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Why no-one is inspired by the leaked specs of the HTC One 2

Kris Carlon
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The HTC One may very well be the most awarded phone of 2013, despite less than spectacular sales figures. Nevertheless, the device has been a major jewel in the crown of HTC's efforts this last year and won HTC many fans with it's fluid speed, slick design and solid build quality. The next iteration of the HTC One, codenamed M8 and variously tagged as the HTC One 2 or HTC One (2014) has just had its ''preliminary'' specs leaked by @evleaks, but no-one seems to be impressed.  

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The HTC One 2 seems to copping a lot of unfair criticism. / © AndroidPIT

At this point in time, the rumored specs for the new One are that it will feature:

  • 5-inch, 1080p display
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset @2.3 GHz
  • Android 4.4.2
  • Sense 6.0
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera and an UltraPixel main camera (of undisclosed resolution)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac connectivity

If this sounds like a mid-late 2013 spec sheet it's because it sort of is, barring the newest version of Android and Sense. It's basically a Nexus 5 with HTC's UI. But this is no reason to turn your nose up in the air. The Nexus 5 is and will continue to be one of the best devices of 2014. Sure, Samsung and others may load up their devices with octa-core, 64-bit processors, and more RAM and likely better cameras, but this doesn't mean that HTC isn't still worth a look. There's a reason why the original HTC One, even with its ''lackluster'' specs, still received almost universal acclaim throughout 2013.

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Perhaps the new HTC One won't have class-leading specs, but it'll still look fantastic. / © AndroidPIT

What makes a good smartphone cannot be simply boiled down to the numbers – the Moto G and Moto X should be evidence enough of that. When the recipe is done right it doesn't matter if your processor is ticking at 2.2 or 2.3 GHz and most people couldn't tell the difference anyway. Sure, an extra gigabyte of RAM will make a huge difference, a sharper display will make 2K devices shine like nothing else and a better camera is always nice, but this isn't the space race, and the vast majority of consumers simply want a phone that works, and works well. It's pretty obvious that prematurely condemning a device before it has even appeared, let alone had its specs confirmed is a bit foolish. I for one am happy to wait and see just how good the new HTC One is in the flesh before casting my vote.

Do you think these specs sound likely for the new HTC One? What changes would you like to see in HTC's new flagship?

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  • Gio A. 10 months ago Link

    Maybe they are going with good design(last years) high end specs but a lower price point. Poeple might get them on contract cheaper making them more appealing to more customers.

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  • Tagont 10 months ago Link

    For me it needs a large removable battery, microsd expansion and a better camera.

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    Kris Carlon 10 months ago Link

    So basically a Samsung then? ;)

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    • Bojan M. 10 months ago Link

      Yeah, I was all like that, until I got bored of my samsung device (note 2) so no samsung for me, at least for another generation or two or forever. Right now all I care about is a design and what's hot for me is Xperia Z (not a slouch either performance and any other way wise, especially for a device a generation old), Z1 not so much, although a noticeably better device. Z now and then maybe next in Z line, after Z1. We'll see...
      Also, samsung really pissed me off with their bullshit this year, e.g.: region locking for note 3, fixing performance scores on benchmarks (they are acting like some stupid kids cheating on their school tests), their new devices being the same old boring stuff, a serious 4.3 upgrade screw up... With so many excellent devices, I and all of us get to choose and that's the best part. This time samsung didn't deserve even a consideration, although I must admit that note 2 is the best phone I've ever got, a serious device for serious people, a business phone and a productivity tool, all other phones look like toys compared to it.
      Being a New Year, I had another resolution: starting this year, I'm buying only a generation old phones, hence Xperia Z and not Z1 (beside finding it a lesser device, design wise). Various reasons for this: a device a year seems reasonable, at least it is for me; the latest generation is always way overpriced and you get almost nothing in return, price/gain ratio for Z is at this moment excellent, compare that to note 2/note 3 situation, where note 2 is still a very powerful device and note 3 offers basically nothing new, except performance upgrade (which I didn't need) and Z is already a performance upgrade over note 2. I never buy operator locked phones, so I value my money more and I really look for bang for my buck.

      Ok, I overdid this, sorry... The point being is: I wanted removable battery too and I definitely didn't want those ugly touch buttons on the screen itself (stealing some of it) and other stuff, but then I found out that I fell in love with Z so much that I didn't care at all about those thingies (although I would never get over lacking micro sd slot).

      Cheers!

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    • Tagont 10 months ago Link

      Basically...yes.

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