By Stephen Schenck | February 6, 2014 7:21 PM
So far in HTC M8 news this week, we’ve had the opportunity to check out a number of images claiming to reveal the upcoming flagship. The first one quickly caught criticism from an HTC exec, and the next two to to arrive presented some believability problems of their own. Is it too much to ask for a trustworthy look at this Android? We’re still waiting for a glimpse at the hardware worthy of putting some faith in, but in the meantime a new image of the phone’s software has arrived, apparently revealing the M8′s homescreen, complete with the next phase of Sense.
Sure enough, the expected virtual buttons are in place, and unlike yesterday’s images, this time we get some proper transparency.
But is this new image legit? Despite coming from @evleaks, with his great track record behind him, there are a handful of red flags here that give us pause. First is the resolution: at 1023 x 1820, it’s in the 1080p range, but about five percent smaller. Still, that might be explained by scaling the screenshot prior to publication.
Looking down at the bottom, there are more blatant signs of manipulation. Seeing personal information blurred-out in screenshots is nothing new (and on its own may actually add believability to a pic), but as you’ll notice here, only the content in the background has been blurred-out, and the quick launch bar and Android buttons are unblurred on top of it. We can even see doubling-up along the edges of some, where the borders between the new and old icons don’t precisely match (see below).
We’re inclined to believe that this is innocent image editing to simply make the screenshot look better while simultaneously protecting its source, but it’s still worth keeping in mind that this may not be a “natural” M8 screenshot.
Source: @evleaks (Twitter)