updated 06:35 pm EST, Tue December 3, 2013
UK ban proceedings may have leaked M8 launch
A judge in the United Kingdom appears to have confirmed a February launch windows for HTC's follow-up to this year's HTC One flagship. In the same proceedings that marked a ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK, BGR reports that Judge Richard Arnold pointed to a possible February 2014 launch for HTC's next flagship device. This is in keeping with previous rumors on the device's availability, but it is the most specific of any leaks, and appears based on internal information.
Documents related to the proceedings claim that Nokia has "[cited] evidence which suggests that the launch date is in the first quarter of 2014 and possibly as early as February 2014." HTC, according to the document, has not contradicted this assertion.
Later in the ruling, the judge claims that the One's successor will see release some time between the beginning of February and the beginning of March next year.
The issue of the One's successor's launch window arose because HTC claims that it will suffer significantly if the One is pulled off the market before the M8 is released. The judge agreed that "the damage HTC will suffer if prevented from selling the One during this period will be both considerable and very difficult to quantify."
The HTC One Mini was blocked from sale in the United Kingdom, with the court ruling that it infringed on a patent owned by Nokia. Beginning December 6, the device will be subject to a sales injunction. The court stopped short of issuing a ban on the HTC One, though, citing the aforementioned "considerable" damage.
HTC is attempting to demonstrate that its next flagship will not infringe on Nokia's designs.Doing so would likely make it easier for the Taiwanese company to avoid any further sales injunctions, a critical point, given HTC's ongoing financial troubles.
When the M8 does launch in the United States, it will likely do so on all four major carriers, according to some reports. It is expected to sport a 5-inch screen outputting at 1080p, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat.