U.K. Judge reveals when the HTC M8 might launch in the region

U.K. Judge reveals when the HTC M8 might launch in the region
As we told you earlier on Tuesday, a U.K. judge ruled that the HTC One mini cannot be sold in the region after December 6th. HTC was found to have infringed on a Nokia owned patent. While HTC said that the infringing part was actually included in a Qualcomm chip used by HTC, the judge ruled that the Taiwan based manufacturer should have paid Nokia licensing fees. While HTC will appeal the decision, it agreed not to import more inventory of the handset into the U.K. until the case is resolved. This could lead to shortages of the HTC One mini in the region.

The big news is that Judge Richard Arnold noted in his ruling that HTC will be launching a new phone in the U.K. in February or March. This is assumed to be the device codenamed the HTC M8, a sequel to the HTC One which was code named the HTC M7. The M8 is expected to be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and be equipped with a 5 inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 2GB of RAM and a 4 UltraPixel rear camera.


The judge's comments about the M8 indicated that he felt that the new model would have a workaround so that it doesn't infringe on the Nokia patent and would not be affected by the injunction. Meanwhile, HTC argued that the infringing chips involved were just a small component and that a sales ban would be overkill. According to the ruling, between January and September HTC sold approximately 750,000 smartphones worth about 221 million pounds ($363 million USD) in the U.K. 

source: Bailli via BBCNews

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18 Comments

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I have to be honest, if the One's sucessor comes with a 4MP camera again i will not upgrade to it as it leaves a bit to be desired on daylight. I hope they at least come up with a new Ultrapixel that doesn't sacrifice so much in terms of detail as this one does.

8. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

*megabits to be desired ;)

13. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Please, Not the UltraPixel again. it was a great idea, but the trade off for lowlight shooting vs low detail is not worth it. You make awesome phones, you made good gambles... i love blink feed! but everyone is moving into 16 megapixels, if you can take that and ultra pixel it back down to 8, that would be fine, but if you can't, Don't Use UltraPixel!!!

15. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

As htc said, it's meant to ''educate the customer' As a great company like HTC, their is not just make money from consumer.

2. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I thought it was Qualcom's Snapdragon chips that caused HTC's phones to be the target of this patent case? Does this mean their next flagship wont run on a Snapdragon? Hmm...I guess it must be another chip on the board...

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not trying to be mean here or anything, but it would help if you would have read the entire article. "HTC's evidence is that the new phone will not contain any chips which have been found to infringe the Patent."-Judge Richard Arnold"

10. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I was wondering what the offending chip is, it could be the SoC, or another chip. Either way, yes, the article says the chip wont be in the M8.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Snapdragon 805 is out of the question.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

According to a previous article regarding HTC and Nokia's legal battles, the patent HTC infringed on had to do with a “modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station”. Sounds like it has to do with the radios. Apparently the patent has to do with chips from Qualcomm and Broadcom, and all of the infringing devices ran either Qualcomm or Tegra SoCs. So, I doubt this patent case will limit HTC's choice of SoC. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-wants-the-HTC-One-and-other-HTC-devices-banned-from-the-UK_id48967

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

IDK much about camera's but is it so hard for HTC just to have a cellphone camera with 1/2.5 inch sensor size, 1.9 F-stop, and 2.5 micron sized pixels? I don't care about the processor because it is already overkill on android, as well as the build quality... It is HTC, were talking about... I mean, its one thing to have a camera with poor software implementation but its another to have both that on top of poor resolution. The HTC One camera wasn't even terrible. It captured quite a bit of detail, more than I was expecting for the resolution so it makes me wonder just how it would perform with twice the resolution and a larger senor.

5. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

@birds, u my friend are right I never found the htc one camera terrible and a flop as most people describe it, it just doesnt ring a bell saying "hey this is a flagship device" the megapixel war is far from over, HTC couldn't convince enough consumers.

6. jeetster

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

32gb of RAM? Definitely buying.

9. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

It's actually 2GB of RAM ALONG with another 32GB of RAM....!!!

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hope the m8 is better then the htc one that phone just was horrible.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

I realize these are only rumored specs, but the problem I have with them is that there is nothing that hasn't already been done in this year's flagships. In fact, not that I think it's necessary, but that 2GB of RAM looks rather smallish next to the Note 3's 3GB of RAM. Seems to me like HTC is shooting themselves in the foot again.

17. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

sometimes bigger is not better. we already saw what motorola did with a dual core processor. For TW UI, 3G RAM is a must and In HTC One 4.3, more 1G RAM is available.

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm not saying the phone won't be a good one. I'm sure it will function very well as a matter of fact. The point is look at how badly the Moto X has sold. People wants the specs & if the M8 can't keep up with next year's flagships, it will be DOA.

16. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

2G RAM ans another 32G RAM is a steal. Lol..

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