We’re starting to get a few leaks about HTC’s upcoming successor to their 2013 flagship, which at this stage is only known by its internal name, the M8. One of the more interesting points is that the M8 would have no capacitive buttons, and notorious tech leakster @evleaks has backed up this rumour in a tweet this morning.
M8 will be the first HTC device with on-screen buttons.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 27, 2014
One of the few criticisms that we had of the HTC One was the odd-button layout, and that HTC persisted in using capacitive buttons, which added to the already large bezel size of the device. If @evleaks’ claim is true, HTC will join other high-profile manufacturers like Sony and LG in leaving buttons off the front of their phones in favour of a larger screen.
Obviously, at this stage, it’s still just a rumour, but it’s a rumour that’s been stated by two fairly reputable sources. It’s worth noting that @evleaks leaked renders of the HTC One that turned out to be pretty darn accurate. As a fan of on-screen buttons, if I can get the M8 in an awesome blue or red colour, there’s no way I won’t buy one.
Do you prefer on-screen buttons, or physical buttons, on your phone? Let us know in the comments.