HTC One (M8) Prime rumored for September: 5.5" Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805, and an 18 MP Duo camera

HTC One (M8) Prime rumored for September: 5.5
HTC might be in dire straits when it comes to profitability, but it is doing what it can to lower costs, while still keeping its eye on the ball, and the future. Not to be outdone by the eventual product pipeline of LG, Samsung and others, HTC is allegedly also planning to release a phone with a Quad HD (1440x2560 pixels) display. Unsurprisingly, the rumor mill is calling the handset HTC One (M8) Prime, alluding that it will be a version of the current HTC flagship.

Speculation on a leaked terminal code for an "M8_Prime", however, claims that we are to expect a bombshell of a handset, and the announcement is to be held in September, which would put it in direct competition with the eventual iPhone 6 at the time. The purported specs include a 5.5" Quad HD display, which is not hard to believe, given that LG has already announced such a panel, and is even said to be using it in the G3. A 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor is also very likely, as the fall crop of flagships will be predictably equipped with Qualcomm's latest and greatest, which wasn't shovel-ready for the spring chickens. A USB 3.0 port is credible, too, as we already have those on some Samsung flagships, and so are the 3 GB of RAM allegedly going into the One (M8) Prime.

Here we arrive into murky waters, however. The publication claims that HTC will use an 18 MP sensor for depth perception in this eventual Prime version, and a 5 MP UltraPixel sensor as a main unit. This suggests that we might still get a Duo Camera that will allow for the lens blur effects that the One (M8) is known for, but in a more advanced variant. Given that the current UltraPixel shooter is 4 MP, 5 MP isn't a significant jump in resolution, but the 18 MP piece is what bothers us in this rumor as the least credible part. Still, HTC has been surprising us in the camera department two flagship editions in a row, so we can't wait for more leaks about an eventual One (M8) Prime to start trickling down the pipe. 

source: HTCSoku via G4Games

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78 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

see, just the camera alone makes it 100000x better than the M8

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5727; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It better finally have a Tri camera, otherwise I'm not interested /s

63. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Actually, they should use Sigma's unique Foveo sensor. The Foveon sensor is senseless for a proper camera where space isn't an issue. But on smartphone, Foveon sensor can do wonders.

13. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Because the only problem in m8 is the camera

47. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

On the M8 sure but on the Prime it will be the size due to the BoomSound speakers. HTC should move the speakers on the top and bottom of the device....reduce the front logo area...headphone jack on the top along with the top speaker (I'm sure they can manage a small hole along wiith the speaker), power button on the right, volume on the left with the sim slot and micro sd slot on right! A camera shutter key would be nice too but one can only hope. And for the love of God HTC a BIGGER battery! alaong with some awesome software like the Note 3...cuz beautiful can be beautiful only for so long....it has to add value to use. All this and we are talking! Also 18 mp camera on an HTC....that'll be the day! :)

58. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

i do not see the problem with the 2600 one in the M8. tests already proved that it is more than good enough, lasting 7+ hours on the PA's own tests. i understand that the S5 did better but i do not think the battery is a problem anymore when it comes to HTC this time around

59. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Right on. ...But slap on a 5.5 inch QHD display and then we may have a problem. Besides Lenovo is coming out with a 4000mah monster. If Lenovo can do it so can htc or sammy or lg. More value for the customer. N Oh yeah Christmas would come early of these companies can slap in one of those monster chipsets from Nvidia!

60. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

haha true. but i think they'll get the battery right for this generation of phones. maybe not that 4000mah monster lol but maybe close

71. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

I agree. But the GS5 is, as you say, slightly better.

65. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

+1 I agree

75. No_Nickname90

Posts: 4; Member since: May 08, 2014

The issue with the M8 when it came to the added bezel was because the phone wasn't wide enough. With a wider screen, they'll have more room to hide the components behind. So actually, the M8 Prime may be the same size as the M8, but wider. HTC didn't stretch the screen out in the M8 because the aspect ration would have been off.

21. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

rumor above says 5MP sensor is its main camera dude....18MP as the duo sensor unit if its real i don't know which HTC designer should be shoot to death,should be the other way round

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, they can implement the double cameras to where they combine to make one image. That's what everybody thought they were going to do with the M8, but it didn't happen, they might do it with this, though. I'm not sure if it's a hardware based feature or software based, if it is software based they might release the feature on the M8 Prime and update the M8 to it, which should result in much better images.

66. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

true, but the 18MP should be the main camera, and use the 5MP for the depth perception crap. Seriously, that's too small of megapixels for good photos. May suffice for stuff like uploads to Facebook, but not much else.

76. No_Nickname90

Posts: 4; Member since: May 08, 2014

Back in the day, MP wasn't that big of a deal, it was good sensors and things like that. Guess MP is a big deal after all. My pictures come out just fine. I don't see this "quality" thing when comparing to my friends pictures. The 18MP secondary camera would allow a better depth perception. What I'm hoping for is for HTC to add that function to videos. Kinda like they do in TV shows where they focus on what's in the front, then mid video focus on what's in the back. That would have HTC winning everything.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

So tell me, how is this different from Sony releasing two flagships in a year? HTC and Samsung are probably releasing 2 flagships this year and nobody complains about it.

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Its probably BECAUSE of LG's late release for their flagship AND Sony's contribution to their Q2/3 flagship that they are doing two flagships. And yes, people are complaining about it. If you go back like 2 years ago during Sensation XE and One X+, everyone said HTC was shooting themselves in the foot. Now Samsung is flooding the market with so many phones, there is a saying "Another day, another Samsung". Dont you worry, there are plenty of people with opinions out there :) More complaints than compliments for sure.

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

And even having less time between.

43. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

There is a difference -- Sony *announces* two flagships every year and barely ships one.

54. SamDroid unregistered

+1 dude

73. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Only true in the US. US≠The World.

55. SamDroid unregistered

Samsung have always released 2 flagships a year: a S device and a Note device. Only difference is they are both for diff groups: phones and phablets respectively. And yes, the S usually gets variants (S4 Zoom, S4 Active e.t.c.) but-no matter what they say-the variants aren't mass produced for many markets. They're usually aimed at very specific markets, if you noticed. HTC also release decent phones, some flagship material, in the Desire series. LG follows Samsung by offering a phone and a phablet with high end specs each year (G series and G Pro series). But, for Sony, they don't make any sense. 2 flagships a year and by the time the first hits the shelves the second is out. Most people usually want to have the latest phone but having to shell out more than $700 for a phone barely months apart is gonna be a bit too hard. Also, its going to be confusing to consumers who don't even bother to follow these releases. Then again its going to be hard to provide support and updates for these devices since they're the flagships and Sony will have to be alert to user complaints and bugs and stuff. So Sony are digging a really big hole for themselves. It might work out later but for now I don't think so.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Im not buying the 18mp depth camera. But if it seriously is 18mp im definitely buying it.

67. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

18MP = 13MP main camera sensor + 5MP duo/depth camera.

5. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Seriously, as much as I love all this, it is getting a little ridiculous trying to keep up with it... You can wait forever for the next best thing or buy now and regret later (or wheel and deal on eBay)....

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

or nobody cares but tech geeks.

77. No_Nickname90

Posts: 4; Member since: May 08, 2014

It's been like this, dude. Like for a while now. That's why programs like Tmo Jump exist. To make it easier to keep up, if you want. So this doesn't bother me at all. If I were to Jump to this phone, by time the next device comes out, I'll have my jump again. Since I used 1 already.

6. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Thank goodness my M7 contract runs out in October. I will be buying this for sure as long as it's no bigger than the Desire 816.

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I was just planning on buying the HTC one m8 but if this true then I'm getting this not because of the stupid QHD display but the fact is the camera is going to be a killer, if it has a bigger battery then I'm sold. But in all honesty I'm gonna feel sorry for the m8 guys.

14. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

They can simply sell their phone and get the New One :D

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