HTC One M8 Ace camera

Flagship handsets are locked in a megapixel spec war with the 13MP LG G3, 16MP Galaxy S5 and 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z2 all vying for position, but the One M8 sidestepped this battle with an alternative offering.

Sadly the impressive (although not everyone will agree) Duo Camera setup appears not to make the transition to the One M8 Ace - no doubt in a bid by HTC to reduce the cost of the handset.

HTC One M8
Double vision? Not for the One M8 Ace

Instead various rumors are pointing towards a 13MP camera with a single LED flash in the position of the depth sensing second lens from the One M8.

That would see the One M8 Ace match the snapper on the back of the One Mini 2 and mid-range HTC Desire 816.

A 5MP front facing camera has also been leaked for the One M8 Ace, keeping it inline with its metal clad sibling.

HTC One M8 Ace screen

It appears the HTC One M8 Ace may stick with the same 5-inch, full HD display that you'll find on the original One M8.

That would be great news as usually we see aspects such as the screen suffer when manufacturers churn out cheaper variants, but it looks like you'll be able to enjoy the Super LCD 3 display on the M8 Ace.

HTC One M8
Keep enjoying the screen

However, 9to5Google is reporting that we may even get a better screen, with a 2K (2560 x 1440) display possibly being on the cards. According to sources speaking to the site the One Ace (or One Advance as they call it) won't be a plastic-clad HTC One M8 but a plastic HTC One M8 Prime, so other than the build it might actually be a superior device to the M8.

HTC One M8 Ace power

The HTC One M8 rocked up with a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, and several reports point towards the same power setup in the One M8 Ace.

There's a little confusion over whether the processor in the M8 Ace will be clocked at 2.5GHz (like the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5) or 2.3GHz (like the Sony Xperia Z2 and One M8).

The slightly quicker 2.5GHz option seems to be heading the rumors for the time being, but we wouldn't be surprised if HTC kept things the same - or had variants for different territories.

However we're also hearing that it may be upgraded to a Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, in line with what's expected from the HTC One M8 Prime.

There's no mention of the GPU, but the Adreno 330 is proving popular among 2014's flagships so it's our favorite to feature in the One M8 Ace.

As we've already mentioned, the M8 Ace looks set to retain a microSD slot which should complement the reported 16GB and 32GB internal storage options.

HTC One M8
Imagine this, just in plastic

There's currently no sign of the next version of Google's operating system, which leaves the One M8 Ace in the firing line to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 6.0 - something several sites have claimed is happening.

HTC One M8 Ace battery

We were impressed with the performance the One M8 managed to garner from its relatively modest 2600mAh battery.

Chinese site ifanr reckons the same power pack will make its way into the One M8 Ace, and with the same processor on board to we're hoping for equally impressive performance.