A kid posted a 12-minute hands-on review of HTC's as-yet-unreleased HTC One successor Sunday. In the same night, he earned himself a threat from HTC's senior global communications manager, Jeff Gordon. Gordon has since backtracked on his statements, but the company is still taking the airing of its secrets seriously.
The video review was originally posted to YouTube by Roshan Jamkatel. During the video, he demonstrated several differences from the original HTC One, including dual cameras on the back of the phone, a lack of buttons on the bottom of the body, and a lack of Beats Audio branding with different sounding audio hardware (demonstrated by the 2008 hit song "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"). The body and screen are both slightly bigger, and the metal accents appear to have a different finish. As Jamkatel turned the phone over and over in his hands, he displayed the IMEI number on the back of the phone.
The video circulated quickly after it was posted and was highlighted by Shen Ye of xda-developers' XDA TV. After the video made its way around to Gordon, Gordon tweeted at Jamkatel, "it's not going to be a good week for you, my friend:-(". Jamkatel tried to claim the phone was fake, at which point Gordon said HTC has the IMEI info, and the company would be "in touch."