Leaked specs for the HTC M7 are mouthwatering and totally realistic

Daniel Bader

January 4, 2013 2:34 pm

We’ve heard a lot of whispers about HTC’s upcoming M7 flagship, but we’re finally getting a picture of what it will look like, and how fast it will be.

Obviously the device will sport HTC’s new 1080p Super LCD3 screen technology, but it will be slightly smaller at 4.7-inches. We’d also expect brightness to be improved over the Droid DNA. According to trusted source, Football, the M7 will sport a 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 SoC, some 200Mhz faster than its DNA counterpart. It will have 2GB of RAM, 16-64GB of internal storage (non-expandable), a 13MP back camera, a 2MP front camera, and a 2300mAh non-removable battery.

Of course, the requisite radios and sensors will be included, such as LTE, WiFi, GPS/GLONASS and Bluetooth 4.0. Then there’s the matter of software; apparently the M7 will ship with a new version of Sense running atop Android 4.1.2 but this could change before the device’s announcement in February.

As for looks, it will resemble the slightly angular Droid DNA, with a matte black finish.

It all sounds pretty delectable, doesn’t it? The M7 is expected to debut during Mobile World Congress in February, so stay tuned for more details.

Source: Twitter, DroidDog

  • JayJay83

    Welcome back HTC!

    • JUST SAYING

      I will go with the s4

  • Mike

    As everyone should now say, and upgrade over the Nexus 4, but enough to justify the assumed price increase?

    • Miguel

      The difference being the screen, slightly larger battery(meant to push the higher resolution), LTE and higher storage. I don’t think that warrants doubles the price… at least in my books.

    • Miguel

      ^Hey nice name

  • Darth Paton

    My mouth is not watering. That is an odd reaction to a list of phone specifications. You may want to see a doctor about that

    • Mike

      I did go to my doctor for the this problem. But after I described my problem to my doctor, he started drooling too and asked me for more details of the phone.

  • Miguel

    Specs don’t mean a thing if it doesn’t have a good battery life. I’m worried a 1080p display will just drain the battery.

  • AeroBrennan

    I was actually quite pleased to hear this.

    Until I read “non-removable battery”.

    Why, HTC? You don’t exactly have a good track record for phones with good battery life..

  • Thai

    No external memory? Fail.

    • Gab

      64gb…

    • EvanK

      When there’s 64GB, who needs it? Besides, integrated storage always works better than removable storage when it comes to Android.

  • jbarns

    I hope it will have the same screen but smaller in size all around. Whenever I see a GS3 I always think it has much better style than the HOX

  • Rich

    mp, ghz, ram, what not~ these are all great in theory as we often assume a higher number = better, but loading Angry Birds 0.1 secs faster isn’t really a game changer.

    This is one of the reasons why I wish Nokia developed for Android. One of the bigger innovations they came out with was a camera that could take amazing low-light photos and also non-shaky videos through image stabilization. We need more of this and less of the former spec upgrades.

    • impartial

      Windows may well have killed Nokia along with Nokia sticking to their own is for so long. I agree I want to see a killer Nokia android but unless Nokia sells to Google this year it is unlikely. I know Nokia are pretty much done making phones for North America and they are concentrating on Asia or selling off.

  • bulletwithbatwings

    Since owning a lag free phone with a great screen (GSIII), it’s difficult to get excited anymore for new hardware.

    • Abjection

      When you hit the home buttom from within ANY app. How long does it take to get back to home screen? Try it. Compare. Realize the lag.

  • theMediaman

    Dammit. Some of those specs are greater than my computer!

  • Joe Jim Bob the third

    Come on HTC. I love my HTC one X, but there is only 2 things people want added to it. External storage and removeable battery. You still have the best screen on the phone with the One X, you only needed to do these 2 things to make it perfect. Why HTC? WHY?! I would take this new phone with the old LCD2 technology if they would just add a removeable battery and external storage.

  • DUDE

    No microSd slot…only 2300 mAh battery (pushing a 1080p screen), this is going to go down as another horrible battery life HTC device. Great designs, but they are going down

  • NienorGT

    I’m really suspucious about this 1080P 4.7″ screen…
    I don’t see how it can really improve the sharpness over the 4.7″ 720P of today (One X, Nexus 4) to an enough perceptible difference to match the increased cost, higher graphic load and battery usage.
    It remain to be seen but to me this is just an useless paper spec war.

  • Brett

    Ugh excuse me?? HTC phones 8/10 times have a stellar battery life. And as a HTC One X and 8X User, all I have to say is that battery life is WAY better then any Galaxy device out there.(I’m not comparing ACTUAL Phones just the Battery life)

    The removable battery isn’t a huge deal for me. But what does have me worried is the potential Drain coming from the 1080p screen. Either way I’ll be Happy to add the next flagship to my Phone arsenal (So long as Samsung or LG takes my money first)

    • get out

      right, that’s why the htc one x can barely squeeze in 3 hours of screen on time lol

  • Northo

    I have a phone with a removable battery and I use it to reset my phone every so often but if there was some other way to reset a phone is there any reason for a removable battery?
    Also since most of the phones with expandable storage are 16 GB and accept up to 32 GB cards as far as I can tell, why not pick up the 64 GB phone and you have more storage? It is kind of unreasonable the cost they charge for bumping up internal memory but if the pricing structure was fair would you still want expandable memory?

    • just no

      the difference between a 16 GB and a 64 GB version is at least $100, and in some cases, $200.

      Guess how much a 32 GB or a 64 GB micro SDHC/SDXC costs?

    • just no

      Excuse me, I did not finish reading your post. Anyways, I doubt the larger capacity version will be priced fairly, so the question you’re rasing is moot.

    • John Stewart

      Are you serious?

      Removable battery allows you to travel with spare batteries not worring about finding a outlet. It allows you to focus on using your phone and not the battery left indicater. It allows you to replace your battery if it ever loses charge ability (These phones ARE sold with 3 year contracts remember?). It allows you to possibly save your phone if there is ever any water damage by removing any current going to the phone.

      As for storage… Again… Are you kidding?

      I have 8 32 gig cards all preloaded with stuff that I swap on the fly (Movies, shows, biz docs etc) that’s 256 gigs, if I bought a 256 gig phone it would cost me $1400. I can hook the sdcard up to the comp and load my files without having to sync or need my phone beside me which is convenient. I don’t need to rely on cloud based anything with the outragous data caps and charges of the big three. I never worry about having to little space to load anything when I have a last minute flight and need content to keep me busy for the 8 hours plus terminal time.

      Not having removable battery or storage options is laughing in the consumers face since a majority of us ask for them.

      HTC one X did not sell because of it, yet here we are again without it. A company that inwilling to listen to its consumers deserves to fail. I hope they do.

  • coolchick

    Again HTC FAILS! Will they ever learn? Measly 2300 mAh with non-removable battery. If you make it non-removable AT LEAST make it 3000 mAh.

    I will never buy another HTC product again. They never listen.

  • TouchMyBox

    Sounds amazing, but soon enough we’ll hear of its molested bootloader and HTC will continue to fall into the gutter.

  • just no

    Hey, HTC. 2012 didn’t go so well, did it? Guess what your flagship phones were lacking in 2012. Your flagship phones in late 2012 and 2013 are still lacking them.

    Of course, I’m not saying that not all people need removable battery and microSD slot, but there IS a market for them.

    Oh, also, more/better marketting might help.

  • WTangoFoxtrot

    I was drooling until I read no removable storage and a measly 2300mah battery powering that beast, why must you screw us repeatedly HTC? Such beautiful phones deserve better.

  • screamer

    I don’t need so much storage in a phone because barley hear any music on my phone use my tune radio and okay is my life. I also have only two movies in my phone for the kids.

  • Brett

    So many HTC haters..The build Quality right there makes it a top choice.

    I see people Getting mad because storage isn’t removable, battery ain’t removable. BLAH BLAH.. Oh hey did you know the Screen ain’t removable either? Guess Htc failed again.

    • Hook

      This is easily the dum best thing I’ve ever read on the internet.

  • JC Chong

    Not exactly drooling…

    1) no microSD support
    2) no mentioning of NFC
    3) Android 4.1 instead of 4.2

    I can forgo the non-removable battery, but the three listed above are unforgivable.

  • m82a1

    Again, non removable battery and non expandable – wtf. Samsung can do it, SO CAN YOU HTC.

  • Plazmic Flame

    If you’re going to have a non-removable battery, it has to be at least 3,000 mAh… has the Razr Maxx & Maxx HD not taught these OEMs nothing? Damn shame…

  • android fan

    Just hope the m7 is available to all carriers not just exclusive to one like the evo 4g and droid dna

  • Dalex

    Sorry, but 2300 Mah is an automatic no thanks. I have the One X. The battery is putrid. HTC will never learn.

    Mouthwatering specs are irrelevant, just that OS runs smooth.

  • Lilliam

    “a 2300mAh non-removable battery” – a deal-breaker for me!

  • Lea

    Are you serious?

    Removable battery allows you to travel with spare batteries not worring about finding a outlet. It allows you to focus on using your phone and not the battery left indicater. It allows you to replace your battery if it ever loses charge ability (These phones ARE sold with 3 year contracts remember?). It allows you to possibly save your phone if there is ever any water damage by removing any current going to the phone.

    As for storage… Again… Are you kiddin g?

    I have 8 32 gig cards all preloaded with stuff that I swap on the fly (Movies, shows, biz docs etc) that’s 256 gigs, if I bought a 256 gig phone it would cost me $1400. I can hook the sdcard up to the comp and load my files without having to sync or need my phone beside me which is convenient. I don’t need to rely on cloud based anything with the outragous data caps and charges of the big three. I never worry about having to little space to load anything when I have a last minute flight and need content to keep me busy for the 8 hours plus terminal time.

    Not having removable battery or storage options is la ughing in the consumers face since a majority of us ask for them.

    HTC one X did not sell because of it, yet here we are again without it. A company that inwilling to listen to its consumers deserves to fail. I hope they do.

  • abinho11

    it should run WINDOWS 8 !!!

  • davidoff

    I’m curious at how many people actually take advantage of the removeable battery. For me at least, I never needed or wanted to buy another battery. Let say if the battery does die in a year or two, who here actually go and get a new battery to continue using the phone, or simply just go pick up a brand new phone with the latest spec on the market. Is the removable battery that important?

  • Ed

    Somehow, I don’t think that HTC’s failure is due to lack of marketing. Non-removable battery and no external memory slot? Clearly they don’t listen. It’s why I haven’t upgraded from my DHD yet, and guess what it has? But then again HTC being itself, they cancelled the ice cream sandwich upgrade for the DHD. So about that marketing…. *rolls eyes*

  • Ivan

    The non-removable battery is an issue, but hardly make or break. The One X sold quite well. One just has to get used to docking it at work, or perhaps carrying a protable charger, which is a good idea anyway as you can charge a headset if it’s dying or any number of other things. Storage is the bigger problem, but to be fair, the number of times I need it are fairly infrequent. What I’m eyeing suspiciously is the 4.7″ display. Five inchs is starting to look fairly standard on a flagship next year. I don’t want to be intimidaed by everyone else’s 5″ screen…

  • deli

    non-removable battery that is under 3000mah is a deal breaker. The no-microsd slot makes this product DOA for me. I want HTC to succeed! I used to buy their flagship products EVERY CYCLE until the GS2, Note, GS3, Note 2 beat them flat out in every way.

  • Soldier Blue

    So wait.. how is this better than the Sony Yuga and Odin in any way, shape, or form?

    Going from 5″ to 4.7″ isn’t an improvement if both screens have 1080p. Especially considering the Odin (Xperia ZL) has a ridiculously tiny bezel and the phone itself is the size of SGS3 but with a larger display.

    The Yuga (Xperia Z) also has microsd and microhdmi and probably the same sized battery. Further, they’re probably using the 1080p display from JDI instead of the one from Sharp which HTC’s last phone used. JDI has a white subpixel that keeps brightness high while consumption way down. The Sharp panel uses more power and contributed greatly to the lousy battery life of the Droid DNA.

    I mean, I wish HTC would kick a*s again but 200mhz CPU bump and a slightly larger battery is the only difference I see over the Droid DNA which came out in November – and there will be a four month difference here.

  • Aaron

    These phones are beautiful, I love the specs, but will never buy one without removable storage! I really thought htc would have learned its lesson! Personally I like to have my pics and music stored to an external card so if my phone takes a crap I can at least pull the card out. Don’t care much about the screen… its impressive, but not a deal breaker. And as long as theres a way to do a hardware reset I don’t really care about getting at the battery either.

  • xMonji

    Remember how the one x looked promising before the S3 was announced? Looks like the same old story is going to happen this year again… Why won’t HTC listen to its customers? Add micro sd slot and removable battery to your phone or you will be next to become like RIM.

  • Jimmy

    Until you add removable battery and More SD card slots on your phones. HTC one v was my last phone from them. No wonder the S3 Sold millions……

  • OMG BASEDGOD #taskforce #tybg

    What a surprise. No removable battery or external SD storage :/

    I really wanna know why HTC stopped doing this.

  • DeepSlicedBacon

    Add expandable micro-SD, removable battery and I’m sold.