lundi 3 mars 2014
Posted By: achraf charafi on 06:02
HTC hasn't yet made the M8 (also rumoured to called the One 2 or One+) smartphone official, but we know a successor to the excellent HTC One is on its way; following a patent dispute with Nokia, a UK patent judge revealed that a new model would be launching in February or March 2014. But what will it be like? We've rounded up all the rumours and speculation here, to get an idea what to expect from HTC early next year.
HTC One 2 Name
With the previous flagship handset being known simply as the One, it's anyone's guess as to what HTC will call its successor. The company is believed to be using M8 purely as a codename, which is unlikely to stick all the way to retail, but we're doubtful that the company would launch a product called the HTC One Two - it sounds like you'd need to be a premiership footballer or a Chuckle brother to own one.
It's possible HTC will use a combination of words and numbers, resulting in the HTC One 2, use superscript (HTC One2) or subscript (HTC One2) to stylise the name, or copy Apple's iPhone 5s and use a letter instead.
The latest suggestion is the HTC One+, which came following news that the handset would be more of an incremental design than a fully-fledged successor.
Nothing is official yet, so until we hear otherwise we'll be calling it the HTC One 2.
HTC One 2 design
If there's one thing the original One handset garnered near-universal praise for, it was design. The unibody aluminium construction was almost enough to rival the iPhone 5 and made the Galaxy S4 look like a plastic toy. We're positive that the company won't take a step backwards and use plastic or polycarbonate for the successor, and early leaked photos seemingly back this up.
The pictures, discovered by Unwiredview, show a rear cover for a handset that looks very similar to the One, albeit with an additional hole towards the top (more on this below).
The design incorporates rounded edges which extend further outwards than the rear cover of the HTC One, which Engadget postulates could be a way to avoid the costly zero gap injection method used to build the One's unibody shell.
Although the images appear to show the cover with a blue colour scheme, it's possible this is just a trick of the light - the official blue HTC One is much brighter, so we expect the final result to be more in keeping with the silver aluminium first seen on the original One.
Multiple colours aren't out of the question; HTC typically launches its flagship handsets in a choice of two colours, then adds extra options further down the line. The HTC One currently has silver, black, red, blue and gold models, so we would expect a successor to follow suit eventually - although probably not at launch.
It's possible that the capacitive buttons won't be making a return; according to Android Revolution HD, HTC's next phone will instead use virtual buttons like the Google Nexus 5, potentially making way for a larger display instead.
These early reports were seemingly backed up by more leaked photos from an unofficial Russian HTC Twitter account, which posted an image reportedly showing the outline of the front of the new handset.
HTC One 2 screen
The HTC One was among the first set of Android smartphones to make the jump to a 1080p display, alongside Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z, so we're certain its successor won't be making a step back to 720p.
According to notorious Twitter smartphone tipster @evleaks, the One 2 will have the same 4.7in display as the original One, and will stick with a 1080p resolution. HTC is almost guaranteed to stick with its Super LCD panel technology too, rather than switch to OLED.
If true, the screen may be the first stumbling block when it comes to beating the smartphone competition; leaked benchmark results suggest the Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a 2,560x1,440 resolution screen. There's a possibility the screen will increase from 4.99in to 5.25in too, which would make the S5 significantly larger than HTC's upcoming handset.
If HTC does increase the size of the screen, it may need to relocate the power button or get rid of the front-facing BoomSound speakers; a top-mounted power button would be even more unwieldy and difficult to reach than it is now on the One.