2013 saw the release of the One (M7), and the One (M8) replaced that flagship in 2014. 2015 will soon be upon us, and HTC is once again preparing to launch a new flagship. According to the folks from @upleaks, the next generation smartphone is being developed under the codename “Hima”.
Like the rumored Samsung Galaxy S6, Hima will feature an octa-core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. Four of the cores will operate at 2GHz, while the remaining four will be clocked at 1.5GHz.
Interestingly, the Hima will stick with a 5” display and the resolution will remain pegged at 1080p. With most other smartphone manufacturers jumping to QHD (2560x1440) displays for their flagship models, HTC is being rather conservative this time around. That conservatism is likely well warranted considering that Hima’s rated battery capacity is listed at “only” 2840 mAh.
Other specs reportedly confirmed for the Hima include a 20.7MP rear camera and the 13MP front-facing camera from the Desire Eye smartphone. Another possible option for the front camera is 4MP unit using HTC’s UltraPixel technology. The Hima will of course come preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will have Sense UI 7.0 layered on top (for better or worse).
As for the name, it would be easy to presume that the HTC’s next flagship would be called the One (M9), but @upleaks contends that Hima will indeed be the official name for the smartphone. We’re not so sure how we feel about that one, but we won’t consider this case closed until HTC officially reveals the device in March.