Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6, is being widely compared to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s upcoming Galaxy S5. But new reports suggest that the iPhone 6 may have to face tough competition from another device from HTC Corp (TPE:2498). A leaked image of the HTC M8, the successor of the HTC One, shows an aluminum chassis. Reports suggest that the Taiwanese company will launch its next flagship device in the first quarter of 2014.

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 vs. HTC M8

The reported features of the HTC M8 suggest that the device may be as good as the iPhone 6. Though specs and features of neither device have officially been confirmed yet, let’s look at their features as reported by different supply chain sources and media outlets. The iPhone 6 is speculated to sport a larger display and a scratch-proof screen made up of sapphire glass. There have also been reports of a curved glass display. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to equip the iPhone 6 with a 64-bit A8 processor, a better camera, 3D gesture control, improved sensors, face recognition technology and a revamped Siri.

The HTC M8 reports have been more recent. The device is expected to feature a 9mm thick casing, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 5-inch full HD display with 2048 x 1080 resolution and HTC Sense 6.0. The HTC M8 is likely to run on the latest Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Reports suggest that the device will have 4GB of RAM, a 6 ultra-pixel camera, 32 GB of storage, GPS, BoomSound, HTC Zoe 2 and Glonass. The HTC M8 may also come with a 3200mAh battery, which will provide longer battery life but could make the device bulkier.

It’s too early

It’s too early to say that the HTC M8 could be a threat to the iPhone 6. But HTC will try to do everything to make sure that its next device is nothing less than a breakthrough. The company is rapidly losing the battle to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung. The HTC M8 may help the company regain its lost glory. The device is expected to be available on all four major U.S. carriers by the end of Q1 2014. Let’s see if it can really challenge the iPhone 6.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares were down 0.32% to $559.57 in pre-market trading Thursday.