New leak says HTC M8 will launch with KitKat, again points to 5-inch display and Snapdragon 800

HTC One rocks 2

We don’t know much about the rumored followup to the HTC One, but the details are slowly starting to come together. Initial leaks have said the phone will feature a Snapdragon 800 CPU and a display measuring between 5 and 5.2 inches. The latter spec has been narrowed slightly thanks to @evleaks, who today tipped that the handset, known for now as the HTC M8, will feature a 5-inch, 1080p display.

The presence of a Snapdragon 800 was again mentioned, and it is said the device will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. The presence of Google’s latest version of Android doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The M8 has been rumored to launch with major carriers like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile by the end of Q1 2014. The date sets us up for a potential unveiling at CES or Mobile World Congress, though HTC may opt to go with a standalone event.

Despite HTC’s money woes, the One is one of  the more favorably reviewed handsets of 2013. An upgrade will be gladly welcomed, even if the initially rumored specs look to only marginally improve over the current model. In the meantime, HTC is rolling out their One Max to more carriers and hoping they can catch lightning on a bottle to turn around their fortunes.

[via @evleaks]

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  • mmark27

    Bigger and/or removable battery and I’m on board.

    • Gabe

      and a micro SD card!

      • toomuchgame441

        Leave the damn SD card alone!

        • A_Noyd

          Nope.

      • Guest

        really?

      • xanok

        You’re not getting an SD card slot. Get over it.

  • supremekizzle

    Does anyone already call this thing the “mate”? Or is that just me?

    • MisterMints

      great minds. I just posted the same thing before seeing your post!

    • ari_free

  • irishrally

    This is what the HTC one should have been – 5″ screen.

    • tomn1ce

      But they need to get rid of those humongous bezels so the phone itself can be smaller…..and get rid of the two buttons configuration.

  • worldclassflame

    Love my One, however the successor needs to have a larger battery, something along the 3000 mah range, I’m sure if LG was able to pull it off on the G2 htc can do it, the other issue is the button placement, they should work on that.

    • mmark27

      good point. on screen buttons please.

      • MITM

        On Screen butons would be really nice on this phone

      • worldclassflame

        Yes that would actually be amazing

        • tomn1ce

          They need to get rid of those humongous bezels so the phone itself can be smaller…..and get rid of the two buttons configuration.

  • toomuchgame441

    bring it on! I’m ready to get my hands on it… That’s what she said

  • Nick

    Maybe this will be my next phone

  • MisterMints

    So, is this phone called the HTC “emm eight” or the HTC “mate” – speaking as a confused Brit, how are we supposed to pronounce it?!

    • Sharky

      HTC Mate sounds like another painful attempt at a Facebook phone

      • ari_free

        Or a desperate attempt at winning over the Australian market.

    • MITM

      it”ll have a completely different weird name when its released

      HTC Duo
      HTC Paradox
      HTC 1-2 Combo
      HTC Bionic
      etc

      • JointhePredacons

        HTC TWO

        • tomn1ce

          HTC One2
          HTC 2nd

        • ari_free

          That means we’ll see twice as many variants compared to the One. Which means around 4,328 different HTC Two’s

      • DJ Lawless One™

        HTC 360

        Take that Microsoft.

        • MITM

          lol or they could take back the G series from LG

  • Dan

    Snap 8, more battery, more ram and better camera and I’d be interested in this one

    • JointhePredacons

      The camera on the ONE is already top of the line. If its better than that, itll be amazing.

      • icvos

        The camera on the ONE is hardly that. Mine has the dreaded purple and pink nigh vision. And at 4mp yeah, they can do better.

        • JointhePredacons

          If it has a pink tinge, then theres something wrong with the phone, duh ! I dont know why people keep a defective device and think its every phone, or has something to do with software. Yours is broken, get a new one.

          • No_Nickname90

            Heh heh… All the puns. “Get a new *one*”. =.P

          • JointhePredacons

            Lol i didnt even realize that, lol.

          • JointhePredacons

            Downvoted for speaking the truth, sad when someone cant handle it

        • xanok

          MP is only a valid complaint when it comes to cropping.

      • Dan

        I wasn’t impressewd with the pics I saw online tbh

        • JointhePredacons

          The pics are comparable to 8mp pictures. The detail in the pictures ive taken are amazing.

    • tomn1ce

      Maybe they’ll get a camera with 8UP -_-

  • Pam Oakea

    Wireless charging

  • Toasted_Cracker

    Bigger battery, wireless charging and a edge to edge display and we can talk.

    • Chad Vincent

      Those of us with short fingers would like the “edge to edge display” crowd to please not step all over the flagship phones.

      As it is, the bezel on my One is too small… The heel of my palm keeps triggering side panels and opening icons in the right row of the launcher while reaching for the left.

      If we get edge-to-edge, then the 4.0-4.5″ flagships need to come back.

      • LawrenceMcatee

        haha This is true A flagship is built for the majority to be able to use.

  • SuckaFree123456

    What is so hard about including an SD card slot?

    • MITM

      nobody said the M8 wont have a micro sd slot…

      the biggest hindrance on including one, is having to compromise a phone’s design

      • DDroid45

        Not necessarily. That one lil pin hole that you have to stick to get the sim tray out. One just like that can be made to support an sdCard. I don’t care of I don’t have expandable storage but I’m just saying they don’t have to compromise style and design

        • MITM

          Im not saying its impossibe, Im saying a manufacturer has to take design in consideration when adding the slot

          • DDroid45

            Well like I mentioned. With the implementation of a slot that pops out. They are more than capable of adding a sd slot while keeping the phone the same as the current HTC One

          • LawrenceMcatee

            My thought here is that even the slot for my sim card on the one annoys me but with that said I adore the fact that the back is solid. The max having a removable back kinda bothers me because it take away from the strength of a solid block of aluminum that I am used to.
            I am just splitting hairs I guess I will buy it but my 2 cents either way

  • mrjoeyloke

    Battery please!

  • JointhePredacons

    Bigger battery (non removable) Bigger internal storage (no SD card slot) Super thin, Boom sound, 5+ inch screen = Awesome !

    • No_Nickname90

      Yes. This is what the HTC One Max should have been. =.P

      • JointhePredacons

        Yep

  • domatau

    1. bigger battery 3000+ mah
    2. faster charge time
    3. 8MP UltraPixel
    4. 5″ LCD with thin bezel
    5. louder boom sound
    6. minimum 32GB onboard
    7. 3GB ram
    8. keep weight under 140g

    I could care less about expandable memory

    • Scott Stafford

      Winner

      • domatau

        to be honest i’d be fine with the current 4.7″ screen if they thin out the bezel and make the overall footprint the size of the moto-x though a bigger screen is always nice without increasing the overall size.

        • LawrenceMcatee

          I agree… If they made the 4.7 inch screen on a phone the size of the htc mini I would love it

    • xanok

      They’re probably not going to change the charge rate with the uni body design. The slow charge rate is in place to increase the lifespan of the battery.

      • domatau

        I call bs on that extending battery life excuse. I wanted to believe it at first but in usage it’s just not practical. Also, look at the htc one max. It has a much bigger battery and htc increased the charging rate (check anandtech)

        • No_Nickname90

          Well don’t. I’ve had phones with removable batteries that can charge in like less than an hour. Since I used my phone quite heavily, I would charge quite frequently. My batteries lasted like 6-8 months. =.=

          • domatau

            i want to say that what happened in your case is a rare instance. i just find it impossible to believe that all other manufactures besides htc one enable faster charging option on their phones. Apple, Samsung and LG, they all did it and i would think they thought this move through to enable their phones to last longer than a year on average. just take a look at this graph showing charging times at anandtech.

            http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7455/59235.png

            the htc one is dead last. on the positive side, it looks like htc is catching on as the htc one max has a bigger battery and charges to full at a much faster rate.

          • LawrenceMcatee

            Wow… dead last and almost double the top phones charging time… lol At least it does last me all day and then some so I guess I can swallow that pill!

      • LawrenceMcatee

        There are a lot of factors there. battery tech plays a huge part in this. Also snapdragon has a feature that speeds up the charge.
        I know that sounds like harry potter noise but it’s true.

    • LawrenceMcatee

      I was butthurt when I got my one x because of the lack of slot. then I got my onex+ (64gb internal) and then I forgot why I ever needed removable storage. I now have the one with 32 and hearing all these sammy fans talking about the sd slot like it’s mana from the heavens is just getting old.

      • Roaduardo

        As long as a manufacture offer larger storage options like 32GB-63GB then expandable storage isn’t as big of an issue. The main arguments for these Samsung supporters is great devices like the Nexus4 and Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile HTC One not getting larger storage options. AT&T getting the exclusive for the 64GB for the One.

        Large internal storage? Then I wont need a Micro SD slot. Options. Consumers win with options. Me personally, I don’t buy Samsung devices for their name. They keep offering me as a consumer options that I want/need. No brand loyalty here. That crap is silly. Adults acting like Twilight freaks when it comes to Apple vs Android, Samsung vs Nexus… etc.

        • LawrenceMcatee

          Oh I agree on all counts, I was just saying I don’t mind having an sd slot when I have a larger internal storage.
          I will say I am an htc fanboy but there is nothing wrong with that. I just notice a lot of samsung fanboys pointing this out as some huge flaw that makes owning an htc just unimaginable to them.
          I do try every phone. I am not closed minded I work for att so I have to use whatever new device comes out.

          • Roaduardo

            I’d never say the lack of expandable storage is a tragic flaw in a flagship mobile phone, but it can be a very annoying thing if you’re only left with “16” or “32” GB
            of storage.

            Many consumers of Sony and Samsung phones have simply been spoiled with the option and just cringe a bit when it’s not offered on fantastic phones like the nexus 5 or HTC One.

          • LawrenceMcatee

            I get google is trying to push cloud based storage but It is a bit annoying they excluded it on the nexus 5

    • Roaduardo

      Get a Note 3. Haha! No but seriously, those are some nice specs to have on the M8.

      Edit: And you “couldn’t care less”. ;)

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      What’s next though? I mean phones run perfectly. Have perfect screens? Where to go from here? Pixel densities are maxed out. We don’t really need more speed unless we are doing heavy gaming. Screen size is good….

      • domatau

        there is always room for improvement but should htc nail all of the above on my wishlist, i still feel that the software side of things can be optimized.

  • Saleenfiend

    The camera is nothing to complain about on this phone. Megapixels do not define a photo. If you need better quality than the top of the line phones today (such as this one) then you need to buy an actual camera.

    • rsg

      You are right megapixels don’t define quality. The HTC One camera unfortunately suffers from detail smearing, worse than any other camera phone, and is also prone to chroma noise. It needs an overhaul.

      • xxxninja

        i took low light photos with a one and compared with my galaxy note 2. the photos were blurry. a camera is one of the top features i look for and it wasn’t up to par in my opinion. i’m talking low light shots, specifically in a bar/club.

  • redspear2

    Bigger screen, on screen buttons, larger battery….

    But I am disappointed Snapdragon 800 end of Q1? Does HTC want to be a generation behind on android. WP8 can get away with it but Android can’t. I like my HTC 1 but there is nothing that would entice me for it over the G2 or Note 3. The big stink is the 600 in the Max. They need greater than the 800 come March.

    • MITM

      whats greater than the 800 tho?

      O.o

      • Billy_B

        Exactly…Qualcomm hasn’t mentioned anything yet for their new processors that I’m aware of. So it “may” not be generation behind tech. Plus the phones are already in development/testing and the 800 is the fastest out there right now. Are they supposed to race with hopes and dreams?

        • redspear2

          Well AnTuTu reports testing on a 2.5 GhZ APQ8084 and Adreno 420.
          http://www.phonearena.com/news/Next-gen-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-APQ8084-chip-leaks-with-Adreno-420-on-board_id48629

          If this is any later than Feb it will be within a month of the next round of chips. Electronics don’t sit still.

          • MITM

            the new s800 chips are probably in OEMs hands as we speak

          • LawrenceMcatee

            I heard about an updated s800 with an updated gpu. it was only a tick faster but now I can’t find anything on it. I would assume they will use the updated 800 tho. they have forever been leading the arms race and if they mess this launch up they will shut the doors for good….

          • Billy_B

            Yes but I know how phone development works from the inside. I have a friend that works for Motorola (Google). It takes a minimum of 9 months for the whole development cycle for a smartphone. So the OEM’s hoping to hit February or March need to have these chips in their hands already. If they do not, it won’t make it into the phones. I’m not saying HTC doesn’t already have them. I’m just saying the timing is tight.

    • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

      Core i7 or bust?

  • REVS

    not much of an upgrade and i hope they stick with the ONE” name “m8″ just confuses people only lines that do great are the droid line and galaxy line TAKE NOTE ALREADY HTC

    • EarlyMon

      The prerelease name for the One was M7.

      • MITM

        he knows that, however; Samsung pays him to feign ignorance

        • LawrenceMcatee

          ..

  • rampage1979

    I am looking forward to the m8 my wife has the HTC One and Loves it the battery for her lasts all day and the camera is great.

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  • LegendaryLegendOfLegendVille

    So pretty much this has the specs of the 350$ nexus 5 but probably with a better battery and better speakers? Don’t forget the bloatware. Nexus 5 rules!

    • Jacel Jara

      Better screen too… the Nexus 5 screen is horrendous. Better quality materials as well if its still machined aluminum construction.

  • Caloy

    I won’t consider any phone without an SD card and removable batteries.