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Alleged HTC One (M8) Prime Specs Emerge, May Launch in September

Remember that HTC tweet about buyer’s remorse? The company may be ready to eat its own words if rumblings are to be believed. HTC is allegedly prepping a “prime” version of the HTC One (M8), as evidenced by leaked a terminal code for an “M8_Prime.”

The rumored specs of the HTC One (M8) Prime include a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and base storage of 16GB. That is all very plausible, considering the LG G3’s specs are nearly identical, minus the processor (the G3 will reportedly pack a Snapdragon 801 chipset).

The camera is where things get interesting. According to the source, the Prime will retain the dual-camera setup found on the M8, but will up the megapixel count to 5 MP for the main camera and 18 MP for depth perception. That’s a little harder to swallow, but HTC can be full of surprises.

HTC reportedly plans to launch the HTC One (M8) Prime in September.

Via: HTC Soku
  • Well thanks to T-Mobile Jump, I guess I’ll be upgrading from my M8 in October.

  • Christopher Moore

    I don’t blame HTC or Samsung for coming out with these prime models. Not only do you have the G3 but Apple is doing a bigger phone. It’s going to war this year!

  • lonestaroc

    yeah im mad. I want it too. 😥

  • p0k3y

    HTC is really working hard to be out of the game. This will not make current M8 owners happy. Sigh… And what’s with the name already. HTC One M8 Prime? Com’on! What about just HTC TWO?

  • b_to_the_randon

    Hey remember a few years ago when HTC was in hot water (or cold, whatever..) for releasing 15 versions of basically the same device? Or muddying their brand’s? HTC doesn’t. oO

    Not that I’ve been a huge HTC fan, but I would love more choice in the market. While Samsung has the sales volume to sustain releasing a dizzying array of basically the same device, HTC doesn’t share that luxury. They need to stick with a premium device, on all fronts. It’s obvious from the sales numbers that was working. If they were going to release this it should have been the HTC One M8.

    Honestly this crap with releasing the same device within months of each other is the reason I won’t buy a tablet. I love what Samsung is offering starting with the Note 10.1 (2014), but since they released the new pro series that’s basically the same tablet but with more features that the Note 2014 doesn’t seem to be getting.. Why bother? You’ll always be burnt is the lesson if they won’t even give the goodies to the premium device. And now there’s word of another, better, tablet? Really..?

  • TheUI

    What are these companies thinking?

    Step 1: Build excellent product
    Step 2: Gain fan base who are loyal to product
    Step 3: Release yearly update of product
    Step 4: As soon as the return period is over, release the true flagship
    Step 5: Piss off customer’s and go out of business
    Step 6: Install Gentoo, stop bathing

    You have now won Smartphone Tycoon. FFS.

  • Ben Edwards

    It would be great if they just gave up on the whole ultrapixel thing and went back to a proper camera set up. I think the latest batch of camera shootouts kind of prove that it doesn’t really live up to their hype.

    • droidbeat

      Ultrapixel is a larger pixel. The right move. If the pixel size hasn’t shrunk, then moving from 4mp to 5mp means the sensor size itself has increased by 25%, which allows 25% more light to hit the sensor per unit time. Big win if the pixels are still at least 2 microns.

      • Ben Edwards

        Yes, you’re right. But that’s not the point. The point is the cameras on both the M7 and M8 has been incredibly lackluster and don’t even perform as well as other cameras with a traditional pixel in low light (i.e. the comparison between the S5, G Pro 2 and whatever else was involved). HTC needs to go back to the drawing board, invest a bunch more R&D into the ultrapixel idea and give us a decent “normal” camera for the time being.

  • shamatuu

    Was getting M8 but since its probably going to be true going to wait. Make sense since its near the holiday season where the big guns of major phones. really excited!

  • Steven02

    HTC One M8 Max phone? Well, if the screen was bigger.

  • Cyber Jethro

    Droid-Life’s MS Paint skills are improving.

  • Guest

    Kellen’s MS Paint skills are improving.

  • T_Dizzle

    C’mon Kyle. I would hope technology would be updated 6 months later.

  • Bob G

    LG WINS!

  • Rob

    If the rumors are true, then Samsung will give S5 owners buyer’s remorse by their own doing. The rumor being the S5 prime or whatever they’re trying to call it, that is.

  • LionStone

    Just more barbs to throw at HTC….

  • M3D1T8R

    How will it be buyers remorse for someone who bought the M8, released in March, vs this much larger device to be released 6 months later? Samsung already does this with the S and Note, should S buyers be bummed when the next Note is released six months later? Of course not, they’re different product categories. HTC even sort of already did this with the One Max. Hopefully this “Prime” is a One Max replacement.

  • shooter50

    buyers remorse is the bane of unsophisticated shoppers. Open your eyes and realize that whatever you buy today, computer, tv, camera, cell phone will be eclipsed in a few months. Even if you hold out for the M8 Prime, in no time something better will be available. I wouldn’t call this “buyers remorse”. Its more like unsophisticated buyers with exceedingly unrealistic expectations about how things work in the world around them. If you were happy with the M8 the day you bought it,then enjoy it and stop worrying about tomorrow.

    • M3D1T8R

      Exactly. Well said.

    • cizzlen

      This. I am perfectly fine with my M8 but I might either get the G3 or hold out to see what this prime stuff is all about. Either way, I’ll be happy.

    • T_Dizzle

      Exactly. I could hold out forever waiting for the perfect phone but it would never come as my expectations would always increase with the increases in tech sophistication.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Not even sure this is a sign of unsophisticated shoppers .. more of a sign that people want to “keep up with the Joneses”. Many feel that they have to have the best all the time, and in this market that is insane unless you have insane amounts of disposable income.

  • droidbeat

    It’s a phablet. No more remorse for the M8 than the Note causes the Galaxy S, six months later.

  • Josh Rahn

    why is 16GB of storage still standard? WTH… there really can’t bee a big enough price difference for 32GB can there?!?!

    • Hershel

      agreed. don’t go off and say “SD card” standard should be 32GB and an SD can bulid off that.

      • Josh Rahn

        SD card slots need to go away, they are a mess to manage as a dev. USB storage like this maybe, but no SD cards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220821
        What does everyone need an SD card slot for(if your phone is 32GB or higher)? Honestly?

        • Hershel

          Because people want more storage. People don’t want to cry about what to store. This isn’t 2006 with the iPod. (even back then I always went with the larger one. I don’t want to think how I will be felling later in the day. Just give me all of it) People like to have everything with them at all times. Cloud or not.

          My m8 has 32GB Plus I’m gonna get that 128 GB SD card. I already have 73 GB of drop box and that free 50GB google drive storage.

          You can never have too much storage.

        • Hershel

          and why in the hell would someone want to carry around yet ANOTHER device?

        • hkklife

          If you don’t WANT to use the microSD slot then don’t USE it. That is, don’t BUY a microSD card, don’t INSTALL it and don’t STORE media on it. For all of the rest of us, the more choices and flexibility the better. I’d rather have choices than be gimped by too little internal storage. it’s 2014, not 2011, and data caps and throttling are increasing, video/photo sizes are increasing and yet internal storage has mostly stagnated or declined.

          Case in point: I was out in the middle of nowhere inspcting property with a colleague. He has a small Samsung P&S digicam that used microSD for storage. We didn’t have a laptop with us, a USB OTG adapter, or his proprietary USB cable. His camera doesn’t support NFC or Wi-Fi yet I was able to pop his memory card into my Note 3, view photos he had taken earlier, annotate/rename them, then email them to someone else and stick ’em on Dropbox. That was impressive.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah really. So tired of this. It’s 2014, not 2011. Should be 64 standard by now. Even my S3 almost two years ago had 32 internal + 64 SD.

  • Hershel

    16GB of space? make it 32GB as standard…….

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    its the year of late QHD phones. hopefully LG gets it right the 1st time.

  • Liderc

    No one wants these huge phones, stop it already. The N5 is as large as anyone could want, truthfully. If you have giant hands, sure, but you’re the minority.

    • Hershel

      ROFL. theres more to life then nexus phones.

      • TopXKiller


        • Hershel

          if nexus was so great, it would sell more and way more popular. Besides rumors are they are gonna kill it off later this year.

          • TopXKiller

            someone should cut off your head for saying that

    • cizzlen

      I don’t have giant athlete hands but my M8 is easy to hold and maneuver without a problem. So no, your N5 isn’t the be all end all of phones.

  • steve30x

    obviously the MAXX version but not with an enormous screen.

  • Joshua Hoffman

    T-Mobile Jump! Glad to have it.

  • 5.5 with that bezel? might as well rock the n7 as a phone…ugh i hate these companies…looks like its my moto x for the rest of my life it seems…

    • Hershel

      no one said anything about a bezzel

      • calculatorwatch

        It’s HTC, there will be bezel.

        • Hershel

          cry me a river.

          • calculatorwatch

            Okay, I will try to while I’m laughing at how big this phone is

          • Hershel

            Typical htc hater

          • calculatorwatch

            Hey now, I like everything about the M8 other than its size, so a bigger version of it just doesn’t appeal to me

  • DJyoSNOW

    I left the DNA for a note 3 I didn’t like HTC ultra pixel. I didn’t want to wait it out for a non ultra pixel HTC phone.

    • Detonation

      The DNA didn’t have Ultra Pixel. Actually it had a very good camera from what I remember.

  • Clint O

    Why do manufacturers do this… All you do is piss people off that use their upgrade and get locked in then they release a beefed up version of the same phone 3 months later.. Most people will not buy it outright after just upgrading to the other model.. Just put them all out there at once and not let people feel cheated

    • Clint O

      Now us who watch @droid_life we’re informed. Lol

    • more like 6 months but i get what your saying

    • j

      Because the 805 wasn’t ready for production yet.. and in 6 months it will be? Because a new phone does nothing to decrease the capability of your old phone? You want to slow development and limit the availability of quality devices because your feelings are getting hurt? Really..

      • Jon

        But you can’t dismiss the fact that if given a choice, many people would absolutely have chosen a phone with a 4X HD display over whats currently available. And having prior knowledge that such an option would be available only months later, many would just wait. So yeah this pisses people off.

        I have the T-Mobile jump plan so I am pretty much insulated from this sort of thing happening. I can swap my phone twice a year as I’m basically leasing my phones by doing so. But hell yeah I would be mad if I just bought S5 or M8, only to find that the “phone everyone really wanted” is released 3 months later.

        • LionStone

          Pretty sure people understand that any flagship phone that comes out after you just bought a flagship, is going to have newer or better specs. That’s how it is with most everything. And some people may not necessarily want a bigger screen or higher resolution.

          • Jon

            But that’s just it…if you think your buying THE flagship phone from Samsung, only to find out their real flagship phone is a few months away…and they knew it all along…that’s frustrating for many.

          • cizzlen

            The S5 was their “real” flagship hence all the hype, marketing, announcements, and unveiling that went into it. Frustrating for people like you maybe, but for the general public I think not.

          • LionStone

            I get what you’re saying but I think that frustration is mostly felt by us, the informed tech enthusiast, not the general public.

        • cizzlen

          Pretty sure no one cares in the real world. Most people upgrade to the latest flagships and forget about it.

        • j

          New phones come out all the time.. there is a new phone released within 3 months with slightly better specs basically every quarter of every year, bar none. Anyone who doesn’t realize this and gets pissed off is ignorant.

          • Jon

            Of course there’s always another phone every 3 months…but that’s different than say a new and better S5 in 3 months if you just bought the S5. Remember the hate the Droid Razr Maxx caused after it came out months after the Droid Razr? That kind of thing is just wrong and dicks over loyal consumers. You don’t release better hardware 3 months after you just released a phone without pissing off a lot of people.

          • T_Dizzle

            I bought the M8 knowing that better phones would come out the very next month, that’s just part of the technology game.

          • T_Dizzle

            I meant the One Plus One not the S5 fan boys 🙂

    • Hershel

      if you are still buying contracts I’ve got news for you….

      • Clint O

        I know their going away eventually.

        • Hershel

          I don;t have one on sprint.

      • Jeff C

        If you buy a phone on contract…you risk your life. 😉

  • SVem26

    Haha My T-mo JUMP will be back up by october again.. M8 to M8 prime then..

    • SVem26

      OK 5.5″ is a no go.. M9 then..

  • Pratik Holla

    Base storage of 16 Gb…really? 16gb became a standard in 2011 and 3 years later we still trumpeting the same storage level.

    • 2kone

      very good observation betta =p

  • Scott Erckman

    If T-Mobile carries this, I can use my “Jump!” in October to upgrade from the M8.

  • landon

    We don’t need that bezel again on this phone.

    • Hershel

      no one said anything about bezzels

      • don’t worry @cmhys90:disqus we can always count on somebody to bring it up. lol

  • gcforreal

    Sounds like the one max version of the m8..only done right this time.. If this is true I may leave the note line up this year

  • T4rd

    The only way the M8 can be improved is the camera and the size. If they don’t fix those two things, then it’s not worth considering (over the M8) IMO.

  • Scott Capodice

    Buyers remorse is coming when the G3 and Moto X+1 or whatever smoke the rest of the field.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I bet its google related.

    • Hershel

      yes. it will run google android. 5.0

  • Gato Mafioso

    So it’s like the One X+ situation

  • p4

    shrink that screen down to 5″ and you have a sale :p

    • Kyle Wiggers


    • nycebo

      Exactly. The Prime is a phablet. Don’t think of it as an upgrade; think of it as another device.

  • paul_cus

    So this is basically HTC taking a page out of Sony’s playbook.

    • T4rd

      More like Moto back in 2011 (Bionic, Razr, Razr Maxx).

      • Scott Capodice

        Exactly what I was trying to post on my work pc… Don’t forget the RAZR hd /RAZR hd Maxx…

      • paul_cus

        Those were releases were really close together, though. Sony typically waits about 6 months to drop something better.

  • WitnessG

    What the hell??? 5MP for the main camera but 18 MP for the stupid depth perception…

    • calculatorwatch

      Wish you could use the 18MP sensor to take the picture and then use the Ultrapixel camera to fix the pixels with accurate color and lighting information like some kind of combo HDR mode. With the right image processing software they could take this combination from gimmick to truly revolutionary.

    • Shadowstare

      I love the idea of this phone, but the camera is my biggest concern. 18MP for depth perception doesn’t make sense to me. I hope they mean the main camera on the back on the phone can take 18MP pictures, and the front camera can take 5 ultra pixels. But I guess we’ll know more this fall.

  • litobirdy

    I don’t see why they’d eat their own words. It would be at lease 5 months after the regular One M8 based on the rumored September date.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Way too short a window for me, but I’m sure others disagree.

      • litobirdy

        Oh I know, I’m with you on that but these days everyone wants the latest and greatest coming out every month. But if you look at it from the other side. not everyone upgrades at the same time. So whoever doesnt get the m8 this summer can say, ah the m8 is already 5 months old. I”ll get the new one that just came out.

  • Guest

    Well then

  • All these “slightly upgraded” flagship device rumors are making me dizzy! Just do it right the FIRST time… Ughhh

    • JeffColorado

      They did do it right the first time. It was called the Nexus 5.

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        Yeah. But the camera is beyond horrible. Went to a concert the other night with my kid sister and brother and their iPhones had me beat :(. Google needs to step that up.

        • Dlongb13

          $700 vs $350.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            Xiaomi Mi3, Oppo, and the One Plus seem to tear that apart.

          • parth t

            Dude they r new brands wid little or no after sales service. The nexus 5 is perhaps one of d best android device ever!!

          • Android_SILVER_June21

            Well, iphone doesn’t consist of EXPENSIVE unique components.
            BILL OF MATERIALS:

            Moto X: $214
            iphone 5s: $199(!).
            Galaxy S5: ~$250.
            Nexus 5 is ~$190

            It’s not the matter of price, it’s the matter of software-hardware tuning.

        • Mele Kalikimaka

          Beyond horrible? I think you should learn how to use it first.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s a fantastic day cam. Took it to Berlin, Prague, Munich and Dresden. It took fantastic shots. But when night fell…ew.

          • Mele Kalikimaka

            I agree it falls short in low light conditions, but overall I wouldn’t call it beyond horrible. Just my opinion.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            Okay, so that’s what I meant. It’s a horrible camera in dim to low light conditions. Great day cam. Besides, I hear that a lot from other people on Android. “Maybe you’re not using it right.” What does that even mean, honestly? Pointing and shooting isn’t exactly a science. And if it is, that still makes for a flawed camera in the grand scheme of things. 🙂

          • slick

            a good photographer can take great shots even with ‘less’ gear.

            but pretty much everyone can just ‘take a pic’ 🙂

        • WallBreaker

          you know people keep saying that but my camera is good especially after the update and the new camera app.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            I’ve heard about improvement and I got the new app. I really wonder if I’m doing something wring. But any photo I take that isn’t completely flooded with bright light comes out grainy and odd. :/

          • William Kister

            That’s just what we have to deal with with high Mega Pixel sensors that are small and in a phone. Be better off in low light with less resolution and a brighter lens.

        • John Davids

          Clearly, you were not taking HDR+ photos, which is where the N5 really shines with it’s OIS.

          • Miguel Angel Portela

            I tried that. But they come out kinda blurry since, you know, the people on stage are moving.

          • John Davids

            Dunno what to tell you. My N5 takes stunning shots, concerts included.

          • secano


          • John Davids

            You are correct. My flagrant usage of that apostrophe is embarrassing. Thank you!

        • jer85008

          I’ll jump on the “camera is great” bandwagon here. I just went camping over the weekend and all my pics were in pretty bad light, but came out fairly clean with little noise. My previous phone was an LG G2, and I don’t see much reduction in quality at all.

        • XboxOne

          #iPhoneNation !!

        • Steveo

          Agreed, to an extent. Using the Google Camera APK on my Moto X, I saw quite the upgrade in picture quality.

        • Mo

          I compared my N5 with my sisters iPhone 5S and every single time my n5 beats the iphone 5S 🙂
          tried at different occasions: wedding, party, site seeing etc.

        • The Motto

          Load those pictures onto a computer and have a second look. My experience is that the iPhones screen is a flatters its pictures. Just my experience from looking at pictures from my girlfriend’s iPhone 5S and my Nexus 5. And in video the N5 kills the iPhone 5S with its OIS sensor.

      • a) youth.in.asia

        They did it right, until it came to the battery …and camera. The battery will last you all day and night if you keep it in airplane mode the whole time.

        I like to have everything enabled and to take full advantage off all that my phone has to offer

        • The Motto

          well your sort of right.. the N5 will zip power when just sitting around on WiFi even with syncing and everything enabled.. Use it a lot (ie. screen on) and it just drains the battery in 5 hours.. would not call the performance bad though.. its just not super great..

          • a) youth.in.asia

            I’m not trying to downplay the performance of the N5, just saying I don’t want to have to carry around a portable battery charger or a wall charger with me.

      • guest

        I use nexus 5 but its no where close to perfect. No joke.

        • The Motto

          No phone is perfect.. when looking at size, SoC, battery life, camera, software experience, software updates, and on and on and on; the N5 comes pretty close to perfect for me.. (hint: I put more emphasis on software experience and software updates)

    • Android_SILVER_S5_G3_M8

      they just have nothing to stand out from the crowd.
      HTC One (M8) Prime is the only “idea” they have, following SAMSUNG’s S5 Prime rumors.

      Both can be Android SILVER program participants, BTW.)

    • sasquatch09

      Agreed! This is just like the iPhone’s “s” business model (5 vs 5s and 4 vs 4s)

      • Jprime

        but they do those a year apart and people are aware it is coming. You wouldnt have buyers remorse. In this scenerio, you buy something only to find out you should have waited a month.

    • jabarri2

      thats how I feel about the iPhones

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    U wot m8?