HTC is apparently set to announce a brand new flagship smartphone to kick off 2015, reportedly naming it the HTC Hima.
The mystery handset has had details leaked online thanks to Twitter leaker @upleaks, and could be considered the successor to the HTC One M8, possibly meaning that the ‘M’ moniker will be going out the window.
The rumoured specs also back-up these claims of the Hima being the One M8 successor, placing it squarely in the flagship smartphone range.
Boasting a 5” 1080p display, the Hima will be giving users a solid screen to use without a doubt, whilst a Snapdragon 810 chipset has things running smoothly behind the scenes.
Featuring an octa-core processor, speed definitely won’t be an issue for Hima users, and with 3GB RAM and an Adreno 430 GPU also making the cut, the HTC device will be an all-round powerhouse if it is confirmed true.
A 2,840mAh battery should have the HTC running all day without any issues, but there is some debate over the camera quality, with a 20.7 megapixel lens preferred, but 13mp and 4mp (UltraPixel) lenses also being considered.
It’s unclear as of yet whether the dual camera style will be implemented on the Hima as it was on the M8, offering 3D effects on pictures. It would be a shame not to see it included though, as it definitely gave the One M8 a real selling point, despite talk of it being more of a gimmick.
Android Lollipop is the operating system set to be available out of the box, with HTC’s ever present Sense 7.0 user interface masking the stock version of the system for a more unique feel.
According to reports, the Hima could appear at CES in January, based in Las Vegas, with a physical launch taking place in March, with MWC an ideal platform for the handset.
Another bit of good news from HTC is that a couple of new Desire handsets could also be shown off in Barcelona for MWC, giving fans of the manufacturer plenty to be happy about.
The Hima may also boast an ‘Ace’ follow-up at the event, which would be a more wallet friendly version of the phone, obviously with a less powerful set of specs.
A Windows Phone version of the handset is also being mentioned in some circles, but a release date for this device could be rather later in the year, maybe during the summer.
In terms of pricing of the Hima, you can expect it to cost quite a bit, with contract deals expected to start at around £35/month, whilst sim-free deals could register at the £500+ mark.
Either way, with HTC bringing up a new style flagship device, it probably means that we won’t be seeing any more ‘One’ handsets anytime soon.
Written by Luke Hatfield