What exactly is happening with HTC's next flagship phone? Come in gold/blue? Or even sport a fingerprint reader? A complete rumor roundup.
Last year during Mobile World Congress 2013, HTC unveiled its new flagship phone, the One. The device was the successor of the 2-year old now HTC One X, a significant upgrade over the 2011 model, with revamped hardware, integrated specs and much better Sense 5.0.
The Mobile World Congress 2014 though is around the corner, and we all know what that means. Nobody is quite sure about the name of the device. Early reports suggests that it will be called One Two — ridiculous, isn’t it? — and the most recent ones speculation is One +. The phone is codenamed M8. We believe One + will be the one though.
Regardless, more or less the specifications of the handset have been confirmed in a subtle way.
With the launch of the One, the Taiwanese manufacturer introduced us to new hardware, adding more style and a premium feel to the line-up. Then, the siblings of the One, both the One Mini and One Max, featured the same aluminum body as well.
So why change a formula that works? According to alleged images of the forthcoming phone, the company will keep the old good all metal body, though it will be thinner, enhanced ergonomics and rounded bezel crafting around the edges.
Unlike last year, the M8 may feature a dark blue-ish option, beside silver, black, red and gold.
Specifications and Software
The device indeed underwent the AnTuTu benchmark test, which revealed its internal specifications and software.
Under the hood, the M8 will sport a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, which offers double performance over the 600 that the One came with. Alongside the chip comes with a graphics upgrade: the Adreno 330 GPU. At least for this year, the RAM will remain the same, at 2 gigs, which still is fair enough.
Since the M8 tested obviously was a test-model, there is a high chance of HTC actually implementing the brand new Snapdragon 805 SoC, announced in mid-November.
The M8 outruns its older brother in every sector, especially in multitasking, RAM speed and 3D graphics performance, where it doubles it.
Moving on, as the benchmark test revealed the M8 will sport a super LCD 3 5-inch full HD display (469 ppi pixel density) or QHD display, resolving 2560 x 1440 (587 ppi pixel density), with IPS for sharp viewing angles and Gorilla Glass 3 for ultimate scratch protection. In addition, it will be an edge-to-edge display, offering maximum screen space and minimal bulk. Those black lines wrapping around the One’s display though were sexy.
Camera wise, the handset will sport a 10 UltraPixel primary sensor with support for full HD video recording and a 2.1MPix camera on the front for selfies and video chat. A tipster told Bloomberg that the new HTC One might have twin camera sensors on the rear, thus enhancing focus, image quality and “depth of field.”
Storage flavors will be 16 and 32 gigs, expandable up to 64GB via micro SD. Another report suggests that the device will solely have a 16GB storage version, though it will feature micro SDXC, which fundamentally allows you to expand up to 2TB. Gee.
A few weeks ago, we reported that LG and HTC flagship will install Sapphire home buttons on their next-gen flagship models to bundle fingerprint scanners. Like we said, it’s quite plausible to see one since the One Max comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back. Hopefully, this time it will be on the front for more convenience.
There’s no doubt that the phone will ship with the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat and Sense 6.0 user interface on top of it. I have been using Sense 5.5 on the One Max, and it’s a blast. Smooth navigation with a handful of cool functionalities. A design refreshment would not be bad at all though.
Pricing and Availability
The handset will be announced in Barcelona during MWC 2014. @Evleaks also touted that it will be available through all four major US cellular (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) by the end of the first quarter. By mid-April, it will also hit the European and Asian shelves too.
The device off-contract will retail for around $650 in the United States. Same price will be in the rest of the markets as well, £550 in the UK, AU$700 in Australia and €600 in EU.