Confirmation of a large scale press event in New York City on February 19th has done little to quell HTC M7 release date rumors – truth is we still don’t know when on Earth we’re going to get our hands on the thing. Past rumors had in large pointed to a March timeframe for no reason more than proximity to the previously expected 2013 MWC unveiling, but it now seems that those at least claiming to be in the know have managed to pinpoint the M7 release date down to an exact March 8th.
If so, this would mean that HTC’s entry for 2013 Smartphone supremacy will hit the shelves before the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 release date of March 22nd.
Press invites have already made their merry ways out to the lucky few destined to attend the HTC press event next month, which although is officially devoid of confirmed focus is about 99.9% guaranteed to herald the arrival of the HTC M7. With regard to specs and features, the HTC M7 will by rights arrive as something of a 2013 version of the HTC One X, sporting a similar form factor with a new quad-core processor, 4.7-inch full 1080p HD screen, 13 megapixel camera and HTC Sense 5.
Sadly, an early release date rules out the chances of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie – Jelly Bean is the best we can hope for.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date appears to be the likely second of the two and at least on paper might well be worth waiting for. Samsung is expected to up the ante this time around with a 4.990inch Super AMOLED HD screen, with the first Smartphone-based octa-core processor in the world under the hood and generally enough power to set the world spinning in the opposite direction.
Again – no Android Key Lime Pie however.
For the everyday user it will probably prove difficult to notice any real difference between the two, but for those who base their purchase on pure stats and bench-tests, chances are the Galaxy S4 will out-power pretty much everything on the cards for 2013.
We’ve at least only a little longer to wait to find out what HTC has in store, giving the US market its first taste of what new-generation really means in the 2013 Smartphone race.