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First Look At The HTC Proto. Will HTC Unveil This Phone At IFA?

Eric McBride
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We’ve heard a lot of depressing news about HTC over the past weeks, and I’m glad that I finally have some good news coming from HTC to share with you guys. The Verge has managed to get their hands on pictures of a sharp looking new device called the HTC Proto (not the retail name), which appears to be a device that's slightly more powerful than the One V. Not only that, but it’s speculated that HTC just might unveil this bad boy at IFA next week.

What I love love love about the picture of this phone is that it seems HTC went back to their roots. It looks very much like an HTC Sensation, only sleeker and even more premium looking (from the pic anways). I originally thought that this might just be an HTC Nexus device, but the 3 physical buttons on the bottom kill that theory, as stock ICS and Jelly Bean use on screen buttons (having 3 physical buttons below the 3 virtual buttons from ICS and JB would just look silly).

Another thing that killed the thought of this being a Nexus device are the specs: a 4 inch WVGA display, 5MP camera, and a dual core 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. Certainly solid specs, but not in the same league as Samsungs and LG’s speculated Nexus devices. But even if it’s not a Nexus device, I for one really like the design. Maybe I just miss my Sensation and Nexus One :-D

HTC just might release the device at IFA next week in Berlin, and as reports indicate that HTC plans on cutting the prices of their future devices to compete more effectively with Apple and Samsung, you might just be able to get your hands on it for a very low price.

More details to come as we receive them.

Picture credits: The Verge

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  • ross curran Aug 24, 2012 Link

    gayest looking phone ever

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  • Ti Mo Aug 24, 2012 Link

    Looks like every other htc phone...
    Good that they are so innovative when times are bad.

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  • Patrick R. Aug 24, 2012 Link

    It's a rectangle with rounded corners and i'm sure its gonna have icons. Can htc afford a lawsuit from apple

    Seriously though, based on the current GNex, the capacitative buttons disualifies this as a nexus device... i think.

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  • Eric McBride Aug 25, 2012 Link

    It does look a lot like the Sensation, but I LOVED the Sensation, which is why I guess I like it. But yeah, it would be nice to see HTC experimenting more with shape and design.

    @Patrick - LOL. Sadly enough though, the outcome of the Samsung VS Apple case today shows that Apple can get away with that BS.

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  • CJ Brown Aug 27, 2012 Link

    If not an HTC Sensation, then an HTC Evo (the front's look similar, but the back has been changed to something on par with the HTC One series in design). I <3 HTC, but an 8 megapixel camera should be the standard (regardless of the market said Android Smart Phone is meant for) ....

    A perfect example is the HTC ONE V offered by Virgin Mobile (3G, 3.7" screen, 5 megapixel camera, beats audio, ice cream sandwich). A good Android Smart Phone that would've been better by just eliminating the beats audio (you could've used that $ on a 4.0" - 4.3" screen) make it 4G (does anyone buy 3G anymore?) & offered an 8 mega pixel camera (5 megapixel isn't the standard anymore). This device is going for $159.99 online ...

    I wonder who will get this Device? If it's a 4G (which I assume). I could see this being the next "No Contract" Android Smart Phone of choice ...

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  • Eric McBride Aug 28, 2012 Link

    True. If it goes for a low price (which HTC claims all of its newer devices will), this could be a really solid mid range phone that I could honestly see consumers liking.

    And yeah..it does also remind me of the Evo :-D

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  • CJ Brown Aug 28, 2012 Link

    I haven't bought the HTC EVO V from Virgin Mobile (I keep patiently holding out to see what will be available before my contract with Verizon expires in March 2013), but if this HTC prototype is the next 4G "no contract" Android Smart Phone & offers specs above the HTC EVO V / HTC ONE V (such as an 8 megapixel camera along with an sd card slot) I think I could be the 1st Customer in line ...

    I'm not going to debate about the similarity with the front (I'm sure we can all agree that its a standard HTC ice cream sandwich menu buttons front side dimensions to be determined later), but the back looks like HTC is following the HTC One series design (vs. an odd shape back found for the Incredible 4G, EVO 4G, HTC Sensation 4G) - any complaints over a design that works? (as long as the purchase price is kept below $300, I think this could be the best "no contract" phone ever) ...

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  • Eric McBride Aug 28, 2012 Link

    If HTC were to sell this at the 300 - 350 dollar price range, I could DEFINITELY imagine people picking it up. Display is too small for my liking, but this could be a solid entry in HTCs lineup if priced properly.

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