Rumors suggest a “Prime” variant of the HTC One M8 would be made out of an “exotic material” and feature faster LTE connectivity than smartphones today.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime has been in and out of the rumor mills quite often in the last couple of months, and HTC is expected to counter it and the LG G3 with an HTC One M8 Prime.
In a conversation that saw Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, writing off the accuracy of the leaks that notorious leakster evleaks regularly puts out, evleaks decided to lift the lid off a few of the features of the HTC One M8 Prime. Apparently, the M8 Prime would be made “out of an exotic material, a composite of aluminum and liquid silicone.” The latter is rather fantastical for an industry that prefers sticking to aluminium and plastic, but it’s possible HTC is currently testing out the aluminium and liquid silicone combination to make the phone stand out from the crowd, similar to the original HTC One and the HTC One M8.
Evleaks also suggests that the M8 Prime is “addicted to speed” and will feature the fastest LTE speeds on a smartphone when it launches, with support for Cat 6 LTE. That, in turn, confirms that the handset will be powered by the Snapdragon 805 chip, which is the only mobile SoC with support for Cat 6 LTE and can achieve speeds of up to 300Mbps. However, since other handsets using the Snapdragon 805 CPU later this year will also support those speeds, it might not be a selling point exclusive to HTC’s Prime flagship.
Furthermore, the device will also be waterproof, something that will bring HTC’s upcoming phone at par with the competition. Other specs of the device are expected to include 3GB of RAM and a QHD (2560×1440) display. The HTC One M8 Prime is supposedly slated for a launch in September, though everything should be taken with the usual pinch of salt at such an early stage, even though it all comes from a leakster who is seldom wrong.