The HTC One X was the company’s flagship early this year when it was announced at the MWC in Barcelona. It was also one of the first smartphones in the market to feature a quad core CPU based on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset. What’s interesting about the device is that it featured a very unique body construction, one which is highly regarded even today and is considered one of the better looking smartphones out there.
However, much like last year, the One X had to go down fighting to the newly announced Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S III this time took most of HTC’s sales away when the device was announced in May. And it seems like HTC wants to take that trend into the coming year too with rumors suggesting that the Taiwanese maker is prepping the launch of a new flagship for Q1 next year. The alleged new flagship is currently known as the M7 and could well be what we’re expecting from the company (a global variant of the Verizon Droid DNA). HTC apparently wants to launch the device ahead of the purported Samsung Galaxy S IV launch, so this is no different from what we’re used to seeing since the last couple of years.
We have some specs to go with the yet to be announced M7. As expected, it is believed to sport a 5-inch display, perhaps the 1080p Super LCD 3 we saw on the J Butterfly and the Droid DNA. This rumored flagship is also believed to sport a 13MP camera sensor, which should set a new industry standard, although Sony is already there with the Xperia S (and HTC too with the Titan II). The chipset on board is said to be the quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro (the same as the one on the LG Nexus 4), so we can expect good performance on board. The Droid DNA is said to have a decent battery back-up with its meager 2,020 mAh battery pack, despite sporting a powerhouse 1080p display with 441ppi, so we believe the Sense UI and the Snapdragon S4 Pro has something to do with it.
Going by that, it wouldn’t be wrong to see HTC install a battery of similar capacity in the M7. The report suggests that this one here will have a LTE chip inside too, although it shouldn’t matter much outside the U.S. Expectedly, the M7 will apparently follow in the footsteps of the One X and the rest of the HTC flagships when it comes to build quality and materials used in its making, so expect no less this time around. As with any rumored device, it is advised to take this one too with a pinch of salt. However, in the current scenario, HTC would want to grab some of that marketshare back as quickly as possible, so a launch should certainly be on the cards.
Q1 2013 is the rumored launch date, which strongly points towards a MWC 2013 announcement. The MWC 2013 is scheduled to take place in Barcelona beginning from the 25th of February till the 28th. So there’s still a good two months left for the announcement. Let’s see if HTC takes the cake this time.