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HTC One M9 Hima hinted for March 1 launch

HTC has hinted at a possible launch date for its next flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9.

The Taiwanese firm has sent out an invite for March 1, captioned with the text: “Join us to see what’s next.’

The event is set to take place in Barcelona, just one day before Mobile World Congress begins proper.

While the ‘what’s next’ line is purposefully ambiguous, MWC would make for the perfect stage to launch the One M9.

HTC doesn’t typically use MWC to show off its flagship smartphones, but last year’s One M8 did land in March, so it’s not too big a stretch of the imagination.

The poster also carried the text ‘utopia in progress’, which is certainly more puzzling.

It’s worth noting that while this is the first MWC invite to be sent out from a major smartphone manufacturer, we are expecting many more to come.

Other smartphones tipped for an MWC reveal include the Sony Xperia Z4 and the LG G4.

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So what can we expect from the HTC One M9 ‘Hima’? Rumour has it the device will carry Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 chipset, for a start.

This would bring 64-bit architecture, improved battery life, Cat. 9 LTE support, and a built-in killswitch for added security.

There’s also talk of a 5- or 5.2-inch QHD display, as well as 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and a 20.7-megapixel, OIS-enhanced camera for the rear.

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