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  (Source: @evleaks)
HTC looks to be making a fairly ambitious update to its One smartphone

Reports of the demise of HTC Corp.'s (TPE:2498) high-end offerings appear to have been inaccurate.  While the company has publicly stated it is focusing to a greater extent on budget and midrange offerings, its release of a second generation HTC One is showing that the Taiwanese Android OEM still cares about the high end as well.
The sequel to last year's strongly reviewed flagship smartphone is rumored to pack a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM.  Past leaks have also shown a 3D camera capable that will also be active in 2D shooting mode to provide the capability to refocus 2D images in a postprocessing.
Now a fresh leak shows an eye-catching LED Smart Cover. 

The slick battery-saving feature is similar to a rumor that popped up about the GS5, but this baby is the real deal.  It also comes in multiple colors to suit your sense of style.

The front part of the case in the leaks shows an LED clock and a weather-icon indicator.  There's rumored to be other possible alerts displayable, plus apps may be able to add even more exotic kinds of LED notifications

Additionally the source of those leaks -- Twitter's top Android and Windows Phone leaker @evleaks -- says that a Google Play Edition will be available, for those who aren't fans of HTC's Sense 6.0.  Both phones will come with the latest and greatest Google Inc. (GOOG) Android operating system, Android 4.4 "KitKat".  Here's the three colors shown for the unlocked, unsubsidized "Play" edition:

@evleaks also leaked more pictures of the new 3D camera, up close...

...and photos of the Verizon Wireless (a Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) subsidiary) and AT&T Inc. (T) branded variants:

Between the premium construction with colored, brushed metal cases and ambitious new features like the 3D Ultrapixel camera and the optional case with LED display, you could make a strong argument that it's looking increasingly like HTC will once again have arguably the superior flagship smartphone compared to Samsung.  It should be interesting to see if it gets overlooked, though, in the midst of Samsung's marketing savvy, as it largely was year.

Source: EVLeaks

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The more I see
By retrospooty on 3/11/2014 6:00:26 PM , Rating: 3
The more I like this phone. Looks really nice.

RE: The more I see
By Reclaimer77 on 3/11/2014 6:40:10 PM , Rating: 1
Remember when I said HTC needs something, even if it's a gimmick, to get some buzz going?

That LED smart cover is JUST that. Unique and "cool".

RE: The more I see
By Samus on 3/12/2014 12:31:44 AM , Rating: 5
Innovation. Apple puts holes in a cover. HTC makes functional holes.

RE: The more I see
By bug77 on 3/12/2014 6:01:14 PM , Rating: 4
Hopefully HTC licensed the holes first. Or set aside a couple billions if they didn't.

RE: The more I see
By hughlle on 3/12/2014 8:35:23 AM , Rating: 2
I also recall where you outrighted dismissed the prior one because of its lack of SD card and removable battery, so this idea aside, by your words this will also be a failure.

RE: The more I see
By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 8:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
so this idea aside, by your words this will also be a failure.

It probably will /shrug.

Of course "failure" for a flagship means that it didn't sell fifty bazillion handsets. Not that it wasn't a solid product.

Outright dismissed? That's a BIT out of context.

RE: The more I see
By rocman on 3/12/2014 12:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
I believe this time around, it does include a microSD slot. So there's that.

Personally I've come to accept nonremovable batteries, as long as you get benefits like slimmer devices. External universal battery packs actually works better in that they can charge multiple devices versus just for one phone. And the other unexpected downside with removable battery is that it's somewhat of a hassle to charge with the phone as your only charger. You have to remove battery which means a reboot. With the USB pack, you essentially at the very least doubled your charge rate.

What I don't like about HTC is they consistently lag behind Samsung and now LG in battery capacity.

RE: The more I see
By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 12:45:34 PM , Rating: 2
Why does everyone talk like you HAVE to juggle batteries if you own a Samsung phone or other with removable battery?

The single biggest advantage is that these batteries DO go bad, they don't last forever, and when that happens you can easily replace it.

I know people, myself included, who uses Samsung phones for years without ever changing the battery or doing swaps. It's not mandatory that because the phone supports the ability to swap batteries, that you MUST do this constantly. It's just a really nice option that doesn't make you sacrifice anything.

RE: The more I see
By bug77 on 3/12/2014 6:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I've come to accept nonremovable batteries, as long as you get benefits like slimmer devices.

Except that you don't. SGS5 is 8.1mm "thick" and it has a removable battery. The 5s is 7.6mm.

RE: The more I see
By niva on 3/13/2014 3:09:02 PM , Rating: 2
OK... maybe you should read all that again and focus on the numbers, I haven't bothered to check your numbers, but your usage of the English was abysmal.

RE: The more I see
By wordsworm on 3/14/2014 1:20:42 PM , Rating: 2
Your comprehension of English is what's abysmal. I understood what he said.

RE: The more I see
By kyuuketsuki on 3/12/2014 2:33:19 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. If I was going to get an Android phone, this would be it. Has much more going for it than the S5.

I don't know why no other company has emulated the stereo speakers on the front. That's just such an obviously great feature that I wish I could get in WP land.

RE: The more I see
By techxx on 3/12/2014 9:40:52 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to have a hard time resisting that dark silver. This will undoubtedly be the most beautiful Android phone I have seen to date. Now that they are also offering expandable SD, the removable battery seems to be the only thing Samsung has on it!

RE: The more I see
By retrospooty on 3/12/2014 11:19:28 AM , Rating: 1
I would say HTC's buiggest problem has not been removable batteries, but crappy internal batteries. Some lose thier "umpf" really quickly, and some dont. Even the better ones arent gvery good. Just cheap crappy batteries in general and all the frustrations that go with it. I am not sure if the first "One" is better or not... If they can put a decent battery in this, it's a great phone.

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