We’re still waiting for the HTC One M9 to hit stores, but it looks like the company could already have another new smartphone in the works. A fresh device apparently called the One E9 popped up on Chinese regulator site TENAA, revealing a high-powered handset that could put the One M9 to shame.
The HTC One E9 appears to sport a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2,660 x 1,440, positively dwarfing the 5-inch 1080p panel on the flagship M9. The device also packs a 2GHz octa-core chip (possibly from MediaTek), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with micro SD support, a 20-megapixel camera and a 2800mAh battery. That’s a lot of firepower, suggesting this could be the rumored One M9 Plus/Prime we heard so much about earlier this year.
From a design perspective, the One E9 doesn’t really live up to the M9′s beauty. There’s no unibody design, and the back of the device appears to be covered in plastic rather than aluminum. The rear camera also sticks out bit, which isn’t the case on HTC’s flagship phone.
There’s still no word on when the HTC One E9 will get an official unveiling, though earlier reports suggest it could launch soon. A list of pretty accurate specs offered up last week by Upleaks claims the device will arrive by late March, adding that the device will be available in white rose gold, metallic gray and brown gold variants.