Next-generation HTC One details revealed in a leak

The "M8" is likely to share the same award-winning design as the original.

HTC is planning to release the successor to the HTC One as soon as March, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.

While the release date for the phone codenamed “M8”, was revealed last December during a legal dispute between HTC and Nokia, the latest information has given us more insight into the specifications of the phone.

According to an inside contact at Bloomberg, the phone will feature a larger screen and a twin-sensor rear camera, an improvement from the previous 4 Ultrapixel cameraThe device will also feature a higher end Snapdragon processor and is likely to have a generous screen size of at least 5 inches. The unidentified source also reveals the current CNC machined design of the One will form the basis of the next design.

Twin sensors on the rear of the new handset will provide better focus, depth of field and image quality according to the inside source. Considering the current generation device has already been offered an upgrade to the latest Android firmware, it would not be a surprise to see the M8 installed with 4.4 KitKat.

Since the release of the HTC One Max, the electronics company is looking to head into a new direction after recently hitting financial trouble. Stiff competition from competitors Samsung and Apple meant the Taiwanese company failed to provoke a positive reaction from consumers with its high-end range. The company now plans to focus on mid to low-range phones to begin its long road to recovery.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Souqmobi

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Also bought a HTC one, after using an iPhone 5. Impressive display, sound quality, and memory upgrade were just three advantages over its competition.

'The company now plans to focus on mid to low-range phones' -
The low end is where Windows Phone does best, interesting.

"HTC is planning to release the successor to the HTC One as soon as March, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans."

oh Look! Nokia will release a 6 core smartphone with window phone 9 in February 30 at 10am!!1... can I have my front page article now?? ¬¬

HEADLINE: HTC releases new flagship smartphone with some okay specs in March 2014. Hopes to bring in new customers.
HEADLINE: HTC drops support for new flagship phone released in March 2014, on May 2014. Loses more current customers while screwing over thousands more of customers again that were too ignorant to realize that they were never going to see an Android update given the companies past history.

Stop it HTC. You have not and will not be forgiven for abandoning your older phones too early. Offer at least two years of support from launch.

thealexweb said,
Stop it HTC. You have not and will not be forgiven for abandoning your older phones too early. Offer at least two years of support from launch.

Outside of Nexus devices NO ONE offers that, and of the current manufacturers, it's a tie between HTC and Motorola on releasing current updates for their phones after factoring in the BS the providers put in the way. Alo the phones they announced that are not getting any more updates are going to get 4.2.2, ATT has already started the rollout of that

z0phi3l said,

Outside of Nexus devices NO ONE offers that, and of the current manufacturers, it's a tie between HTC and Motorola on releasing current updates for their phones after factoring in the BS the providers put in the way. Alo the phones they announced that are not getting any more updates are going to get 4.2.2, ATT has already started the rollout of that

Ehem: Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note series?

z0phi3l said,
Outside of Nexus devices NO ONE offers that, and of the current manufacturers, it's a tie between HTC and Motorola on releasing current updates for their phones after factoring in the BS the providers put in the way. Alo the phones they announced that are not getting any more updates are going to get 4.2.2, ATT has already started the rollout of that

iPhone 4 - launched over three years ago and still receiving updates.

I a;ways had Nokia until the HTC Desire, then moved onto the One X. Both phones have always felt a little cheap and the speakers were rubbish. I really like Sense but I don't think I will be going for another TS unfortunately.

Ace said,
What if there was a Google Play Edition?

Doesn't matter - Google Play Edition isn't available globally thus useless for the vast majority of users.

Definitely the hottest looking phone for awhile now, love the One's clean industrial design...In fact I've always liked most of what HTC does with hardware, they just need to shape up on their software support and focus on fewer models in the market.

I have an HTC on now and there are a few improvements I would love to see. A bigger battery is number one for heavy texters/instant messaging people, and a better way to disperse heat because sometimes the device get very hot when playing games making it very uncomfortable to hold. Mirco SD card would be nice with a 5 inch screen and wireless charging. And its kind to think, I don't get why people love these skinny products these days crapping up my hands.

i hate the htc one but i have recently moved to apple phone and will never move away now htc and android phone are just not in the same class as apple and ios

ZipZapRap said,
Hope people who buy this like 4.4 KitKat, because that's all you're gonna get.
I predict you'll get one or two (if you're lucky) major version upgrades. Look at the ATT HTC One - shipped with 4.1.2, got upgraded to 4.3 a while ago.

Beautiful piece of hardware, but if you want the latest and greatest, you have to manage it yourself :\ I hope they release a Google Play Edition version of the M8

tsupersonic said,
I predict you'll get one or two (if you're lucky) major version upgrades. Look at the ATT HTC One - shipped with 4.1.2, got upgraded to 4.3 a while ago.

Beautiful piece of hardware, but if you want the latest and greatest, you have to manage it yourself :\ I hope they release a Google Play Edition version of the M8

Which will not be available outside the United States and a couple of other countries.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Which will not be available outside the United States and a couple of other countries.

Chances are if you are getting a GPE or want a GPE, you probably know how to root, and install ROM's, etc. You can do a full on conversion to a GPE or install a GPE ROM. There are options...may not be user friendly, but GPE is not intended for the average consumer anyways.

I bought the HTC One in August last year and it's has been awesome. The only thing I would look forward to is in the camera department. I hope HTC adds more resolution and improves lowlight performance.

Other than that, the design and scree are still the best IMHO. Updated hardware like more RAM or better CPU will make it up-to-date even if that's not needed.

Same, pretty happy with my One too, first one I'm really liking after a few awful Androids. Just waiting on KitKat, supposedly by the end of the month for my carrier as I hear it. Not a fan of custom ROMs, have been hit or miss at best, I can wait a bit.

Max Norris said,
Same, pretty happy with my One too, first one I'm really liking after a few awful Androids. Just waiting on KitKat, supposedly by the end of the month for my carrier as I hear it. Not a fan of custom ROMs, have been hit or miss at best, I can wait a bit.

I have the Unlocked/Dev phone and received KitKat in December, If you are on 4.3 you are not missing much except the transparent notification bar you can enable on third-party launchers ( I use Nova Prime) and some bugfixes. I lost the automatic backup using HTC acocunt and dropbox though. This is the only thing that seems broken since the OTA.

Sense 5-5.5 is vastly underrated. It's great and looks great. There are no bloated things with it and the camera features are superb. I want to try CyanogenMop 11 when it reaches a stable version but third-party cameras aren't better (I've tried tons and tons of them) that the stock, including Zoes and performance.

I moved a couple of weeks ago from the Sony Xperia Z to the HTC One and I love the change. I have better battery life, phone feels better in the hand (slight rounded back cover). When this M8 comes out I will definitely have a good look at it.

Looks interesting but unless HTC will clearly states its handhelds support policy and be bound to it.... I will pass