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Rumor: More details leak about the HTC M8

Rumor: More details leak about the HTC M8

A few days ago the Internet opened the rumor faucet and a bunch of unofficial HTC M8 details poured out. One of those hands at the sink was @evleaks and this Twitter user always seems to have semi-solid details with what is going on in HTC’s kitchen. An article we reported on earlier from Forbes had a few details for us as well and then we’re throwing in some specs from another source by way of Phandroid.

For starters we are currently referring to HTC’s next flagship device as the HTC M8 which is the codename given to the phone until the product gets closer to an official debut where a real name will be revealed. The successor to the HTC One has a big challenge to overcome with naming it even before design and tech integration come into play. You can’t call the next HTC flagship phone the HTC Two. From a marketing perspective this is saying that the item is second to something and the mobile field is too competitive right now to settle for something that sounds like it is second best. For now it looks like HTC is teasing the name for this phone as the HTC One+. We think HTC should try using the translation of the word “one” from another language before adding another character or changing the numeral, for instance this phone could be called the HTC Uno.

The core details have been pretty similar across the board of these sources and we’ll list a collection of the specs below. HTC added .3″ to the screen to round the screen size up to a 5″ HD display plus Qualcomm’s fastest processor so far and 2 gigs of the latest type of RAM. A big item of note is that HTC could decide to do away with those capacitive buttons we’re used to and convert to software buttons. We think this is to help preserve space on the front of the phone for the display while maintaining a slim profile at the same time.

Two big additions would be a microSD slot and fingerprint scanner. We have yet to see the original HTC One with an SD card option although we did see a version with a dual-SIM slot and a version of the HTC One max has an SD card slot. This would be exactly what the people have been asking for and a welcomed addition to the HTC One family. None of these sources have mentioned the fingerprint scanner outright, but in the Forbes article we saw that research had been collected that mentioned an interactive fingerprint app was in the works. Of course every new phone has to have a bigger battery and the next gen One is said to have room enough for a 2900 mAh battery.

Unofficial specifications:

  • 5-inch full HD 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) with HTC Sense 6.0
  • 2GB DDR3
  • 6MP or 8MP “UltraPixel” camera with dual-lens
  • 2.1MP front facing camera
  • 2,900mAh battery
  • No capacitive buttons (software)
  • NFC
  • microSD card slot
  • Fingerprint scanner

What do you think about the alleged specs of HTC’s next phone? What would people think if HTC used a translation of the word ‘one” from another language instead of naming it something like HTC One+?

Sources: Twitter, Phandroid, Forbes

About Andy Medders

With over a decade of IT experience working in and for the US Army, Andy has helped implement pilot programs using Android devices at work and helps others learn how to turn a smartphone into a tool for getting things done. He started a blog about HTC as an outlet to share HTC news without spamming his friends on common social networks, but decided to combine forces with HTCSource to have more of an impact on the HTC community. Andy has had an HTC in his pocket since the days of the T-Mobile MDA.

  • JozyMozy

    I think that the One is far and away the best handset I’ve ever used, and these specs, while nice, probably won’t win any new fanboys over. It also doesn’t provide me much incentive to upgrade over the device I have. I suppose this will be wonderful for the One XL adopters that have upgrades coming up.

    I don’t care much about HTC caving on the microSD front, but I know plenty of others will, as that/replaceable battery are far and away the most common knocks against the One. I just wish they had a RAM bump. It almost feels silly not to.

  • Greg

    So far so good, although I’m not really glad for the 5 inch screen. They should keep the 4,7 and then the 2900 mah battery would be perfect too.

  • Seth

    Snapdragon MSM8974 is unfortunately the s800 not the s805. Some sources are saying the s805 will not be ready in time for the production of the m8. Evleaks is one of them. The upgrade in ram technology should be a big upgrade so don’t let the fact that it hasn’t gone up in number fool you. I wouldn’t miss the 805 as much as the new GPU. Let’s hope they are wrong I would really like to see the s805 with the adreno 420

  • http://avinasharora.com/ Avinash Arora

    OHHHH Yes.

    I have been ready for this since January 4th. I’m resisting upgrading my Evo 4G LTE until whatever this bad boy is going to be called comes out. I believe in you HTC, don’t let me down!

  • http://johannpascual.com Johann

    I would say that they should keep the current dimension if they’re going up to 5 inches. So they can do it with a thinner bezel. Anything bigger would be TOO big!

    Adjust the volume rocker and power button… they need to be extruded out more!

    Fix and improve the freakin pathetic camera!

    2900mAH battery would be good. SD card slot would be nice, too! And make it charge faster! Geez!

    If you can’t match or beat Apple’s implementation of a fingerprint scanner, then forget putting one… it will just destroy you!