Over the past few weeks, the hot HTC phone to talk about has been the M7, first showing up in rumors early last month, later appearing on a leak of HTC model names, and possibly even appearing on camera at one point. Was that really the M7, though? At the time we had no real reason to doubt the claim, but today the first render of the M7 has leaked, showing off a quite different design.

This image comes to us through the highly reliable evleaks, so we’ve got good reason to suspect that this is the real deal. That elaborate grille-work at the top and bottom of the handset is reminiscent of the 8X’s design, though taken to extremes. Could we be looking forward to stereo speakers, Galaxy-Music-style?

While this does seem to be a legit HTC design, the question remains as to just how final it might be, and whether anything could change before HTC unveils the phone. Certainly, we’d expect to see an HTC logo on there somewhere, and from this image it’s not immediately clear where it should go.

The M7 has been rumored to shrink the 1080p screen we’re just now becoming familiar with down to a 4.7-inch package, offering some of the highest pixel densities to date. Like the new Sony Xperia XL, the M7 is said to offer IR capabilities, letting it communicate wirelessly and function as a universal remote. With any luck, we could finally lay eyes on the phone in the flesh at next month’s MWC.

Source: Unwired View

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