Earlier in the year, HTC’s Phil Roberson stated the HTC One would be the only “One” flagship device from the company this year. Despite that claim, we’ve already heard about the HTC M4, which is rumored to be a miniature version of HTC’s latest flagship (a la Galaxy S4 Mini). Now it seems that we may also see a larger-screen version of the HTC One.
The latest rumor comes from an unnamed source reporting to Pocket-Lint. The source does not confirm the exact size of the plus-sized HTC One, only that it will be at least 5-inches. Unlike the M4, which packs a weaker 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the sources indicate the plus-sized HTC One will have basically the exact same specs as the company’s current flagship (aside from the display).
As with all these kinds of ‘reports’, skepticism is a must. That said, it wouldn’t be horribly surprising if this turned out to be true. The HTC One has been a major hit for the company, in a time when HTC is seeing quite a bit of internal struggle. It makes sense that they would want to take the HTC One’s success and run with it.
The big question is whether or not this could have something to do with the continued rumors of a HTC One for Verizon. A 5+ inch Droid DNA successor certainly sounds like an interesting proposition, and technically wouldn’t break the promise of not making another “One”-branded flagship this year. Keep in mind that’s just speculation on my part, though.
What do you think, would adding new HTC One variants be a good idea for the company? Would you purchase a 5-inch-plus version of the HTC One or not?