It’s very hard to figure out HTC’s strategy these days. A few months ago, CEO Cher Wang was apologizing for the company’s poor performance and promised a new hero device to come in the fall. Now that many leaks have revealed said device, we’re less than impressed by the HTC One A9 aka HTC Aero. And today we get one more leak.
I’ve seen people calling this an iPhone clone, a disappointment or raising eyebrows because of its plastic design. Having seen so many concept phones and designs over the year, we’re probably reliable enough to judge these shots of a dummy unit of the handset. First of all, its edges feel totally iPhone-like and the front Home button, probably included for a fingerprint scanner feels like something out of a Galaxy Note 3 or 4.
The back side is like an iPhone with tweaks and with less prominent antenna cutouts compared to previous HTCs. It feels a bit like the design team at HTC is throwing the towel here. They’re not adhering to the 2.5D glass panel fad, to the edge to edge one or to the fingerprint scanner and volume buttons at the back. What’s so special here? Only time will tell… and HTC’s only solution is to go the Motorola way and try to find a special customizing or software experience to provide the customer with.
The HTC One A9/ Aero leaks have multiplied a lot over the past week, so much so that reputed designer Hasan Kaymak has decided to take matters into his own hands and create a new render of the smartphone. The result can be seen below.
There’s also a video of this “HTC One A9 official concept phone design”, that’s given a preview by the designer. Don’t forget to subscribe to his channel, because he promised to render some very cool handsets in the following months and he’s got the skills. As far as the phone itself goes, the back is a bit more curved than usual, particularly the upper part.
The camera placement feels like the secondary camera of the HTC One M8 and the handset obviously adopts an unibody metal design. The screen panel is a bit lifted over the metal part, much like those ClearBlack panels on the Lumias. One of the problem of the HTC One phones was the thickness, but this HTC One A9 render seems to have solved that with a slimmer design.
Also, something tells me that people are fed up with plastic antenna cutouts, so it would be best to get rid of those. Notice the discrete dual speakers upfront? Nice touch!
A few days ago the full specs of the HTC One M10 leaked, together with a new name, but we didn’t cover that… Why? Because we didn’t have a fresh render of the device. Today we have one, courtesy of the usual suspect, Hasan Kaymak.
The device is now said to be a full fledged phablet and it’s called HTC O2 apparently, probably inspired by the oxygen HTC badly needs to survive. I don’t know if you’ve read the papers, but ASUS is ready to sell 3 times as many phone as HTC this year. I consider that a problem. Anyway, the HTC O2 is said to have a 6 inch Quad HD screen, plus 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage.
So far, so good, but the main camera remains a 20 megapixel affair, hopefully not with a Toshiba sensor this time, but rather with a Sony one, if possible. We’re also getting a Snapdragon 820 processor, 5 MP selfie camera and the Adreno 530 GPU. A 3500 mAh battery is here, plus BoomSound stereo speakers. In case you think this model isn’t special, apparently a 4K 5 inch version of it will be released in 2016 as well.
We know Hasan Kaymak from his many HTC concept phones, particularly a beautiful HTC One M10. Well, he’s ready to top that design with the following render below. This model is one of his own brand handsets, a so called HKI Phone, that’s meant to be a 2016 flagship.
All we have is a teaser for now, but HTC influences are clear. The device adopts a bezel-free approach and seeing the powerful light coming out of the front Home button area, I’m expecting a potent selfie camera, that scans the iris and also involves a flash. Seeing how the blood vessels in our eyes become very visible with the proper exposure, this camera may also aid the handset measure blood pressure. Of course, putting the camera below the display would be a bit strange.
In the end it could just be a Home button with a twist. The design is clearly composed of glass and metal and the UI feels a bit like HTC Sense, but with more transparency. What do you think of this beautiful concept?
HTC Aero was brilliantly rendered by Hasan Kaymak here, just two weeks ago and today we have even more renders from you and a video of the concept. Interestingly the designer also sees this as the HTC One M10, although it may be a bit too soon for that.
The device also comes in a Windows 10 Mobile version, as the video shows and obviously a Lollipop version. The new renders show an even glossier design, with a very shiny frame. What’s interesting here is that the back is curved like the front of a Mercedes Benz supercar and the frame is shiny and mirror-like, both at the side and top, plus bottom.
Making the device look like a mirror all over may be spectacular, but also blinding and distracting. The power button has been placed at the top right side of the phone. The volume buttons are on the bottom left side. Apparently, you can use the handset in 4 rotating modes. I find the placement of the volume buttons at the bottom strange, but maybe leaving the sides empty would trigger gesture control.
In the end why have volume buttons at all? Let’s leave that to gestures.
Vlado Ivankovic had previously created an iPhone 8 concept that was met with mixed feelings by our readers. Now he used the same template to come up with a HTC One M10 concept, that’s more about the UI than the actual device design.
The design is asymmetrical here, with a wider front top speaker and a narrower front speaker at the bottom. This model adopts an edge to edge approach and a black/white/gray UI approach, with very minimalistic symbols. I find the font used by the designer interesting and somehow it reminds me of the one used in the Mission Impossible title screens, so it’s not exactly well suited for a smartphone.
The back doesn’t stray very much from what Samsung and HTC are offering right now, with a big camera, that at least doesn’t protrude very much. Back to the UI, the font is a bit too rounded for my liking, but the whole transparency and minimalism of it all may work… Be sure to check out the rest of the designer’s UI renders.
HTC has bet big on its HTC Aero model, that will be unveiled in October and is aimed at saving the year for the Asian company. Last I heard their stock value was dropping, the HTC One M9 was far from being a hit and the Desire series has been hit by lack of inspiration. That’s why the Aero is such a big deal. In lack of a decent leak, we’ve got Hasan Kaymak to create a concept of the device.
What we’re seeing here is more glass than ever and a render that’s still in development from the looks of it. I say that because I still haven’t seen the back of the HTC Aero, so it’s probably still in the making. The designer also has some pretty realistic specs in mind, like a WQHD screen, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and the Snapdragon 810 v2 processor.
Seeing how OnePlus is using the v1.2, I expect this chipset to be even better, especially as far as temperature optimization goes. I see that the designer kept his trademark speaker grille from past concepts and added a very narrow bezel screen in the mix, with very crisp image. The front camera is also gigantic, so I expect quality selfies.
Seeing how the Toshiba sensor on the HTC One M9 let everyone down, an improvement is needed there too.
Frankly speaking, I’m more excited to see the HTC Aero right now than the HTC One M10. Well, the latter has been rendered by Hass T, who named it HTC One MX (with X being 10 as a Roman numeral). The designer calls this HTC’s hero phone, so let’s get into it.
The creator of the concept calls it a “refined version of the M9”, with the new USB Type C connector and a new 21 megapixel back camera with OIS. There’s BSI in the mix, a wide F/2.1 aperture and advanced autofocus, as well as dual LED flash. The handset comes with Android M with HTC Sense 7.0 on top. The design itself hasn’t changed that much.
We still get an aluminum unibody case, that’s rounded and seems slimmer now. The camera is still big and square and upfront there are the two BoomSound speakers with a discrete grille. HTC One MX is shown in what looks like a gold and “space gray” version.
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?