Rumor: HTC M8 coming in 2014, HTC One refresh later this year, and plastic One to replace Butterfly

July 11, 2013
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    HTC One

    A new batch of HTC One-related rumors supposedly reveal some of the company’s plans for the following months and next year, with a variety of One models being reportedly in the works.

    Let’s take a look at them chronologically, at least according to what Pocket-lint has learned from sources familiar with HTC’s plans.

    Refreshed HTC One in 2013

    Apparently HTC may be considering launching a refreshed HTC One model later this year, a device that could pack different internal components when compared with the current model.

    One likely change is the move to a Snapdragon 800 processor instead of the Snapdragon 600 that’s currently powering the HTC One, but nothing is confirmed at this time.

    Since we’re already approaching mid-July, it’ll be interesting to see when such a model will be launched, if the rumor is accurate.

    If this sounds all too familiar, that’s because HTC did the same thing last year, with a HTC One X+ (October 2012) being released a few months after the HTC One X (April 2012).

    Let’s also not forget that HTC has a One Max reportedly in the works (also known as T6) which should take on the already launched Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 models. And of course, there’s also the One Mini coming to take on all the other minis from the competition.

    HTC Butterfly and HTC One X+

    HTC Droid DNA or Verizon’s Butterfly (left) and the HTC One X+ (right)

    HTC Butterfly to become the One

    While a new Butterfly model is already official, it looks like HTC may be interested in merging its two flagship families, in order to create a more powerful Android line.

    After getting into the One family, future Butterfly models may be sold as plastic HTC Ones. Nothing is official at this point though, so don’t get too excited about cheaper future HTC One flagship handsets.

    HTC M8 coming in 2014

    Speaking about flagships, the HTC M8 is going to be the HTC One successor according to the same sources.

    Since M7 was the internal codename for the HTC One, it makes sense to hear about an M8 for next year. Apparently the company is already “in discussions regarding the HTC M8, although it is using different codenames for the device with external contacts,” most likely in order to keep leaks down.

    While M8 does make sense as an internal product name, it will certainly be interesting to see what the commercial name of the product will be. The HTC One 2 sounds way too crazy, and HTC One S is already a distinct product. It would make a lot of sense to see the company keep a generic HTC One name in place – like Apple is doing with its iPad models – rather than use any numbers.

    As for numbers, naming its flagship family the One may not have been the best decisions the company took, even though the name is a clever choice at the same time.

    What matters here is that HTC seems to be working hard to have a strong handset family, capable of taking on the Galaxy brand, and everyone else in the process. We’ll just have to wait and see whether any of these new rumors will be confirmed.

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    Comments

    • MasterMuffin

      Samsung got a lot of hate when people heard they are refreshng s4 with s800 but I haven’t seen any people yet raging about HTC doing the 2012 all over again

      • mojandroid

        I love my One, but i don’t like the idea about refreshed One.

        • MasterMuffin

          Found one :D

          • Ahmad Kamran

            I also hate the idea of butterfly 2 coming this year. At least let me keep the flagship for a year.

            • MasterMuffin

              One and Butterfly S are basically same phones but other one is aluminium and other one is plastic. BS just has higher Ghz, HUGE battery and sd card slot to add

            • Ahmad Kamran

              In other words, it’s better than the one. I am not happy with that.

            • MasterMuffin

              Well true :)

      • Aris Routis

        Because HTC is not Samsung. Everything Samsung does is wrong;)

        • MasterMuffin

          It really seems so these days! The most successful always changes to most hated or at least really hated :(

          • Jaun Lombard

            and it is really sad…Samsung still make good phones in ALL categories!

            • MasterMuffin

              Their cheap phones are bad but otherwise true :)

            • n900mixalot

              Sorry, how are Samsung phones cheap?

            • MasterMuffin

              Their CHEAP phones are bad. I don’t mean that their phones are cheap

        • n900mixalot

          You do know HTC uses Samsung NAND flash, right? In the HTC One… here, sip on this http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/HTC+One+Teardown/13494/2

          • Sameshit

            You do know that’s a pointless comment, Mr. Sung?!

      • Gilles LeBlanc

        What happened to the T6 HTC One Max? Why so quiet about it

        • MasterMuffin

          HTC improved their security? :D

      • n900mixalot

        Because no one is surprised.

      • Victor V.

        do you know if the s800 variant of the s4 will be coming to the states? I tried to look up some info about it, but nothing came up. It was a quick/brief search though.

        • MasterMuffin

          I think it’s Korea only (the better one) :)

          • Victor V.

            Damn, I already new that. I was actually hoping they had decided to upgrade the s4 here in the states to the s800.2.2 ghz sounds so tempting!They are doing it in Korea to take advantage of their faster 4g network called 4g plus or something like that.4g advance?

            • MasterMuffin

              LTE Advanced. 2,2Ghz does sound great, but I just wonder how the battery life is with the S800 model

            • Victor V.

              Hmm i know it has an always listening/on feature that allows you to give it voice commands at all times. that might affect the battery life significantly , or it might be better engineered to conserve battery? who knows

            • MasterMuffin

              I’ll get Nexus 5 so I don’t even care :)

            • Victor V.

              ha thanks for reminding me . I was planning on purchasing my next phone at the end of august.It turns out that the nexus 5 is projected to be released sometime in October? The always on feature is part of the chip itself so any phone with the s800 will have it. I think at least. I just searched the nexus 5 and it comes packaged with the snapdragon s800 cpu so I guess I will go with that as well. I will wait until more news trickles out until i make my final decision though

      • Gabriel Pomponi

        -.- coz Samsung have Like 5 version of s4 and is normal to make an improvment of you device Like Sony and others.. fanboy go to guy all s4 versions ;) and s4 still not optimized Like the one and make other 10 phones bha if u are happy… And last things… Sammy s4 version are in sell to marketplace Like 2 moths after the s4… Lol

    • Charles Chambers

      I love my “One” but I would not have named it that. What do you think of the next phone called the HTC Two? Or is that too corny?

    • Charles Chambers

      I love my “One” but I would not have named it that. What do you think of the next phone called the HTC Two? Or is that too corny?

      • Aris Routis

        HTC New One

        • Charles Chambers

          What about when HTC releases the “Three?” The New, new one?

          • Aris Routis

            HTC My precious One?

            • Charles Chambers

              Lol. :-)

            • Charles Chambers

              The next one could be the HTC Chosen One.

      • Aris Routis

        HTC Better One

        • Aris

          then HTC much Better One afterwards.

      • umer936

        HTC Obi One

      • Charles Chambers

        I would say they should name it the HTC One “X”, but wait, that’s already taken…

        • Raphael Mastro

          And the there’s the htc one x + lol

      • Raphael Mastro

        I have no problem naming it the HTC 2, it makes it easier for consumers to instinctively know this is the next big thing by the company. I think Apple kinda did it first…ehhh but not really bc they had kinda went out of order for awhile. Meanwhile samsung and moto and HTC were putting out random phones without consumers actively knowing if it really indeed was going to be a “flagship” phone. The first Galaxy phones with called the vibrant on t-mo, and all the other carriers had different names for their variant. Then the S2,S3 and S4. so samsung did a great job with this bc its about brand recognition and you want customers to know when they have the latest and greatest and not keep them guessing. Most customers that arent into tech like some of us are need a simple way of knowing this is the next one to get if you want the best. Who cares if its lame or corney to do this its about making customers educated as easily as possible. :)

        • Charles Chambers

          I like that. The HTC Two is not bad. And I agree with your premises.

    • najiy91

      waiting for a refresh xperia z with snapdragon 800(“,)

    • Peeyush Malik

      Would it be called HTC “Two ” then?……lol :)

    • harrold

      Maybe HTC One T
      T for two and its after S :D

    • shinraven

      Htc One v2 all they need is pretty much whatever the Butterfly s does. Larger battery, MicroSd and yes keep the 4.7″ size as well as metal body. I dont care about s800 the s600 is more than enough as i have yet to find any app that can full utilize all 4 cores or even max out my phone.

    • John

      HTC One+

    • YoungHermit

      HTC should focus on updates, not future flagship phones that’ll be forgotten a year after their release…

    • Ruz

      Why dont they come up with the name HTC Two then HTC Three… makes sense

    • Deveal2014

      This is a Fall release and we are still in mid summer.. Why are people complaining? This is a business & htc is in the business of making phones. All the companies are bringing out fall refresh devices like they do ever year. Mobile technology is advancing in a very fast pace. Its always a new phone on the horizon. I have an htc one and its phenomenal… I can’t wait to see htc falls lineup. I can’t wait to see all the oems fall lineup,!

    • Christopher Vanwinkle

      The HTC M8 should be called the HTC Two, anyway, my T-Mobile JUMP will get new an upgrade from my One to it in January. I can’t wait!

    • QualmDraw

      HTC One
      HTC Won
      HTC Whan
      HTC 1
      HTC Waun
      HTC Wahn
      HTC 3-2
      Etc…

    • lacima44

      HTC ONE 2 Like that name Lol

    • lacima44

      HTC ONE 2 I like that name Lol

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