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By AJ on January 6, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0

Credit: HTC
Credit: HTC

The HTC One 2 "M8" specs are fairly uninspiring according the newest rumors which continue to depict an average device with little to distinguish it from high end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3. The earliest HTC One 2 "M8" specs rumors came from @evleaks and showed a device that had only marginally better hardware and software than the HTC One and was largely on par with current flagships like the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z1 and other current high-end devices. Given that the HTC One 2 "M8" is expected to have a release date sometime between February 24 to February 27 during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the HTC One 2 "M8" will already be outdated by the time it is launched.

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The latest HTC One 2 "M8" specs appeared on Android Revolution HD where it was revealed that the HTC One 2 "M8" would be called the HTC One+, perhaps a more accurate name given the only modest specs improvements. Among the changes expected is the elimination of capacitive buttons in favor of on-screen buttons that have become common for most flagships these days. The HTC One 2 "M8" camera is rumored to be a 6-megapixel or 8-megapixel UltraPixel camera with the possibility of a double lens to improve the quality of images in low-light settings. The battery of the HTC One 2 "M8" is also getting only a modest improvement to 2,900mAh from the current 2,300mAh on the HTC One. Similarly a modest screen size increase to 5-inches from the current 4.7 inches is expected alongside a Snapdragon 805 processor from the Snapdragon 600 found on the HTC One. All of these are particularly modest when taking into consideration that both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 are expected to be devices that have 5.2-inch QHD 2K displays with the octa-core Exynos and octa-core Odin processors respectively accompanied by 16-megapixel rear facing camera and batteries of at least 4,000mAh. The HTC One 2 "M8" grievously falls short of all of these categories.


The HTC One 2 "M8 specs that we've seen do have some distinctions from the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 in that apparently the HTC One+ will have a removable microSD card option which should give the device an advantage if the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 don't have the same capability. Unfortunately the HTC One 2 "M8" is likely to be hamstrung by only 2GB of Ram compared to the 3GB or 4GB that the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 are expected to have, along with 64-bit capabilities with their processors. The HTC One 2 "M8" display will only have a 1080p Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3, rather than the QHD 2K displays we're expecting on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3. The HTC One 2 "M8 is also anticipated to have Android 4.4 KitKat with the newest HTC Sense 6.0 which should be pretty snappy since the current HTC Sense 5.5 and Blinkfeed are regarded as good and responsive features.

The HTC One 2 'M8' specs might be modified later on, these are after all still just preliminary specs. Phandroid for its part speculates that the HTC One+ is likely to be a more incremental update rather than a new full scale monster flagship. That might mean that HTC could price the HTC One 2 "M8" at a lower and more modest price compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3, both of whom are expected to be heavy duty flagships with all kinds of features like ISOCELL camera, 2K displays, octa-core 64-bit processors and 3D or 4K video with flexible curved displays. So while Samsung and LG are pulling out all the stops with their next-gen flagships it looks like HTC is going a different route with the HTC One+. Only time will tell if their strategy pays off or if HTC ends up losing ground to their rival flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3.

Check out our other HTC One 2 "M8" stories here:

HTC One 2 'M8' vs. HTC One: Specs Leak Shows Only Minor Improvements, Is There Any Reason To Upgrade? [REPORT]

HTC One 2 'M8' vs. iPhone 5c: Next-Gen Flagship Brings Uglier Design With Noticeably Larger Screen And Bigger Bezels [REPORT]

Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date Confirmed: VP Confirms Mobile World Congress 2014 Launch As Metal Body Goes Into Production With QHD 2K Display [REPORT]

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