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HTC One (M8) LIFE: The new super-spec Android smartphone

HTC is developing a revised edition of its flagship HTC One (M8) smartphone for release in the final quarter of 2014, according to reports that have emerged out of China. The rumoured specs are highly impressive, offering an apparent improvement over the HTC One (M8) in every reported area.

According to the Chinese website, the new device has been code-named the HTC One (M8) LIFE.

Some news outlets have speculated that the reported specs could belong to a new edition of last year’s HTC One Max. This seems unlikely, though, as the HTC One (M8) LIFE display is listed as being 5.5 inches, which would actually be smaller than the 5.9-inch screen of the HTC One Max.

It could be argued that a 5.5-inch display would place the device within the realm of (admittedly, large-screen) smartphones, whereas at almost 6 inches the HTC One Max was most definitely a phablet.

According the rumours, the HTC One M8 LIFE will offer a 2K QHD display, 3GB RAM, 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor and a 3000mAh battery.

One of the most interesting aspects of the rumoured specs centres around the camera. The HTC One M8 LIFE is reported as having an 18-megapixel OIS camera, which would mark a departure from the UltraPixel technology used in HTC’s recent flagship smartphones.

HTC’s UltraPixel cameras featured a 1/3-inch sensor, which is larger than is typically seen in smartphones. But along with the increased pixel size, there is a reduction in resolution, with the main camera on the HTC One (M8) shooting at 4 megapixels.

Although HTC’s UltraPixel technology performs very well in low-light conditions, the camera on the HTC One (M8) has probably proven more divisive than any of the smartphone’s other features. Whilst HTC’s attempts to end the somewhat-misleading megapixel race have been welcomed, there are still many users who would prefer a higher resolution camera.

The specs of the rumoured HTC One M8 LIFE are certainly enticing, and with a silicon carbide reinforced aluminium ceramic alloy reportedly set to be used for the body, the device should reinforce HTC’s reputation as a maker of premium-quality smartphones. If the screen size is 5.5 inches, it is likely that the device will be positioned to take on the iPhone 6 Plus, rather than Android phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.