Mid-range HTC M4 with alloy chassis and Ultrapixel camera rumored for June release
While HTC has outed its latest flagship HTC One, this leaves the mid-range market open to competitors, such as the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. But HTC still has an ace up its sleeve, with a mid-ranger reportedly going out this June.
DigiTimes reports that upstream suppliers say HTC will be producing the midrange HTC M4 handset, which will be using metal alloy chassis from Catcher Technology. This will be to the tune of 700,000 units, targeted for an initial release by June 2013 and a wider release by third quarter of the year.
According to reports, HTC has elected to source its chassis supply solely from Catcher, in order to prevent supply shortages that have previously plagued the Taiwanese company’s production. The specs of the HTC M4 will reportedly include the following: 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 4.3-inch 720p display, 1 GB RAM and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 running Sense 5.
The phone will reportedly feature an “Ultrapixel” rear camera, similar to that on the HTC One, which should be a selling factor for those inclined toward taking photos on their smartphones.
Again, these are initial reports, and with DigiTimes mostly citing sources from upstream supply chain companies, Android Authority cannot vouch for the veracity of the report. What DigiTimes is focusing on at this time is an analysis of Catcher’s business for 2013 as a component supplier, citing revenue growth from 10.58% to 14.87% to NT$10.21 to 10.61 billion (US$342.42 to 355.84 million) in the second quarter of the year. Meanwhile, new HTC One orders are expected to reach 2.3 to 2.4 million units in the second quarter, according to DigiTimes’ sources.