A few weeks before the HTC One was unveiled during a mid-February event, a pair of other HTC phones were leaked, including one known as the HTC M4. The specification was nothing earth-shattering, and at the time we wondered if it would be a replacement for the One S or One V series. As it didn’t appear at the One’s launch event, or at Mobile World Congress, the M4 was quickly forgotten.
Until, that is, just before the weekend, when a more complete spec sheet for the phone was leaked. Apparently, the M4 will sport a 4.3-inch, 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and HTC’s new UltraPixel camera, just like on the HTC One.
Now, barring the camera, this is identical to the HTC First’s specs. The First was announced at last week’s Facebook event, and it’s going to be the phone on which Facebook Home makes its debut. According to this leak, the M4 is going to be the First, but without Facebook Home.
It’s listed as coming with Android 4.2.2 and HTC Sense 5.0, making it a proper mid-range companion to the HTC One, especially because of the exciting camera. HTC certainly wants to provide its customers with plenty of choice, as it’s also possible to disable Facebook Home on the HTC First, leaving stock Android to play with; no Sense or anything.
The HTC First is expected to arrive in the UK with EE this summer, although an exact release date hasn’t been given yet. As for the M4, it’s still unofficial, but there’s chance HTC could release it around the same time, meaning a proper announcement may not be far away.