Find out first: the upcoming HTC One M8 Prime (Plus)phablet's specs, release date, price and new features. (See also, HTC One M8 review.)
The HTC One M8 Prime is going to be HTC's replacement for the HTC One Max: a large-screened phablet with a beautiful display, intended to replace both your phone and your tablet. We're going to keep an eye out for the HTC One M8 Prime (M8 ) as its launch grows nearer, so here is what we know and what we think we know of the HTC One M8 Prime/Plus release date, specs, price, features. (See also: the best phablets of 2014.)
Update 2/6/14: EVLeaks claims that development on the HTC One M8 Prime/One M8 has been suspended indefinitely. While HTC has neither confirmed or denied the existence and therefore possible suspension of an HTC One M8 , EVLeaks tends to be a pretty reliable source. And that's disappointing, because look what we could have seen from the HTC One M8 Prime...
HTC One M8 Prime: specs, features
According to the internet rumour mill, fuelled principally by generally credible HTC-watching sites such as EVLeaks (from where we got the photo above), HTCSoku and GSM Arena, the HTC One M8 Prime will have a massive 5.5in display, with a 2K Full HD resolution. Expect a super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen boasting 16M colours, with a massive 534 ppi pixel density.
On the design front it will supposedly be made of some exotic combination of aluminum and liquid silicone. Matching the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, it will be dust- and waterproof.
General performance is also likely to be immense: expect 3GB of RAM to be paired with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 or 810 CPU.
The HTC One M8 Prime is also tipped to launch on Android 4.4.3, although we've also seen Android 4.4.2 quoted. Given that the normal sized HTC One M8 runs Android 4.4.2 this may be more likely. The device will be the first to come with HTC Sense 6.5 - the firm's Android user interface.
As ever with a new HTC One phone we are excited by the camera. We expect the HTC One M8 Prime to feature an updated UltraPixel camera: the word is that the HTC One M8's UltraPixel camera will be upgraded from 4Mp to 5MP. We've also read suggestions that the secondary camera will be a 18-megapixel unit - although that seems outlandish at this stage.
Other things to expect: the HTC One M8 Prime will be a 4G-capable GSM, HSDPA, LTE handset that takes a nano-SIM. It will feature Cat 6 LTE.
Bluetooth 4.0 nd Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi will of course be present, as well as NFC. You'll sync and charge via USB 2.0. We expect the now standard 16GB and 32GB onboard storage flavours, with a SD card slot able to take up to 128GB cards.
We expect the HTC One M8 Prime to be announced and launched globally in the third quarter of this year. Perhaps in October 2014 to kick off the Christmas buying season, and to match the launch of the HTC One Max.
HTC One M8 Prime: UK price
There's no word yet on the price of the HTC One M8 Prime, but we can make some assumptions based on the cost of components and the price of the HTC One Max as it launched. We'll update this as we go, but expect the HTC One M8 Prime to cost around £550-£600 when it launches, and then to drop in price. It is a high-quality smartphone/tablet hybrid at the top of the market after all. See also: New HTC One M8 vs HTC One M7 2014 smartphone comparison review.