@evleaks: HTC One M8 Prime to offer 5.5-inch QHD display and Snapdragon 805 CPU

May 19, 2014
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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.

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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!

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