Details about the HTC M8, the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer’s upcoming flagship, continue to trickle in as we inch closer to the end of a rather eventful year. As is so often the case these days, the latest bout of information about the M8 is coming from @evleaks – according to the prolific leakster, the M8 will feature a 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 800 processor, and run on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Like evleaks mentions in his tweet, these details are not exactly unexpected. A 5-inch display would help HTC keep proportions of the handset similar to those of the HTC One, while letting them expand the usable display area. The latest version of Android (well, right now, at least) would be a given as well, considering even the HTC One will be on Android 4.4 by January/February.
However, the Snapdragon 800 chipset is where the HTC M8 could fall behind other flagships that come out next year. Qualcomm usually follows a six month cycle between different processors, and by early 2014, the chip maker could unveil a newer Snapdragon chipset, one that sports a newer Adreno GPU (Adreno 420) and 64-bit functionality. Going with the 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 variant that’s expected to be out soon could keep the M8 a bit closer to the competition, but otherwise, like the HTC One max, HTC’s next flagship might not be as cutting edge as we’d like it to be.
There’s also the camera that could be a cause for concern – if HTC continues to stick to a 4-megapixel camera, even if it does come with respectable low-light photography skills, then consumers might not be willing to overlook the fact like they did with the One. Of course, it’s all speculation and rumors at this point, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope HTC comes out with a smartphone that is as industry-leading as the One was on launch earlier this year.
Sounds like the HTC M8 is — and you could probably predict — a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) November 15, 2013