HTC is rumored to be preparing a new phone that is believed to be codenamed the HTC Proto. The rumor comes from The Verge which also surmises that the phone will be available sometime during the fall. The specific launch date, however, remains to be revealed.
The HTC Proto is said to be an upgraded HTC One V phone. Among the specifications rumored to be present on the device is a 4-inch WVGA Super LCD screen that is a bit larger than the 3.7-inch screen of the One V. Its body spans 9.62mm in thickness. At this point, it is unknown whether HTC will opt for the same aluminum chassis that is found on the One V.
Inside, the device is expected to be powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 CPU with a clock speed of 1 GHz, an improvement over the single-core Snapdragon S2 processor which the One V features. This will likely eliminate some of the issues that had been encountered on the One V such as browser stutters and lags. The processor runs alongside 512 MB of RAM. There is supposedly also 4 GB of storage capacity available as well as 7.2Mbps HSPA support, a camera with a five-megapixel sensor, and Beats Audio.
This device could well be targeted at the mid-range segment since its specifications such as the screen size, for instance, are between those found on the One V and the One S. Whether it will be part of the One series has also not been confirmed.
HTC has been silent for some time following their announcements during the Mobile World Congress earlier this year. This year, the company seems to be all about the One lineup. However, it also has released variants such as the DROID Incredible 4G LTE and the EVO 4G LTE. In Europe, the company has offered the Desire C and Desire V this year. Meanwhile, an upgraded HTC One X is also said to be in the works.