Kiarash Kia has sent us a few teasers of his upcoming piece of work, the HTC One L Prime. This concept seems to adopt a very flashy color, a sort of lime-yellow, if we can call it that.
I was actually curious if there’s a HTC One L out there, since this is its Prime version. Well, aside from a 2012 concept there’s no such thing. The designer also didn’t provide any specs for the HTC concept shown here, just the 2D teaser renders you see. We can speculate using what we can see here, so let’s go right ahead. First of all, the front camera is clearly off center, so the designer needs to fix that.
Then we seem to be getting BoomSound speakers, quite a few sensors at the top of the facade narrow screen bezels. The texture of the back totally makes me think of a metal shell and the squared camera area feels like nothing out of the ordinary. I can’t quite figure if below the dual LED flashes there’s a fingerprint scanner or not, but there probably is…
We have seen this idea before, in an even more detailed form, but now it’s back. We’re talking about a flexible phone that can become a bracelet and viceversa. Today’s model is a HTC one, designed by Valeria Romanova, for her class.
The idea is simple, but there are some minute details to discuss. The task the designer had was to design a next gen mobile communication device. She created an elastic body HTC with a flexible screen and the ability to take the shape of your wrist if need be and become a bracelet. The sides of the phone use flexible rubber in order to make the handset more easily flexible, but that’s only half of the problem.
The screen has to flex and so must the battery and other components. A nice idea seen here is hiding the camera behind glass to make the surface smoother. However, putting glass and flexibility in the same package is a recipe for breakage. Do you agree?
Yusuf Catalkaya has rendered the HTC One W1 watch, a “super smartwatch” as he calls it. What I noticed from the start is the use of metal on this device and its pretty big screen.
I have to admit that the minimalistic parts of the HTC Sense UI would fit a watch perfectly. The smartwatch shows daily notifications, offers voice commands and even seems to include what looks like an upper BoomSound speaker. The UI seems taken from the smartphone experience, with the same icons and color choices. The smartwatch is pictured with a dialer, voice command and a variety of color choices.
We’ve got gold, gray and black and at the back of the watch there are 5 pins for charging. The SIM slot at the back reminds me of the one on recent Samsung Gear devices. I see there’s a round mechanism below the SIM slot, probably the pulse sensor. Infrared remote control is also here and in case you’re wondering, the belt seems to be made of rubber, with a metal clasp.
The locking mechanism also reminds me of Samsung, like several other elements. One of the aspects that are interesting here is the asymmetrical design, with a thicker upper side and slimmer lower side.
Recently Cher Wang, HTC CEO apologized for the way HTC performed over the past months and basically for the flop of the HTC One M9. She promised a totally new design for next year and designer Jermaine Smit tried to imagine the direction that the company is going to take. And that lead to the birth of the HTC One M10 concept, shown below.
If you ask me, this feels like a return to the beefy days of the HTC HD2, a phone that was very well received and very respected in its days. It’s still a bit of landmark now. Well, HTC One M10 sacrifices the BoomSound speaker, by putting a massive speaker alone at the top. There’s a 5.2 inch Full HD Kyocera screen upfront, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and an USB Type C port with fast charging .
At the back there’s a Toshiba 20 megapixel camera with 4K recording this time and also ultra slow motion capture. Upfront the selfie game is played with an 8 megapixel camera with a Sony lens with wide angle. The back camera is huge as usual and the device seems to combine metal with something that looks like a soft touch plastic. This model is a logical evolution, it doesn’t go for crazy edge to edge screens, or incredibly narrow formats.
Seeing how the Toshiba camera of the M9 didn’t exactly deliver, I’d go with another sensor this time. I would actually see this phone succeeding, to be honest…
Straight from Italy comes the artistic attempt of Peter Dudas, a HTC One M8 concept, that we see as a bit of a “what if”. Many people are wondering what happened if HTC had more dramatically changed the design of the HTC One M8, compared to the HTC One M7. Well, the result would look a bit like this:
The device does have one or two core elements of the HTC One series and even some from the HTC one M8. There’s a brushed metal unibody frame here, dual front facing speakers and a rear side with a clear contour. A “Super HD” display is mentioned by the user and I super hope it’s more than the Super LCD we’ve been getting for the past 3 generations of HTC One models.
This HTC One M8 concept shown here gets a more curved back, interestingly placed flashes above and to the side of the main camera, as well as a new way of integrating the front speakers. The whole design reminds me of a sort of bumper case I’ve seen applied to many devices, maybe one made by Verus or Cubz. The absolute best things about this smartphone are its curved format, the interesting placement of the flashes and those lines that cut into the device in a more elegant and high techy way, instead of the regular lines.
Designer Kiarash Kia has started teasing a new HTC One handset, the HTC One L Prime, that comes with a very narrow design. This model packs a 5.2 inch S-LCD Quad HD screen and it feels like an alternative to the HTC One M9+.
This model relies on an octa core Snapdragon 818 processor, as well as a 16 megapixel back camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. There’s also a 5 MP front shooter, that doesn’t seem centered from what I can see. BoomSound is obviously here and the designer included some interesting materials here, such as leather, a special brushed silver and 24 Karat gold and ceramic.
The handset measures 6.3 mm in thickness and it’s very narrow compared to other new HTCs. This is just a teaser for Kiarash Kia’s LuX project, that will include more innovation soon. I wonder if this model is only gold colored or gold plated… I mean realistically speaking.
I’m pretty sure that ever since this site was founded I’ve seen less than 20 see through glass concept phones. Thus, I can say that this approach has been neglected. Well, no longer, since Webomedia from Croatia has created a glass and see through HTC concept handset.
It’s called HTC Clear and it comes with an edge to edge display, as well as what appears to be a totally glassy case. There’s no telling if the effect is created via optical illusion, using a bunch of cameras, or if the case is actually all glass, but it does look interesting. There are several problems that such a design poses: fragility, thickness, the inclusion of components in an efficient way and the ease of use.
I guess it may be fine to enjoy the augmented reality benefits of a transparent design, but it’s also very distracting to see what’s happening in the background while you’re texting, checking your Facebook or email. In the end it could work with a bunch of cameras, that turn transparency on or off, depending on what they capture.
After a period of development, Hasan Kaymak is back with a new HTC One M10 concept, that’s shown below. This model is ultraslim, seems to be made of metal and it’s actually based on some previous Hasan Kaymak works.
We’ve got a big front camera placed at the upper right corner, discrete BoomSound speakers at the top and bottom and an edge to edge display, or at least so it seems. He didn’t share specs, so we’re free to speculate. Hasan Kaymak’s HTC One M10 concept probably brings a new generation of camera and this time HTC may not be working with Toshiba, since the sensor of the M9 wasn’t exactly a success.
This model probably comes with 3 or 4 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 815 or 820 processor, an 8 megapixel front camera (or more) and a Quad HD 5.2 inch screen, probably an evolved version of the display from the HTC One M9+. The size also has to decrease, since the One M9 was a fattie among flagships, with its big weight and waistline. I imagine something like 7 mm to get the ball rolling.
Tomorrow HTC has an event scheduled, where it’s said to be launching the HTC One M9 Plus. We can’t guarantee that will happen, but considering the recent leaks, it probably will. In the meantime we have a concept of this device, rendered by Couger Yang, a designer from USA.
He expects this handset to be meant for the younger generation and even prices it at $699 for the 16 GB version. The price goes up to $899 for the 64 GB model. HTC One M9 Plus is in this case a 5.2 incher with Full HD resolution and a 7 mm waistline. It weighs 152 grams and relies on a Super LCD 3 panel, with Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
Android 5.0 with HTC Sense 7.0 is present here and we’ve also got a microSD card slot, with support for up to 128 GB of storage, aside from the internal storage. The device offers 3 GB of RAM and comes in black, silver or gold. It form factor is interesting, because the speaker design has changed a bit, with bigger holes at the top and a discrete slit at the bottom.
The lower area is also a bit fragmented, with a microUSB and audio jack, that go deeper than usual within the metal chassis. What do you say about this design? Be sure to check out the designer’s Behance page for more pics.
I had the chance to play with the HTC One M9 for a few days and I have to say it’s… awful. Bad screen, bad camera, bad and thick design. I’m really disappointed in HTC, so it’s time to start dreaming of the HTC One M10. This is where Jermaine Smit comes in with a brand new design for this device.
HTC One M10 is shown here with a pretty massive chassis and the designer claims it comes with a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM. There’s a 20 megapixel camera at the back, this time with OIS, finally. The 4 Ultrapixel front cam is kept and there’s a 2950 mAh battery on board, but the capacity isn’t everything, since M9 has more mAh than M8 and it’s certainly poorer in battery life.
Jermaine Smit envisions the device in two versions: one like the classic model with a full metal body (nice texture by the way) and another one with an unibody approach, but the back adopts a rubber-like texture for extra grip. That back area is supposed to be like a lid that can be replaced, or so I understood from the designer.
I can only say one thing: how about some thin phones for HTC next time?