HTC is expected to make a splash at MWC 2015 with two flagship handsets, however could the company also give us a brand new mid-range smartphone to play with?
Notorious Twitter user @upleaks has revealed a handset apparently named the HTC One M8i, which is promising the same quality build as shown on the One M8 with a lower price tag.
Whilst the design of the mid-range HTC phone would certainly stick to the HTC One M8 style, the internal components will be taking a bit of a hit to try and keep the price as low as possible.
With this said, it’s not as if the M8i completely underperforms, it just doesn’t quite stack up to the original M8 in every way.
The same 5” 1080p HD display is making the cut on the M8i, meaning you don’t sacrifice any display quality with the cheaper device. Also, the weight of the device is identical as well, so it shouldn’t feel any different than the premium version either.
A Snapdragon 615 chipset does make its way into the handset instead of the Snapdragon 801 effort from before.
An Adreno 405 GPU makes the cut alongside 16GB or 32GB storage, which can also be expanded on by using a MicroSD card.
One inclusion which actually stands above the original M8 model is the 3000mAh battery, but this could equate to the same sort of battery life overall as the processor is less efficient.
HTC has opted to include the same style camera set up on the rear side of the handset, only with a different power lens.
Instead of the UltraPixel lens, HTC has included a 13 megapixel and 2 megapixel dual camera on the back side, whilst a 5 megapixel lens makes the cut on the front.
HTC’s Sense software is present as well, which also means the Zoe camera app is also included once more along with all of HTC’s other features as well.
Obviously this runs on top of the Android operating system, which is being included with the latest Lollipop update, matching the One M8’s upgradeable system.
HTC is expected to unveil the M8i at MWC this March. The Spanish event runs from the 2nd-5th, with HTC also promising a successor to the original One M8 device.
Where the price tag’s concerned, we don’t really have too much information as of yet, with details likely to be confirmed during HTC’s press event.
If we were to hazard a guess, we’d say a sim-free price below £175 wouldn’t be too far off, whilst contract deals can be expected to sit below £20/month, tariff dependant.
Written by Luke Hatfield