HTC has done a pretty good job of keeping their next big flagship phone, the successor to last year’s HTC One, quite a secret. Of course we’ve seen plenty of rumors and conjecture about the phone from analysts and other industry insiders who are usually pretty spot on, but very little is official yet. We know for sure HTC is working on a phone called the M8, and that it’s likely to have different models and variations much like the HTC One had a Max and a Mini version, but the name of the phone itself has been shrouded in mystery. Will it be called the HTC Two, the HTC One+, the HTC One 2 or just stay with M8? We’ve finally received some kind of information in regards to the question of the ages, and it looks like HTC might just stick with the name One 2 if a compatibility listing on a French government website for New Caledonia is at all accurate.
The opt.nc website exists to help travelers find out if their existing smartphone or tablet supports the 3G airwaves that reside in the special collectivity of France that sits off the east coast of Australia. The site lists that the One 2 and One 2 Dual SIM models both support the 900MHz and 2100MHz 3G spectrums inside the territory. While that doesn’t give us a whole ton of information, we do now know that HTC is definitely planning at least two versions of their successor in single and dual SIM varieties, which helps spur on the idea of a worldwide launch. Both One 2 models are listed alongside pretty much every HTC phone ever made, which tells us the time is getting very near for HTC to officially announce these phones, but it unfortunately still doesn’t make us 100% sure on the naming of the M8. One 2 sounds like a goofy name, but we’ve also seen some other interesting names come out of the industry lately using the One name, like the CyanogenMod phone the OnePlus One. Now if the combination of a One 2 and OnePlus One on the market at the same time aren’t enough to confuse anyone, I don’t know what is!
Regardless of the name we know the phone should be pretty super charged and feel like a good step up from last year’s HTC One. It also looks like it’ll launch on all 4 US carriers, as well as have pretty high worldwide availability when it presumably launches this March or April. Expect some more official announcements from HTC in the coming month, maybe even as early as Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks.