We take a look at the upcoming HTC One M9, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to the five-star One M8 smartphone, which is already the subject of rumours and whispers. Here’s what we expect in a nutshell…
HTC One M9: Design and specs
HTC’s One M7 and One M8 were both flagship phones packing premium specs, and we’d expect nothing less of the One M9 as HTC tries to claw back some much-needed market share. Rumours suggest a 5.2-inch screen and at least a 2560 x 1440 ‘Quad HD‘ resolution, delivering an eyeball-exploding 564 pixel-per-inch (ppi). That’s even sharper than the crazy-crisp LG G3. Oh, and don’t forget the BoomSound speakers.
Further web whisperings give the HTC One M9 a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, again hardlies a stretch as this powerful chipset has already debuted in the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. That’ll provide enough power to run the latest games and apps for some time to come.
We’re also expecting HTC to ditch the ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, which many critics demonised as the single flaw in the One M8. In its place, we reckon the One M9 will pack a more advanced version of the HTC Desire Eye’s 13-megapixel camera, complete with Optical Image Stabilisation. We’d also expect a sharp front-facing lens, although perhaps not as full-on as the Desire Eye’s 13-meg selfie snapper.
As for design, we’d be surprised if HTC ditched the metallic unibody of the One M8, which helps the phone to stand out from the crowds. Perhaps a fresh range of colours and finishes at launch would help, however – we do love the colourful models that often emerge later.
HTC One M9: UK price and release date
HTC usually launches its One flagship phones outside of big tech events like MWC, so we’d expect to see the One M9 launch around February 2015, in a special HTC event. It’ll then hopefully be on show at MWC 2015. UK pricing will probably be as expected, around £499 SIM-free.
Were you unconvinced by the One M8, and if so, what would you like to see in the HTC One M9? Let us know in the comments below.