Now that QHD displays are the norm for flagship smartphones, it only makes sense that more manufacturers start launching devices that offer 2K displays. According to 9to5Google, HTC is doing just that, and is set to offer a "Plus" variant of the One M8 that features a QHD screen. The Taiwanese manufacturer is also said to be working on an "Advance" model, which is a plastic-clad version of the One M8.
This isn't the first time we're hearing of a higher-end variant of the One M8, as several leaks from earlier this month mentioned a device with a 5.5-inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 805 CPU, LTE Cat 6 connectivity (that's a download speed of 300 Mbit/sec) and a chassis that is water-resistant.
9to5Google's report corroborates most of these claims, but mentions that the device will ditch the UltraPixel sensor in lieu of a more traditional 13 MP sensor that is featured in the One Mini 2. However, an earlier leak revealed that the higher-end version of the device will retain the Duo Camera setup, along with a raised camera sensor. At this stage, your guess is as good as ours as to what HTC will offer in the imaging department.
In addition to the "Plus" version, HTC is also reportedly working on an "Advance" model that will be targeted at Asian markets. The device will feature the same innards as the One M8, but will feature a plastic build. Both models are rumoured to be officially unveiled sometime in the month of August or September.
While a plastic-clad One M8 certainly makes sense, there have already been rumors of such a device, which will allegedly be called the One M8 Ace. Several leaks of the device indicated that it will feature a 5-inch screen, be available in red and blue, and may launch next week in China.
What are your thoughts on the "Plus" and "Advance" versions of the One M8? Would you be interested in either device?