Rumor: KitKat-powered HTC M8’s specs include 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 CPU

by: Chris SmithNovember 15, 2013


A new rumor offers some specs for the HTC M8, which is expected to be the company’s 2014 flagship smartphone.

The second-generation HTC One – are we looking at an HTC One (2014) naming scheme here? – will apparently pack a 5-inch 1080p display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, at least according to trusted leaker @evleaks:

The phone will reportedly run Android 4.4 KitKat from launch, most likely with Sense on top.

Assuming these leaked specs are accurate, then the new HTC One should offer superior performance thanks to a processor upgrade (from Snapdragon 600 to Snapdragon 800).

However, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what new mobile chips Qualcomm is cooking for future generations of devices, even though the Snapdragon 800 is by no means an old CPU.

@evleaks did not mention anything else about the handset, and did not post any official images of the handset – it’s too early for them anyway. We did see some alleged HTC M8 images a few days ago, and also heard that the phone will be available from all major U.S. carriers in the first quarter of 2014.

Anyone excited for a new HTC One?

  • Amine Elouakil

    Doesn’t make sense unless HTC is selling it cheaper than the One or have something under it sleeve in terms of innovation

    • Brandon Jiang

      how? this is simply HTC’s flagship for 2014. like gs3 to gs4, n4 to n5. of course this makes sense. every company has a flagship

      • Amine Elouakil

        I’m talking from a spec point of view, why would release a device with SoC and Screen resolution that will behind in early Q2 of 2014.

        • noone3

          Because CPU specs have never, ever, sold enough phones to make a difference.

          • Amine Elouakil

            apparently they do, that’s why Samsung goes through the trouble of overclocking and cheating benchmarks, to have the biggest numbers and tell everybody, oh lookie we have the fastest phone while it’s not the case in real world usage, but it might the next gen S800

          • noone3

            Go ask random people on the street what processors are in their phone and get back to me with the percentage who know.

            The CPU will not have a significant effect on sales unless the leap in what it can do is enormous. Much like PC’s, the processors in phones aren’t yielding huge changes in experience anymore.

            The difference in speed between the N4 and N5 was a few seconds at most. I’ve used an iPhone 5 and saw no difference between it and the 5s in operation.

            Marketing, price, cameras, screens, battery life, and software are what sell phones. They are differences you actually notice. A year old, top of the line CPU will be hardly any different in experience nowadays. 3GB of Ram, 3.8798 GHz, blah blah. Unless it sells massively well, it’s a failure. The HTC M8whatever isn’t going to be the next Galaxy S# or iPhone, so winning a few extra nerd battles isn’t going to make a difference. It needs to sell an extra 10 million, not an extra 1.5 million.

          • Amine Elouakil

            You don’t get it, I understand clearly your point, the average consumer does not understand the technical specs of his phone and will not know what SoC he have, BUT this same average consumer hear/read/see (even if it’s not totally true) the fastest smartphone/best smartphone is the xxxxxxxx then it easly influence his purshase (Just the a brand reputation even the model doesn’t matter as much anymore as he does not have a clue) and that’s the a good chunk of Samsung marketing strategie and that’s why they cheat benchmark and overclock their chips ever so slightly to get the biggest numbers.

            Like I said in my initial comment it’s probably the S800 @ 2.5Ghz comming early next year, so it does make sense this way, as for the screen I don’t know they’ll either go to a higher resolution or use a flexibel screen if the competition are doing so in early Q2 2014 (with the M8 coming mid/end Q1 2014)


    I went from the HTC One to N5 and I’m kinda missing Sense a bit. :)

    • Ryster1

      Yes, I agree, you are lacking sense lol! ;)


        Nice one, smart arse :)

    • freesnakes

      sense is pretty good, I know some people are gonna fight me over saying the stock experience is better but the new htc sense is smooth, fast and i can rearrange icons in app drawer!

      • Brian Shieh

        Sense to me seems to be very light compared to its competitors

  • dandroid13

    Releasing next year with 2013 specs, will probably be another HTCrap fail.

    • Amine Elouakil

      because those specs are definitive…I don’t understand why do you make such stupid comment on rumors.

      Also another information for people that look a little bit their stuff, Qualcomm is releasing a new version of the S800 for Q1 2014 @ 2.5Ghz

      • dandroid13

        You should remember we’re talking about HTC here…

        • Amine Elouakil

          Aside the One Max HTC Always had high end Qualcomm SoC before the majority of other OEM, heck they’ve been the first to release devices with next Gen Qualcomm chips till the One X

        • pvpsaan

          someone here hasn’t used a HTC One before…

          • notwithafortyfootpole

            There are plenty who wouldn’t touch that piece of crap or any other HT crap. That’s why HTcrap are so profitable.

          • Duc

            HTC One is crap? another big idiot

          • dandroid13

            Thank God I’m not that stupid. :)

          • omgnotyouagain

            Dan, for goodness sake… You are not stupid, you are a complete imbecile. Hold the damn phone in your hand before posting anything mr. retardation a celebration

            Jeeezuz, where did the world go wrong that such primates are born..

          • dandroid13

            Well, it seems that not liking HTC is an insult for you “superior americans”.

  • le_lutin

    I it has a kick-ass camera (i.e. better than any camera currently on android) then i’ll be all over this

    • Brian Shieh

      maybe an 8 ultrapixel camera would be nice.

  • Kenny Woodard

    I’m not so sure about them jumping to the 5″ display. From what I’ve heard, the HTC One screen size is the sweet spot. I’d like to see them keep the current design and add some goodies and features under the hood. That’s how they are going to compete with Samsung. They may even consider beating Samsung to the punch and integrating a (newer and improved) fingerprint sensor. It’s mostly just a gimmick on the iPhone, but it’s effective and fast. If HTC can steal just a few of Samsung’s users, then it gives HTC a chance. This next phone is going to decide their future I think.

    • notwithafortyfootpole

      Yes. Moar bezels, less screen, that’s what everyone is going for these days.
      Oh, and also a fingerprint sensor in a place that makes it very hard to use. Perhaps this time they could position the sensor somewhere in the Himalayas.
      Release that a week before Samsung, inside a tin can filled up with superglued components including a 4.1 überpixel camera and watch the profits roll in like they did in 2013.

      P.S. To maximise profits, get together with Twitter to make a rebranded, social media focused version of the One V. Name it HTC Third, but don’t make the “t” look anything like the “t” in Twitter because sales are so good that no such marketing is needed.

  • Groud Frank

    Are they going to pull an Apple on us? I hope to God that it doesn’t look exactly the same was its predecessor. There is always room for refinement in product design.

    • Brad Clarke

      Yea, like reducing the massive bezels present everywhere on the device… One thing we know for sure is changing is the removal of the beats audio logo.

  • Nathan Powell

    so basicly… same specs as the Nexus 5. and this is supposed to keep the company afloat?

    • Jayfeather787

      Well, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was released with the Snapdragon 600, even though the Snapdragon 800 was out. I think the S4 sold very well. Anyways, the Snapdragon 800 is a more than capable processor.

  • Simon Belmont

    Could be the Snapdragon 800 with the Adreno 420 in it. The one with the higher frequency on the CPU cores as well (2.5 GHz).

    I imagine it’ll be a strong performing device. My wife’s HTC One still feels super powerful.

  • vespa

    hmm, HTC is not interesting anymore..

  • Mystery Man

    s800 should be considered old by the time this comes out… Hopefully that changes

    • Brian Shieh

      Or it could be the updated s800 which is supposedly in the works

  • Pam Oakea

    I hope they include wireless charging.