There’s been a very interesting trend this year with flagship phones being followed up by superior versions just months later. So far all of these rumors are just that, rumors, and none of the aforementioned “prime” versions of phones like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 have been released, but given that the rumors are persisting we’ve got to give at least some sort of weight to them. This time around instead of just hearing about an HTC One M8 Prime we’re hearing about two new versions, the HTC One Plus and the HTC One Advance. Given how confusing naming schemes have become it isn’t going to help anyone to have another phone on the market with One Plus in the title, but that’s the alleged name of the device at this point.
Everything is pointing to this being a renaming of the HTC One Prime that we’ve seen in the past, including the upgraded camera and water-resistant body. That includes a 2K/QHD/1440p display, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 805 processor and a 13 megapixel camera, which is a slight downgrade from the previous rumor’s 18 megapixel camera. The source mentions that the HTC One Plus will be available in August or September, which makes sense given that the Snapdragon 805 isn’t ready for production phones just yet.
The second rumor is a little newer and suggests that HTC is working on a cheaper, plastic version of the HTC One for Asian markets. While there’s no specific pricing announced, the savings that come from a plastic body vs an all-aluminum one as the HTC One M8 and Plus will have can be significant. This version is clearly different from the HTC One Ace which appears to be a slightly modified version of the HTC One M8. Other than a plastic body not much else is known about the HTC One Advance, but given the naming we’re thinking it may just be a cheaper version of the HTC One Plus, as both devices are slated to launch around the same time according to the source. We’ll keep a close eye on these rumors and of course let you know when we hear more. Sometimes you have to take all the rumors together in order to get a clearer picture of what’s going on, and with as many as there are out there on HTC’s next moves you know they are definitely cooking up more than one new device.