HTC is pulling a Samsung, paving the way for an onslaught of far too similar Androids.
The One M9 is arguably the most hotly anticipated handheld in HTC’s (recent) history, and the Taiwanese are well aware, doing everything in their power to milk the media hype. But the One M8 creators also know the risks of relying too much on a single product.
And so rumor is they have a fairly advanced smart band in the pipeline, plus an own-brand Nexus 9-like tablet, and a full-on mid-range smartphone avalanche. Of course, mid-range might be a slight understatement, given the Desire A55, for instance, is tipped to sport a Quad HD screen and 3 GB RAM.
Meanwhile, the soon-to-be A53 and One M8i aren’t quite as impressive, but they’re no slouches either, and until very recently, they’d have been deemed out-and-out flagships. Serial leaker and HTC connoisseur Upleaks says both are octa-core powerhouses, with MediaTek and Qualcomm chips inside respectively.
Alas, the A53 looks destined for Asian exclusivity, which is a terrible shame considering the “true” octa-core 64-bit 2 GHz MT6795 processor under its hood. The M8i is apparently en route to Asia and Europe, with a big.LITTLE-arranged 32-bit 1.7/1.0 GHz Snapdragon 615 SoC.
Aesthetically, the 5-inch M8i should take some cues from the standard M8, dimensions and weight included, albeit we’re unsure of the build quality. This baby could also rock an all-aluminum exterior, but then the processor would be one of very few things tweaked. Alongside a more conventional, less controversial 13 + 2 MP Duo rear camera.
As far as the A53 goes, we suspect it’s yet another Desire family member, with all the typical design implications. Plastic construction, playful splashes of color, smooth curves and round edges.
No words on screen size or resolution yet, with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB native storage, 13 MP main camera, 4 UltraPixel secondary snapper, pre-installed Android 5.0 Lollipop and Sense 7.0 UI the only other features speculated at this time. Can you say Desire 826?