Mid-range HTC One M8i is in the works

It looks like the shiny M8 is apparantly getting the budget treatment
Don’t want to spend on the HTC One (M8)? There might be a mid-range one in the w

Don’t want to spend on the HTC One (M8)? There might be a mid-range one in the works

We've been bombarded left, right, and center with speculation surrounding the HTC One (M9). And now there’s one more device to add on to the leaks.

According to famed leaker @upleaks, the company has a new smartphone in the works, codenamed the HTC M8_QL. Sources have suggested that this could be the HTC One M8i, a mid-range alternative to HTC's popular One (M8).

From the name itself, we can infer that the unit will borrow some (if not most) of the physical features from the flagship device. So we do expect its looks to resemble that of the One (M8), which is no bad thing given its premium metal design.

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On the inside, things are said to be a little scaled down. Sources have indicated that the alleged unit could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, namely the MSM8939, meaning that there could be some changes in the hardware as compared to the HTC One (M8) - likely to be less RAM and perhaps a lower resolution screen.

It’s also expected to have an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, where four of its cores might be clocked at up to 1.7 GHz, while the rest only go up to 1 GHz. Sadly, besides this, no other information about the unofficial device was made available.

HTC has of course already released a mid-range version of the M8 in the smaller One Mini 2, but the M8i could pack in better specs and a larger screen, while still undercutting the M8's price tag.

Since this rumour is still unconfirmed and in its early stages, we can expect more beans to spill in the coming weeks, and could see its official unveiling at MWC, where the One (M9) will be revealed in all its glory.

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[GSM Arena