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Phone was supposed to feature bleeding edge components

Last year's HTC One Max by Taiwan's HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) wasn't exactly a all-star in terms of sales, but its rumored successor, the One M8 Prime, seemed like it might offer some cause for excitement.  The smartphone would purportedly pack a 5.5-inch QHD (Quad High Definition; 2560x1440px) display, top-of-the-line Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 810, larger/improved camera, and 3 GB of RAM.
 
What's more, the handset was rumored to pack an aluminum-silicon hybrid body -- definitely high-end stuff.
 
But top Android and Windows Phone leaker @evleaks is sharing some bad news.  He claims that in a surprising move HTC has indefinitely "suspended" M8 Prime development.
HTC One Max

The move is quite disappointing.  Even Evan Nelson Blass felt the pain as frustrated commenters began to vent at him:

HTC One M8

If the device is indeed cancelled, that leaves just LG Electronics Inc.'s (KRX:066570)(KRX:066575) LG G3 (official) and the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (not-yet-announced) in the 5.5-inch Android device range.

Source: @evleaks





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The Right Move
By Reclaimer77 on 5/31/2014 7:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
HTC really shot their wad with the HTC One, I mean, they grabbed the brass ring with both hands!

And it was a commercial failure.

This phone would represent even MORE of a risk, and the margins would be slim as hell.

HTC just isn't in a good financial situation to be risking it with another superphone that everyone acts like they want, but few will (apparently) purchase.




RE: The Right Move
By hypocrisyforever on 5/31/2014 12:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
You make a strong point that the sales support. Even people that are interested seem to go with the titans in the market. My contract is up in a month so I'll have some decision making to do.

My buddy just got the GS5 and it's pretty great. I just dislike the case housing and don't really like Samsung's Touchwiz. In my case, I simply want the absolute best that's available at the time.

Realistically, it's a good time for consumers. Tons of choices. I just would hate to see HTC go away and leave only one really viable Android choice for people who want the high end.


RE: The Right Move
By h0kiez on 6/1/2014 12:27:21 AM , Rating: 1
Buy an m8. I love mine.


RE: The Right Move
By DPigs on 6/3/2014 1:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
Me too. It's awesome and looks great.


Hmm
By hypocrisyforever on 5/30/2014 2:02:33 PM , Rating: 2
That's a shame. I was interested to see how the thing turned out, especially with the composite materials. Well, I guess we'll see how the Galaxy S5 prime turns out. Hoping they go with a metal shell and get rid of the "band-aid" style back.




RE: Hmm
By bug77 on 5/30/2014 6:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
The One already costs an arm and a leg. Are you sure you wanted to find out how much this would've set you back?


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