Rumor: HTC M8 (One 2014) to be available at US Big Four by the end of Q1
We begin to receive more intel on one of the most anticipated devices of early 2014, the HTC M8. The device, which might hit the market as the HTC One (2014) could look similarly to HTC’s current flagship, if a recent leak from China is accurate.
What about the release date? Everyone expects HTC to release the new One in the first part of the year, but serial phone leaker Evan Blass a.k.a @evleaks is a little more concrete: according to Blass’ sources, the device will become available at all four major American carriers by the end of Q1 2014.
The question is, will HTC manage to avoid the situation from last year, when due to supply problems, it delayed the release of the One, and, some say, missed the brief window of opportunity it had before Samsung’s Galaxy S4 release. That was one of the reasons the company led by Peter Chou reaped smaller profits than it had hoped for in the first part of 2013.
It’s encouraging to see Verizon on the list, even if it’s not explicitly mentioned. Big Red only released the One in late August this year, dealing another blow to HTC’s financial standing. Hopefully, the new One will enjoy a smoother release across carriers.
When it launches, the M8 will compete for the public’s attention with the Galaxy S5 (another device that hit the rumor mill early) and possibly a new device from Sony. As for an announcement date, we can speculate that HTC would use either CES or MWC for an official event, though the trend amongst big Android makers is to move away from trade shows in favor of self-hosted announcements.