We first told you about the HTC 603e a couple of weeks ago, when it received its certification from the relevant Chinese authorities. It seemed to be a China-only thing, and its specs didn’t fit with either the M4 or G2 HTC devices that have been leaked so far but haven’t been officially introduced. Maybe HTC will do that during Mobile World Congress next week.
The HTC 603e has showed up in a live image today, although the screen is completely blurred – supposedly to protect the person who leaked this image. MyDrivers insists that the 603e will in fact be China’s version of the M4, even though the specs don’t match up. But maybe that will be the case. That said, it’s still pretty unlikely that we’ll ever see this outside of China.
The 603e is going to be sold by China Unicom, the country’s second biggest carrier. It will have a 4.3-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, dual-SIM support, and it will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4.5 on top. This is the first time we hear about this version of Sense, so we assume that HTC will keep the Sense 5 interface exclusive to the One smartphone. This is not unlike what the Taiwanese company has pulled in recent years with regard to software updates – although using the same underlying version of Android, phones that were updated to a certain version got a different Sense than those which shipped with the same Android software. Confusing, but HTC sure thought about this as a way to entice people to buy more of its then new devices. We all know how well that all went, since the company has been struggling for months.
The HTC 603e, or the Chinese M4, will apparently retail for at least 2,000 yuan, which is about $321 or €244. Stay tuned, for pretty soon we might find out how real this actually was.
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