The anticipated followup to HTC’s One might be just around the corner. The device has just received WiFi certification, an important step in bringing a handset to market. While the official name isn’t yet known, tested specs are. Definitely a step up, but is it a step in the right direction?

We loved the One when it was launched. The fresh design and impressive spec sheet caught our attention, and ultra pixels kept us intrigued. As interest waned, HTC did the familiar slight-of-hand diversification with the One, bringing out the Max and mini. Neither have captured our attention as the original did, but a new HTC flagship may. From the WiFi certification, we give you the specs, as tested:

  • 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen
  • Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3GHz
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Memory
  • Android 4.4

That leaves out a few important features, like battery size and screen type. We also don’t know if it will carry the same styling as the One, or if HTC has re-imagined the smartphone again. We know it’s been called the M8, as well as the One Two, but there is still no official name. The documents list it as the HTC OP68120, which is of course internal labeling.

The spec-heavy device is one HTC might rely on for saving their skin. The One was a brilliant comeback salvo for HTC, but fell short soon after launch. Released at a crowded time in the “new device” calendar, the One’s momentum was swallowed up by Samsung and Sony, who both released handsets in the same timeframe. We hope part of HTC’s new strategy is releasing devices in a unique window, all their own.