Sunday, January 6, 2013

New HTC M7 details debunk a few rumors, sheds light on new UI

New HTC M7 details debunk a few rumors, sheds light on new UI

News about the HTC M7 seems easy to come by these days. According to new details from an inside source, the HTC M7 is currently being tested on Sprint’s LTE network and is still on track for a Q1 launch. The tipster let us know that most of the specs and previous rumors are true, but there are a few details which do not match up with our source’s hands-on experience with the HTC M7.

For starters, our source claims that the rumors about a unibody aluminum case and on-screen buttons are unfounded. The HTC M7 is an all-black device and is constructed with the same materials as the HTC Droid DNA and features the traditional capacitive button layout we saw from HTC last year. The HTC M7 also borrows several design cues from the DNA and sports a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. The size of the HTC M7 is said to be comparable to the HTC EVO 4G LTE, though it is a little longer and thinner.

As previously rumored, our source claims that the HTC M7 is powered by a quad-core processor with a 4.7-inch 1080 x 1920 display. The phone is equipped with 32GB of internal storage, but HTC has chosen not to include a microSD card slot as it did on the HTC J Butterfly.

On the software side, the HTC M7 is currently running on Android 4.1.2 with an updated version of HTC Sense which features a new UI and quite a few tweaks. The Sense software is said to be “simple and clean” with an updated lock screen and simplistic apps. HTC also seems to be focusing on usability improvements throughout the UI. One example is a new volume settings shortcut which appears on-screen when the volume rocker in pressed.

We still have our doubts about the rumored CES unveiling of the HTC M7, but we should expect to see more news about the device in the coming weeks. What are your thought on the new HTC M7 details?

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