HTC One M8 Prime features 'exotic' aluminium and liquid silicon body

More details on the rumored HTC One M8 Prime, the premium edition of the HTC One M8, have been leaked. The device is said to be waterproof, and made of an 'exotic' composite of aluminium and liquid silicon.

The material is created using a process that involves particles of silicon carbide being dispersed into an aluminium alloy. It combines the high thermal conductivity of metal with the high thermal expansion rate of ceramic, thus enabling the device to rapidly diffuse heat and so prevent it getting too warm. Best of all, the composite is much stronger than aluminium, despite being similarly light.

Today's revelations about the device come from a series of tweets by noted leaker @evleaks. He also revealed that the device will include a quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, which should enable it to power effortlessly through any task regardless of intensity. The display is reported to be a 5.5-inch, 2560x1440 (WQHD) unit.

The HTC One (M8) Prime will replace last years HTC One (M7) Max (pictured)

He also says that the phone will have a new, ultra-fast Category 6 LTE 4G wireless radio, which would make it one of the first devices on the market to be equipped with one. The technology facilitates 4G transfer rates of up to 300Mbps, depending on network coverage, and has previously only been seen in use on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, when creator Qualcomm demonstrated the new standard.

The One M8 Prime will be the replacement for the previous-generation One M7 Max and will rival devices such as the rumored premium-edition Samsung Galaxy S5, also potentially dubbed 'Prime'. Although a launch date has not been confirmed, the handset will feature HTC Sense 6.0 and has been tipped to launch with Android 4.4.3.

Some sources have speculated that the 4.4.3 update might be released by the end of this month, which could mean that the One M8 Prime will be with us in all its aluminium and silicon glory very soon.

Source: evleaks | Image via HTC

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Ugh, what's with the dividing lines on the back plate? That drives me nuts. Same with the iPhone. One solid smooth back plate looks so much better.

Let's hope they actually put a worthy camera upgrade with this new premium version. HTC cellphone cameras are trash compared to the competitors. Ultrapixel my *ss! :D

Cyplex said,
Let's hope they actually put a worthy camera upgrade with this new premium version. HTC cellphone cameras are trash compared to the competitors. Ultrapixel my *ss! :D

True words right there. I've been buying htc since ever for their reliability (for me), their metal body, interface (personal preference), and awesome sound as I consume a lot of media on it. But my god does their camera suck!!! Grainy, poor dynamic range, low resolution, HDR is sh*t (my gf's nexus 5 is pretty remarkable in that segment)...

I've owned the M7 and now the M8 and was really disappointed. It even lost optical stabilisation for a gimmicky 2nd camera which adds nothing to my pictures.

Agreed. The specs and the material sound pretty great. Now if only they'd release a phone without their awful Sense bloatware.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Haha pretty much. They have some of the best hardware with some of the worst software. It's a shame.

HTC Sense puts Samsung touchwiz to shame.

spacer said,
I agree with that too, but I'd rather have vanilla Android. :)

Agreed. I would rather use the LG or HTC UI over TW any day. Id use a dumbphone before I ever use TW....or Android 1.0.

Interesting. Really hope HTC gains some ground and starts to make money again. They have a good design going for them now but the way the market is now, going to be an uphill battle for a while.

do you think samsung's massive marketing would let them breath? they bought entire oscar show and a freaking airport terminal. they have freaking oil-well and pharmaceutical company. HTC can't afford to take away its annual loss. and yet, HTC makes better hardware using more premium material and they are using same software Android (not to mention HTC sense is much better than TouchWizzzz)