Taiwanese giant HTC has been trying to hide release date of its much anticipated HTC One 2. For far, industry insiders suggest that HTC may announce the device at the beginning of 2014, though, concrete details around the device are missing.
In UK, HTC has been dragged by Nokia for valuating patents. During the latest proceedings, a UK high court has apparently revealed that the Taiwanese giant may debut its next-generation flagship handset in the first quarter of 2014. The so-called phone is also known as HTC M8, a codename currently swirling on the web.
According to the ruling, the HTC One (2014), will be launched in the first quarter of 2014. Here's what Judge wrote in the filing, as part of the patent case between HTC and Nokia.
"HTC is close to launching the successor flagship model to the HTC One. HTC has not revealed the launch date"
"Nokia has adduced evidence which suggests that the launch date is in the first quarter of 2014, and possibly as early as February 2014".
"HTC's witness Brad Lin claims in paragraph 11 of his first witness statement that 'The features of the chips selected by HTC [for the new phone] are unknown to HTC, and hence I do not know if they infringe EP 024.' As expressed, the first part of this sentence is simply incredible. I shall assume that what Mr Lin means is that HTC does not know if the chips have the features of claim 1 of the Patent. The significance of that assertion, even assuming it is correct, depends on what efforts HTC has made to find this out, which neither Mr Lin nor any other witness reveals.
The Judge, however, does not name the forthcoming device. Based on the leaked specifications and release date, it is suspected that the HTC One 2 might announced early next year.
HTC M8 - Speculated specifications
The HTC M8, known as the successor to popular HTC One , is said to be announced at the CES 2014 or MWC. The purported device is expected to have a 5-inch FHD display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The said phone would be powered by a quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 3GB RAM and a 4MP rear-camera.
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