HTC One M8 Prime with Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 chip and 18-megapixel camera set for September unveiling

HTC plans to launch a super-powered version of its One M8 top of the range smartphone in September as it attempts to keep pace with the likes of Samsung, LG, and Apple in the market.

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PhoneArena.com quotes a leaked terminal code for a device called “M8_Prime” that will be announced in September and puts it on a possible collision course with Apple’s iPhone 6 that is widely rumoured to be announced at the same time.

Early rumours peg the M8 Prime’s screen as measuring in at 5.5in with a Quad HD 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage under the hood.

On the back of the device the dual-camera set up will be retained with the UltraPixel snapper being upgraded to a 5-megapixel lens and an impressive 18-megapixel unit being added to allow for depth perception.

The original incarnation has a 5in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display complete with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip that is also clocked at 2.3GHz and supplemented by 2GB or RAM and 16GB of onboard memory.

Camera-wise it has a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera as opposed to the Prime’s 5-megapixel lens and the depth perception sensor comes in at just 2-megapixel, thus making some doubt the 18-megapixel version on the Prime.

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HTC released the One M8 last month and it has drawn rave reviews from many with ITProPortal.com’s review slapping it with a best buy sticker after it achieved 4.5 stars out of five.