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?
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…