HTC is one of the titans of the mobile industry despite the horrid couple of years it has had. The company makes pretty pleasing and good looking devices, but the sheer dominance in the industry by Samsung has overshadowed the Taiwanese manufacturer’s presence completely. This trend began with the Galaxy S II when the smartphone outshone the then HTC flagship, the Sensation. Last year it was the Samsung Galaxy S III against the HTC One X, and it was the same story all over again. But this year, things are a little different, and there seems to be a level playing field for all these manufacturers. Sony is the first to place its bet with the Xperia Z, with manufacturers like HTC and LG expected to announce their offerings next month during or before the MWC event. And there’s some good news coming to all you HTC fans now. Well, the device we’ve all been waiting for, also known as the HTC M7 could finally break cover at an HTC event being conducted on the 19th of February. The event is being held in New York city and not in London as previously rumored. HTC has begun sending press invites to the media and while there’s no mention of the device itself, it’s almost certain now that the company will launch the device during the event.
The smartphone is said to feature a 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD panel which should give it a pixel density of 469 ppi. Besides that, we could either see the newly launched NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip being used or perhaps HTC would go with the ever so reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, which is what’s running on the Sony Xperia Z and is expected to be seen on a lot of 2013 smartphones. The rumor mill suggests that the processor could have a clock speed of 1.7 GHz. Other rumored features of the smartphone include the massive 12MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 2,300 mAh battery pack, Android 4.1 or 4.2 as well as the refreshingly new Sense UI 5.0. There should be sufficient amount of Beats Audio integration as well. It has been mentioned that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will be offering the HTC M7 when launched.
That is a pretty neat specs list and we should certainly see HTC impressing us all over again with its design and construction like it did with the One X back in February last year. It’s a great move by the company to hold a launch event slightly before MWC 2013 to avoid getting mixed up with similarly spec’d smartphones. Will the 4.7-inch HTC M7 manage to grab our attention when we’re awaiting smartphones like the LG Optimus G Pro and the Sony Xperia Z? Only time will tell. And knowing HTC, I think there will be a standout feature to separate it from the rest of the crowd.