HTC M7: first image of the 2013 flagship
Thanks to a trusted source with access to an early version of its firmware, we’ve finally been given a first look at the HTC M7, a flagship device meant to reverse the fortunes of the slumping Taiwanese manufacturer. The render is apparently part of a short animation clip instructing new owners on first-time SIM card installation. However, the lack of branding and other details (distinct screen borders, for instance) suggest that this is not the exact design HTC is expected to debut at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
With a “smallish” 4.7-inch, full HD display and 1.7GHz, quad-core processor, M7 is being painted as every bit the premium smartphone circa 2013. New information pegs a release for only a few weeks after its trade show debut, at an unlocked price just north of $600. North American consumers, take note, as this device will very likely end up at a carrier near you — and probably more than just one.
Final, interesting tidbit: HTC has reportedly brought back the left-for-dead IR port, placed it near the power button atop the M7, and given it learning capabilities. Phones that work as high-end universal remotes right out of the box? That’s just the kind of thinking HTC needs to recapture lost market share.