We learned last week that HTC plans to launch its next generation flagship — whether you call it the One (M9) or “Hima” — at the 2015 Mobile World Congress on March 1. Yesterday, it was revealed that a new smartwatch would be launched alongside the new flagship in March.
Nowhere Else, which has a pretty strong track record when it comes to smartphone leaks, today has two new photos of next generation One (M9). Unlike an earlier render that broke cover earlier this month, the new photos show a device that sticks very close to the design language seen in the current One (M8). The bezels are slightly narrower and the camera area is now square versus the circular on the current smartphone.
Otherwise, the design appears to be “more of the same”, which is a good thing in my eyes — the One (M8) is a handsome device and further refining its design is fine by me. When it comes to personalization, the HTC One (M9) is expected to soldier on with grey, silver, and gold color options. That’s pretty much standard fare these days for smartphones, but it would be nice to see the availability of some more vibrant color like red, blue, or even yellow (color options that we’ve grown accustomed to with Microsoft’s Lumia smartphones).
As for specs, we still don’t have any concrete details, but the rumor mill suggest that the One (M9) will contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (almost certain), 3GB of RAM, a 20MP rear camera, 13MP front-facing camera, and a 5-inch display (which is reported to hold steady at 1080p resolution).