If the recent crop of leaked HTC One M9 photos really are just decoys, then what will the actual handset look like? According to a new report from HTC Source, the device may offer “more refined” version of last year’s One (M8) while borrowing some ideas from the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet.
The biggest design improvement to the HTC One M9 could be the decision to get rid of that black bar just below the display. The space, which originally housed capacitive buttons on the original HTC One (M7), became pretty useless when the company switched to on-screen buttons for the M8. Thankfully, it sounds like the HTC may finally do something with that wasted space this year.
Another visual change for the new handset might be the front-facing speakers. The BoomSound speakers will apparently sit behind a single glass panel that covers the entire front panel, with small cut-outs at the top and bottom to let out sound. The entire thing could look a bit like the Nexus 9 speaker-setup.
Overall, it sounds like the HTC One M9 could be a nice improvement over last year’s model, without changing things up too much. We’re also expecting the new phone to offer high-end hardware, including an upgraded camera, and the latest software from Android and HTC.
The company is set to make a big announcement on March 1 in Barcelona just ahead of MWC 2015, so hopefully we’ll get an official look at the device before too long.