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Rumors continue to float around suggesting Samsung is working on a higher-end version of the GS5, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Prime. Today we even saw the handset allegedly pose for the camera. That’s not the only recently released flagship that is already gearing up for a more powerful variant, however,  as the rumor mill claims HTC also has an M8 Prime in the works.

Up until now, not much was known about the M8 Prime, but @evleaks has now revealed several new details, via a series of tweets, that could give us a better look at what to expect. Before we jump in, however, it’s important to note that HTC’s Jeff Gordan has denied the accuracy of some of these leaks, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t hold some degree of truth.

First, the M8 Prime trades in the Snapdragon 801 CPU for a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 810 805 with 3GB RAM and Cat 6 LTE. The phone is also following in Sony and Samsung’s footsteps by offering a waterproof design.


As for the display? As we imagined, the resolution is jumping up to 1440×2560 (QHD), but that’s not all: the screen size is also making a jump to 5.5-inches. This seems like an important distinction because it means the M8 Prime has less in common with the One M8 and really seems to be more of a next-generation HTC One Max.

If these rumored spec points are true, the M8 Prime sounds like a beast, but that’s not even the most intriguing part. Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) also claims the phone will offer a new premium material for its body, a composite of aluminum and liquid silicone. Why HTC would make this change remains unseen, though the design would provide for better heat dissipation.

For now, we’d take all the above claims about the M8 Prime with a grain of salt, especially in light of Gordan’s denials, though we have to admit evleaks is right more often than wrong. What do you think of the M8 Prime, provided the rumors prove true, impressed or find yourself turned off by the display size?

Update: We thought the mention of Snapdragon 810 seemed more than a little crazy. As it turns out, it was a typo on Evleaks part. He has since corrected that the phone in fact has a Snapdragon 805, which makes much more sense. Thanks to Norman Zaczyk for the update!

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Balraj

    Everything is fine but
    Why 5.5
    Why not 5 inch
    It’s just too big !!!!
    At least for me…second half of 2014 will be huge

    • SuyashSrijan

      One Max

    • Dave Weinstein

      well, “at least for you”, you’re entitled to be wrong.

      clearly the market has spoken and 5.5″ has emerged as the sweet spot. i’m really tired of people saying they want to go backwards.

      • PoisonApple31

        A good example of moving backwards is Microsoft with the Xbox One. They keep going backward on their vision. It’s not next-gen at all, it’s just updated current gen – makes me mad. I should not have to put a disc into the Xbox to have it know that I own the game, only to be forced to install it to the hard drive.

        • Cole Raney

          Yup, and that is partly why Sony has quite a kead in the current gen sales (current geb since they are all out now).

      • Ben Edwards

        I prefer 5″ as the max screen size, anything above that starts to get uncomfortable to hold and clumsy to use (especially one handed) so I’m hoping 5.5″ doesn’t take over flagships for 2015.

      • Balraj

        True but still
        5.5 inch now
        Six inch after
        This is heights….
        5 inch is the sweet spot, not 5.5

      • K2

        Market has spoken?

        Most smartphones that are selling are 5 inch or less.

  • Tjaldid

    isnt this the HTC M9 then since the S810 processor doesn’t come until next year plus why 3GB RAM? 4GB will be out at the second half of this year are they really going to trail behind Sony again.

    • K

      Yup now with the 810 detail the device is probably coming early next year. Current M8 owners need not worry…hopefully.

      • Dave Weinstein

        what exactly are M8 owners worrying about? are they required to be upset when new phones come out that are better than their phones?

    • Ben Edwards

      Typo, @evleaks has corrected it to 805 now.

      • Tjaldid

        OK that makes more sense… still judging by making it waterproof they are making an effort with this phone… some effort… fix the camera and we will talk

  • Corey Watford

    So it’s confirmed all Flagships 2015 phones will be 5.5inches

    • Dave Weinstein

      no. considering that LG has a 5.5″ flagship in 2014, they could easily move up to a larger screen for 2015. especially if they manage to reduce the bezel even more and increase screen size while keeping the overall size the same.

    • tay

      This is the next gen One Max.. It’s a phablet.

  • Thoru_dk

    There is one strange thing. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 810 have four cores up to 2.0 GHz, not 2.5.
    If there is really a M8 Prime in development, it is more logical, given the availability (mass release of the S810 only in 2015) and the time frame, it is more logical that it will use a S805 processor with 4×2.5GHz like the S5 Prime.

    • wat

      Still don’t see why they have dropped clock speed in the switch to 64 bit, is ARM losing the ability to dissipate heat at such low frequencies?

    • Dave Weinstein

      yes, the 805 make a LOT more sense.

    • Norman Zaczyk

      Here is the explanation:
      Please fix the specs in the article too!

  • jv htf

    Sick of these “primes”. Everyone’s so afraid of LG G3 – which will be the best 5.5 incher. :D

    • PoisonApple31

      It’ll be nice to see the first flagship that actually feels like a 2014 device. It’ll hold me over until the Note 4,

      • Dave Weinstein

        but why wait for the note4, the Vivo Xshot 3S is ready now.

        • Rick jaan

          s-pen …….. :)

    • tay

      LG still has lot more to prove.. Software UI has always been a hot mess on LGs phones.

      Also from the pictures I highly doubt the g3 is made up of nothing else than matte plastic.. Which is fine I guess.. But if you’ve ever owned a metal phone, you’ll realize that metal really is much more superior.. Metal phones dont get dirty as easily and it’s just a whole other feel to it.

      Having that said, if the software UI on the G3 is compelling, then it could still be a winner

      • Cole Raney

        Metal phones also get hot if accidentally left out if the sun. Metal conducts heat, So if the processor gets hot, the phone will be really hot. Metal could potentially mess with signal strength, and wireless charging. Also, if you drop it you get dents. Metal really is not for everyone. Some may not find some of these things a non issue, and of course you wil get some signal. However, metal phones are a niche market that HTC owns. No other major manufacturer will probably come out with metal phones.

    • Sadman

      Nope…u forgot one plus one

      • Andrew White

        Amazing device for the money…..but no 1440p screen, only 1080p.
        Would like to see CyanogenMod O/S on more flagships phones as an option.

    • Andrew White

      Second best after Oppo’s Find 7.
      Rapid charging, real support for a 128GB SD card….thanks to Jelly Bean, the same 1440p screen and Oppo’s price, which will be at least $200 cheaper.
      I’m definitely not adverse to buying an HTC ‘again’ they are a quality item….but now all non-Chinese manufacturers have been put on notice.

    • dodz

      man if they are gonna use the same ceramic material as those on ceramic knives, i am so sold. those things are tough, i had bought one 4 years ago and its still sharp as the day i bought it.

  • EvelynBen

    Samsung is working on its new update to prepare a strong position against Htc and

    • MasterMuffin

      Spam spam spaaaaammm

  • Dave Weinstein

    Does “prime” have some secret meaning that I missed when I fell asleep in class, or is it that HTC just can’t name anything themselves, so they copied Samsung’s silly name.

    Either the 810 will be a LOT earlier than expected (possible considering the pressure that MTK is putting on Qualcomm) or that this phone will come out with NEXT YEARs flagships.

    While it seems like the specs are leading edge now, by the time this actually ships, I think it will probably be in the middle of the pack.

  • Groud Frank

    What about the camera? Non of that ultra pixel stuff please.

    • Милен Стефанов

      It will be Ultra Pixel- maybe 5 (more likely), maximum 8MP…

      • thelastguyX20

        It better be 8 MP and not any lower. It’s pathetic that the front-facing camera is better than the rear-facing one.

  • WallBreaker

    I think these “Prime” devices are all a shift towards android silver, Google is trying to give Android More of a Streamlined solid consistency that ios users have with apple products. I think these Prime devices are just testing the waters.

  • Piotr Rogulski

    Why there are 10 GHz in a phone??? It’s useless

    • Ben Edwards

      There isn’t. There are four independent cores @ 2.5GHz each.

      • Joshua Hill

        10GHz total. I understood what the OP was saying even if I didn’t agree with their sentiment.

      • Piotr Rogulski

        But I meant 4 * 2,5 = 10. Because when you play heavy games they are all used for gaming

        • Joshua Hill

          Don’t worry your intention was perfectly clear, @disqus_M3prNZapgr:disqus was just being difficult. As Ben states they’re independent cores so if you have four independent operations running at 2.5GHz that’s a grand total of 10GHZ of operations as you rightly point out.

  • Al

    i hope they fix the camera. bc the nexus 5 ruins the htc one m8. so m8 prime better get some improvements! i love htc but i definitely regret it with this camera

    • Ben Edwards

      Really? I’ve found the camera on my One is a lot better than the one on my Nexus.

  • George Av

    as long as they drop the ultra pixel brand or increase the MP too more than 8

  • Akshay Gupta

    i am not a HTC GEEK.. bt still i want people to stop criticizing htc m8 duo camera:-