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Rumours HTC is prepping fingerprint scanner for One successor

HTC could be about to add a fingerprint scanner and full metal body to its next device with leaked photos showing what is reportedly the successor to the HTC One.

Taiwanese site ePrice published grainy pictures of an HTC device codenamed the M8 with the shell looking similar to the HTC One except for an extra hole at the top of the device that is rumoured to be where a fingerprint sensor will sit.

Other rumours peg the screen as being between 5in and 5.2in with a 2,048 x 1,080 pixel resolution. Under the hood there’s expected to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM and the device will be skinned with HTC’s Sense 6 user interface.

When it comes to size the device is likely to be slimmer and more rounded than the HTC One with the entire smartphone encased in aluminium as opposed to just the backside.

The next flagship device will also be the first one since HTC and Beats Audio ended their partnership in September, which earned HTC a tidy $265 million [£164 million].

The company has fallen on hard times in the past year in the face of fierce competition from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Nokia, which saw it record its first-ever quarterly loss at the start of last month.

It also led the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer to predict fourth quarter revenues of between T$40 billion [£849 million] and T$45 billion [£954 million], a big drop compared with the previous year and quarter.

One way in which it is looking at reversing the decline is by cutting handset prices in order to appeal to consumers at the lower end of the market and help it to compete with companies that have devices across a number of different price points.