The HTC One M8 has been photographed from the front showing a lack of soft touch navigational buttons.
Although these pictures may well be fake, and it wouldn’t take a PhotoShop pro to do so, they do back up a lot of the leaked information around the HTC M8.
The images were discovered by Russian site, MobilTelefon.RU, but have since been removed, which either adds strength to their authenticity or the site discovered they were mere works of fiction.
If they are the real deal, the HTC M8 or HTC One 2 will have a larger screen with reduced bezels to give it an edge-to-edge feel.
The HTC M8 is also missing the navigational buttons that were located beneath the display of the HTC One. Instead the navigational buttons are located on-screen.
In one of the images though, the navigational buttons are missing completely, suggesting that they can be hidden when not in use.
However, in the image where they are on display, it looks as though the HTC M8’s wallpaper has been resized to accommodate them, rather than them just appearing as a translucent overlay as you would expect.
This seems like a rather unlikely move from HTC and such whiffs of an enthusiast’s skills with some computer software.
Overall, the design looks “strikingly like” the HTC One as suggested by notorious tipster @evleaks, including the metal speaker grills at the top and bottom and the location of the front facing camera.
It may well be that these distinct similarities give away the inauthenticity of the images, and enable them to look so real without much hard work on the part of the leaker.
We’re bound to find out sooner or later what the HTC M8/One 2 will look like, as it is expected to be officially announced in March at a special New York event.
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