HTC M8 (next One) could be released in March with bigger screen and twin-sensor UltraPixel camera
M8 is currently the codename for HTC’s next flagship smartphone, which the Taiwanese company will probably call One 2 or Two. This will obviously be the successor to the One from last year, and we’ve seen its specs purportedly leaked countless times over the past few months.
At this point, then, it’s pretty clear that it will feature a bigger screen than its predecessor and a newer processor. These things have now been confirmed by yet another report which quotes an anonymous source. This time, though, it’s at Bloomberg, an organization that usually does a bit more due diligence than some more obscure websites out there.
The new chipset isn’t mentioned by number, it’s just going to be “Qualcomm Inc.’s later Snapdragon processor”, apparently. Oh, and the M8 is supposedly going to get released in March. If so, it can’t sport Qualcomm’s newest and highest-end chip ever, the Snapdragon 805, since that’s only arriving in May. So what’s the next best thing? Obviously, the Snapdragon 800 that has been powering all high-end devices for many months now.
The screen in the M8 is said to be at least a 5″ unit, and we’ve heard before that HTC went with a 5-inch 1080p panel this time around, up from the 4.7″ display in the original One. Yet ‘only’ having 1080p Full HD resolution in an age in which both Samsung and LG have been rumored to go with 2,560×1,440 for the Galaxy S5 and G3, respectively, may prove to be an error in judgement on HTC’s part. Sure, the increased sharpness will probably only be noticed by a few people, but even so the M8 would be losing an important battle in the specsheet comparison war.
The UltraPixel camera tech that HTC debuted in the One last year is due to stay in the new One, with improvements though. The M8 will come with twin camera sensors, allowing for “better focus, depth of field and image quality”.
The overall design will however be highly reminiscent of the HTC One from 2013, so the company clearly wants to ride the mostly positive perceptions people had about that for another year. This is not a new strategy in the mobile world – just look at Nokia and its endless rehashes of the N9’s design from 2011.