HTC seems stuck in some kind of schizophrenic haze, lurching between planning its next world-conquering superphone and taking aim at the Android budget market on a near-weekly basis.
Today we're back at the high end, checking out what appear to be the first actual pics of the HTC M8 – the successor to most people's best smartphone of the year, the HTC One.
Those are some seriously big mobile shoes to fill, and based on what we can see from the less-than-stellar snaps leaked by Taiwan's ePrice, HTC isn't planning on changing the formula too much with the M8.
It's no surprise to see that HTC has kept faith with the metal body that proved one of the HTC One's most popular features, though the lack of a visible seam in the side-on view suggests HTC may have opted for a one-piece unibody, or at the very least a different approach to how the chassis is put together.
The other main difference is the second circular element visible above the camera lens on the back of the alleged M8 prototype. Possibilities include a fingerprint sensor, though it would be an odd place for one, or an extra camera element of some description.
The images appear to have a blueish tint to them, but given the overall quality and less than ideal lighting conditions, we wouldn't read too much into that at this stage.
Previous leaks and rumours suggest the HTC M8 will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and an all-new Sense 6.0 UI.