HTC One 2: All the rumors about the specs and release date of HTC's next flagship smartphone

HTC's replacement for the HTC One is almost here and here's what we know about it so far.

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HTC fans, you'd better hold onto your hats because the company's freshest flagship phone is right around the corner. Planned to follow up its predecessor, the lovely HTC One, the HTC One 2 (at least that's what we're calling it for now) no doubt will be faster, better skilled, and more impressive.

We've been keeping close tabs on all the tasty tidbits churned out by the smartphone rumor mill over the last few months. As a result we have a pretty good idea what HTC has up its sleeve. Sure, many of the hard details regarding the One 2 remain fuzzy. Even so the outline of the device's profile, slick new features, and powerful components are slowly shifting into focus. Stay tuned as we'll update this post to reflect each new development as it happens until HTC ultimately launches its latest halo handset.

What we think we know
Code-named the M8 but possibly officially called the HTC One 2 or perhaps the One+, the next HTC superphone could be saddled with an awkward name. Despite a potentially clumsy moniker, though, word on the street points to a muscular smartphone boasting beefed-up hardware. Specifically the HTC One 2 will likely leverage the computing power of a Snapdragon 800 or even a cutting-edge Snapdragon 805 processor. This would be a welcome upgrade to the original HTC One's slower Snapdragon 600 chip the phone shipped with.

Apparently HTC will stretch the One 2's screen, too, expanding its panel to 5 inches up from the first HTC One's 4.7-inch display. Another key enhancement is a full 3GB allotment of RAM, hopefully to match at least 32GB of internal storage (what the One has now).

But wait, that's not all. Images reported to be leaked photos depict an HTC device wielding twin camera lenses. It's still not clear what the purpose of a dual-image capture system like this could be. We doubt it would be for giving the One 2 any 3D picture-taking abilities. We believe HTC abandoned that gimmick with its questionable Evo 3D. Chances are good that the phone will run Android 4.4 KitKat, not to mention the handset maker's latest version of its Sense user interface.

When will we get it
So far HTC has kept quiet on the topic of any successor to the HTC One. Since the company unveiled the One a week ago last year and we're just a week from the start of Mobile World Congress, we're due for a replacement any day now. If the rumored handset doesn't debut at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, then we'll definitely see what HTC has in the works soon after. After all, spring is smartphone season, with many big names in the business traditionally choosing to announce fresh devices at MWC.

February 10, 2014
HTC will make an HTC One 2 Mini
Like Sony did with its Xperia Z1 Compact, HTC could be building a miniature version of the HTC One 2. And unlike HTC's previous HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, this tiny HTC One 2 phone will have just as much power as its big brother.

February 4, 2014
HTC One successor may sport two rear cameras
If images from Twitter tipster HTCFamily.ru turn out to be legit, the next HTC handset powerhouse will pack a two cameras or at least two lenses. The phone pictures also looks very similar to the HTC One Max and One Mini complete with metal chassis and white stripes for accents.

February 3, 2014
The HTC One 2 won't be unveiled until late March, 2014
The wait for the HTC One successor might be longer than expected if consummate smartphone tipster @evleaks is right. Indeed the launch date of the HTC One 2 could be as late as late March, 2014 timed with a press event in New York.

January 17, 2014
A bigger, more powerful HTC One due in late March 2014
According to a Bloomberg report the HTC One follow-up will pack lots of high-octane parts. These include a Snapdragon 800 or 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, not to mention a camera with superior focus and depth of field. Also said to me in the mix is Android 4.4 KitKat and a new HTC Sense UI skin layered on top.

November 12, 2013
HTC One 2 codenamed M8 and set for spring 2014
Professional device leaker @evleaks reasons that the next HTC superphone will arrive by the end of Q1 of 2014. The rumor monger also expects that the gadget will also hit all four major US carriers.

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HTC One M8

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Brian Bennett is senior editor for mobile phones at CNET and reviews a wide range of mobile communication products. These include smartphones and their myriad accessories. He has more than 12 years of experience in technology journalism and has put practically anything fun with a micro chip through its paces at some point.

 

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