The rumor mill is going crazy once again, and now we’re starting to hear details about the HTC One’s successor. Codenamed the HTC M8, the specs seem positively uninspired. @evleaks says the device will probably have a 5-inch 1080p display (the standard of the last year), a Snapdragon 800 processor and Android KitKat.
Now this sounds pretty damn good by our standards right now, but don’t forget that the HTC M8 is quite a way out. If it were to launch with a Snapdragon 800 right when the new Qualcomm chips were around the corner, it would be pretty disappointing. And it makes me wonder why we don’t see a bump in resolution. It’s definitely not necessary at all, but will other manufacturers do it? Or will it be saved for later in the year?
Keep in mind that many rumors about the HTC M7 (HTC One) stated that the device would launch with a Snapdragon S4 Pro, but it ended up launching with the Snapdragon 600. It’s very possible that the same thing may happen, and the M8 will release with a newer processor.
HTC will have to bring some serious innovation to the M8 to have it succeed. The same old formula with BoomSound and an Ultrapixel camera won’t get the company far, so hopefully it has something new and awesome cooked up. At least the device will have KitKat at launch, so HTC won’t be repeating the mistake of launching a flagship with an old version of Android.
There are no details on release dates, but it should be sometime in early 2014. What do you think of the device? Is it underspecced for a 2014 flagship launch, or is it plenty good? And will you be buying the next HTC device? Leave a comment and tell us what you’d like HTC to do!