Did you think that the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 were all these two companies had to give? It wasn’t the end, not by a long shot.

Technology works this way: just when we grew comfortable with floppy disks (I’m showing my age now), along came CDs. And, after CDs proved to be a temporary solution, MP3 files online became popular. Now, most individuals download digital music and games without a second thought. Some of us still have old VHS videos and cassette tapes lying around the house. This little trip down “memory lane” teaches us that we can never get too comfortable with where things are. Life changes and we must change with it.

And this brings us to the smartphone “prime time” with HTC and Samsung. Both companies are stepping up their game just in time for the summer, when both will compete for customer dollars along with LG’s G3 smartphone.

If you never tire of the smartphone rumors and leaks, HTC’s got an ace up its sleeve.

HTC One M8 Prime image and details leak

The HTC One M8 Prime may be a name on paper, but the smartphone is on its way to the market as you read this post. Twitter member @evleaks (a.k.a. Evan Blass) has provided some insider information on this device. Via Twitter this week, he told us that the HTC One M8 Prime (the official name of HTC’s more advanced smartphone) will feature a 5.5-inch display, whereas the HTC One M8 boasted a 5-inch display. In addition, the device will have an improved screen resolution from full HD (1920 x 1080) to Quad HD (2560 x 1440), while retaining the dual flash of the HTC One M8. The HTC One M8 Prime will’ve a speedier Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, whereas the HTC One M8 features a Snapdragon 801 processor. Graphics will also improve on the new device, but there are some noticeable differences between the HTC One M8 Prime and its more inexpensive “brother.”

For one, the HTC One M8 Prime will feature aluminum metal and liquid silicone as part of its build materials, with the inclusion of water resistance (what Evleaks calls “waterproof”; seems to be a mislabel more than anything else). Some seem to be in the dark as to why HTC would resort to liquid silicone and aluminum metal in the new device, but it could be related to cooling the device. Metal can likely become too hot or too cold at times, and changing temperatures, even with the use of cold indoor air conditioning, can affect the element resistance of the device. Apparently, someone at HTC read about the HTC One M8’s lack of water resistance and decided to do something about it.

HTC One M8 Prime

We know very little about the battery size and the microSD card slot at this point, but it only makes sense for HTC to make these significant in order to make the HTC One M8 Prime a true contender against the Galaxy S5 and LG G3. One thing we can applaud HTC for is its commitment to add water resistance to the device. The water resistance feature is one that we pointed out in our comparison between the Galaxy S5, HTC One, and Sony Xperia Z2 as a drawback for the One M8. Although there were quite a few readers that disagreed with our conclusions about water resistance, we’re glad that HTC is listening to the consumer base. It turns out that HTC believes its One M8 lacks this useful feature, and this only validates the conclusions we made earlier.


Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime is said to feature an aluminum metal body, a 2560 x 1440 resolution, as well as an increased Snapdragon processor. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Prime looks to retain its 5.2-inch, Super AMOLED display while HTC’s One M8 Prime will be a little larger. Samsung, of course, can’t increase its display size but so far – since, contra HTC, the Korean manufacturer will emerge with its world-renown Note 4 this September. Some Note 4 leaks revealed today tell us that the Note 4 will feature the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display as last year’s Note 3, but will pack a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch (ppi) as opposed to the 386ppi pixel density of the Galaxy Note 3. For all the criticism Samsung has received regarding its use of plastic, we sure hope that metal lovers step up and show Samsung their love and support.

HTC and Samsung are ready for Prime Time. Are you? If you’re excited about the One M8 Prime smartphone, let us know in the comments. We’d love to read your responses, and, in the spirit of the discussion, begin your response with “I’m ready for prime time.”