HTC is set to introduce its next flagship smartphone in about two weeks, but by the time March 25th arrives there might not be much we don’t already know about the all new HTC One.
Recently @evleaks posted pictures of a slick new flip cover that comes in multiple colors and shows time and weather even when the lid is closed. And a person who claims to work at a Canadian wireless carrier has revealed more details after allegedly spending time with the phone, also known as the HTC M8.
Here are some of the new things we think we’ve learned this week (all details are really must rumors until they’re confirmed my HTC):
- The all new HTC One features support for Moto X-style “always listening” software. That means you can control your phone without touching it by asking questions like “OK Google Now, what time is it?” or issuing commands like OK Google Now, set an alarm for 2:00″ without unlocking the screen first.
- There’s also support for lock-screen gestures that let you do things like swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open your last app without first unlocking the device. You’ll need to enter a passcode first if you have that security measure enabled though.
- On the back of the phone there are two camera lenses (as seen in many leaked photos and press shots of the phone). These are used for depth perception — not only do the dual lenses help you adjust the focus of the picture before snapping a photo, but you can actually adjust the focus after taking a picture. The camera allegedly has the same 4MP “ultrapixel” camera as the original HTC One.
- Like the first-gen HTC One, the new phone has stereo front-facing speakers, but they’re said to be even louder and better sounding.
- While the phone is said to have a microSD card slot, it does not appear to have a user replaceable battery or a removable rear panel.
- Nor does it have support for wireless charging.
- Don’t like the HTC Sense and BlinkFeed software? No worries. There’ll be a Google Play Edition version of the phone with a stock version of Android.
HTC is expected to officially launch the phone at an event on March 25th. It’ll reportedly be available in a range of colors and from most major wireless carriers in the US and Canada.