HTC were the first to unveil a 1080p smartphone with the Droid DNA, and now it looks like they’ll be the first to unveil a second generation 1080p phone too.
According to photographs released by Android Police, the new phone is quite a stunner with a design that takes some cues from the Droid DNA, but with a slightly more angular look that seems more similar to the case of the Sony Xperia Z and other recent Sony smartphones. The phone has a number of changed elements from HTC’s first generation device, including different positions for imaging elements on the front and back. According to information supplied with the photo, we may also see the phone released in multiple colours like HTC’s Windows Phone 8 devices.
There should be new software on board too – HTC Sense 5.0 on top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. From the single photograph that has been leaked, it looks like HTC is favouring a less colourful, more monochrome style that does fit the new phone’s monolithic appearance quite well. The stripped back look of the phone’s OS is encouraging to me – while Sense 4 was much quicker and cleaner than its predecessor, there’s still some way to go. I think that stock Android has gotten good enough that any changes to the look and functionality of the OS need to be demonstrable improvements rather than just branding exercises.
According to previously rumoured information, the HTC M7 is slightly smaller than the Droid DNA, with a diagonal measurement of 4.7″. That makes the 1080p resolution even more impressive, with a crazy 468 PPI pixel density. The phone is also expected to come with a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facer. All in all, a bleeding edge smartphone whose specifications match the also-rumoured LG Optimus G Pro but surpass anything else on the market currently.
The M7 is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Conference next month in Barcelona. The phone will probably take a few weeks to reach European and American stores from there, although a more sudden release wouldn’t be absolutely out of the question.
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