HTC is holding a special event in NYC today at 10 AM, and it’s all but guaranteed that the company will be showing off its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One. But we managed to get in one last spoiler, thanks to the release of this final press shot found by French site NowhereElse.fr. The image is a much more polished version of previous leaks we’ve seen, showing the HTC One (formerly known as the M7) in all its glory, in both white and black.
The images, which look like something plucked from an HTC official splash page, confirm a lot of what we’ve seen earlier about the device. It’ll have just a home and back hardware button, for instance, and Sense is getting a makeover with what looks like a focus on a live tile style interface that grabs content from your social networks, apps and media libraries. The image also shows we’ll be seeing HTC’s now familiar Beats audio integration on the new handset, reinforces the strongly iPhone 5-like appearance of the case design with its rear top and bottom “windows” and chamfered edges, and gives us a glimpse at how a phone’s camera library might be organized around events. Finally, there appears to be some kind of music player that pulls in photos related to what you’re playing, maybe for docked playback.
The hardware looks attractive, and likely won’t have a removable back battery cover judging by the apparent SIM slot visible on the right-hand edge of the white vertical HTC One. I think we’ll see something much more in the metal and glass style that Apple has popularized, which will be interesting both from the perspective of how using those high-end materials changes an Android device’s appeal, and in terms of what kind of a response, if any, it might provoke from Apple’s legal team.
Here’s a recap of what else we already know about the HTC One from previous leaks: It’ll likely have a 4.7-inch screen capable of 1080p output, making for a massive 468ppi display density, should have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 1.7GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera with a 2,300 mAh battery and either 32 or 64GB storage options.
Of course, we won’t have to wait long to find out exactly what is on tap: the event kicks off in just a few hours, and we’ll have coverage of what HTC is unveiling when it goes down. Whatever HTC is showing off, it needs to be a home run to give the company a boost coming out of a disappointing fiscal 2012.