The HTC One 2 or the HTC M8 (if we're going by the codename) is set to be the next flagship smartphone from HTC replacing the award-winning HTC One.
Whilst little is known about HTC's next flagship smartphone there are rumours that can help us create a picture of what HTC will be looking to launch when it takes on the smartphone world next year.
With the company already confirming earlier in the year that it would be focusing on reducing its range whilst building up its quality it goes without saying that the One 2 will be the pinnacle of what the company can achieve.
Read on to see the latest rumours, leaks and our own opinion on what we think HTC will be including with the next-generation HTC One 2.
HTC One 2 will have a 2014 release date
So there we have it folks, the official HTC One 2 release date has been confirmed, thanks in full to a UK court Judge who has just banned the HTC One mini and the HTC One max for infringing Nokia-owned patents.
Judge Arnold inadvertantly revealed the release date in his closing statement suggesting that whilst he won't ban the HTC One he sees no reason not to ban the other smartphones as HTC will 'shortly be launching a new flagship handset'. Whoops.
Interestingly the HTC One max has been built using the same design language as the original HTC One which means that if the new HTC One is coming out shortly it's unlikely to feature a radical new design.
That said MWC is just on the other side of Christmas and it has become the launching point for many of the big smartphone and tablet launches including the Sony Xperia Z tablet as well as the Huawei Ascend P2.
Lest we also forget that MWC 2012 saw the unveiling of the uber-powerful HTC One X so all in all keep MWC in the calendar.
HTC One 2 will launch with Sense 6.0
So far this is the first bit of solid proof we've had that HTC is working on the next version of the HTC One. According to evleaks the company is working with a new flagship smartphone codenamed the HTC M8 (the HTC One was the 'M7') and that it would launch sporting a brand-new version of Sense, HTC's skinned UI.
With HTC confirming that it would be bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to its current range of HTC One smartphones it seems logical to assume that HTC Sense 6.0 will in fact be running on the next version of Android.
There's no word on how the UI would look but unless HTC is planning a huge design overhaul expect a more advanced and easier to use version of the current Sense which means improved BlinkFeed along with integration of Android's new features.
This would mean you'll get the same improved Caller ID functionality which uses the Google Maps Business listings to find contact information if your phone doesn't recognise the number.
HTC One 2 specs
According to @evleaks, the HTC M8 will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with a 5-inch display and 2GB of RAM. It will – perhaps unsurprisingly – come with Android 4.4 KitKat, Sense 6.0 and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac connectivity.
Its rear camera is said to be an UltraPixel, while the front camera will be 2.1 megapixels.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard these specs. However, considering evleaks’s track record, we’d expect the final specs to be the same or very close considering their “preliminary” statement.
Photos have leaked via Unwired View which appear to show the new HTC M8 Blue Edition, whilst the most notable aspect of the images is that the M8 features a wraparound metal body what some may also have noticed is the extra circular hole above the camera.
The HTC One 2 will have a fingerprint scanner...
Some have postured that this could be space for a second camera, perhaps implying that it'll be able to take 3D images. Others have suggested that it's far more likely the extra hole will be a much-improved fingerprint scanner, in this instance designed for the first finger rather than the middle finger.
The latest image to have leaked seems to confirm that the HTC One 2 will sport a fingerprint scanner. The image courtesty of Alibaba.com shows a case with space for both a camera and what would appear to be a fingerprint scanner.
Whilst Apple nailed the technology with its Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s we were far less impressed with HTC's implementation of the tech in the HTC One max.
Hopefully HTC will have learnt some lessons this time around, the HTC One max offered a lot of features with its fingerprint scanner that the iPhone didn't, instead they need to perfect the hardware itself and then integrate it into the smartphone better in a way that feels far more natural.