Rumor: HTC is working on a new flagship phone, dubbed M7, for release in the first quarter of 2013

Posted on Dec 6 2012 - 12:09am by Mike Wewerka
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There’s no question that HTC has been getting pounded by Samsung when it comes to the Android race. Despite the outstanding build quality of some of their phones like the One X, VX and the new DROID DNA, HTC hasn’t managed to obtain the same level of success they had prior to the release of the iPhone 4S. But that all may change come next year when HTC releases its newest flagship phone, a device currently being referred to as the “M7.”

While a not a lot of details are known about the M7, a few tidbits have surfaced… at least in rumor form. As of right now, it’s said that the M7 will feature the same 5-inch 1080p SLCD 3 display currently found in the recently released DROID DNA and J Butterfly. It will also feature the latest Snapdragon APQ8064 quad-core processor and a massive 13-megapixel camera, with HTC’s ImageChip no doubt. But it’s perhaps the rumored aluminum uni-body design, that may be the most intriguing rumor of this new device. As of now, most Android devices either use simple plastics, sometimes painted to look like metal, polycarbonate and glass (i.e. the Nexus 4).  If the M7 does in fact use real metal, it would be the first device to really compete with Apple’s legendary build quality. While we don’t have any evidence to support this, I know that some folks out there would love if HTC would also include a larger battery than that of the DROID DNA (which hasn’t hampered my experience) and either 32GB of internal storage or at least support expandable storage.

If rumors are true, HTC is expected to release this new M7 around the middle of the first quarter (February) of 2013, as to give themselves an unchallenged head start, well before Samsung releases their Galaxy S IV, which may be released around the same time as last year (May/June), if not earlier. With the Galaxy S IV also rumored to feature a 1080p display, the latest Samsung made Exynos processor and a higher quality design, HTC may very well need every day of that early head start.

Seeing how Verizon got the scoop on the DROID DNA, I wouldn’t expect them to pick this new device, as it wouldn’t be much different than the current DROID DNA, spec wise, save for the 13-megapixel camera. But it wouldn’t surprise me to see HTC share the love with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

As we edge closer to the new year, we’re sure to hear more on this rumored device, so stay tuned.

Source: HTC Source