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We're reaching the time of year where rumors about next-generation flagship phones start to surface, and today we're seeing a couple of interesting nuggets from established HTC leaker @upleaks on Twitter. The China-based leaker reports that the next HTC flagship, codenamed "Hima," will debut in March 2015 with an expectedly high-end spec sheet.

HTC's early 2015 flagship may feature — wait for it — high-end, early 2015 hardware.

The rumored specs include an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with four cores at 2.0GHz and four at 1.5GHz, paired with 3GB of RAM. Snapdragon 810 is one of Qualcomm's first high-end 64-bit parts, and given its anticipated early 2015 launch date it's not surprising to hear that HTC may be using it in its next flagship phone.

Interestingly, today's leak claims HTC will stick with a Full HD (1080p) display at 5 inches, bucking the trend towards larger, higher-resolution panels used by rivals. And in a move which could see the company distancing itself from the "Ultrapixel" philosophy, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera is reportedly on the cards, with a 13-megapixel or 4-megapixel (Ultrapixel) front-facer. Elsewhere, a 2,840mAh battery is reported, along with Android 5.0 Lollipop and HTC Sense 7, natch.

According to @upleaks, the next HTC flagship could launch in March 2015, although it's unclear whether this might be at Mobile World Congress or a standalone event, as was the case for the HTC One M7 and M8. It's also reported that a "more affordable" version of the "Hima" device will be made available in China, with the codename "Hima_Ace" pointing to a HTC One E8-style handset.

As always, we're inclined to take rumors like this with a pinch of salt, especially since we're almost certainly a few months out from launch. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know what you'd like to see in the next high-end HTC phone.

Source: @upleaks