More HTC M7 details emerge, focusing on design and Sense 5.0
The device currently known just by the codename M7 will be HTC’s flagship smartphone for this year (or at least one of a few such offerings). We brought you the first information about it alongside rumored specs in mid-December, and a couple of days ago we heard that it might get unveiled during CES next week, complete with on-screen software rendered Android navigation buttons (instead of capacitive ones under the screen, which is what HTC has been sticking to so far despite Google’s intentions ever since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released).
And today we get to talk about another rumor regarding the M7. This one contradicts the previous one, and claims that the device will still feature hardware capacitive buttons under the screen. Moreover, it won’t be made out of an unibody aluminium shell, but the same type of materials used for the Droid DNA. It will borrow a few design traits from that particular smartphone in fact, coming with a black shell and “a very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen.
As we told you earlier, the HTC M7 will run Sense 5.0 on top of Android Jelly Bean. Current prototypes are running Android 4.1.2, but that might change before release with an upgrade to 4.2. Don’t get your hopes up, though, for HTC is known for taking its time in modifying stuff and adding Sense to new Android versions.
Speaking of which, the new Sense will reportedly be even ‘lighter’ than the currently shipping 4 and 4+ variants, sporting an updated “simple and clean” UI. The lock screen and the built-in HTC apps have all received big facelifts, and the software will apparently be easier to use than previous iterations.
The M7 should arrive in stores sometime during the first quarter of this year – so before the end of March. It’s currently being tested on Sprint’s network, it seems, which fits right in with what we’ve heard before, namely that it will be sold by Verizon and Sprint, and maybe even the other two of the ‘big four’ US carriers.
Once again, the previously leaked specs have been ‘confirmed’, with the M7 slated to sport a 4.7-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen (complete with insane 468 ppi pixel density), a quad-core Qualcomm processor, and 32 GB of built-in storage space.
Via HTC Source