HTC One+ rumoured to be HTC One successor

HTC’s next top-of-the-range smartphone will be called the HTC One+ and likely be a tweaked version of the incumbent HTC One.

Android Revolution HD states that the device, originally codenamed HTC M8, will be less of an update than first thought and instead apply small changes to what is currently available to HTC One owners.

The blog reports that the HTC One+ will have a bigger 5in display that has a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor as well as 2GB of RAM. When it comes to the camera it will ship with a 6- or 8-megapixel snapper benefiting from HTC UltraPixel technology that boosts image clarity.

Further changes include the update to Google Android 4.4 Kit Kat, with the HTC Sense 6.0 overlay, a larger 2,900mAh battery and a microSD card slot to increase the device’s memory capacity. The HTC One+ also loses the capacitive buttons of its predecessor with the lack of home or back buttons that HTC One owners have become used to.

The HTC One was first released in early 2013 and came at a crucial time for the company that is continuing to try to rebuilt itself in the face of intense competition from all angles.

The device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage. The screen is a 4.7in full HD display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and a 4-megapixel snapper that has the UltraPixel technology mentioned earlier. It has a 2,300mAh but lacked the microSD card slot that the successor is likely to include.

Unfortunately it failed to arrest HTC’s declining sales numbers that meant a loss of $70 million [£42.6 million] during Q3 2013 and it will hope the HTC One+ can help to improve its fortunes.