We reckon we’ve seen pretty much everything worth seeing in 2013, and as such we turn our attention to 2014 and the next generation of smartphone flagships.
One of those is the device codenamed HTC M8 (the HTC One was the M7), and we’re getting a look at some fairly predictable specs.
The HTC M8 specs are leaked via @evleaks, and even he/she concedes that they’re entirely as one would expect at this stage in the smartphone game.
The full tweet reads: “Sounds like the HTC M8 is -- and you could probably predict -- a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800.”
Assuming those HTC M8 specs are on the ball, that’d mark a modest upgrade from the 4.7in 1080p display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor on the HTC One. As for KitKat, it is of course the spanking new version of Android, recently launched alongside the Google Nexus 5.
It’s been a strange year for HTC. The HTC One flagship was widely hailed as the sexiest smartphone of all time, but the abundant critical acclaim didn't exactly translate to Samsung-punching sales, and couldn’t stop the Taiwanese manufacturer ultimately posting its first-ever quarterly loss.
It remains to be seen if the HTC M8 can turn things around, but they’ll have to throw something special in there to make it stand out from all the other 5in 1080p flagships, and of course - crucially - Samsung is tipped to unveil the Galaxy S5 early next year. Eek.