HTC is all busy in prepping the mid range variant of the highly acclaimed HTC One. Dubbed as HTC M4, the next handset by Taiwanese giant is capturing a lot spotlight in the tech gossip world these days.
Reports were rife lately, that the handset will come as a second variant to HTC One without the Facebook Home integration , however according to new reports, the situation looks to be a bit different. This can be said, as now the handset is said to come flaunting metal alloy casing - just like the sleek and shiny HTC One.
HTC M4: The Inside Story
Apparently, a Digitimesmo report citing anonymous sources has revealed that HTC has contracted a new supplier for its metal alloy chassis used in the new model. The report also suggests that the Taiwanese tech giant was a bit annoyed with the supplier for the exterior shell components of the HTC One, because a failure to meet demand meant supply bottlenecks and lost out on sales as a result.
The new supplier is a company called Catcher Technology. Shipments are expected in June and a predicted 700,000 units is the target for the second quarter, while wider availability is pegged for the third quarter. The report went stating that in order to prevent the component shortage issues from happening again, HTC has decided to give the chassis orders solely to Catcher.
Many tech experts believe that HTC One was the company's make or break handset after multiple consecutive failings to hit targets and turn a profit. It was thought the hiccup in the HTC One supply could be hugely problematic for the company, and financial results have subsequently been reported with low figures.
Catcher forecasts a 10.5% to 15% sequential growth in revenue in Q2 2013. It is also expected to ship 2.3-2.4 million units of the HTC One in the second quarter.
HTC M4 - Specs to Expect?
According to earlier reports, M4 will be the mid-range offering with dual core processor and it will be similar to HTC First, but without the Facebook Home launcher. Hence, HTC M4 is rumored to boast a 4.3 inch 720p HD display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, 4G LTE, 16GB internal memory and an astonishing 13MP rear camera.
If HTC M4 along with the impressive mid-range specifications debuts in 3Q13, the handset will surely set a tough level of competition to the other offerings including the ones from Samsung, LG and Nokia. Also, with the launch of mid-range smartphones such as Desire L, Desire P and Desire Q, it is clear that the Taiwanese tech firm is now on the right track and planning to target the mid-range audience in all its targeted countries.