No, HTC hasn’t begun selling bars of soap in the shape of their Android handsets, what you’re looking at before you is an alleged wax sculpture of the upcoming HTC M8, better known as the HTC One sequel (or HTC Two, or HTC One 2 — whatever you wanna call it).
According to the poster of the original image (which has since been removed from the Chinese blogging site Sina Weibo), this wax sculpture was based on a 1:1 3D model of the M8, more than likely used by Chinese accessory manufacturers. How this person was able to secure images of, or make a wax model is anyone’s guess, so for now, we’ll take it with a grain of salt.
The only thing we really know is that the release of HTC’s followup to their hottest Android to-date is imminent, given the February announcement of the previous flagship. In order to get the jump on the competition, we’d expect HTC to follow that same timing, only minus the manufacturing delays that plagued the HTC One’s launch initially.
Rumored specs for the M8 are exactly what you’d expect of a flagship in 2014, although you’ll notice the absence of an HTC One Max-like fingerprint scanner. One thing that is easy to make out is a dual-LED flash on the back, similar to the white/amber combo used on the iPhone 5s to help better adjust to the surrounding light. Interesting…