HTC M8 specs confirmed through benchmark

The M8 will be HTC’s next flagship device. M8 is obviously just a codename, and the One was M7. The M8 has been leaking a lot lately, and until now we found out that it will be out by the end of March, and that it will come with improved specs compared to its predecessor (which really isn’t surprising).

Now though, through the AnTuTu benchmark we get a full spec list for the handset (and the things said by a previous rumor are pretty much confirmed). Apparently a test HTC M8 ran the benchmark, and subsequent digging in the database revealed the following details.

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The HTC M8 is going to come with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974AB), a 4 MP UltraPixel rear camera, a 2.1 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and it will run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one.

OK, so what does it bring new compared to the currently selling One? Well, the screen size and processor mainly. The jump to 5 inches unfortunately isn’t accompanied by 2,560×1,440 resolution. If it does launch in Q1 2014, then perhaps this was due to suppliers not being able to churn out as many of those panels as HTC may need. A small Chinese company like Vivo can use such high-res displays already because it doesn’t really need a lot.

In the case of the chipset HTC will use what is now the highest-performing part from Qualcomm. Next year, though, the chip maker will launch the Snapdragon 805, which will outperform this 800 that’s featured in the One. Once again, the timing of the release of the M8 may be the culprit here, since we’re expecting to see the first Snapdragon 805 devices towards the middle of 2014, and not as early as Q1.

Compared to the Snapdragon 800 seen in the Nexus 5, for example, the AB variation bumps the clock speed of the GPU by 100 MHz. The HTC M8 otherwise seems like a rather minor update to the One, with most of the other specs being identical. It may, however, also get a fingerprint scanner on the back, like the One Max. This has been hinted at in a previous leak that showed us the M8′s back cover with a hole above the camera – that would be fitting for such a sensor.

The HTC M8 could be officially announced during Mobile World Congress in February.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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