Is the M8 the HTC One 2?

November 6, 2013

Leak suggests HTC is hard at work on M8, aka the second iteration of the HTC One.

According to evleaks the company is working with a new flagship smartphone codenamed the HTC M8 (the HTC One was the ‘M7’) that would launch sporting a brand-new version of Sense, HTC’s skinned UI.

It goes without saying that this will have a 2014 release date. For starters it’s in keeping with the annual update schedule that most of the leading smartphone manufacturers keep to.

Secondly HTC has only just launched the HTC One max which has been built using the same design language as the original HTC One. This means that if the company is looking at a serious design change then it’ll give the original handsets time to sell first.

Could it be during MWC 2013? Let’s not forget that MWC 2012 saw the unveiling of the uber-powerful HTC One X so that could well be the case…

With HTC confirming that it would be bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to its current range of HTC One smartphones, it seems logical to assume that HTC Sense 6.0 will in fact be running on the next version of Android.

There’s no word on how the UI would look but unless HTC is planning a huge design overhaul expect a more advanced and easier to use version of the current Sense which means improved BlinkFeed along with integration of Android’s new features.

One piece of hardware that we’d really like to see implemented on the next HTC One 2 is a fingerprint scanner. Hopefully HTC won’t ditch the idea as the HTC One max offered a lot of features with its fingerprint scanner that the iPhone didn’t, instead they need to perfect the hardware itself and then integrate it into the smartphone better in a way that feels far more natural.

And yes, please retain the beautiful aluminum contours on the HTC One that were sacrificed for the Max.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.