HTC has just sent out official press invites for an event dedicated to the company’s “primary flagship for 2014.”
HTC has scheduled the big unveiling for March 25th, and the event will take place in New York and London simultaneously. Of course, expectations are that we’ll finally see the HTC M8, the successor to the 2013 HTC One
There is still more than a month until the official unveiling, but by now we have already been flooded with leaked images and whispers about the HTC M8. The HTC M8 is just the codename for the upcoming device, and speculations run rampant about what the official name of the phone will be. We have heard rumors about it being called ‘HTC One Two’, ‘HTC One (2014)’, ‘HTC One Plus’
and others, but the name will likely be something HTC decides on in the last moment, so we would not bet on anything just yet.
Apart from the name, rumors have been pretty consistent in their portraiture of the HTC M8. Nearly all agree on a 5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel display, an improved quad-core Snapdragon 800 system chip, and on one radically new feature - a twin camera on the back. The M8 is basically expected to ship with a total of three cameras: one on the front, and two on the back. Those two rear cameras should be able to fire at the same time, and capture additional information about a picture such as its depth. This could speed up the photographing process, and allow users to select focus after the image has been captured, not before as the standard is right now.
For all else, the HTC M8 is expected to feature looks and design similar to that of the original HTC One. Luckily, we’ll finally learn all about it on March 25th.
HTC M8 leaked images
HTC M8 leaked images
6. HTC's new flagship has surfaced under the HTC M8 and HTC 0P6B120 codenames
7. Twin-sensor main camera: could this be the biggest new feature of the HTC M8?
8. First HTC M8 cases concur with the twin-sensor camera rumor
9. Slightly larger 5” (possibly even 5.2”) 1080p display
The original HTC One launched with a 4.7” display whereas other flagships nearly all had bigger displays. This year, the HTC One 2 is expected to fix that coming with a bigger, likely 5-inch screen.
10. HTC's own UA Prof file confirms 1080p screen resolution
11. HTC One 2 to keep its premium aluminum build with more intense metal
Leaks suggest the One 2 will keep the strategical advantage of aluminum built and even improve on that with a “more intense metal”.
12. HTC One 2 will inherit stereo speakers
The HTC One brought a small revolution in speaker quality and its successor is expected to inherit that with front stereo speakers as well. This time around the Beats Audio optimization that kicks in adding an extra bass oomph is gone, though.
13. (Sadly) HTC One 2 is also expected to still feature only a 4-megapixel (sorry, UltraPixel) camera
HTC One’s UltraPixel camera was a bold experiment, but our tests have concluded it was not a very successful one. Some improvements in night photography are there, but they come at the expense of very low detail and this will likely continue to bug us in the HTC One 2. Hopefully, HTC fixes the unnaturally cold tonality of shots, though!
14. It will be more powerful: a better Snapdragon 800 inside
The One 2 is expected to become the first HTC device with a Snapdragon 800 system chip inside. And not just a simple Snapdragon 800, but the improved quad-core MSM8974AB.
15. Faster 2GB of RAM and up-clocked Adreno 330 graphics
The AB in MSM8974AB stands for faster memory bandwidth and higher clock for the graphical card, all things that would contribute hugely to general performance and gaming.
16. Launching with latest Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 on top
The HTC One 2 is expected to launch with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat on board. It will also be the vessel to first show us the new HTC Sense 6.0 skin.
17. First surprise: it might get a fingerprint scanner right above the camera
A mysterious hole right above the camera in early leaks has puzzled us. It’s not a usual location for a fingerprint scanner, and some have even speculated it might be an opening for a second rear camera. However that seems more like science fiction that a real possibility, so we’d still bet on this being a fingerprint scanner in a strange place. What’s your bet?
18. Second surprise: an unexpected downgrade in storage, down to 16GB at base
What has really surprised us, though, is that early leaks suggest the HTC One 2 might get half the amount of internal storage of the original HTC One. Instead of having 32 gigs on board, it will only feature 16GB if true. That’s a strange downgrade and something HTC will have a hard time explaining to its prospect customers.
19. Could this mean storage would be expandable via microSD?
However, the lower amount of internal storage could still be justified if the HTC One 2 ships with expandable storage. If it has a microSD card slot, many would be willing to forgive HTC that it shipped its flagship with less storage.
20. The big advantage: HTC One 2 to outpace Galaxy S5 with an early release date
The biggest advantage the HTC One 2 holds right now - as per rumors - is that it could launch earlier than the Galaxy S5. If HTC pulls its act together, it could be launch the One 2 a few months earlier than the Galaxy S5 and that would be a key advantage.