Few people still believe HTC has what it takes to stay on top of the mobile landscape following underwhelming 2013 sales numbers and dwindling financial reports, yet the company’s future flagship device, internally known as the M8, is quite possibly the star of the rumor mill this beginning of the year. Call it the Android paradox.
Intriguingly, according to the latest gossip, HTC may just have a winner on its hands. Or at least not such a big, fat loser as some recent speculation appeared to hint at. Assuming XDA forum member Mike1986 indeed has the connections his track record suggests, HTC One’s follow-up will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s uber-snazzy quad-core Snapdragon 805 chips.
Designed to take S800’s already impressive speed to the next level, the fresh processors are official, but won’t actually debut inside commercial products until Q2 2014. Hence, the HTC “M8” is to start selling in April, at the earliest.
According to the same source, a final market name for the 5-incher has been decided on, only here I’m desperately hoping this Mike1986 is wrong. Because if not, the M8 will be advertised as the… One+. Ugh, that’s even worse than One Two.
As for other features, odds are the “preliminary” list tweeted by @evleaks is to become reality, in which case the HTC One+ will still start off on the wrong foot compared with, say, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 in the RAM (2 GB) and camera (4 MP “UltraPixel”) departments.