In two weeks, all eyes will be on MWC 2015 as companies unveil the products to carry them through the year. Being that we are so close to the start of the trade show, leaks are almost guaranteed to happen. Today, the HTC One (M9) is the victim of a sizable leak that shows quality shots of the device and gives away its specifications.
The overall design of the One (M9) does not seem to have changed much from last year’s One (M8) to the point where is looks like a revised version of its predecessor. The front-facing speakers, camera, and black bar below the display are all in the exact same places. If anything, the black bar has been thinned a tiny bit and it still looks completely unnecessary. The top features the plastic strip for the IR blaster and the bottom has the charging and audio ports. Nothing has changed with those areas.
Hit the break to see what has changed as well as specifications.
The power button has seemingly been relocated to the side of the One (M9) just below the volume rocker. Reaching to the top of a rather tall device is difficult and HTC has realized having the power button by the volume rocker makes sense because a users fingers are naturally nearby there. Above all of this is the microSD card slot that allows for 128GB of storage. Otherwise, 32GB and perhaps 16GB are what users have to work with.
The most noticeable change with this year’s HTC flagship is the camera. The Duo Camera setup has officially been nixed and the company will go with a larger lens. The 20MP rear camera has a BSI sensor and optical image stabilization. The camera will indeed be paired with dual-LED flash, that feature does remain from last year.
In the images above and below, you will notice that the HTC One (M9) has two color options. The top of this post shows what is being referred to as “Gold on Silver.” It resembles the Glacial Silver color from the One (M8) on its rear; however, both the trim and the front are gold. The color option seen below is, like last year, Gunmetal Grey.
Now let’s talk about specifications. The 5-inch display does keep the same 1920x1080p resolution. If you were hoping for 2560×1440, you will have to either look elsewhere or keep your fingers crossed. Unlike Samsung and a few other companies, HTC uses LCD panels. Expect sharp and accurate images with spotty performance in direct sunlight unless, of course, the display can get really bright. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM to keep everything running smoothly. The Snapdragon 810 is an octa-core processor and here it is clocked at 2.0GHz. As for audio, HTC has partnered with Dolby Labratories for the front-facing speakers. And, when capturing video, HTC has included three microphones.
The software changes that HTC makes with its devices are not particularly overwhelming. HTC Sense is actually one of the more visually pleasing experiences out there. Shipping with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the One (M9) will have HTC Sense 7. The images shown above already show the return of BlinkFeed, but the company will introduce HTC Sense Home and Themes. Users select their design (through themes) and then the experience will adapt based on behavior.
The slogan for the HTC One (M9) will be the following:
“You only have one life. Show off your style. #onenlife”