‘Tis the season of new smartphone rumors, and HTC is said to be working on what could be a rather amazing phone.
According to the fairly reliable @upleaks Twitter account, HTC is building a follow-up to the One M8 with an 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, which has four 2GHz high-performance cores and four 1.5GHz power-efficient cores. Code-named “Hima,” the phone is rumored to have a five-inch, 1920x1080 display and a 20.7-megapixel rear camera. The front-facing camera is listed as either a 13-megapixel or 4-megapixel “UltraPixel” option.
HTC Hima:S810 2.0GHz*4+1.5GHz*4, 3GB RAM, 5" FHD, VoLTE/CA/LTE Cat.6, 20.7MP(front 13MP or UltraPixel 4MP), 2840mAh, Android 5.0/Sense 7.0:)— @upleaks (@upleaks) December 4, 2014
Other tweets say it’s coming in March 2015 to all major U.S. carriers. The Hima is currently being tested in a carrier lab, and will be a part of a family of phones announced during Mobile World Congress, @upleaks says.
The Snapdragon 810 processor has tons of memory bandwidth (two 64-bit channels of DDR4 at 1600MHz, double the bandwidth of today’s top-end Snapdragon 805), and a more powerful Adreno 430 GPU. This should make resource-intensive games and apps fly with the greatest of ease on a 1080p screen.
Other rumored specs include a 2840 mAh battery and Android 5.0, with a new version of HTC’s Sense custom user interface.
Phablet fans will be a little disappointed in the screen size, as while super-sized phones may be difficult to handle at times, it’s hard to argue with their utility.
Why this matters: While HTC already shipped a phone with a 64-bit processor in the Desire 510, it was using a 64-bit CPU built for low-range models, and didn't ship with a version of Android that supports 64-bit processors. So we’ve yet to see how fast and fluid the experience could really be on a high-end, 64-bit phone. While the benefits of such technology have been rather dubious so far, we’re excited to see how this phone turns out and what real-world performance is really like.