The HTC M7, one of the 2013’s most heavily rumored smartphones and one that figures to replace the HTC One X as the company’s flagship, may be heading to at least three of the United States’ largest mobile providers as a reliable source claims that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are all confirmed to be getting the smartphone with T-Mobile still remaining a possibility.
Earlier this month, we heard that the HTC M7 was being tested on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, something that seemed to add up with a previous rumor that suggested the device would, at the very least, be heading to Sprint and Verizon. Now it seems, the same source that originally said that the HTC M7 would be heading to both of those carriers is saying that AT&T is now confirmed as well.
The notorious evleaks Twitter account, which has proven very reliable in the past, claims that AT&T is now a confirmed carrier of the HTC M7. It also claims that T-Mobile “the only major US carrier lacking concrete evidence.” Reading between the lines, this seems to infer that AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are now all on board to carry the HTC M7, a device that is rumored to be coming at Mobile World Congress 2013 in February.
Considering the source, and the prior rumors, a multi-carrier launch for the HTC M7 seems likely. And if true, it would be a departure from the launch of the HTC One X, a device that called AT&T and AT&T only home.
HTC’s move here might be, in part, a move to lessen the gap between it and the Samsung Galaxy S series. The Galaxy S3 launched on all five major U.S. carriers in 2012, giving it a distinct advantage over the HTC One X. And while the Samsung Galaxy S4 has no rumored carriers as of yet, we imagine that Samsung will likely be looking to release it on as wide of swath as possible.
Fortunately, we should know if AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are on board in the coming weeks as the HTC M7 is rumored for a launch at MWC 2013 in late February. Furthermore, the device is rumored to have a release date in March, which would come a month before the HTC One X’s birthday. The One X was released in May of 2012.
The HTC M7 is expected to boast a 4.7-inch 1080p display, speedy quad-core processor, 13MP camera, and Android Jelly Bean, likely Android 4.2, the latest firmware from Google. It’s also supposed to be running HTC’s new HTC Sense 5.0 UI over the top of Android.