HTC is working on a new plastic handset, dubbed the Zara, with a release date pegged for late 2013.
The device was leaked by evleaks, which is developing a solid-gold reputation for getting the inside line on new mobiles.
With HTC unleashing aluminium handsets earlier this year, with the One and One Mini leading the line, a plastic device makes sense in light of the impending release of Apple’s iPhone 5C.
The Zara is said to pack a 4.5-inch qHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 plus processor and 1GB of RAM.
Beats Audio and an ample eight-megapixel camera complete the package. A Q4 release date is expected.
HTC is due to reveal its One Max phablet at next month’s IFA show in Berlin, as it attempts to claw back market share in the face of increasingly stiff competition.
The company is expected to make significant financial losses in the current quarter.