HTC One M8 Prime power
@evleaks also shed some light on the processor, claiming that the HTC One M8 Prime will be powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.
9to5Google more or less agrees, claiming its sources spoke of a Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM, though no mention of the speed was made.
If true then it would certainly be a force to be reckoned with, but on the other hand we haven't exactly found ourselves wishing that the HTC One M8 had more power.
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The same source also revealed that the One M8 Prime will apparently support category 6 LTE, which theoretically allows for download speeds of up to 300Mbps - although few networks around the world are actually capable of delivering that.
HTC One M8 Prime design
Everyone's favourite Twitter tipster @evleaks is reporting that the HTC One M8 Prime will be waterproof and have an aluminium and liquid silicone casing. He's even handily supplied a render of what the phone will supposedly look like.
This could easily be fake and even if it's not there's no guarantee that it will be an accurate reflection of the final hardware, but for the most part it looks believable in that it looks a lot like the One M8 and given the 'One' in the name we'd be surprised if it strayed too far from that phones design aesthetic.
The waterproofing rumor seems fairly likely, as some other flagships such as the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are water resistant, so it would make sense for HTC to protect its high end phones in the same way.
Another source agrees that the M8 Prime will be water resistant but claims that it will be made out of metal, just like the standard HTC One M8.
HTC One M8 Prime camera
A render of the HTC One M8 has emerged and it's focussed on the camera. There's good reason for that, as if it's to be believed then not only is there, for some reason, an ugly orange ring around the lens, but the camera module also appears to stick out from the back of the handset.
For a company that places so much focus on aesthetics we're not sure how convincing this is, but it does suggest that there could be some big camera changes afoot.
What those will be isn't clear. The Times of India is reporting that it will have an 18MP lens, with the same duo camera setup and 5MP front-facing snapper as the One M8.
That would mean ditching the Ultrapixels that the company has become so known for, but as that's an approach that's always received mixed reactions it might be for the best.
Sources speaking to 9to5Google instead point to a 13 megapixel lens, which would be in line with what we've seen on the HTC One Mini 2. Apparently the camera will have optical image stabilisation but it won't be a Duo Camera, yet the render above, supplied by @evleaks, clearly shows a second sensor, so there's definitely some dispute as to what form the camera will take.
HTC One M8 Prime operating system
Reports also suggest that the One M8 Prime may arrive sporting an updated version of HTC's user interface, dubbed Sense 6.5.
Unsurprisingly that will be running over the top of Google's Android interface - which we assume will be Android KitKat - but with the One M8 arriving with Sense 6 onboard, don't expect any big changes in 6.5.
- The One M8 Prime will face some competition from the iPhone 6.