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HTC M8 (HTC Two) specs, rumors and leaks precede new phone's release date

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HTC Corporation is on the verge of announcing the sequel to the award winning HTC One flagship device at its March press 25 event. The upcoming smartphone goes by a few names in the news, including the HTC M8, HTC Two or HTC One 2.

HTC gives it another alias, “The All New HTC One”, based on a photo of an advert shared by HTC’s UK Twitter account. Either way, rumors and leaks suggest that it rivals other soon-to-be released handsets for 2014.

As G4Games reports (March 5), the HTC M8 aka HTC Two aka HTC One 2014 aka "The All New HTC One" bests the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in benchmark tests. This, according to a leaked photo of an Antutu benchmark test run on an what is allegedly an HTC M8 (HTC Two). As for hardware specs, “The All New One” is rumored to feature a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The phone is expected to house Qualcomm’s 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, a 5MP dual sensor camera, and an SD slot. Powering the device is said to be the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS alongside the HTC Sense 6 launcher.

According to Slashgear, FCC certification indicates that the HTC M8 (HTC Two) will be 4G LTE compatible with all four major U.S. carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon. The phone was already spotted bearing Verizon's logo in a press rendering via known leaker @evleaks,

Controversy surrounding the device involves the surfacing of a video over the weekend featuring a developer's version of the HTC One successor. The 12 minute demo was uploaded to YouTube by a kid who claims that his father is an employee of HTC Corporation. The video was posted numerous times and went viral.

According to Inquisitr, the video belongs to 15-year old Roshan Jamkatel and got him the attention of an HTC executive. Senior Global Online Communication Manager at HTC Corporation, Jeff Gordon addressed Jamkatel about the HTC M8 (HTC Two) leak via Twitter. From the looks of Jamkatel's Twitter timeline, the release of the footage resulted in his dad being fired, although he told Gordon that the phone seen in the leak was a fake. The alleged HTC M8 (HTC Two) featured in the video appears to be identical to the device in the leaked benchmark picture and press renders.

Many companies rely on non-disclosure agreements to keep details about upcoming devices confidential. Still, it’s not uncommon for leaked information to circulate sometimes months ahead of the product's release date.

HTC Corporation is holding simultaneous launch events in both London and New York City for the all new HTC One smartphone. Already being pegged its “primary flagship for 2014”, the HTC M8 (HTC Two) unveiling takes place one month after Samsung announced its own Galaxy S5.

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