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HTC One M9 cases tease design refreshes

Luke Johnson

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HTC One M9 case leak

The HTC One M9 will feature a larger, Desire Eye inspired front-facing camera and modified stereo speakers, leak case renders have suggested.

With the One M9 confirmed to be heading to the realms of reality during a dedicated pre-MWC press conference this Sunday, March 1, a selection of third-party cases and covers have popped up online, seemingly teasing a number of design changes.

According to the prematurely teased Spigen HTC One M9 cases (via PhoneArena), the handset will build on a design largely similar to the One M8’s softly curved, brushed metal finish with a selection of small differences.

Believed to be heading to market with a 4-Ultrapixel selfie snapper in tow, the leaked shots have shown this as a large-lens offering located within the very centre of the phone’s upper edge.

This is in contrast to last year’s M8 which saw its small front-facing camera sit in the top right corner of the phone.

One top of this, the case renders have shown the M9 to sport smaller, meshed stereo speakers than its predecessor’s oversized grill offering.

As well as offering potentially tantalising new insight into the eagerly awaited Galaxy S6 rival, the leaks have reaffirmed belief that HTC will ditch its current dual-lens primary camera in favour of a more traditional shooter.

While far from official, these case renders appear to back up a number of M9 rumours which have been doing the rounds in recent weeks.

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Aesthetics aside, the HTC One M9 is expected to be a true powerhouse of the 2015 smartphone race.

Although not expected to feature a new screen – the M8’s 5-inch, 1080p Full HD panel looks set to make a reappearance – the M9 has been tipped to feature a raft of new components.

From Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor to 3GB of RAM and Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, the M9 looks set to be able to rival any smartphone contenders.

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