updated 05:58 am EST, Mon February 3, 2014
Rumored HTC flagship could be first to lose capacitive buttons
The rumored follow-up to the HTC One may not get revealed by the manufacturer at Mobile World Congress, with a launch claimed to take place a month later. The potential launch details of the codenamed "M8" device comes at the same time as a suggestion it will be the first HTC smartphone to remove the capacitive buttons in favor of on-screen versions.
Information from the @evleaks Twitter account claim HTC will launch the M8 in New York City in late March, though an exact date remains unknown. This still places the launch within the "first quarter of 2014" window leaked by a judge in the United Kingdom, as part of a ruling on a lawsuit between Nokia and HTC.
Button comparison between HTC M8, HTC One, and HTC One X
Though tenuous, an image spotted on Weibo by HTC Source compares the buttons used by the HTC One X, the HTC One, and allegedly the HTC M8, claiming the latter to use on-screen buttons. If true, it will also mean the company will also return to using the button layout from the One X in the new release, rather than the two-button version opted for in the HTC One.
The HTC M8 is thought to have a 5-inch display with a 1080p-or-greater resolution, powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM running Android 4.4, and an Ultrapixel camera.