After weeks of rumors and speculation, the HTC One M9+ has finally gone official today. The handset was unveiled in China by the company and will unfortunately remain an exclusive to the region. In order to make it stand apart from its 1080p sibling, HTC has made some rather odd design changes. The most notable among these changes is the relatively larger 5.2 inch panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 or Quad HD (2K).
The company has also decided to add a central home button to the device which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. This means the speaker grill on the bottom is divided into two halves, which if we’re being honest looks a little strange. The speaker grill on the top remains unchanged though.
Also making a reappearance is the Duo Camera setup on the back accompanying the 20.7-megapixel primary camera for depth focusing and other image tweaks. The smartphone has a 2.2 GHz octa core MediaTek MT6795T, 3GB of RAM, front facing Ultrapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a 2,840 mAh battery pack.
Via: GSM Arena
As we all know by now, HTC is expected to announce the One M9 flagship at an event in Barcelona which is scheduled for about 10 days from now. And as we lead up to the announcement, the Taiwanese manufacturer has teased the arrival of “Something Huge” to further fuel our excitement.
The company has already acknowledged the arrival of the HTC One M9, so it is possible that the company is referring to a different device here. Our first guess is the large sized One M9 Plus phablet which is rumored to be launching alongside the One M9. You can find the company’s complete tweet below and decipher whatever you can.
Another theory which is currently floating around suggests that this is HTC’s rumored tablet, which was reportedly going to be based off the Nexus 9.
What do you think HTC is trying to tell us here? Could it be the One M9 Plus or is that tablet we’ve heard so much about?
Via: Android Headlines
HTC is expected to announce two smartphones at the MWC on the 1st of March. While one of them is the One M9, there’s also a phablet rumored to be launching under the One M9 Plus moniker with a QHD display. Today, this variant has been spotted on a benchmark listing, thus confirming its existence.
The revelation was made by benchmarks site CompuBench. The smartphone here is shown to be carrying the model number 0PK71, along with a 5.1 inch QHD display, a 20-megapixel rear camera as well as a massive 13-megapixel front camera. Surprisingly, the device is shown to be running on the MediaTek MT6795 chipset and not the Snapdragon 810, which makes us think that this might not be the One M9 Plus.
It is possible that this is a region specific smartphone, like the rumored Butterfly 3, which is rumored to be launching in the second half of the year. Recent reports have suggested that the HTC One M9 Plus could be sporting a 5.1 or 5.2 inch display instead of the 5.5 inch panel as originally rumored, so this could be the real deal.
A new revelation on Twitter has revealed what could well be our first look of the HTC One M9 and its larger sibling, the One M9 Plus. A few days ago, we came across a very suspicious looking render of the One M9 Plus and were positive that it was a fake, but this new leak seems to reiterate what we saw back then.
If the image is anything to go by, the larger One M9 model will sport a central home button. quite similar to what we see on Samsung smartphones. This button will also house the fingerprint scanner, apparently. The regular One M9 variant however will not have any sort of hardware buttons on the front.
It also looks like HTC will redesign the BoomSound speakers on the upcoming One M9 handsets, with the speakers now looking more like what we saw on the Nexus 9 tablet back in October.
What do you think of the image above? Does it seem authentic?
Source: @evleaks – Twitter
The HTC One M9 Plus has just leaked out in a new series of images, revealing what appears to be an all new design from the company. We are taking these pictures with a large chunk of salt given that one of the images shows the device to be having a physical home button.
It is more than likely that this is a work of an HTC fan as we don’t see anything comprehensive to prove otherwise. Even then, it’s good to ponder over what an HTC smartphone with a physical home button would look like.
The leak from Twitter also suggests that the smartphone is packing a 5.5 inch QHD display, an octa core Snapdragon 810 SoC, a Duo Camera arrangement on the back, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 as one of the settings screenshots suggest.
Some early rumors have mentioned that HTC will have a fingerprint scanner on the next flagship device, so it could be the reason there’s a physical home button here. All that being said, it’s just not convincing enough to believe that this leak is authentic, so we’re going to treat it as a work of fiction until there’s evidence to prove otherwise.
Source: @LeaksFly – Twitter