HTC’s rumored “M8 Ace” handset will reportedly offer the same internal components as the flagship One (M8), but with a unibody plastic design and a mid-range price to match. The news comes from Engadget, which cites an anonymous but “reliable” source who can’t reveal when the M8 Ace will actually launch.
The upcoming smartphone will reportedly offer a 5-inch 1080p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Based on a previous leak the device appears to run HTC’s latest Android skin, Sense 6, and features the same basic form factor as the the One (M8). Earlier reports suggest the mid-range phone will cost about $480 off-contract.
A cheaper plastic version of the HTC One (M8) with identical specs could potentially cannibalize the company’s sales for its own flagship phone. However, it could pose an even bigger problem for Samsung, which continues to pump out plastic handsets at high-end prices. If HTC wants the M8 Ace to pose a real threat for the Galaxy S5, it should focus on increasing the camera’s pixel count. Despite the flagship M8′s impressive Duo Camera it was ultimately outperformed by Samsung’s 16-megapixel shooter.
Of course, the M8 Ace is still just a rumor, but it looks like this mysterious device could make some real waves when it finally does hit the market. We’ll keep an eye out for any more news or rumors surrounding the device.