What the heck is going on with this purported HTC M8 case?

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To say that there are many unanswered questions about the HTC M8 – the apparent successor to last year’s HTC One – is a grievous understatement. From the launch name, to when the phone might debut, to the hardware details themselves, we’re inundated by all this conflicting, if not entirely absent data. Today we add one new piece to the puzzle, upon the discovery of a case that’s supposed to be designed for the M8. If this find is indeed legitimate, it may tell us something important about the phone’s ultimate hardware – but the question is just what it actually reveals.

The camera and flash cutouts are easy enough to identify, but what in the world is going on right beneath them?

There seem to be two prevailing schools of thought on the subject. One idea is that this could be the evolution of the fingerprint scanner on the One Max – and based on the shape here, it might be designed with the intention that the user’s finger is oriented horizontally. Based on the size of the cutout, we might even be looking at a swipe-style scanner.

Or what about those rumors that the M8 would have some sort of interchangeable lens system for its camera? We’ve had our doubts over just how practical a thing that might be, but the notion hasn’t been completely discounted, and this could well be our first glimpse into how HTC attempts to pull it off.

Any other guesses? Take your own stabs at an analysis in the comments.

Source: Guangzhou Aoyuli Electronic Co., Ltd.
Via: Phandroid

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!