There were reports suggesting Taiwanese manufacturer HTC will be releasing a follow-up of its flagship. Rumors have it the device is codenamed HTC M4 and is slated for release in June contrary to previous rumors that a budget-friendly HTC device will be launched in July. There was also a leaked image showing an “unknown” device believed to be the M4 with plastic cover and chassis. But HTC has reportedly changed the build of the follow-up device and decided to use aluminum for the chassis as well as for outer coverings.
If reports were true about the company’s move to use metal-alloy instead of plastic, the most apparent reason would be to match HTC One’s quality; aluminum is way harder than plastic and could absorb shock twice as much as the latter. But something also tells us the company is preventing criticisms after its Chief Marketing Officer Benjamin Ho lambasted Samsung for using cheap plastic for its flagship phone this year–the Galaxy S4.
HTC One became an overnight hit because of its design and guarantee for quality. At least, the device’s immediate future looked brighter before Samsung officially launched its flagship. The move to release a cheaper device is apparently a step to capitalize on the flagship’s popularity but it does not guarantee a boost in sales. But the thing is it would give customers, especially those who are in tight budget, just another option to buy an HTC device.
According to reports, HTC M4 will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 Krait with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It will have a 4.3-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution, 1GB RAM, 2000mAh Li-Po battery, HTC Sense 5 UI and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean natively. But unless the company confirms it, everything about the HTC M4 remains a rumor.