HTC sure looks like it’s working on some very powerful new hardware. Well, maybe it’s not yet clear just what all these devices are, but whether we’re talking One M9 or this new model codenamed Hima (if they aren’t simply the same thing), there’s a lot in the rumored specs to like. This year HTC already gave us a very powerful Android, the One M8, and several months later saw fit to release a version of the handset running Windows Phone; will history repeat itself? We’re still far too distant from all this to have a confirmed answer, but early reports certainly suggest it could be a possibility.
The same source behind the original Hima leak followed-up overnight with a very non-committal tweet that, while stopping short of asserting that a Windows Phone Hima is coming, at least acknowledges such a thing as a possibility. Well, what good is that? Keep in mind that the leak game is built on reputation, and you don’t get very far just posting ideas without any reason to believe they’re going to happen. So while we’re very much going to need more convincing before we’re swallowing this idea whole, this does feel a bit more substantial than blind speculation. We may not yet know what evidence Upleaks has seen, but it’s not a huge leap to believe that some (even if shaky) might exist.
Assuming there’s any truth in this, our big question is what HTC’s timetable might look like. Really, the biggest problem with the One M8 for Windows is how long it took the smartphone to arrive, and seeing the WP version debut alongside the Android one, right from the start, could be a huge boon both for the phone and the Windows platform itself.