HTC is apparently set to offer a plastic-bodied sibling for its premium One (M8) smartphone, in a move that will see it undercutting Samsung’s Galaxy S5 on price.
The reports come as it is believed that the South Korean handset number one is set to go in the other direction, offering a “premium” version of the Galaxy S5 which includes a metal body.
The rumours indicate the device will be called One (M8) Ace, although this may prove to be too close to Samsung’s own Galaxy Ace line to be used for commercial products.
But HTC does seem to have landed itself with an uncomfortable naming convention for siblings to One (M8), such as the recently-announced One Mini 2.
The mooted HTC smartphone features two BoomSound speakers on the front, and a standard 13MP rear camera in place of the Duo Camera used in One (M8) (pictured). One Mini 2 also features a more traditional camera arrangement than the flagship.
It is likely to feature a similar size screen to the standard One (M8), and be powered by a 2.5GHz quadcore Qualcomm processor.
No launch date has been suggested for the new smartphone, although with Galaxy S5 rolling out internationally, the window of opportunity to attract potential S5 buyers to HTC seems small.