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HTC One M8 Vogue Edition right around the bend?

Images and specifications for a polycarbonate HTC smartphone have surfaced in the days before its rumored launch.

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HTC could go plastic with the One Vogue Edition smartphone. HTC Source

HTC may soon deploy a polycarbonate version of its all-metal flagship One M8 smartphone , or so say the Android gossip hounds. Details of a so-called "Vogue Edition" have surfaced over the last few days suggesting HTC is set to debut the device as early as June.

Known also by its code name of One M8 Ace, the HTC One Vogue Edition figures to be a slight variation on the current model. Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and the HTC Sense 6 custom interface, the smartphone has more than enough hardware to satisfy.

Under the hood we should look for a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB configurations. Like the One M8, the phone should feature a 5-inch 1080p display and a microSD expansion slot.

In terms of cameras, the One Vogue Edition could pack a 13-megapixel rear shooter and front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Keeping pace with other HTC models, we are told to expect Motion Launch gesture support, BoomSound, and DotView Smart Cover Support.

Whereas HTC is routinely commended for its build materials and craftsmanship, the Vogue Edition could be a step in the direction of less-expensive plastic casing. Images leaked to Twitter by @upleaks indicate we may see the phone offered in at least four colors: white, grey, blue, and red.

I know I am not the only one curious about HTC's ambitions here. Specifically, I wonder if there are plans to sell the device at a discount in limited quantities or select markets. That brings us to the delicate topic of pricing. Set it too high and customers are not likely to care; too low and it could further bleed HTC.

Fortunately we won't have to wait long to find out what HTC has in store for the One Vogue Edition. Rumors indicate the handset maker will announce the smartphone on June 3.