After Twitter leaker @evleaks yesterday teased with what was described as ‘Preliminary specs’ for the HTC M8, the follow up to the HTC One, it seems they may have moved on from those decidedly ‘meh’ specs and included some more grunt, at least according to HTC ROM developer mike1986 from Android Revolution.
mike1986 has previously been able to source some pretty good information regarding HTC devices and software in the past and has shot down the Snapdragon 800 SoC rumour from yesterday instead advising that HTC will be going for the top-shelf Snapdragon processor which is due in the first half of this year – the Snapdragon 805.
There has also been some updates on the resolution of the Ultra-Pixel camera included, bumping it up from a 4MP Ultra-Pixel to a 6 or 8MP resolution which would address some of the criticisms aimed at the camera on the HTC One in normal lighting conditions, as well as giving users the option to zoom in on low-light shots when necessary.
Another interesting tidbit to come out is the possibility of a removable microSD card slot could be included on the phone, addressing one of the biggest disappointments from the HTC One, although with the larger screen and presumably larger form factor this screen would mean, there would be plenty of room to include this option after HTC advised there was simply no room in the HTC One for the removeable microSD card slot.
Perhaps the biggest move at least from the perspective of the Android community is the decision to forgo capacative buttons, if true, this means another OEM has finally gone down the path that Google began with Android 4.0 back in 2011.
Lastly the name – HTC One+. It’s an interesting choice, but still limiting in that they are really going to have to change something with their follow up to this device, but that’s a problem for the future.
The full rumoured spec list :
- HTC One+ (HTC M8)
- 5″ FullHD 1080p covered by Gorilla Glass 3
- 2900mAh Battery
- 6MP or 8MP with UltraPixel™ technology and double lens + 2.1MP Front camera
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon 805
- 2GB LPDDR3
- no capacitive buttons
- Android KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0
This is a decidedly more satisfying spec list than the one put forth yesterday, but as it’s still only a rumoured list, there’s still time for other specs to be bumped up – like that screen would look wonderful in a 2K resolution ;).
Are these specs more what you would expect from the followup to the HTC One? What would you change?