Ladies and gentlemen, @evleaks strikes again. According to one of the infamous leaker’s latest tweets, the successor of the HTC One, the unofficially dubbed HTC M8, will be the company’s first smartphone to come with on-screen buttons.
@evleaks is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to reporting about unannounced smartphones and tablets and his latest tweet targets HTC’s One M8. If the rumor proves true and the One M8 will indeed come with on-screen buttons, then we will be facing a historical moment, as HTC and Samsung are two of the few big players of the Android smartphone market who still use capacitive buttons for their devices.
In fact, Google itself recommends on-screen buttons for its mobile operating system and if HTC M8 will indeed arrive with an on-screen nav bar, Samsung will the only Android phone maker on the capacitive buttons barricade.
Of course, the traditionalists will be upset if HTC M8 will ditch the capacitive buttons. According to them, the nav bar eats up your screen’s working space, but since Google introduced immersive mode in Android KitKat, I see no reason why the smartphone makers should stick to capacitive buttons.
Besides of the on-screen buttons report, @evleaks also revealed two alleged wallpapers of the HTC M8 (gallery below). Interestingly enough, both wallpapers have a resolution of 2160 x 1920 pixels, which is a resolution usually employed for multi-screen wallpapers for full HD smartphones. Will HTC M8 have a 1080p screen? Most likely, if the leaked wallpapers prove to be the real deal.
For the time being, there’s no concrete information on when HTC will introduce the HTC One follow-up. Anyway, there are voices saying that the Taiwanese phone maker will stick to their usual release schedule and that the HTC M8 will be released on the market in March. This means there are high chances to see the 2014 flagship smartphone in flesh at MWC 2014, the tech event that is scheduled to open its gates for the public on February 25, in Barcelona.