HTC, like many manufacturers, has an event scheduled for Mobile World Congress on March 1st and just as with many of those to-be-announced devices, there has been a substantial number of leaks. Today is a little bit different though. It seems a retailer has full for-sale listings for both color variants of the upcoming HTC One M9. With these, we get to see the device all around, as well as a full list of specifications for its internals, along with what seem to be confirmation of the ‘One Life’ and #onelife marketing pushes.
First, and perhaps to some people’s dismay, HTC has maintained the design of the HTC One M8 from last year almost identically, and that includes the black bar bearing only HTC’s name. And yes, we have a squared-off camera module window, which makes it at least somewhat different year-to-year. The color variants we mentioned are the stylish gunmetal grey, as well as a new addition: the light silver color with highlights and accents of gold (called ‘gold on silver’). Both look as stylish as HTC would ever accept and select, so esthetically is not something to worry about with the One M9.
The internal specifications of many devices in the early half of 2015 will likely feature a setup or collection much like the One M9, so here’s our first look at it (somewhat) officially. It seems to have a 2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 roaring along with 3 full gigabytes of RAM, as well as the power of a 2900 mAh battery sealed within the metallic shell. It has a full array of sensors and connections, highlighted with Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi and the expected 32 gigabytes of internal storage (with the now-flagship-ubiquitous 128 GB compatibility Micro SD card expansion). The camera on the One M9, which has been the subject of many an argument and disdainful glance will finally be upped to a hefty 20 megapixels on the back, with the HTC-chosen 4 megapixel Ultrapixel camera for selfies up front. The back camera does bulge out just a bit, but a stylish case could easily alleviate the situation if that is an issue. As for the flash module, it appears to be a dual-LED and still dual-tone, for those shots that need it.
The display has also been a focal point of the past few months of leaked devices and their specifications. The HTC One M9 has a still-crisp 1080p display, still at that 5-inch sweet spot that many of us have found in smartphones. No QuadHD, 2560 by 1440 pixel, display to sap the battery of the M9, so that might please battery life fans but annoy the pixel junkies. The Android experience is also an obvious central point, and the M9 ships with the still-new Android 5.0 Lollipop, styled with HTC’s Sense 7 design(s), which features updates to Blinkfeed, and the inclusion of ‘themes’ perhaps. The front-facing speakers, which still grace the One line of devices, have Dolby Digital Audio capabilities in HTC’s BoomSound technology. The phone also features 3 microphones to aid noise cancelling in calls and voice recognition. The last thing to see is the price, which is a commonly-high 749€ for it unlocked, which probably means it’ll sit right around $749 unlocked for the U.S., with the typical $199 on-contract price for most carriers. Interestingly, the pre-order listing (source link below) also shows the device will be shipping (released) on April 9th. Whether this (or any of the details) are correct will not be fully known until HTC confirms them.
For a full look around the device, check out the gallery below showing both the gunmetal and gold-on-silver variants. in the meantime, does the HTC One M9 seem like the device to get or beat this year? Do you think that it lives up to the mark set by the leaks we’ve seen by Samsung on the Galaxy S6 and LG’s G4 for later this year, or has HTC done what Motorola was famous for – offering lowered-specifications but with a better user experience? Let us know down below.