HTC M8 (One 2) will be the company’s first to have on-screen buttons

Many manufacturers have made the transition from hardware buttons to on-screen ones, but there are still some OEMs that prefer using capacitive keys instead of virtual versions – Take Samsung and HTC for instance. Well, it looks like the Taiwanese manufacturer will keep up with the times and treat its upcoming flagship to an all-touch form factor.

The HTC M8 which is expected to go official at the MWC 2014 will apparently be the first device from the company to have on-screen navigation buttons instead of the capacitive ones used until now. This information comes from the renowned EvLeaks. One of the downsides of having virtual keys instead of capacitive ones is that a small portion of the display is consumed for this purpose. This is probably one of the reasons why the upcoming M8 will have a 5-inch screen.

HTC M8

Also, the size of the keys varies from OEM and this may cause discomfort to users depending on how HTC implements the on-screen buttons. Nevertheless, these issues can be easily resolved through software tweaks, most of which require a rooted device. The design of the HTC M8 is said to be quite similar to the flagship One and the handset’s specifications have been leaked multiple times.

Here are the specs from AnTuTu Benchmark:

– Platform: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Processor: 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, quad core
– Display: 5-inch 1080p
– Memory: 2GB RAM; 16GB storage
– Camera: 4MP UltraPixel sensor

Back in December, a UK judge spilled the beans that HTC plans to launch a new flagship in February. This information was posted in a ruling during a patent case between the Taiwanese company and Nokia.