HTC One 2 posing for the camera?

Posted: December 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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HTC One 2 aka HTC M8 rumor round-up: camera, specs, release date and design

The HTC One started a new era for HTC with an exquisite aluminum unibody, a brand new experimental UltraPixel camera and stereo front speakers, but it’s been months since it launched and we’re approaching the time for the new flagship – the HTC One 2, also known by its HTC M8 codename. The device is not yet official, but we have been bombarded with leaks from all sides and all seem to agree that it would build on the legacy of the HTC One with all its key elements there, only better.

Yes, the HTC M8 is expected to also have a durable premium aluminum body, a 4-megapixel “UltraPixel” camera and dual stereo speakers. However, it would also grow in size adopting a much larger, 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel display (some even speculate HTC might include a 5.2” one), adopt a new more intense metal texture and get the latest Android 4.4 KitKat with a brand new HTC Sense 6.0 skin.

It’s also expected to feature the Snapdragon 800 system chip, but in a more powerful than the currently used one variation – the MSM8974AB. That AB add-on is what signifies the upgrade and it results in higher clocks, faster memory bandwidth and more capable graphics.

An early February release could be HTC’s key advantage over Samsung


Most excitingly, though, HTC might finally be able to pull its long-chased goal to release their flagship months before Samsung releases its Galaxy S5. After going through issues with manufacturing and production in the past two years and especially after the excruciating delay of the HTC One, this year the Taiwanese company seems to finally have all its logistics set. A judge in one of HTC’s lawsuits seems to have even mentioned a possible February release date for the HTC One 2.

The original HTC One.

The original HTC One.

Last year, it was delayed by manufacturers having issues making the first run of the HTC-exclusive UltraPixel camera and some even said the aluminum unibody was also a problem. Now, those issues seem perfectly ironed out, and if HTC gets its act together it should be able to outpace Samsung and have its HTC One 2 or M8 earlier to market.

Some questions still linger on – the Galaxy S5 is expected to feature a much sharper 2560 x 1440-pixel display (even though any further bumps from 1080p would hardly make for any practical benefit) and a newer and more powerful Snapdragon 805 system chip. HTC seems unlikely to be able to match these technologies with its earlier launch, but instead it will likely downplay their importance.


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