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Octa-core Snapdragon 810 rumoured for HTC Hima

As 2015 approaches, inevitably an increasing number of rumours about the next generation of Android smartphones start to circulate. The latest speculation centres around the specs of HTC’s next flagship device, which has been widely reported to have been codenamed the HTC Hima.

The HTC Hima will succeed 2014’s HTC One (M8). In recent years, HTC’s flagship Android smartphones have been very well received, so hopes are high ahead of the company’s next offering.

Information about the specs of the HTC Hima comes courtesy of French website Nowhereelse.fr, which discovered what appears to be AnTuTu benchmark results for the device.

Most exciting amongst the HTC Hima’s benchmark specs is a Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit chipset and 3GB RAM. Both of these are an improvement over the HTC One (M8) and should ensure lightening-quick performance.

Android 5.0.1 was listed as running on the HTC Hima, which is not really a surprise, given the operating system’s support for 64-bit processors.

The specs of the HTC Hima indicate a 20.7 megapixel primary camera and a 13 megapixel front-facing shooter. Camera details of the HTC Hima appear to indicate a move away from HTC’s UltraPixel technology.

UltraPixel cameras were a nice idea by HTC and intended to end the practice of cramming more-and-more pixels into tiny sensors, which often resulted in increased noise levels. HTC’s UltraPixel technology was not particularly well received, however, so a more conventional camera solution has been expected by many industry analysts.

Whilst displays were once the central focus of the smartphone technology race, this is no longer the case. The specs listed in the AnTuTu benchmark suggest that the HTC Hima will have 5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel display, which is the same as the 2014 HTC One (M8).

There was always likely to come a point when smartphone screen sizes could not get any bigger, without causing devices to become uncomfortable to use. However, the 2014 flagship Android smartphones from Samsung, LG and Sony all had larger displays than the screen size rumoured for HTC’s 2015 premier device.

It is worth noting that whilst it is perfectly plausible that these latest HTC Hima specs are authentic, they may have come from a development device which will not prove entirely representative of the final product.