has seen better days in terms of revenue and relevancy
, but it would be a mistake to count the handset maker down and out in the mobile ring. Just ask Samsung
, which feels so threatened by HTC that it reportedly resorted
to hiring students to leave bad reviews for HTC devices, an underhanded tactic it has since apologized for. The HTC One
is perhaps the biggest threat (on the Android side) to Samsung's Galaxy S4, though it's not the only weapons these two will bring to battle.
It's being reported by news and rumor site Digitimes
that Catcher Technology will exclusively supply the metal-alloy chassis HTC plans to use on its M4 smartphone. The HTC M4 is said to be a smaller revision of the flagship HTC One, much in the same way Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini is a shrunken version of the regular S4.
The HTC M4 will be a smaller version of the HTC One pictured above.
In other words, HTC and Samsung will scrap with each other in multiple markets, and soon. HTC is reportedly gearing up to launch its M4 handset in June and expects to ship 700,000 units to customers rather quickly. Specs are not yet known, though as a point of reference, the HTC One features a 4.7-inch Full HD 1080p display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
Meanwhile, recent rumors
suggest Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini will boast a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, and Android 4.2.2 jelly Bean out of the box.