Rumors are rife regarding the upcoming flagship smartphone of HTC - M7. The company is believed to take the wraps off the new device at the Mobile World Congress 2013 to be held in Barcelona in the next month.
This can be said, as after the numerous rumors and speculations, M7's first images have been leaked online, courtesy UnwiredView report. As per the report, the image appears to be a part of an animation clip instructing the users on how to install the SIM card in the handset. The glimpse of M7 offered in the report bears a noticeable resemblance to iPhone 5.
The simple illustration considered to be the first image of the handset does not show anything more than a horizontal edge-to-edge display and rounded corners.
However, as claimed in the report, the lack of branding and the other common traits of HTC including screen borders are missing, suggesting that this many not be the exact design of the handset.
Going by earlier reports, M7 (supposedly the successor of One X) could boast a 4.7 inch 1080p SLCD 3 display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor with a new GPU, 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, LTE, HSPA+, Beats Audio integration and a 2,300 mAh battery.
On the pricing front, M7 is estimated by tech experts to be priced around $600 (approx. Rs 33,000).
Potential Rival: iPhone 5?
As HTC M7's alleged image appears to be in par with the design of iPhone 5, the handset is speculated to bid a tough competition to the Apple smartphone.
If the rumored specifications turn out to be true, M7 will be the first handset to come with full HD 1080p resolution on a 4.7 inch display, thereby offering a pixel density of 468 ppi.
On other hand, iPhone 5 with its 4 inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels has a pixel density of 326 ppi. Hence, if M7 comes with the display as rumored, it will be superior to iPhone 5.
As far as other specifications are concerned, iPhone 5 comes with Apple A6 chipset, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory, 8MP rear camera with iSight technology, 1.2MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE, 3G and micro USB 2.0 support. As per Apple, the battery in the smartphone offers 8 hours talk time and 225 hours standby.
Comparing these specs with the rumored ones of the upcoming HTC offering, the latter has improved camera performance and a faster processor. Hence, it can be concluded that HTC M7 could be a potential rival to the sixth generation iPhone.