HTC road map for the second half of the year shows reliance on HTC One variants

HTC road map for the second half of the year shows reliance on HTC One variants
For a company said to be constantly singing Tom Petty's hit "Freefallin'," HTC seems to be busy making plans for the second half of the year. The Taiwan based manufacturer might have found its big winner with the HTC One which has sold 5 million units. While that trails the 10 million units sold of the Samsung Galaxy S4, if that ratio holds up HTC could find itself selling a whopping 50 million units of its flagship Android model over the course of a year. Now that Verizon has added the phone to its lineup, sales of the top-shelf model should pick up momentum.

So what devices has HTC busy? According to industry sources, starting this month we should see the launch of the dual SIM enabled HTC Desire 600 (which is not powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor). Pre-orders for the phone are already being taken in Russia. Also due this month is the HTC Butterfly S. As we told you Sunday, this is not exactly the same thing as the HTC Butterfly 2 although both models are expected to take elements of the HTC One, like BlinkFeed and the UltraPixel camera technology, and incorporate it into the new phone.

Since the HTC One has proved so popular, HTC is going to make a bigger version and a smaller version of the device. Next month we should see the launch of the HTC M4 which, for lack of a better title for now, we will call the HTC One mini. This phone will offer a 4.3 inch screen with many of the same features seen on its bigger brother. Mass production of the phone could start as soon as next month.

Perhaps the most awaited Android model this side of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the HTC T6. This is a phablet sized version of the HTC One with a screen somewhere between 5 and 6 inches and could very well debut Android 5.0. A biometric reader rumored to be on the back will unlock the phone when the owner merely picks up the device, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor provides some serious kick to the device. You can tell that HTC is deadly serious about staying alive as speculation has it putting a 3300mAh cell in the device. No word on when we might see this beast launched, but it should be before the end of the year. Both the T6 and the HTC One mini will have a metal chassis provided from Taiwan's Catcher Technology with China's BYD seen as a backup provider.

And lastly, HTC turns again to the HTC One to offer the Nexus Edition of the phone. Running on stock Android, this is indeed the Sense-less HTC One and will be available June 26th from the Google Play Store for $599. Android 4.2.2 will be installed at the time of launch with a quick update to Android 4.3 seen.

source: DigiTimes

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