HTC is expected to announce its latest flagship phone at an event set for March 1, and now we may be getting a first look at the upcoming metal handset. A pair of leaked photos obtained by French blog NoWhereElse claim to reveal the front and back of the next-gen device, along with a few unexpected details.
The biggest change here to is the rear camera, which appears to be a lot bigger than in earlier models. However, all we’re seeing is a cutout where the camera will go though, so it’s tough to say anything for sure. It’s also unclear if HTC will include a second smaller shooter in back because of the way the image is cropped, though it looks like the company may ditch last year’s Duo Camera setup.
Meanwhile, the front of the device looks pretty identical to the One (M8) right down to that black logo bar near the bottom. It’s possible the screen could be slightly bigger this time around, or the bezels thinner. However, recent rumors suggest HTC plans to keep the same design while boosting the new phone’s hardware, and today’s leak seems to support those claims.
An earlier report from Bloomberg suggests the HTC One M9 will sport an improved 20-megapixel camera, an UltraPixel front-facing shooter, a Snapdragon 810 processor and Dolby audio. It’s also expected to run Android 5.0 Lollipop with the company’s own Sense 7 UI pre-installed. Finally, HTC may announce its first smartwatch at the same event as part of a recent partnership with Under Armour.
Of course, there’s no guarantee these photos are real, even if NoWhereElse seems pretty confident in its source. With HTC’s big event just over a month away, it won’t be long before we get an official look at the new smartphone.
Update: A follow-up report from HTC Source claims to reveal even more about the HTC One M9, citing an anonymous but “trusted source.” The upcoming smartphone apparently does ditch the Duo Camera setup. It also splits the volume rocker into two separate buttons, and moves the power button down to the side of the device just below those volume controls. Finally, the M9 may be slightly thicker than the One (M8).