According to the latest report by Digitimes, HTC’s mid-range alternative to HTC One – M4 is expected to begin shipping from June 2013. According to the website, HTC M4 will come with a metal-alloy chassis which will be exclusively supplied by Catcher. Catcher has declined to comment regarding his orders or clients.
The sources of the report further claim that HTC is expecting to ship 700,000 units of M4 in the second quarter of this year. With a launch date set in June, the Maths suggest that HTC is expecting to move 700,000 units within a month.
As per Digitimes, “To prevent component shortage issues from happening again, HTC has decided to give its chassis orders solely to Catcher and the strategy is expected to benefit Catcher’s second-quarter performance.”
According to another leak from Llabtoofer two weeks ago, the phone’s specifications were leaked. The leak categorized the phone as a variant of HTC First, without Facebook Home and an Ultrapixel camera on board. The delay was attributed to shortage of Ultrapixel camera but the new leaks gives us a detailed information on its availability.
Here is a quick recap of the specifications which were leaked in the last report:
- 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution
- 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 processor
- 4 MP Ultrapixel camera in the rear and 1.6 MP front camera
- 16 GB storage without any micro SD card slot
- 1 GB RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0
The leak further shows some spy pictures of the leaked phone. The complete report of the Digitimes can be read here. It remains to be seen that whether HTC will be able to push 700,000 units in a month, especially after its last launch HTC First came preloaded with Facebook Home which received lukewarm reviews in the Play Store.
If leaks are true, it is a good judgement to leave out Facebook Home on HTC M4, although Facebook might be allowing it an access via the updated app when more phones are released. Hacked apps are already available which allows installing Facebook Home on any unrooted device that does not come with Facebook preloaded.
No more information is available regarding the GPU or the battery of the phone. As per the leaked image, the phone might be a mashed hybrid of HTC First and HTC One, although the leaked picture seems to be missing front speakers of HTC One. We suggest you take everything with a pinch of salt and wait till the official announcement. Keep following our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest get more updated posts as and when they happen.