It's about that time of year, folks - as Mobile World Congress approaches at the end of February, more and more upcoming phones are going to be leaked. The first major leak is from @HTCFamily_ru, which posted a photo of an unknown HTC phone this morning. It appears to be a new member of the One family; the rear is the only visible angle, but it's showing off what looks like two cameras on the back.
— HTCFamily.ru (@HTCFamily_RU) February 4, 2014
The Twitter account calls the phone the HTC M8, which matches the general codename structure for the company (last year's One was the M7). Aside from the extra camera sensor towards the top of the phone and a double LED flash module, it's the spitting image of the original One, complete with aluminum body and plastic seams. HTC's industrial design for the One is generally considered one of the best available in the Android world, so it's possible that the company doesn't want to mess with a good thing.
So what's with that second camera? According to a report from Bloomberg, HTC is planning to update its One line with a second camera module specifically designed for better low light performance. Since indoor and night shooting have generally been the Achilles heel of mobile cameras, an unconventional solution seems appropriate.
HTC Family posted a news story with specifications for the upcoming phone, citing a 5-inch screen with virtual navigation buttons, Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6.0, and a boosted 5 megapixel front camera. At the moment all this information, including the photo, should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. That said, we should expect to see a successor to the One sooner rather than later.