We seem to have been stuck in an odd cycle of repeated speculation lately over high-end smartphone moves from LG, HTC and Samsung... and here we go again with the latest on HTC's M8 Ace.
That would be the budget spinoff of the HTC One (M8), and our latest trip to the rumour mill covers an image, specs and a claimed launch date. Result.
To sum up what we know so far, the Ace is expected to ditch the full-blown One's much-loved aluminium body for a lesser plastic shell, and will reportedly also drop some of its more premium features to make it “much more affordable” than Samsung's Galaxy S5.
That's still the plan, but if the image you're looking at is genuine it certainly won't look cheaper, with HTC obviously doing everything it can to carry over the One's unquestioned visual class to its lesser sibling.
As for the specs, the same Chinese source reckons we're talking a 5in full HD display, 13MP rear camera with flash, 5MP front camera, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage with microSD card support, and a 2600mAh battery. As you'd expect, Android 4.4 KitKat runs the show with the help of HTC Sense 6.
In other words, it's a step down from the One (M8) itself, but not as much of one as the HTC One mini.
That all makes sense. What complicates things is a separate 4.7in HTC handset getting certified in China recently that is also being touted as the Ace. Could we looking at two different size options? Unlikely, but you never know.
Moving on, the latest leak claims we're looking at 3 June, which is in keeping with previous rumours. That's in China, though; what we don't have is any sense of when (or even if) the Ace will be launched on a wider scale globally.
Via Unwired View