It seems that HTC has settled on a distinct design that will characterize it's high end devices, or at least its HTC One line. This latest leaked photo shows, perhaps to no one's surprise, that the next HTC One, conveniently nicknamed HTC One 2 for the time being, will look almost exactly like its predecessor.
Granted, this photo is actually that of a 3D printed resin model supposedly based on the actual design specifications of the next flagship. Presuming the sources are accurate, it does at least give us an idea of what the device might look like. Here we see the two front speakers that has somewhat become the signature of HTC's top line. No Beats audio though, with HTC going with its own BoomSound tech instead. One thing that's peculiar about the design is a slightly longer hole beside the camera hole, suggesting either a mic beside the camera or a double flash setup.
Screen size has also been increased to 5 inches, compared to the HTC One's 4.7-inch display. This time, the HTC One 2 is expected to come with a 1080x1920 display resolution, finally catching up with this year's high-end smartphones. The rest of the expected hardware sheet sounds familiar enough. 2 GB of RAM, an internal storage configuration that starts at 16 GB, and a current gen Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. At the moment, it is still unknown whether HTC will be going with the more common Snapdragon 800 or if it will bump it up a bit with the new 805 chip that is capable of 4K video output.
Hopefully, the HTC One 2 will be running the latest Android 4.4 by the time it goes to launch, though nothing is certain yet. We are expecting to hear more of HTC's next premium smartphone when it puts the HTC One 2 on display at CES 2014.