HTC One M9 launch preview: six things we think we know

HTC One M9 launch preview: six things we think we knowThis Sunday, March 1, marks the arrival of not one but two new Android flagships at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Barcelona, namely the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6.

We’ve already looked at Samsung Galaxy S6 specs, release date, features: six things we think we know, so now it’s time for – you guessed it – six things we think we know about the HTC One M9.

HTC One M9 launch preview: six things we think we know1. The HTC One M9 will have a familiar, but refined, design

As the old saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The HTC One M7 and One M8 both garnered tons of critical and consumer acclaim for their design, so it comes as little surprise to hear that the One M9 won’t stray too far.

The HTC One M9 will, however, make a few fairly significant changes, being "slicker" and more "refined" while maintaining the same fundamental feel.

Perhaps most notably, that redundant black bar with the HTC logo is gone (woohoo!), making more room for the obligatory front stereo BoomSound speakers, while the One M9’s display will be – we’re told – edge-to-edge.

Sounds good to us!

2. The HTC One M9 will have a 1080p display only

QHD is the latest advance in smartphone display technology, yielding 2560 x 1440 = 3.7 million pixels in the palm of your hand.

The LG G3 has a QHD display and the G4 will inevitably follow suit; the Sony Xperia Z4 is tipped to come with a QHD display; and the Samsung Galaxy S6 is expected to match the Galaxy Note 4’s 2K resolution when it launches this Sunday.

As such, the HTC One M9 resolution will be QHD too, right? Er, right?

Well, no. The general consensus seems to be that HTC One M9 specs will include a relatively modest 5in 1080p display, same as last year’s One M8.

That might prove divisive, with some demanding top-of-the-range specs while others extol the virtues of battery-friendly 1080p. Don’t worry if you fall into the former camp, as we’re also hearing that…

3. The HTC One M9 will be accompanied by the One M9 Plus

If the HTC One M9 is just 1080p, won’t that leave the Taiwanese manufacturer at a disadvantage? What about HTC fans who don’t want to lose face with their Samsung/Sony/LG-rockin’ peers?

Enter: the HTC One M9 Plus. It is, by all accounts, a smartphone beast.

In addition to a pocket-friendly 5.2 QHD display, rumoured One M9 Plus specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable, presumably), front fingerprint scanner, LTE Cat 6 support, Android Lollipop with Sense 7.0, “20.7MP + 2.1MP” rear camera, “4MP or 13MP” front camera, front BoomSound stereo speakers, and a 2,840mAh battery.

Fancy it? You’re not alone! For what it's worth, HTC recently teased something "HUGE" in the pipeline.

4. The HTC One M9 will have a simple 20MP rear camera

In 2013, the HTC One M7 introduced us to the slightly confusing UltraPixel technology. See, while the One M7’s rear camera was listed as 4MP, it was actually way better than that. But does your average consumer really hear – or understand – anything beyond 4MP?

Last year, the One M8 boasted a Duo Lens 4MP rear camera, welcoming depth of field effects and whatnot.

This year? No UltraPixels (on the back, anyway), no Duo Lens shenanigans, just a plain old 20MP rear camera.

5. The HTC One M9 won’t have brackets in the name

Perhaps not of huge interest to consumers, but journalists breathed a collective sigh of relief with the recent news that the One M9 won’t have brackets in the name. To be honest, I never really bothered with the brackets anyway. Ahem.

6. The HTC One M9 will come in three colour combinations

Most recently, as we rapidly approach the launch, @upleaks chimed in with HTC One M9 colours, and they look – supposedly – a little something like this:

  1. Front-Dark Gunmetal/Back-Dark Gunmetal
  2. Front-Gold/Back-Silver
  3. Front-Gold/Back-Gold

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