While all eyes will be on the full HD flagship M7 at its likely February 18th debut, HTC naturally has other other handsets in the pipeline to fill out the remainder of its lineup. We’ve learned of two such devices on the horizon — codenamed HTC M4 and HTC G2 — and although they’re unlikely to launch alongside the M7 (or even shortly afterwards at Mobile World Congress), we should see them hit retail sometime during the spring. As a side note, we’re beginning to see some evidence that M7 will start shipping shortly after its announcement, perhaps even before the end of the month.
As its name implies, the M4 is being painted as premium device one step below the M7 — the One S to its One X, if you will. Said to feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon SoC running Android 4.2 Jellybean, the 4.3-inch, 720p M7 should offer the same two gigabytes of RAM as the M7, but only half of its 32GB storage capacity. Likewise, M4 supposedly sports a 13-megapixel rear camera identical to its linemate’s, but the front-facing cam allegedly takes a step down, from two megapixels to just one. The newly redesigned, lighter Sense 5.0 should come pre-installed, and LTE will be available where supported.
The G2 (no relation to a previous HTC phone with the same retail name), meanwhile, appears to be more of an entry-level device a la the HTC Desire C, with reported specs nearly mirroring those of the “Golf”: 3.5-inch HVGA display, 512MB/4GB RAM/ROM, and a five-megapixel camera, apparently running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The main difference, then, should be a beefed up processor — 1GHz versus 600MHz — and corresponding larger battery.
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