Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation is expected to unveil to the world a new high-end Android-based smartphone next month, one that will supposedly sport the name of HTC M7 when put on shelves.The handset hasn’t been officially confirmed for the time being, but rumor has it that it will be announced on February 19 as the company’s new flagship Android device.
Apparently, the smartphone has just made a new step towards its official unveiling, through receiving the necessary certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.
HTC submitted the phone for testing to the Alliance with model number PN0713000 / PN0720000, and a certification for it can already be seen online.
The phone will land on shelves with WLAN connectivity on the 5.xGHz and 2.4GH bands, said listing unveils.
Previous rumors suggested that the phone would arrive on shelves with a 1.7GHz quad-core APQ8064 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor inside.
Furthermore, it should sport a 4.7-inch full HD (1080 x 1920) LCD screen, while running under Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
According to a recent article on Blog of Mobile, the PN07200 model is set to arrive on shelves in the United States via Sprint, where it is known as M7_WLS.
Provided that previous rumors on this device will pan out, we should see the M7 made available as a top-of-the line device from HTC, capable of proving that the company can indeed launch highly appealing smartphones.
Although it was the first handset vendor in the world to launch a phone powered by the Android operating system, HTC has fallen behind rival companies such as Samsung and LG lately, yet it might be able to regain some of the lost market share with new high-end smartphones such as M7.
As mentioned above, the phone is expected to be announced on February 19, about one week before the 2013 Mobile World Congress will kick off officially in Barcelona.