A new trend might soon emerge if we’re to believe the latest grumblings. According to HTC Soku, Samsung might not be the only company prepared to unleash a “prime” model of its latest flagship; HTC is also being tapped to introduce an upgraded model later this year, with evidence of “M8_Prime” supposedly showing up in leaked terminal code. Remember that vapid tweet HTC sent out about buyer’s remorse? Well, yeah, M8 owners might experience that themselves if a prime model is indeed on the way.
We’ve gotten used to the practice of seeing a flagship released, only for that to be followed by mid-range iterations in varying prices and sizes. HTC One, One Max, One Mini, and so on. This year, however, we might see more spec’d out versions more powerful than a company’s flagship model. Will these devices be more expensive? Will they be that much better? Will they really come out just months after their flagship counterparts?
Alleged specs of an M8 Prime are as follows: 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and starting storage of 1TB. Holy wow. That sounds like a beast of a phone — we’re not quite sure we buy the storage, though — but those specs could very well become commonplace sooner than you think. According to the same report, the Prime model will sport the same Duo camera introduced in the M8, but up the megapixel count to five for the main camera, and 18-megapixels for the second sensor, which records depth data.
The device will reportedly hit in September, right around the time Apple’s iPhone 6 is hitting the market, so it seems HTC really wants to bring the firepower in an effort to do battle with one of this year’s most anticipated devices. We have yet to hear anything official about these so-called prime devices, but as the mobile market trudges on, it certainly looks like that’ll be the next frontier explored by manufacturers. Samsung, incidentally, is expected to release its “prime” S5 in July.