The HTC One M8 is the codename for the next-gen successor to the HTC One which was classified as the HTC M7 and will be the major rival to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The specs of the next-gen successor leaked indicating that the device will have a significantly larger 5.0-inch to 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 800 chipset and Android 4.4 KitKat according to @evleaks. The HTC One M8 release date is anticipated for February 2014 during the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. This is the same time when other next-gen flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Q1 of 2014. On paper the specs sound fairly good and in line with what other devices on the market have, but given that it won't come out till February it's actually somewhat disappointing.

The HTC One M8 specs leak shows that the next-gen flagship will be in line what the upcoming devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Snapdragon 800 chipset has become common on devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Sony Z1 and Nexus 5. In addition it appears that the HTC One M8 will have 3GB of RAM, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and close to the rumors of 4GB of RAM for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Finally a larger 5-inch to 5.2 inch display may serve HTC well compared to the 4.7-inch display of the HTC One. The larger screen size is more in line with the 4.95-inch Nexus 5, 5.2-inch LG G2 and 5-inch Samsung Galaxy S4. HTC is a little behind the curve though and we don't have any information about if there will be 64-bit processing capabilities or curved flexible displays like those currently found on the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex.

The HTC One M8 looks like it will also have a back fingerprint scanner not too far from the camera, similar to the HTC One Max. The feature hasn't proved particularly useful or popular but with the iPhone 5s also having it, it looks like HTC intends to keep it. The HTC One M8 is coming out for all major carries according to @evleaks, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Of course the improved HTC One M8 screen size won't make all users happy, some prefer the smaller 4.7-inch screen on the HTC One and that may drive away some of HTC's more dedicated consumers. HTC isn't like Samsung and generally dosen't release a large number of variants, the HTC One Mini and HTC One Max both came a significant amount of time after the HTC One flagship. Plus as Gottabemobile points out while the specs of the HTC One M8 sound pretty good now, "Don't get me wrong, those are top tier specs and a flagship device, but come February or March of 2014 we'll be ready for Qualcomm's next-gen 64 bit quad-core processors, NVIDIA's Tegra 4i chip, and possibly something from Intel. Having top specs from this year, in 2014, won't win any long-term battles against Samsung."

The HTC One M8 design, specs and features look awfully average. The next-gen flagship looks like it'll run Android 4.4 KitKat and Sense 6, but by that time we may very well have Android Kitkat 4.5 or even Android 5.0 (Lollipop?). The leaked pictures themselves show an awfully familiar design, a metal body that looks kind of bluish with no information about 64-bit processors or anything else. To be fair it is still rather early, but we know a good deal about the major rival to the HTC One M8. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a 64-bit octa-core processor, with a plastic body with stitched leather similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (a metal body was rumored but later debunked), 4GB of RAM, 2K display, 4K video and 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera without OIS.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 outstrips the rumored HTC One M8 in innovation. On top of that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a curved three-sided display that wraps around the front of the phone. The curved screen prototype is best seen in the Samsung Galaxy Round, it now appears that it has been confirmed for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, "Bloomberg had the scoop on the technology, rumoured to be called "Youm", reporting that Samsung will be using it for its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone and Note 4 phablet which they are expected to announce in May and September respectively." At this point it increasingly seems like Samsung is and will continue to be the dominant Android smartphone manufacturer unless HTC can seriously step it's game up with innovative releases.

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