For about the past month now, we’ve been hearing talk about an HTC One M8 Ace, supposedly a new variant of the flagship that swaps its metal body for a plastic one, with the aim of coming it at a much lower price – the name may be different, but not too far removed from the idea of Butterfly models in the past. The idea makes enough sense, but the details so far have been a little wonky – like that initial image leak with a really queer-looking red design. Today we’ve got some new pics to check out, which HTC has been spreading around Chinese forums; do they reveal the Ace, or maybe something else entirely?
The HTClife account these pics were posted by is indeed a verified one used by HTC, and while the copy here unambiguously refers to a model in the manufacturer’s One series, the handset depicted within is decided unusual. It’s almost like a One model wrapped in a case, but the design here looks very sloppy – notice how the curves aren’t even symmetrical, with the bottom-left corner looking nothing like the bottom-right.
Honestly, we’re tempted to dismiss this as nothing of consequence, a slapdash stand-in thrown together for some low-res promos without much concern given for what it really depicts. But then again, wouldn’t the path of least resistance just be to use an image of an existing HTC phone? Suffice it to say, this one leaves us with more questions than answers.