By Stephen Schenck | April 19, 2013 7:30 PM
Rumors of the HTC M4 started off pretty strong, with a short list of hardware specs giving us a nice idea of what to expect from the handset. Since then, things have been a little more shaky, and similarities between those specs and some details of the HTC First, as well as several HTC models destined for China, has had us reconsidering what we should expect the M4 to really be. Now the latest rumor to arrive claims that the M4 will have a metal frame like the One (which was once the M7) and talks a little about how it could arrive.
Despite the understanding that the M4 would be somehow related to the M7, that idea of a metal body hadn’t really been formally addressed. It could actually end up working pretty well for the M4, as its rumored dual-core SoC might not get so hot as the One’s processor does, limiting the effects of the heating issues we’ve heard some complaints about for the latter.
According to this report, HTC could start shipping the M4 this June, and have 700,000 units out the door before the quarter’s over. That would be a big push in not much time, but if the M4 really is a miniaturized version of the One, as it’s being made out to be, we can understand how it could see a significant demand.