We’d be lying if we said we got enough of these HTC One M9 leaks, but it’s always nice to get a good look at a device well ahead of its launch. A trusted, reliable source of Phandroid’s close to the Taiwanese company passed along a couple of new photos for us to take a look at.
The photos themselves don’t show or tell us much that we haven’t already seen or heard — it’s the HTC One M9. And yes, it looks awfully similar to the HTC One M8. But this is one of the clearest shots we’ve gotten of the front of the device to this point.
One thing we can take away is that HTC moved the power button from the top of the device to the right side. It’s a small change, but anyone with an HTC One M8 knows how annoying it can be to have to reach for the top of the device to power it on or off. We’d already seen evidence of the change in leaked renders last night, but it’s nice to get more hard evidence.
With that they’ve also shifted the volume rocker and power buttons to be lower on the right edge of the device. We reckon the change was made to make for more comfortable access to said buttons for those with smaller hands. It’s a move we typically see with phablets (such as Motorola’s Nexus 6), but to our knowledge we’re still getting the same 5-inch form factor featured on the HTC One M8.
For what it’s worth, our source was able to confirm the long-rumored combination of an octa-core chipset (likely the Snapdragon 810) and 3GB of RAM, but they weren’t able to corroborate any of the other HTC One M9 specs we’ve heard to this point. Here’s a quick recap of what’s rumored to be stuffed inside:
Snapdragon 810 chipset with Adreno 430 GPU (which is an Octa-Core chipset)
3GB of RAM
5-inch 1080p display
Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0
20.7 megapixel camera on the rear, UltraPixel camera on the front
There’s no reason to believe the rest of that list won’t hold up once the official announcement is made at Mobile World Congress on March 1st. We’re digging for more information and we’ll be sure to pass anything we hear along, but in the meantime let us know if you think this device is shaping up to be a worthy successor to one of 2014’s best flagship Android phones.