The new HTC One is leaked before its official reveal
HTC fans, you'd better hold onto your hats, because the company's freshest flagship phone is right around the corner. Planned to follow its predecessor, the lovely HTC One, the HTC One 2 (at least that's what we're calling it for now) no doubt will be faster, better skilled, and more impressive.
Editors' note: This story was originally published on February 6, 2014, and will be updated periodically until the HTC One's successor is officially announced.
We've been keeping close tabs on all the tasty tidbits churned out by the smartphone rumor mill over the last few months. As a result we have a pretty good idea what HTC has up its sleeve. Sure, the exact specs of the phone remain fuzzy, but a rough outline of its profile, slick new features, and powerful components are shifting into focus. Stay tuned as we'll update this post to reflect each new development as it happens until HTC ultimately launches its latest halo handset.
What we think we know
Code-named the M8, but possibly officially called the HTC One 2 or perhaps One+, the next HTC superphone could be saddled with an awkward name. Despite a potentially clumsy moniker, though, word on the street points to a muscular smartphone boasting beefed up hardware. Specifically the HTC One 2 will likely leverage the computing power of a Snapdragon 800 or even a cutting-edge Snapdragon 805 processor. This would be a welcome upgrade to the original HTC One's slower Snapdragon 600 chip the phone shipped with.
Apparently HTC will stretch the One 2's screen, too, expanding its panel to 5 inches, up from the first HTC One's 4.7-inch display. Another key enhancement is a full 3GB allotment of RAM, hopefully to match at least 32GB of internal storage (what the One has now).
But wait, that's not all. Images reported to be leaked photos depict an HTC device wielding twin camera lenses. It's still not clear what the purpose of a dual-image capture system like this could be. We doubt it would be for giving the One 2 any 3D picture-taking abilities. We believe HTC abandoned that gimmick with its questionable Evo 3D. Chances are strong that the phone will run Android 4.4 KitKat, not to mention the handset-maker's latest version of its Sense user interface.
When will we get it?
Since the company unveiled the One in early February of last year, we're certainly due for a replacement. And all signs are pointing toward a March 25 announcement. That's when HTC has scheduled a press conference in New York to reveal new devices (the official invitations went out on February 21). As expected, the company didn't reveal a new flagship device at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.
March 4, 2014
Dual lens camera more likely
HTC all but confirms a dual lens camera for the HTC One refresh. Images promoted through social media push a strong double-item theme and stress that life will become "twice as beautiful on March 25."
March 3, 2014
An unofficial video shoot
A 12-minute video posted to YouTube showed the "HTC One M8" from all angles, compared its design with that of the existing HTC One, and walked through features like the speakers, display, and BlinkFeed.
February 26, 2014
BoomSound video to come
A new "Technical Translations" video posted on HTC's YouTube account this week highlights the HTC One's BoomSound capability.
February 20, 2014
Expect even more colors
The HTC One 2 won't just come in a shiny gold hue -- you may be able to buy it in gray, silver, and blue versions, as well.
February 19, 2014
Maybe a fancy gold chassis and three lenses
It looks like the HTC One 2 might indeed wield a dual-camera array plus a gold metallic chassis. Expert phone tipster @evleaks has posted what apparently is a legit press image of HTC's latest flagship handset flaunting these tweaks.
February 10, 2014
HTC will make an HTC One 2 Mini
Like Sony did with its Xperia Z1 Compact, HTC could be building a miniature version of the HTC One 2. And unlike HTC's previous HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, this tiny HTC One 2 phone will have just as much power as its big brother.
February 4, 2014
HTC One successor may sport two rear cameras
If images from Twitter tipster HTCFamily.ru turn out to be legit, the next HTC handset powerhouse will pack a two cameras or at least two lenses. The phone pictures also looks very similar to the HTC One Max and One Mini complete with metal chassis and white stripes for accents.
February 3, 2014
The HTC One 2 won't be unveiled until late March, 2014
The wait for the HTC One successor might be longer than expected if consummate smartphone tipster @evleaks is right. Indeed the launch date of the HTC One 2 could be as late as late March, 2014 timed with a press event in New York.
January 17, 2014
A bigger, more powerful HTC One due in late March 2014
According to a Bloomberg report the HTC One follow-up will pack lots of high-octane parts. These include a Snapdragon 800 or 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, not to mention a camera with superior focus and depth of field. Also said to be in the mix is Android 4.4 KitKat and a new HTC Sense UI skin layered on top.
November 12, 2013
HTC One 2 codenamed M8 and set for spring 2014
Professional device leaker @evleaks reasons that the next HTC superphone will arrive by the end of Q1 of 2014. The rumor monger also expects the gadget will hit all four major US carriers.