehtmai

    Wow. €650? That’s like $800+ American. I wish more phone makers would follow in Google/LG’s footsteps and make a high quality, AFFORDABLE phone, because I, for one, am getting tired of being forced to choose between paying absurd prices up front for a phone but not having a contract, or paying reasonable prices but being locked into a contract for two years.

    • Broseph Stalin

      They couldn’t. The only reason Google can sell their devices for such a low price is the fact that they make a lot of profit off of the Play Store. Manufacturers need to make a profit on the phones themselves.

      • emagehtmai

        Good point. It’s too bad, really. As long as unlocked phones are selling for $800 off contract (a price most people can’t afford to pay up front) and carriers are offering the phones at a discount, I’m not hopeful we can get away from restrictive contracts.

  • Nathan D.

    not much longer before we know everything about the phone.

  • CTown

    If HTC was serious, they would have named this phone the “HTC One Two”. Then Apple and Samsung will realize what is coming!

    Though, it doesn’t matter how great this phone will be if they never tell anyone that they made it in the first place (it’s not exactly common knowledge that HTC had the best screen when comparing the One X to other 720p phones and the iPhone 4s and 5).

  • jamal adam

    Just ten days away from finding out what the M7 is made of and how HTC plans to make a comeback. My only problem is that the name of it is the HTC One will cause a lot of confusion for customers because of the One X and X+.

    • kazahani

      And the One S, and the One V, and the One VX…

  • American traitor (Lance Armstrong)

    Nice try from this bankrupt company

  • nandy

    if it has a big battery , should at least level the playing field with samsung s4

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    The price is too big. I want to see the specs, though, before I make any more comments.

  • Xtron
  • thekaz

    Does this thing have on screen buttons? I saw a supposed leaked shot where it didn’t look like it…