Image of 'HTC M7' flagship phone surfaces

A "source" offers up a rendition of a handset that's been linked to HTC's next marquee smartphone.

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Possible rendition of the HTC M7
Possible rendering of the HTC M7. Click to enlarge. Unwired View

If you track smartphone news, you're looking for HTC to follow up on its One X family with a new device next month at Mobile World Congress. Rumors call this next flagship phone the HTC M7.

Earlier this morning, the first render of a handset that could very well be the M7 (or very well might not) appeared, courtesy of Unwired View's "trusted source with access to the early firmware."

The simple illustration doesn't show much beyond a horizontal edge-to-edge screen and rounded corners on a slab design, but the alleged source rattles off a few more details: a 4.7-inch 1080p HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, an infrared port up top, and a $600-plus price tag for the unlocked phone.

These recent rumored specs contrast with some earlier details suggesting that the Android-powered M7 will have a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. HTC Source also pointed to a favorite HTC design, an aluminum unibody chassis.

HTC certainly needs a hardware boost against fierce rivals like Samsung. You can bet that the company will focus on its camera and imaging in addition to a high-end design.