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HTC One M8 Prime release date, specs, UK price, features: HTC's new phablet will be bigger, better and faster

Matt Egan | May 22, 2014
Find out first: the upcoming HTC One M8 Prime phablet's specs, release date, price and new features.

Find out first: the upcoming HTC One M8 Prime phablet's specs, release date, price and new features.

The HTC One M8 Prime is going to be HTC's replacement for the HTC One Max: a large-screened phablet with a beautiful display, intended to replace both your phone and your tablet. We're going to keep an eye out for the HTC One M8 Prime as its launch grows nearer, so here is what we know and what we think we know of the HTC One M8 Prime release date, specs, price, features. (See also: the best phablets of 2014.)

HTC One M8 Prime: specs, features

According to the internet rumour mill, fuelled principally by generally credible HTC-watching sites such as EVLeaks (from where we got the photo above), HTCSoku and GSM Arena, the HTC One M8 Prime will have a massive 5.5in display, with a 2K Full HD resolution. Expect a super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen boasting 16M colours, with a massive 534 ppi pixel density.

General performance is also likely to be immense: expect 3GB of RAM to be paired with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 CPU.

The HTC One M8 Prime is also tipped to launch on Android 4.4.3, although we've also seen Android 4.4.2 quoted. Given that the normal sized HTC One M8 runs Android 4.4.2 this may be more likely.

As ever with a new HTC One phone we are excited by the camera. We expect the HTC One M8 Prime to feature an updated UltraPixel camera: the word is that the HTC One M8's UltraPixel camera will be upgraded from 4Mp to 5MP. We've also read suggestions that the secondary camera will be a 18-megapixel unit - although that seems outlandish at this stage.

Other things to expect: the HTC One M8 Prime will be a 4G-capable GSM, HSDPA, LTE handset that takes a nano-SIM. Bluetooth 4.0 nd Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi will of course be present, as well as NFC. You'll sync and charge via USB 2.0. We expect the now standard 16GB and 32GB onboard storage flavours, with a SD card slot able to take up to 128GB cards.

Expect Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer sensors, and a huge but non-removable battery. We will off course update this article as we know more about the HTC One M8 Prime specifications and new features. See also: The 26 best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2014.

HTC One M8 Prime: release date

We expect the HTC One M8 Prime to be announced and launched globally in the third quarter of this year. Perhaps in October 2014 to kick off the Christmas buying season, and to match the launch of the HTC One Max.

 

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