htc-m4-evleaks

The HTC M4 has been floating around the rumour mill for quite a while now, but today we’re finally seeing what this device actually looks like thanks to @evleaks and Phonearena. As you can see from the render above, the M4 is ultimately a smaller version of the HTC One. How much smaller, you ask? Well the M4 has a 4.3-inch 720p display (versus 4.7-inch 1080p of the One), 16GB memory, 2GB RAM, and a dual-core CPU (One has a quad-core).

The M4 will carry on HTC’s use of the UltraPixel though the actual amount of.. UltraPixels.. is still not known. The battery has also been toned down to 1700mAh from the 2300mAh in the One. The M4 is expected to ship in the second quarter of this year with LTE on board, as well as Android 4.2.

So if you’re after a slightly smaller version of the HTC One, this piece of stunning hardware has got you covered. What do you think of it?

Source(s): PhoneArena (@evleaks)
Via: The Verge.
  • Stuart

    Good to see they’ve kept the design and to my mind the design is better suited to this smaller device than the One. The recent trend towards 4.3″ 720p displays with this and the First is a huge step in the right direction for those who want something pocketable. The question as always will be whether they tradeoffs they’ve chosen will still make for a compelling product.

    -Dual core is expected and probably more than sufficient
    -16GB (only option?) may turn off some
    -Speakers and microphone. In a smaller device and with their recent legal issues there has to some sort of downgrade to the quality of both of these.

    -The battery is a huge concern and iirc was not the best in the One. With LTE and a 720p display dropping 500mAh seems dangerous even if it is only dual core.
    -The size of the rear camera lens seems to have shrunk but what that means for the camera I don’t know. I’m guessing but perhaps loss of OIS and a change of focal length.

    How well they can balance the price vs features will be interesting to see because as soon as you start nerfing all those high quality ancillary features that make the One great you then end up with a generic midrange phone in a pretty body whilst competing with Nexus 4 on price. Not a good place to be.

    • OzBoy08

      16GB will only turn off the hardcore Androiders. But think of all those wife’s, mum’s and kids who also need phones. Does a secondary school kid need more than 16GB or dual core for that matter ? Does a wife/mum need anything bigger, better or faster ? My wife has a very old and slow HTC Wildfire and refuses to upgrade. All she uses it for are phone calls, SMS, Internet, Email and sometime Facebook. And for that usage, I agree with my wife. There is no need to upgrade.

  • Hikari0307

    I assume no expandable storage as well.

    • OzBoy08

      Non expandable memory is not as big an issue as some people make it out to be. More and more manufacturers are going down this path so we have to a) get used to it and b) modify our behaviour to learn to live with it. To counter this, I supported a Kickstarter project that is looking at making a Mini MicroSD card reader (a big thank you to Ausdoid for pointing out the project. $12 well spent). BTW, how many songs/movies/photos do you currently have ? With a little bit of house keeping, you can manage with 32GB. Crapple owners have been doing it for a long time. Do you hear them complaining ? I think we Androiders are too spoilt for choice. We demand OS upgrades within weeks of release. At least we get them (albeit sometimes and a bit late). Try asking Microshmuck for a free upgrade every time they release a new version of Windows. We demand removable battery yet we re-charge our phones each night. And chances are most of us have a charger at work and/or in the car (most times both). We demand expandable memory so we can carry all our media with us ? Why ? To show everyone we can ? Is this a case of mine is bigger than yours syndrome ? Yep. I think we are too spoilt for our own good. BTW, I know I will cop flak for it but I think it was time someone put some sense into this removable battery/expandable memory nonsense.

  • OzBoy08

    If HTC can leave the design untouched but just play around with size and specifications to distinguish between different models, I think they are on to a winner. This will give HTC the brand recognition they crave with the “One”. Which “One” is right for me will then depend on the specification that suits my budget. Very similar to the Galaxy range from Samsung. Well done, HTC.