It’s no longer a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”. As in when will HTC make One’s successor official and when will the so-called M8 start selling? Our best guesses right now are during or before February’s Mobile World Congress, and in March or April respectively.
However, maybe the bigger question is not “when” after all. Instead, it might be this: is it worth it? Worth the wait, the hoopla, the buzz? The short answer: probably not.
Assuming notorious Twitter tipster @evleaks is correct with his latest round of speculation (as he so often is), the M8, aka One Two, or just Two, may land with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 power beneath its hood, 2 GB RAM and a 5-inch 1,080p display.
Not bad… for a late 2013 flagship device, but pretty bad for 2014, as the much more impressive Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3 are looming large on the horizon. What’s worse is HTC apparently plans to intro the M8 with another meager UltraPixel cam slapped on its back.
On the bright side, Android 4.4 KitKat and a fresh version of the Sense UI, 6.0, are tipped to run the software show. Too bad that’s too little, too late. Then again, to end today’s piece on a somewhat cheerful note, we have to stress the above specs are dubbed “preliminary” by @evleaks, so a few last-minute changes could still occur. Sounds unlikely, but not impossible.