Leaked HTC One Plus (M8) Home Screen Confirms Virtual Buttons
A leaked screenshot taken from the upcoming HTC One Plus (M8) confirms reports that the device will sport virtual navigation buttons. Its predecessor, the One, and most of the HTC smartphones that came before it, had capacitive touch buttons beneath the display — but the company’s next flagship is set to be the first to buck that trend.
The screenshot was published on Twitter by reliable leaker @evleaks. Not much has changed when you compare it to an original HTC One screenshot, but there are some differences.
Most noticeable is the big green clock and status bar, which replace the boring black ones from the original HTC One. It’s unclear whether that’s now the default look, or whether HTC might allow us to apply different color schemes to the next version of its Sense user interface.
It’s at the bottom of the display where we find the most interesting change — those virtual navigation buttons. They look identical to those leaked by HTC Source earlier this week, and all but confirm the One Plus will lose its capacitive touch buttons.
That will surely come as a welcome change to most, and it means HTC can continue to slap its logo right beneath the display without sacrificing the dedicated multitasking button, or moving the home button over the the right side.
Recent rumors have claimed HTC will announce the One Plus at an event in New York City next month. One British retailer is already taking orders for official cases and accessories.