It's beginning to look like HTC really couldn't help themselves, we were told that the One would be the only company's flagship and while that still looks like a safe bet, it looks like HTC is gearing up to launch another product already. Albeit, a somewhat more affordable, and decidedly mid-range device. If you cast your mind back to when the One was a really well-kept secret, you'll have heard of the HTC M7 codename, and you'll also have probably heard of the HTC M4 as well. Now, it all makes sense, the M4 is basically a smaller HTC One, as you can see in the leaked image from the hard-working @evleaks presented by PhoneArena.
The M4 is to be styled after the One and bring some of the headlining features down from that model into this one, like an Ultrapixel camera and stereo speakers that deliver BoomSound. Other specs aren't so stellar however, with that quad-core CPU going on a diet to a dual-core CPU, a 1,700 mAh battery and a 4.3-inch 720p display. Interestingly though, the RAM is still listed at 2GB which should be good for those that love to have a whole lot of apps open at any one given time.
If the M4 is going to ship with a metal chassis like the One, HTC could have a successful device on their hands but, it is said to be launching at the end of Q2 (which isn't too far from now) and I think that'd be too soon to launch another quality device after the One. HTC don't want to fall into the same trap of releasing a myriad of devices in a short time-period. Not everybody wants a large-screened smartphone and while the One's 4.7-inch size is easily managed, some people still prefer a smaller device.
On a very personal note, I'd really like something like this, I spend far too much time on my Nexus 7 to get the most out of a large-screened smartphone but, the market seems hell-bent on producing high-end smartphones with large displays and leaving smaller devices to wallow at the low-end. If HTC launch a well-built, 4.3-inch smartphone modeled after the One then they can take my money. But what about you guys?