You know that totally unconfirmed One M8 Prime we’ve been hearing about for the past month? Well, it looks that it may stay unconfirmed forever, as @evleaks, the guy who revealed many details about it, now claims the Prime is no longer in development.
“If you were salty at having purchased an HTC One (M8) when news of the M8 Prime hit, prepare to feel vindicated: development on Prime has been suspended indefinitely,” reads @evleaks’ typically terse post, leaving us wondering what happened.
The M8 first burst into the scene on May 19, when @evleaks got into a little Twitter spat with HTC’s marketing boss Jeff Gordon. Back then, we heard that the M8 Prime would feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a waterproof body made of an exotic metal-silicone hybrid. We even got an animated 360-degree render of the alleged device, showing its Duo Camera setup and characteristic One series design.
And now, if @evleaks is right, the M8 Prime project is dead. What happened? Did HTC pull the plug on the project because of all the leaks? Very unlikely. What is likely is that the Prime was just one of the models that HTC was developing, along with the One M8 Plus and the One M8 Advance, which just broke cover yesterday.
According to yesterday’s leak, the Plus and the Advance feature similar specs with the Prime, except for their conventional 13MP camera and smaller display size (though the screen remains Quad HD). The Plus is reportedly going to be made of metal, while the Asia-bound Advance would swap the metal for a plastic body. Oh, and there’s no mention of that metal-silicone material.
Did HTC ditch the Prime in favor of the Plus, or was Prime a separate project that got the axe for some unknown reason? We’ll need to wait a couple of months to find out. The Plus and Advance are reportedly scheduled for a release in August-September.