HTC is still planning a cheaper version of the One M8

HTC hasn't finished with the One M8 brand yet. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

HTC hasn’t finished with the One M8 brand yet. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

HTC’s next-generation One M9 might be right around the corner, but the Taiwanese company hasn’t quite finished making the most of the One M8 brand just yet. A midrange version of last year’s flagship is still in its pipeline, sources say, and it’ll be exactly the same size as the original.

Unlike the One mini 2, which is a smaller version of the standard One, the so-called “One M8i” will look identical to the original One M8, according to the reliable @Upleaks. In fact, for some users, it sounds like it could be even more appealing than its more expensive counterpart.

The One M8i is expected to weigh the same as the One M8, and have the same 5-inch 1080p display. It will also have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera said to be optimized for selfies.

The device will even have the HTC’s trademark BoomSound speakers, @Upleaks says. So, how exactly will it be different to the original One M8?

Well, it won’t have an UltraPixel camera. It will have a Duo Camera like the original One M8, but its UltraPixel sensor will be replaced by a 13-megapixel sensor instead. In addition, the One M8’s Snapdragon 801 will be replaced by a more affordable — albeit still capable — Snapdragon 615.

If you don’t need a chip as poweful as the Snapdragon 801, then, and you want better pictures than those offered by the inconsistent UltraPixel camera in the One M8, the One M8i could be a better option. That’s if you can convince yourself you don’t need the upcoming One M9, of course.

There’s no word on when the One M8i will be available yet, or how much it’ll cost, but according to @Upleaks, you’ll be able to get it in Asia and Europe initially in gold, silver, and gray.