Some surprising news arrived yesterday, as HTC started sending invitations out to an event it will hold on 19 February, where it’s expected to launch the rumoured HTC M7 smartphone. Why is it surprising, you may be asking? Because it’s less than a month before Mobile World Congress, the huge trade show where HTC launched the One X and its brethren last year.
It appears HTC has decided Samsung has the right idea, and will hold its own event outside of the Barcelona show, so as to attract as much attention as possible. In a way, it’s not a bad way of going about things, as not only does HTC need its new range to be a success, but also because last year, its thunder was stolen by hardware like the Nokia 808 PureView.
This will be no small gathering either, as invitations have been sent out for a London get-together as well as one in New York. So what’s expected? None other than the HTC M7, the potential replacement of the HTC One X+. Rumours point to HTC’s new flagship phone has having a 4.7-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, a quad-core processor and a big, 13 megapixel camera.
HTC will use Android Jelly Bean as the M7′s operating system, and it could be covered with its new Sense 5.0 user interface, which if the leaks are to be believed, will look quite different to previous versions.
Whether it’ll be joined by replacements for the One S and One V remains to be seen, but HTC may decide to bring those to MWC instead. All will be revealed on February 19, and it’s sure to be an exciting day.