Leaked HTC One Mirrors iPhone 5 Design, Closely Enough

By Binu Paul email: b.paul@mobilenapps.com | Feb 16, 2013 06:04 AM EST

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HTC has sent out a number of hints that it's all set to unveil a new flagship smartphone very soon, most likely at the Feb. 19 press event in New York and London. As rumors keep making rounds on the specs and release date of the device, we have come across a fresh leak of the supposed hardware and the device closely resembles the Apple iPhone 5 in design.

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An image that appears to be that of the next-generation HTC One handset surfaced online on Friday showing the device in a 'slate and black' colorway similar to the Apple smartphone. Taking a close look the leaked image, brought out by @evleaks, a reputed source when it comes to leaked gadget imagery, it appears that the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer has taken a cue or two from the most recent iPhone design. As Apple Insider notes, "the chamfered edges, top and bottom screen 'borders,' and now what appears to be a black anodized frame" of the alleged HTC One resembles the Apple design.

Though there isn't any significant new information to accompany the imagery, the leak confirms the final design and the Feb. 19 release rumors.  The image does give a better but small glimpse of HTC Sense 5.0.

In another photo leak, a white colored HTC One image was leaked recently showing a location of New York and a date of Feb. 19 while the slate/black image is localized to London with the same date.

Meanwhile, HTCSource claimed that it has gaining access to on-sale date and pricing details of the flagship smartphone and said it will reach the U.S. market on March 22. The device (32GB) will be priced at $199.99 with a 24-month contract on three of the major U.S. carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. The report further stated that HTC One will be available in 64GB as well which will be price at $299.99. 

HTC recently updated its Facebook and Twitter pages as well as the homepage of its Web site with a countdown clock that boldly claims the release date as Feb. 19, 2013. A brand new image of the device was spotted recently during a UEFA Champions League game featuring Scottish club Celtic and Italian giants Juventus held in Scotland where the HTC One was confirmed as a product name via an electronic billboard just behind the goal.

The device, codenamed M7, is rumored to come to U.S. as HTC One. According to several rumors, HTC One will come with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and SLCD 3 1080p display.

Nonetheless, if you ever thought the device has a design resemblance to iPhone 5 or BlackBerry Z10, you have a stronger point to argue now.

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