While you’re probably just getting settled with your HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S3, or Droid DNA, the world of Android slows down for no one. As we enter into the new year, the rumor mill is already churning with talks of Android’s “next big smartphone.” The manufacturer? HTC. The phone? The HTC M7. According to anonymous sources at both Unwired View and @evleaks, the M7 is said to pack every high-end spec you can think of, in an attempt at getting a jump on the next round of high-end devices by a solid few months. Here’s what HTC could be doing to raise the bar.
The HTC M7 is said to carry a 4.7-inch 1080p full HD display with an estimated 468ppi. That is nothing short of amazing. When it comes to the display tech being used, HTC has something up their sleeve they’re calling “SoLux.” Whether or not that’s something different from the SLCD3 being used in the DNA/Butterfly, remains to be seen. If you were hoping for something a little bigger (around the 5-inch+ mark), keep in mind this will be HTC’s flagship, targeting the average consumer (as a flagship should), not niche market.
Processor and Software
HTC’s not skimping when it comes to processing power. The M7 will release with a higher clocked 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon (we’re going to assume S4 Pro) CPU. There’s also talk of a new version of Sense — dubbed Sense 5 — that will come atop Android 4.x Jelly Bean. Although there are no details as of yet, I’m excited to see what HTC has come up. Let’s hope it will come out of the box with 4.2 so non-Nexus users can finally start snapping some Photo Sphere shots.
HTC’s camera tech is some of the best in the business, and it looks like they’re only going to improve on that by upping the resolution of their rear facing camera to 13MP. The new lens will come with an even larger f/2.0 aperture. HTC’s real draw will be in their improved camera software dubbed “Cinesensor,” allowing for slow-mo video capture, and even HDR video recording. The front facing camera is improved as well. At 2MP, it can capture 1080p HD video and although there was no mention of it, we’d expect to see HTC’s new wide angle lens as found on the HTC 8X and HTC DROID DNA.
Storage and Audio
There’s still more here to love. You can look forward to 2GB of RAM which should handle even HTC’s aggressive RAM management. For storage, it’s looking like the M7 will come equipped with 32GB — not the 64GB of the HTC One X+ — though hopefully enough to pacify most media enthusiasts. Of course, the Beats audio software will be making another appearance highlighted by the devices unique stereo speakers and enhanced call quality with Sense software HTC is calling “Clear Words.”
Wireless, Network, Battery
Looks like HTC is finally starting to give a little when it comes to larger capacity batteries as the M7 is said to come with a modest sized 2,300mAh lithium ion. When it comes to wireless, the M7 will come equipped with LTE — as any flagship device should — as well as compatibility for the new 802.11ac WLAN networks. Right now, the device is rumored to arrive on Sprint and Verizon Wireless, although I find the latter a bit odd as Verizon recently launched a similar spec’d Droid DNA a few short weeks ago.
The HTC M7 is rumored to be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress in February at which point will learn more on this legendary device. Guess the only thing left out is a leaked image of the device, which we’re sure @evleaks will deliver as we approach the device’s official unveiling. What say ye, Phandroids? Anything you think this device is missing (aside from the kitchen sink)?