HTC One M9 release date, specification and price
The HTC One M8 (pictured above) went out the door months ago and phone fans everywhere are already eagerly looking ahead to the inevitable HTC One M9. Even before leaks and rumours started emerging there were concept designs popping up across the internet.
But now some actual news is starting to emerge, so while it’s early days yet here’s what we’ve heard and can speculate about so far.
HTC are yet to announce when they'll officially unveil the One M9, but they tend to stick to a fairly rigid pattern, releasing its flagship phones within a few weeks of MWC.
Next year’s MWC takes place between the 3rd and 5th of March, so we’ll likely see an announcement either during the show or shortly afterwards, with a release likely to take place the very same month.
Adding credence to that, the notorious tipster @evleaks wrote that: “Slated for a first quarter 2015 launch, the HTC M9 and HTC M9 Prime will be the next full refreshes of the One Mx family”
We don't currently have any official information about the HTC One M9, but it’s possible that it will bear a resemblance to the HTC One M8 Prime, which was rumoured to have a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 display with a pixel density of 534 pixels per inch and has since been canned.
The super phone was also thought to have a 2.5GHz snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. However, the HTC One M9 might be even more powerful than that and there's talk of both a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 and octa-core Snapdragon 810 processors being included in the new flagship.
There’s also a good chance that it will run Android L, since that should be available by the end of the year and there's also talk that the RAM will be boosted over the 2GB included in the HTC One M8.
One thing we have heard is that the camera might have an optical zoom. That’s almost unheard of in smartphones, with only the Galaxy Zoom range really offering it, one reason for that is that it means the lens takes up more space, so it’s hard to make the phone as slim, but it does significantly improve its photographic capabilities.
In a conversation with Vodafone, HTC’s imaging specialist Symon Whitehorn said that: “Optical zooming in a smartphone is not too far off at all for HTC. I can’t give too much away, but within 12-18 months we’ll see huge advances in phone optics.”
It might prove that the One M9's release is just a little too soon for the optical zoom and we've also heard rumours that it'll have a 13 megapixel camera, as opposed to the Ultrapixel snapper featured on the M8. But the Duo Camera element is still likely to be retained enabling you to change the focus after a shot has been taken.
The concept design feature above, by the prolific Hasam Kaymak, is probably the best HTC One M9 concept that's been produced so far. But as soon as we find more great designs we'll let you know.
While, the one pictured above, designed by Neoh Wei Sheng, looks believable but we can't help feeling it doesn't look metallic enough for the real deal.
It’s not known what the HTC One M9 will cost, but it’s going to be a flagship phone and will therefore be very expensive. The HTC One started at around £500, while the HTC One M8 retailed for around £550 at launch, so the HTC One M9 will probably be in the £500-£600 range, likely closer to £600 if anything.
By Simon Thomas on 09th September, 2014
Tags: HTC One M9