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HTC One: new image leak and more pre-launch news

Images purporting to be official press shots of the HTC One - née the M7 - have surfaced ahead of the handset's expected launch on 19 February.

The photos appeared on Twitter courtesy of @evleaks and the most interesting depicts a previously unseen black/grey One variant alongside the already-teased white/silver model (pictured, top).

First picked up by Unwired View, the images appear to confirm that the HTC One will sport a two-button layout - a significant point of differentiation for the device, as most Android handsets tend to sport three or four button set-ups. The media renders show Back and Home capacitive controls in evidence, but there's not a Menu/Multitasking key.

HTC's next flagship also looks like it will feature a pair of front speaker grills, presumably based on Beats Audio technology like many of the Taiwanese manufacturer's other handsets.

Gossip surrounding the HTC One has been approaching fever pitch recently, and the incoming hero phone was recently spied on banner ads during the Champion's League football match between Celtic (Scotland) and Juventus (Italy).

Speculation points to the HTC One featuring a 4.7in Full HD display with a staggering pixel density of 468ppi. Under the hood, the device is expected to sport a a 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, while the device is likely to ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The HTC One is also being tipped to ditch a traditional megapixel-based camera lens specification in favour of an "ultrapixel" measurement.

Apparently, three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers will combine to shoot images free of interpolation, with the cumulative effect offering a quality comparable to a 13-megapixel snapper. However, HTC is set to go out on a limb and christen the One's primary camera as 4.3-ultrapixels, according to multiple sources.

All will officially be revealed at HTC's exclusive London launch event tomorrow, so stay tuned – ITProPortal will be in attendance at the blockbuster UK unveiling to bring you the news as it breaks.