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HTC may launch a refreshed HTC One in 2013

By Anu Passary , Jul 12, 2013 05:04 AM EDT
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HTC is reportedly gearing up to release an updated version of its HTC One flagship in 2013, according to recent reports.

HTC released its flagship smartphone, the HTC One, in April this year and the handset has been well-received by smartphone enthusiasts and tech gurus alike. The popularity of the HTC One has seen the handset generate over five million unit sales within 30 days of its release.

The HTC One is undoubtedly one of the most popular Android smartphones around. The handset is giving good competition to other top-end smartphones available in the market. The HTC One packs in powerful features, but a recent report suggests that HTC may further bump up the specifications with the launch of an updated version.

"We've also been tipped off that HTC is looking at releasing an updated HTC One. While there's currently a run of software updates going through, it looks like HTC might be making some more-serious internal hardware changes to update the current handset," reads a Pocket-Lint report.

This would not be the first time the company pulls such a scheme. HTC released the HTC One X in April 2012, then launched an updated version of the handset, the HTC One X+, in Oct. 2012. When compared to the original version, the HTC One X+ had many updated hardware specifications, including a bigger battery, more storage and a more powerful processor.

The Pocket-Lint report suggests that HTC may bump the current flagship's Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor to the faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with the updated version of the smartphone. The Taiwanese company may also pack in the upcoming Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean found on the HTC One.

The HTC One is currently one of the most-powerful Android smartphones around and it is still attracting many smartphone customers. An updated version of the handset with better hardware specifications would likely appeal to even more smartphone enthusiasts, thus heating up competition at the high-end segment of the market.

HTC has not confirmed any plans to launch an updated version of the HTC One, which means that this is still in the rumor state. Treat it accordingly until the company makes an official announcement.

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