Before the HTC One E8 was announced there was a little of web chatter surrounding a handset dubbed the "HTC One M8 Ace". Here's how it went down...
Considering we already have the HTC One Mini 2 as well as reports for the even more premium One M8 Prime, yet another handset looking to steal the show from the M8 appears confusing, not to mention rather Samsung-esque.
HTC One M8 Ace release date and price
According to Taiwanese and Chinese retailers the HTC One M8 Ace could arrive as soon as June 3, although with the date rapidly approaching we've not heard anything from HTC itself which hints at a possible launch.
At this point HTC would have had to do a remarkable job of keeping things quiet in order for that launch date to be true, so we're highly sceptical. Another possible date, this time from insiders speaking to 9to5Google, is August or early September. That sounds a lot more believable.
In terms of the One M8 Ace price, one leak quotes 3000 Chinese Yen (around $480, £285, AU$520) - although those conversions look widely off as they are much cheaper than the One Mini 2.
HTC One M8 Ace design
Unsurprisingly the HTC One M8 Ace is tipped to borrowing the stylings of its namesake - although the big difference here is the material used in the body.
We lauded the One M8 for its sultry metal chassis, but it appears the M8 Ace will have to settle for a plastic shell, which appears to be the main component in making it a cheaper handset.
Various images have leaked claiming to show the One M8 Ace, with our first glimpse given to us by @evleaks whose shot appeared blurred and very grainy.
The handset in this image does bear a resemble to the One M8, although the Boomsound speaker grilles on the front appear different. Some have suggested this is in fact the red version of the One M8, but those speakers suggest otherwise.
A more intriguing image leak of the One M8 Ace came via Chinese site ifanr, which showed a render of an HTC handset.
It's not clear whether the handset is sporting the Duo Camera setup or purely just a camera lens with elevated flash, while the power/lock key has been centralized on the top of the device with no sign of an IR blaster.
The body doesn't appear to be metal in the render, and it's missing the horizontal black bands which appear towards the top and bottom of the One M8.
After leaking the red version of the One M8 Ace, it appears the same site has also managed to come across a render of the white version.
This time we can see the front of the handset, complete with Sense 6.0 and Blinkfeed on screen and Boomsound speakers above and below it - although the rumored speakers look different.
It's been suggested that the plastic casing will provide a wider range of colors to consumers, with red, white, black and blue all touted for the M8 Ace.
A whole host of screenshots claiming to show off the HTC One M8 Ace have also found their way onto the web via a Chinese source, and the microSD slot appears to be present along with the nanoSIM port.
It's worth noting this top image has more in common with the Desire 816, with the less rounded edges covered in glossy plastic, so it's worth taking these with a pinch of salt.