TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC apparently is planning to release a stripped back version of the HTC One, which goes by the codename of HTC M4.
It seems HTC is taking tips from Samsung, which supposedly is gearing up to launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Well, that's if Phonearena's sources are correct, which claim that HTC will launch the HTC M4 as a cheap alternative to the HTC One.
The HTC M4, which might ship with One branding, apparently will feature the same aluminum construction as its more expensive brother, although it will be smaller than the flagship HTC One. That's because it reportedly will feature a downsized 4.3in HD 720p screen compared to the 4.7in HD 1080p display of the HTC One.
The processing power has also been stripped back too, apparently, with the HTC M4 smartphone tipped to feature a dual-core CPU. There's also talk that it will feature 16GB of internal storage compared to the HTC One's 32GB, and that it will have a lesser 1,700mAh battery.
Like the HTC One, however, the HTC M4 apparently will ship with Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system paired with HTC's latest Sense 5.0 user interface. If true, this means it will feature HTC Blinkfeed, the firm's news and social media aggregator that sits at the heart of the HTC One.
It will also come with support for 4G LTE connecitivity, which means that if a UK launch is on the cards we can expect it to be offered by EE.
If these rumours are true, they suggest that the HTC One has been selling well, with HTC looking to continue its success with a model aimed at those on a budget. We have yet to see any sales figures, though.
There's no word on when HTC will announce the HTC M4, and HTC has said that it does not comment on rumour or speculation. µ