HTC’s next flagship expected to launch in March, will come with a 5-inch display

Ian Hardy

January 17, 2014 1:20 pm

A successor to the HTC One has been rumoured for months. Mobile World Congress is coming up in February and HTC is expected to officially unveil its next flagship then.

Many names have been flying around for the next HTC One, but it’s commonly goes by the codename of M8. Previous reports indicated that we’ll see an increased screen size from the original 4.7-inch One to a 5-inch. In addition, reputable device leaker @evleaks declared in November that his sources ensured the M8 will run KitKat with Sense 6.0 and sport a 1080p display with a 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.

The latest comes from Bloomberg’s “person with direct knowledge of the plans” who says HTC will indeed come to market with a 5-inch flagship. The article also pointed towards a March availability along with a “twin-sensor rear camera.” In addition, HTC could be keeping the One name and the overall design will be reportedly be similar to “last year’s version.” So this seems more of a refresh than a brand new phone.

No indication of how Robert Downey Jr. will help out.

Source: Bloomberg

  • matthewnlee

    I believe the Verge mentioned that the device is rumoured to pack the Snapdragon 805, as an update on the November rumour

    • Anaron

      I’d be surprised if it packed the S805 and it was released before the summer.

  • grantdude

    Can’t wait! HTC makes beautiful phones.

  • jroc

    If they increase the screen size I really hope they go with on screen buttons in order to keep the overall size down. The capacitive buttons and lack of bezel symmetry were my one beef with the design. Not to mention it was taller than the GS4 with a smaller screen.

    • Wizzy

      Because of 2 awesome stereo speakers which you won’t find on the S4.

    • alexxx

      I think HTC wastes space the least, and those speakers, oh man are they worth those extra 2 mm!

    • jroc

      Ditch the capacitive keys, increase the screen size, keep the speakers. I’d buy that.

      My point was that the capacitive keys took up too much space.

  • Darryl Friesen

    Will come with a 5″ 1080p display, Sense 6.0 and ZERO support after 3 months.

    My Desire HD was a nice phone too, but HTC as a company is abysmal. I’ll never buy another HTC device. Ever. For those not wanting a Nexus device (for whatever reason) I’d suggest looking at some of the newer Motorola products, or even Samsung.

    • out2late

      Your support issue is totally opposite for me. Any emails to
      HTC have always been replied to within a few days. They ended up sending me a new phone.

    • Darryl Friesen

      It isn’t just that. It’s announced OS upgrades that they pull a week before launch; it’s no updates of any kind (security or otherwise) for 2.5 years on a device sold on a 3 year contract; it’s the attitude that customers will abandon their devices every 9-12 months and buy new so they don’t have to support you or care.

    • AEB_944

      Well the tides are in your favor, because the one has been receiving updates pretty quickly, not to mention tons of developer support!

    • Thr1ve

      The One got Android 4.3 back in September (for Rogers anyways), and they’ve pushed Kitkat to the unlocked / international version, developer edition and Google play edition already, with only the carrier versions left to be updated (which is supposed to start in February)… Only Nexus devices and the HTC One have been updated to KitKat so far.

      Also, no phone keeps getting updates after 2 years, it’s just not feasible, and 3 year contracts are gone, so you won’t need to worry about it… Besides, major OS updates on Android aren’t as important anymore, necessary updates can be done through the Play Store now… Not to mention the fact that you always have the option of installing a custom ROM if you absolutely NEED to be running the latest and greatest version of Android (which most users don’t)…

    • alphs22

      “Also, no phone keeps getting updates after 2 years”
      iPhones?

      Manufacturers need to support their phones more. His concerns are valid.

    • alexxx

      True that, iPhones do! Even tho there isn’t that much jump in iOS every release. His other points are very valid tho

    • taylor

      i dont know if i call what the iphone has “support” it more often than not creates a ton of problems and doesn’t usually give people any of the actual features that is the point of the update in the first place, for any iphone 4 it made it able to download most apps again, and also have new pretty colors for icons. Alot of people believe the only reason apple even does this is in the hopes people get pissed off its running like sh!t and buy a new iPhone. see it happen all the time, i sell phones.

    • alphs22

      Do you? You should work on your communication skills. That was painful to read.

      iPhone 4S got an update to iOS 7 2 years after its release and most things work. I don’t know why you’re arguing against more updates from companies.

    • taylor

      I think my communication skills are more than satisfactory , I’m sorry that you lack the skill to read a comment just because some punctuation is missed(only thing I can wrong with my my first comment). Either that or you don’t have a very good reading comprehension level. Any who, the point is I’m no where near arguing against more updates/support from vendors. In fact I am arguing that it should be better, from everyone. I just truly hate when people bring up Apple, when the discussion turns to updates. Because the truth is Apple is just as fragmented as Android, and people neglect to see the reason they do update them, is only to try and “encourage” those “older” devices to be upgraded. Remember ifans your supposed to upgrade every year no matter how long of contract you sign! Lol

    • Thr1ve

      While older iPhone may get updates, they’re not the same updates as the flagship device even though the version number is the same, and thus, have many features missing even though they could easily run them and require no additional hardware (This is what’s called Fragmentation, something Apple fanboys never shut up about when speaking of Android). Also, those iOS updates tend to bog older iPhones down to the point where they’re practically unusable … Android updates on the other hand, include everything, if a device gets the update, they have all the features of the flagship device except for those who rely on additional hardware, and if an update is too much for the device, they simply won’t update it in order to keep the user experience the same… Not to mention that Google can push necessary updates through the Play Store, Android devices do not need a full OS update in order to update key software anymore, so full OS updates are less important on Android these days than they are on every other platform, not to mention the fact that the vast majority of apps will run on any device running at least Android 4.00, while apps for older iOS versions are pretty much non existent… I’d much rather not get the latest and greatest Android update than for that update to turn my phone into a useless brick, much like older iPhones running the latest supported version of iOS… And last, but certainly not least, people can always install custom ROMs if they absolutely need to run the latest and greatest version of Android, so the user has plenty of choices, something that WP8, BB and iOS, users don’t have…

    • alexxx

      Yeah that phone sold a lot yet they failed there, most complaints come for that specific phone. They were really in a messy state, but then again, so was everyone. I’ve received updates every few months on my one x, but that was a flagship…it’s not fair just cuz I have a flagship to receive all the attention. But they had to prioritize somewhere I guess. It’s really sad to hear you won’t give em another chance, they really are the pure bred smartphone company that really has the experience to create a great user experience. I swear by HTC.

    • VinceBabin

      I get quick replies too, every one useless and unhelpful. I must be getting the worse reps at HTC everything I call.

    • alexxx

      For years now I keep getting my HTCs from UK u locked, cuz they get there first! So my support is always by some british dude who knows it all and has that spring in his voice, just …just lovely service! LoL in Kanaduh, I haven’t called them yet. I never get a carrier phone.

    • VinceBabin

      I have to agree with you. I had so much bullish!T with my One being with FutureTel for repair every few weeks since launch that even after HTC told me they would not replace, Bell sent me a note 3 to replace it. It took FutureTel reps destroying it during repair for HTC to replace it, and that was after I had to plead my case to their RMA department. Finally got it back and it’s sitting on my desk collecting dust, I can’t even look at it and not feel pissed off. Can’t sell it either, eBay is selling them at $300.

    • alexxx

      Wow, I’d wish to know more about your story somehow, not that you are happy to repeat it.

    • VinceBabin

      It’s long, but here it is.

      Got it on launch day, had it for 48 hours and the top speaker was done ( i do not watch any videos with high volume or listen to music) I brought it to bell to get it swapped out, No deal, the phone had a small scratch on the back, had to go for repair. Took 3 weeks. Lasted 4 weeks and the speaker sounded like garbage, back to Bell and out for repair, 3 week turn around.Had it for 24 hours, USB port would not work, could not take a charge, it was the weekend so I was out a phone until Monday. Back to bell, very unimpressed sent it again. Called HTC, spoke to a rep in south Texas i figure from the drawl. Very ignorant, blamed me for the issues and hung up on me. Called again, got a Canadian, night and day service, very helpful told me HTC has an open policy of replacing handsets after 3 repairs. 3 weeks later, got the same unit back. Lasted 2 months Speakers died again, Camera was also totally pink. Called HTC (Canada) got the ball rolling on a replacement. Waited 2 weeks, got a call from HTC (USA) RMA rep, told me “The defective unit was not HTC’s issue, it’s your carriers” and “Don’t hold your breath on a replacement, HTC doesn’t do that” “The tech support rep lied to keep you happy”. Got pissed and hung up. Next day I sent the phone out for repair #5.Got a call from HTC RMA telling me that they were not going to repair my phone due to “external physical damage”,The damage they referred to was the above mentioned scratch. Called Bell, spoke to a repair rep who after looking at my account and repairs sent a message to Loyalty who called me back. They released me from my current contract and purolatored me a Note 3 as a “we’re sorry” gesture. Got the number for FutureTel and spoke to a rep, I asked to explain how that damage changed the way the phone functions and how, since it’s been there since day one, it was not denied the other 4 times.They could provide no answer, told me to call HTC to get permission to repair the device.. So Stup!d, Called HTC pleaded my logic case and after 2 weeks won, HTC told futuretel to replace the screen??, outer shell? camera and speakers… Got it within 3 days, went to Bell to get it and noticed the power button was depressed and jammed, also the camera was way off center, did not accept it and told them to send it back out. Called HTC, FutureTel and Bell again, HTC will not replace units unless FutureTel asked for the replacement. FutureTel first- blammed me for breaking it, then looked and saw that I never took it out of the store, second- will not replace without HTCs ok.. Bell is just the carrier. Convince FutureTel to ask for replacement, HTC (after 2 weeks) OKed replacement. Got replacement 1 week later. Bell, again blown away with the situation, releases my wife from her contract and sends me an Iphone 5. Got htc one back, put it on desk and that has been were it stayed for the last little while. End of the day, HTC ignorant bastards that give no care about customers, FutureTel incompetent i****s that will do what they want when they want and blame you for their issues. Bell Awesome service and great loyalty, shitty voice/data rates. ( i have been with bell for over 13 years)

    • Thr1ve

      You either had a terrible string of bad luck with phones and support staff, or that entire story is just a huge pile of bulls–t (I’m guessing it’s the latter)… I’ve had nothing but excellent service from HTC…

    • VinceBabin

      Now to me, that’s a bs line. HTC is just horrible. Oh wait, did you possibly have an a completely unique personal experience dealing with a massive tech call center.. No your right, that’s impossible.

    • Thr1ve

      And how is my “completely unique personal experience dealing with a massive tech call center” any different from yours (except for the fact that mine is true while yours is most definitely made up)?

    • VinceBabin

      What the hell buddy, are you that deprived of social interactions that you need to try and piss off everyone you come across? Yes as extraordinary as my story is, it is 100% true, but you know what do and think as you will, I know what I got and what experience I had. Here it is for you, I called your story BS because your experience was different than mine(like you did) but since it’s impossible for 2 people to have the same experience, then you must deduce that you had a positive experience and I had a negative one. Your just too small minded to really grasp the idea that there are actually other people on this planet experiencing events differently than you. Reread your comment, Reread mine add the proper levels of sarcasm (google it if the meaning is lost on you) and you will see you are being a little bit of an a*s sir.

    • VinceBabin

      I love how everyone is complaining about my story. Guys it happened to me, not you you can take from it what you want. Me I took that : the more you fight and pursue something the better the result. Or you can just wait and see what happens. I fight.

    • Wizzy

      Good for you. But the support my HTC One has received is better than any other Android phone short of the featureless Nexus. Samsung? LOL.

    • VinceBabin

      So far for me Apple is the best, 24 hour replacement phone turn around
      Samsung is good, busted my S3, emailed CEO got it replaced for free
      HTC worst, months of running around for a lemon, finally took futuretel destroying it for me to get a replacement.

    • Thr1ve

      And this explains everything, thanks for confirming my suspicions…

    • VinceBabin

      Lol you think I work for Samsung, that cute. No I’ll give credit where it’s due, Samsung did awesome and swapped my s3. HTC did horrible for months for me. Will Sammy do good for me and my Note 3, probably not, but I will cross that bridge when I get there. And also, yeah that God damned story is 100% true, you do with it as you please. Did I get a bad string of tech support agents, yeah, almost every USA based rep was a dock, the only real good tech that seems to care was located in Nova Scotia, and he did a great job, very happy. So end of day, it’s a roll of the dice, I hit crap with HTC when it mattered most, this will cause me to not ever get another HTC, the S3 and it’s poor design made me never want another Galaxy phone, but I got the note and for what it’s worth, it’s great. Still not a fan of Samsung and definitely do not work for them.

      LOL, that’s just awesome.

    • Thr1ve

      If that’s what you got from my comment, then it went completely over your head… Which isn’t very surprising…

    • VinceBabin

      How can one get anything else. I botched about poor HTC service, I then praised Samsung. You replied with a comment that implied you think I work for the competition… Explain please how I miss interpreted that. You can use basic simple words if you need to Sir.

    • realitycheck

      Motorola only has gotten better recently. One could even say that HTC has gotten much better lately in terms of software support.

    • VinceBabin

      Agreed, HTC is really pushing the updates, my One (6months old) is getting Kitkat before my Note 3(2 months).

      Oh well, it works, I’m happy

  • southerndinner

    Likely their last phone before they go bankrupt or are absorbed.

    • chris

      Except not really.

    • taylor

      i dont know, its a badly sinking ship, have you seen balance sheets/quarterly reports

    • thisiscjay

      What a failure of a comment.

    • alexxx

      True that, I dont get it

    • VinceBabin

      HTC will never go bankrupt, Samsung or another will buy them to aquire patents, then either disolve the brand or ( more likely) keep it, and bring it back up to what it once was, Imagine if Apple bought HTC as their in for Android. HTC design, apple quality and warranty, That would give Samsung a run for top spot. Now i’m dreaming that they don’t skin Android to operate and restrict like IOS.

    • thisiscjay

      Hmm, interesting concept.

    • VinceBabin

      I kinda like it.. Now I want it to happen :)

      Oh and a few comments up, I’m beleived to work for Samsung.

    • VinceBabin

      They failed years ago, these last efforts will not matter. If the One was such a great perfect device that all reviewers drooled over, why didn’t it sell worth a crap. Bell has already put it to end of life. They are selling old stock now, most locations don’t have any. but they sold the S3 well past the one.

  • Dylan D’Croix

    I’m interested. I like the One. But I hated the camera, sure low light was amazing, but I felt like the quality felt like a phone several years older. Updated specs, larger screen, and a better camera (depending on price) might be an easy buy.

    • VinceBabin

      They had listed it as same camera with another for added focusing… I hate my one’s camera. The photos look good, on the phone, like garbage on my monitor or TV.

  • realitycheck

    google play edition right off the bat.

  • jroc

    The buttons on Android phones are useless? That’s news to me.