At this time of year, the smartphone market is normally rife with rumours and leaks regarding what phones will be hitting the shelves worldwide soon, and 2014 is no different. In recent weeks, companies left, right and centre have been subject to rumblings that they are on the cusp of unleashing their latest creations for the busy summer period that begins at the start of June.
Whether it's the oft-rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime or the latest device from HTC, the firms have been remaining tight-lipped over their future plans, but that hasn't stopped the rumours from flying all over the place. And with the latter apparently now just days from lifting the lid at last, will we soon be able to get our hands on an exciting new device?
Rumoured as both the HTC One M8 Ace and the HTC One M8 Vogue, the company's latest device has been subject to much speculation – so what have we heard about it so far?
Despite the company having yet to announce that the handset even exists, people in the industry are expecting to see it in shops as soon as June 3rd – less than a week away.
Whether or not this comes to fruition is yet to be seen – and we'd guess it's not likely, but it's definitely a date to mark on the calendar just in case.
The main difference between HTC's flagship HTC One M8 and its new rumoured handset is said to be the outer part of it, with the design looking and feeling somewhat different.
Where the phone has allegedly been leaked on Chinese websites in recent weeks, images appear to show that it has only one rear facing camera, unlike the two that are in place on the main device.
In terms of aesthetics, leaked pictures look largely the same as the HTC One M8, but with one key difference. The metal chassis is apparently gone from this new handset, be it Vogue or Ace, replaced with a plastic variant, which will allow HTC to hit a different part of the market with a much cheaper device.
Price predictions have been somewhat wild in recent weeks, but it seems that most are holding onto the Taiwanese and Chinese retailers' leaks that suggest it will be shipped with a price tag of just 3,000 yen.
However, with this converting to just £285, a price far lower than the HTC One Mini 2 – already on the market – it does seem a little on the cheap side, so it's probably best to approach these leaks with caution.
While most of the facts about this phone are very hard to predict, it's not difficult to work out what HTC will likely have planned for the innards of the device.
Most are expecting to see the handset ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as the same 5-inch, full HD display that you'll find on the original One M8. It will also come with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, but the camera is likely to be a downgraded 13MP at best.