A wave of modest price cuts on the on- and off-contract versions of the HTC One M8 have prompted suspicion that the Google Nexus 6 could be just around the corner. What will $400 net you this year?
There’s been another sure-fire sign that not only is the Google Nexus 6 on its way, but also that it will be built by HTC …not LG. Nothing has been officially confirmed by any of the involved parties, but a sudden and unexplained price cut on the HTC One M8 has led some to believe that a new Taiwanese top-seller will be on the shelves soon enough.
One of the sellers knocking a few bucks off the price of the M8 is eBay, where it’s been reduced in price by $50 to $597. That’s for the 16GB SIM-free version, though higher-spec models are also slowly but surely coming down in price. Various third-party stores have also knocked the price of the M8 down to around the $600 mark, while on-contract versions are going for as little as $99.99, which is half the original price.
If HTC really is the brand behind the Nexus 6, chances are it will face a rather severe sales-cannibalization problem in the weeks following the device’s launch. The reason being that not only is the Google Nexus 6 likely to tower over the M8 in terms of specs and features, but it’s also rumored to pack a much more agreeable off-contract price tag. Nothing has been confirmed in an official capacity, but the latest reports coming out of the industry suggest a SIM-free price of around $400 for the 16GB version.
As for what this minor outlay will stretch to, the general consensus points to a 5-inch+ touchscreen with up to 2K resolution, an octa-core MT6752 SoC running at 2Ghz, at leat 3GB of RAM and temporary exclusivity to the new Android L mobile operating system.
And if any of this pans out to be true, chances are we’ll need to see a fair few additional HTC One M8 price cuts to keep the thing in contention.
Are you holding out for the Google Nexus 6?