Everything you need to know about the HTC One M9
The HTC One M9 has finally been unveiled in all its glory, with the HTC One M9 release date and specs now fully confirmed.
The HTC One M9 release date is now set for March 31 across EMEA regions, including the UK, bringing with it a host of upgrades from its One M8 predecessor.
HTC’s flagship will show off a two-tone metal chassis, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip, 3GB of RAM, and a HTC Sense 7.0 skinned version of Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.
It’s also going to make use of Dolby audio enhanced BoomSound stereo speakers, 32GB of built-in storage, and a 5-inch 1080p display. All of this will be juiced by a 2840mAh battery.
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Heading for a grand reveal the day before MWC 2015 enters full flow, the HTC One M9 will be a direct rival to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6. Like the S6, the HTC One M9 is expected to partner a stylish metal design with a mass of new, high-end component upgrades and features.
Leading this line of improved specs will be a major overhaul of the phone’s imaging abilities. Based on latest reports, the One M9 will see HTC ditch its brief jaunt into dual-lens photography in favour of a more traditional 20.7-megapixel rear-mounted camera. What’s more, in a bid to appease selfie lovers, a 4-Ultrapixel secondary snapper is expected to feature up front.
Under the hood HTC is set to follow the crowd, adopting the same chipset expected to feature on both the Sony Xperia Z4 and the LG G4. The chip in question is Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, a new, octa-core chip that should offer plenty of grunt.
One area where the HTC One M9 might come up short compared with the competition, however, is on a visual front. Unlike the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it is not expected that the M9 will joining the QHD display revolution.
While early reports claimed the phone would move into the 2560 x 1440 pixel display space, it now appears this screen jump will be saved for the spin-off HTC One M9 Plus. Instead, the M9 looks set to be bestowed with the same 5-inch, 1080p Full HD panel as its predecessor.
Set to go head-to-head with the likes of the iPhone 6 for smartphone supremacy, the HTC One M9 will reportedly run Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS direct from the box with a reworked HTC Sense 7.0 UI giving the device a more premium look and feel than its TouchWiz or Emotion UI skinned rivals.
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HTC One M9 Release Date: When can I buy the One M9?
While in recent years HTC has opted to forgo the scrum of an MWC unveiling, instead choosing to debut its latest flagship wares at a dedicated launch event in the weeks preceding or superseding the Barcelona-based conference, that is set to change in 2015 with the HTC One M9 release date.
The Taiwanese manufacturer recently issued invites to its pre-MWC press conference to be held on March 1. Although originally failing to mention the HTC One M9 by name, the company has teased something big, bestowing its invites with the teasing slogan ‘join us to see what’s next’.
These teases have now been backed up with hard factors. In the days leading up to the show, the official HTC UK Titter feed name dropped the upcoming handset, confirming the new ‘One’ will take a bow in Barcelona.
“Let them stare. The new HTC One revealed 01.03.15.” HTC tweeted. While it is currently unclear exactly what this ‘let them stare’ tagline is in reference to, it could be a sign of more delicious designs being inbound.
With MWC 2015 being held between March 2 and 5, HTC’s March 1 unveiling will see the company look to avoid the throng of competition to be announced later in the week. In an unwanted twist, however, both Samsung and Huawei have also announced plans to unveil new devices on the Sunday before the show.
As well as going up against rivals, the M9 will not have the HTC launch limelight all to itself, either. It is widely expected that the company will use the event to introduce its first wearable device.
While set to target your wrist, this wearable is not believed to be a traditional smartwatch. Instead, HTC is believed to be readying a dedicated Nike Fuelband and Misfit Shine rivalling activity tracker for launch.
Given the handset is heading for an MWC-based bow, it is doubtful that the M9 will find itself on retailers’ shelves as close to unveiling as its predecessor. Last year the M8 was both announced and made available for purchase on March 25.
Although an exact timeframe is currently unclear, we would expect the M9 to hit retailers within weeks of both the Galaxy S6 and Sony Xperia Z4, in what will be one of the busiest periods of the year for new handsets.
HTC One M9 News: What’s the latest news on the M9?
Leaving little to the imagination, an in-depth HTC One M9 video leaked just days ahead of the phone’s formal unveiling.
Highlighting the phone’s key features and latest updates, the video (below) has shown of the handset’s two-tone colour scheme, improved camera and improved UI.
Although most of the M9-based questions have already been answered, HTC has promised a few surprises for its MWC-based press conference.
“The best parts of HTC’s March 1st launch event are the parts you have NO IDEA are coming,” HTC’s senior communications head Jeff Gordon Tweeted.
As well as answering questions, the leaked video cleared up much doubt surrounding the One M9. Although the HTC One M9 name was all but a certainty from the off, there had been much back-and-forth on exactly what the device will be called. According to claimed insider sources, the Taiwanese manufacturer will adopt an all-new naming convention for its future flagship offerings.
The original leak, which came courtesy of serial Twitter-based tipster @Upleaks, stated: “OK, here’s a “little” leak; Next HTC flagship is NOT the M9. They will not use simple codename like M* anymore.”
Although dismissing the HTC One M9 name, no alternative name was offered up.
While it has been suggested that the M9 could actually be known at the ‘HTC Hima’, this is now believed to have been little more than a development code name.
More recently, the M9 name has gained further backing, suggesting a surprise name change isn’t on the cards after all. Contrasting reports aside, we would expect the M8 follow-on to be official known as the HTC One (M9).
Lending further credence to this theory, the HTC One M9 has now been referenced on the company’s own website with the name spotted in the site’s source code. What’s more, news has emerged that HTC could be working on a phablet-sized version of its next flagship smartphone. The name tipped for this device? Only the HTC One M9 Plus.
This purportedly powerful phablet will reportedly tout a 5.2-inch display with a mega 1440 x 2560 resolution. Also expected on board is a Snapdragon 810 chip clocked at 2.3Ghz, paired with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage.
Personally, we’d be surprised if HTC turned its back on the ‘One M’ brand. A series which has revived the company’s ailing smartphone fortunes, the product line is as key to the company – and as recognisable to the public – as its Desire efforts in years gone by.
HTC One M9 Rumours: What have people been saying?
Although the era of QHD phones is firmly upon us, it is not expected that the HTC One M9 will follow the trend to become the next high-end handset to move beyond Full HD into the realms visual supremacy.
While according to certain reports, the M8 will adopt an LG G3-mimicking 2560 x 1440-pixel QHD panel, these claims have been largely rubbished.
Contrasting reports have suggested the M9 will retain the same 5-inch, Full HD panel bestowed upon its predecessor.
The benefit of bringing a hi-res QHD display to a smaller panel is simple – a higher pixel density and even crisper visuals. The One M9 could feature a 564ppi density, sharper than either the G3 (534ppi) or Note 4 (515ppi). The negatives are pretty apparent too, however, with battery demand jumping massively with the switch to a 2K panel.
Although HTC has yet to comment on the screen technology, rival Sony has been outspoken on the drawbacks of QHD.
“We don’t believe the trade-off between having a 2K screen and battery consumption is the right trade-off for a consumer,” Calum MacDougall, Sony’s Director of Xperia Marketing told TrustedReviews recently.
In recent weeks it has appeared increasingly likely that the One M9 will retain a 1080p panel. Newly leaked wallpapers (below), believed to have been stripped from the upcoming phone, have offered highlighted the handset’s visual dimensions.
While screen quality is still open for debate, so too is size. While a handful of leaks have suggested that the One M9 will match its smartphone rivals in stature, it is widely believed the device will line up smaller than either the G3 (5.5 inches) or the Galaxy Note 4 (5.7 inches).
Further HTC One M9 rumours have suggested the phone will echo the recently unveiled LG G Flex 2 in adopting Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor.
This will reportedly by paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card.
HTC One M9 Specs: What will power the One M9?
The HTC One M8 is less than a year old but its spec sheet is already looking old hat when compared with the latest throng of high-end smartphones. According to latest reports, the HTC One M9 is about to rectify this.
The One M8’s camera was a feature that was much anticipated, but ultimately failed to impress. The phone’s 4-Ultrapixel dual-lens snapper stood out from the competition, but not necessarily for the right reasons.
With the M9, the Taiwanese manufacturer looks set to revert to toeing the line. While a 20.7-megapixel, OIS-enhanced camera is tipped to feature on the phone’s rear, selfie lovers could be set to rejoice as a 4-Ultrapixel front-facing snapper has also been rumoured for inclusion.
For those who can’t wait to see what sort of image quality this new camera collection will offer, we’ve good news. An over eager HTC employee has let slip a number of sample images shot with a test M9.
Although offering little insight into the phone’s true photographic capabilities, the teased images (below) have shown the handset could feature improved low-light and indoor shooting performances.
If this crowd-following camera doesn’t tickle your fancy, HTC has hinted that a potentially surprising addition could be on the cards.
Back in April, HTC imaging specialist Symon Whitehorn hinted that the manufacturer was already working on smartphone cameras with optical zoom lenses.
“I can’t give too much away, but within 12-18 months we’ll see huge advantages in phone optics.”
He added: “Two years ago I would have said that phones will never replace DSLRs. Now I’m not so sure.”
Going hand-in-hand with strong visuals is impressive audio and we don’t expect the Galaxy S6 rival to fall short on this front.
It wouldn’t be a HTC flagship without dual stereo speakers up front, and the One M9 is expected to once again pair its audio enablers with the company’s BoomSound audio-enhancement technology.
What’s more, based on latest leaks, the handset’s power-hungry array of innards will be serviced by a sizeable battery. Leaks have suggested the handset will keep on chugging thanks to a 3,500mAh Lithium-Ion battery.
This sizeable power supply will join Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS in running the M9 alongside a rework Sense 7.0 UI. Although the finer details of Sense 7.0 are still unclear, past iterations of HTC’s custom interface have stood out as one of our favourite Android skins.
Although a feature not set to affect performance, the M9 will feature a slightly reworked design. Maintaining a sleek, curved, brushed metal finish, leaked images have shown the M9 will adopt a slightly more rounded design.
Like the M8, a selection of M9 colours have also leaked. While the silver and grey models have been the subject of the majority of leaks, recently a gold edition has popped up (below).
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HTC One M9 Price: How much will it cost?
A move to a new 64-bit processor and high-end camera optics won’t come cheap. Throw in a luxurious brushed-metal design as well and the HTC One M9 price might not be too easy on your wallet.
As you might expect, there’s currently no official word on the HTC One M9 price. Based on the company’s past handset launches, however, we wouldn’t expect to see the upcoming device offered up much below the £550-600 marker at launch.
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