Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation has been rumored lately to plan the unveiling of a new high-end smartphone that the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, and some more info on the matter has emerged.
The mobile phone, supposedly set to become official as HTC M7, might become the company’s flagship for the first quarter of the year, while featuring design similarities with the current such device, DROID DNA.
Unlike the already available phone, which features a 5-inch screen, M7 is said to pack only a 4.7-inch display, though also capable of delivering a full HD resolution.
Initially rumored to feature a unibody design, the upcoming smartphone is now said to have been manufactured using the same materials as the DROID DNA (which was launched in other markets around the world as HTC Butterfly).
HTC M7 is said to sport a black shell and to hit shelves with “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen.
While the phone’s case will sport a design similar with what we’ve seen before, it seems that the user interface it will come with will be totally different.
According to a recent post on HTC Source, the phone is confirmed to sport a new HTC Sense version (maybe 5.0) on top of Google’s Android platform (which is version 4.1.2 at the moment, but might be upgraded to 4.2 before the official launch).
The new UI will bring along a modified lock screen, it seems, while also enhancing the applications that it offers pre-loaded on its devices. It is also said to be cleaner than previous versions.
However, M7 won’t sport on-screen buttons as previously rumored, but will continue to rely on hardware buttons, the same as its predecessors.
With a quad-core Snapdragon processor packed inside and 2GB of RAM, the handset should become available for purchase before the end of Q1 2013, provided that rumors on it will pan out, so stay tuned for more on the matter.