New HTC One follow-up rumoured for early 2014 release

The successor to the HTC One is more than a twinkle in the Taiwanese smartphone developer's eye, if we believe the rumours that have surfaced online claiming that HTC will release its next flagship phone early next year.

Temporarily christened the HTC M8, Twitter user @evleaks claims to have heard that YS service providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will be stocking the new smartphone in store during the first quarter of 2014.

Looking back at the release schedules of HTC's previous handsets (for example, when the UK, Germany and Taiwan received the HTC One before the US market), it seems fair to say that if the M8 is indeed launched in the States early next year, other territories should be releasing the device around the same time.

The official name of the new flagship has not been released: HTC M8 is likely a codename for the new device as it's being developed. The HTC One, for example, was created under the moniker of the HTC M7.

The rumour follows last week’s leaked photographs of what seems to be HTC’s new handset, which suggested that the HTC One’s successor could boast a fingerprint scanner and a slimmer, completely aluminium casing.

Word on the grapevine is that the screen will be between 5in and 5.2in, whilst inside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor will sit next to 3GB of RAM.