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Alleged HTC One M9 prototype leaks out: familiar design, but huge camera on the back

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Yesterday we heard that HTC will be moving its UltraPixel camera tech to be the front-facing shooter of the upcoming One (M9), and go all-out with the rear unit this time. It is supposed to introduce a 20 MP main camera, which is up there with the highest camera resolutions on Android phones so far, but it isn't clear if he new flagship will still keep the Duo Camera refocusing technology from the One (M8).

Well, today we have the alleged One (M9) leak in its full glory, and the camera area on the back looks huge, and unlike anything we've seen so far, even on 20 MP phones like the Z3, for instance. This might mean that HTC would still keep the Duo Camera technology, but introduce a much higher resolution main snapper within the unit, thus closing the last loophole that prevented folks from grabbing an HTC flagship like hotcakes.

Yesterday, Bloomberg's Taiwanese sources revealed that the One (M9) will resemble the (M8) in terms of design, and we can indeed see now that this will be the case, if the prototype unit depicted here is the real deal in the end. We also heard that HTC will be slimming its BoomSound front stereo speakers set, but we can't see anything like that in the picture, so we shouldn't be looking for a much larger display diagonal than the 5" panel on the One (M8), after all. The One (M9) is also said to be released in gold, gray and silver, just like its predecessor.

As for the other changes under the hood, we might get a Quad HD resolution display, and screeching fast processing power. According to Bloomberg, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 810 chipset. The One (M9) will also eventually double down on HTC's considerable audio prowess, introducing Dolby Laboratories Inc.’s Dolby 5.1 audio technology. Allegedly, these goodies will all be managed by a brand spanking new Sense 7 UI with "improved location-based services," whatever that means. The MWC expo is a few weeks away only, so not much left to wait until we see what HTC has in store for us this year. In the meantime, you can marvel at HTC One (M9)'s alleged prototype above.

source: NWE

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posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:38 4

1. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


Looks Like One M7 :-/

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:15 11

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4103; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Still has HTC bezel and extra top bezel :(

Removing those unnecessary parts of the bezel would make the M9 ~1 cm shorter, about M7 size, making it make easier to use with one hand

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:31 8

23. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


The design is not impressive at all.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:02 8

39. Orion78 (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


I know this is a prototype but I wouldn't be surprised if this looked like the final design. HTC just can't fix that damn bottom bezel. Motorola and LG has it right.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:22

45. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


u r absolutely Right Buddy

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 11:57

76. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 410; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Sticking to a similar design isn't enough to keep people interested (although Apple and Samsung seem to think it's OK to reuse designs). But the bezels aren't as terrible as they were before.

I find it funny that HTC was all about "fewer, but larger pixels are better than more, smaller pixels" and here they are, falling right into the Megapixel Myth they bashed so completely. All they did with that campaign is prove that bigger numbers are better, at least from a marketing standpoint.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:59 7

38. android_hitman (unregistered)


Don't forget the apple bezels ..

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 09:37 1

63. piggerz_b_piggin (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


But the only reasons apple has such large bezels is because they need Touch ID and iPhones aren't that large became they're screens are still relatively small. Sony is the culprit

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:27 7

47. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


People need to realize that HTC is packing BoomSound speakers in these phones. To just "simply" remove "unnecessary" bezel isn't as easy as you want it to be. When is the last time you ask watch company to remove "unnecessary" bezel on the face of the watch?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:25 3

67. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


correct and the sound chambers and amps under there they think they will vanish stupid non tech people, fronts fine wish the black htc bar was gone i kind of wanted the back to be flattened a bit

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 11:05

73. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


The curve on the M8 kind of making it hard to hold the phone without a case on. However, I didn't use M8 for long to get used to it. It is a good phone no matter what people complain about it

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 16:14

81. vincelongman (Posts: 4103; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


They are very unnecessary IMO
If you see teardowns the speakers are about half the size of the speaker grill

Sure it wont be easy
But its definitely possible if HTC put more money into the R&D and partner up with a display OEM (e.g. like how Dell partnered up with Sharp to make their new XPS 13, 13" display in a 11" body)

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 07:07

88. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm just a bit confused about how you when from the size of the speaker and speaker grill to screen??

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 07:41

89. jerzyiroc (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


Nexus 6 has two front facing speakers and still has a relatively thin bezel compared to the M series.

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 11:11

90. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Nexus 6 is a 6 inch phone... You can't even compare M8 and Nexus 6 when it comes down to that.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:43 1

72. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


i love the m8 design, it fits my hand perfectly maybe cause i have big hands ;P
but please HTC!!! dont let me see that prototype as the final design, its nice 2014 not 2015. 2015 is all about more screen less bezel

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 22:09 1

85. celvanus (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)


absolutly right, i'm agree with u Vin, please HTC Your bezel will make it look ugly phone.....

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:22

66. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


what the f looks nothing like the m7 you mean the m8 yes just black square over camera that i thought was a touchpad at first. i wish the changed it up alittle i dont like the rounded part makes the metal even more slippery

posted on 21 Jan 2015, 02:07

87. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


U f****ng funny Engineer-1701d man. stay calm and kill ur self :P

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:38 11

2. lalalaman (Posts: 630; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Oh yeah baby,mwc can't come sooner

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:39 12

3. Zomer (Posts: 252; Member since: 31 May 2013)


It looks weird.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:44 3

29. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Fake.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:41

4. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Speaker grilles are a little too subtle and narrow. Decent bezel trim (still big but manageable). Nice lozenge shaped camera hole. No gimmicky DuoCamera hole. Not quite a design overhaul but I like what I'm seeing :)

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:43 1

5. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


Side bezels are OK for once, praise HTC !

Hope the smartphone isn't too thick though.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:50 10

6. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


back kinda looks s**tty

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:51

7. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


How can you complain about that? The bezel is 100% better which was like 99% of the xomplaints. The grills look perfect now also. Hell yeah that's dope. Good things are coming!

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:14 2

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4103; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Speakers are great
But there is still the so much unnecessary bezel, especially the bezel just for their logo
Even the top of the screen has extra bezel

Removing those unnecessary parts of the bezel would make the M9 ~1 cm shorter, about M7 size, making it make easier to use with one hand

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:25 2

21. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Yes because if it was that easy they wouldn't have done that already, did i miss the time where everyone here on Phonearena turned into experts in component placing and design?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:29

68. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


htc did not want to change it because they are scared they may lose the people that like the m8 and canyouseethelight we are all experts in phone design remember its old people in these companies that say yes or no to how the phone will long most have no idea what 20 to 30 year old people want because they are 50 and 60

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 16:18

82. vincelongman (Posts: 4103; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I never said it would be easy
It wont be easy

But its definitely possible if HTC put more money into the R&D and partner up with a display OEM (e.g. like how Dell partnered up with Sharp to make their new XPS 13, 13" display in a 11" body)

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:52 1

8. afreenazhar (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)


not a good design from htc.. feeling disappointed.. looks exactly like the m8.. can make it much better in design..

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 05:55 1

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I hope the camera on the back is not the final design. I like the duo camera setup more. I think this is not yet the real deal

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:08 1

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4103; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


IMO
OIS > Duo camera
The blu effect doesn't even work well most the time

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:00 2

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3713; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Oh no, again top and bottom bezels.....

Camera assembly should be good than this one.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:15 4

13. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Same old design. The bezel gives me a hearth attack.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:20 2

16. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


Hearth ?? LOL
Relax Buddy, plz dont Die :-D

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:43

28. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


I mean heart. yes, my english is not perfect, but at least my point is understood. XD

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:21 1

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Same old design. Are you talking about your samsung galaxy?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:22

18. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


Nope!! he is talking About Nokia 3310..........

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:55 4

32. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Galaxy design has been changed recently. Are you living in the stone age?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:24 2

20. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I tell you supernova. Koreans are now using apple now no one using lg and samsung. Just because samsung and lg are from korea doesn't mean you have to buy them too. That's being koreaboo. Trust me, i'm a member of a fandom too

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:49

31. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


You're so racist! If you know nothing about Korea, just do more research. Samsung and LG have been dominated the Korean mobile market for a long time, even before the birth of the iPhone. We have more advanced technology (the first country to push for 4G LTE). Our wifi hotspot is covered everywhere. We have the most internet users ratio in the world.

BTW, I'm Korean, not Koreaboo.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:58 1

36. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


Totally Agree with u SuperNova.
LG and Samusng are manufacturing the best smartphones in all over the world.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:06 1

41. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Yes, indeed. Have you tried one?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:21 1

44. HSN87 (Posts: 109; Member since: 09 Jan 2015)


yup! i have used LG G pro, Gx, G pro 2, G2, f100, G flex
and Samsung's S2, S3, S4, Note, Note2, Note3
Nowadays m having LG G3, and m Lovin it :-P ;-)

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 08:34

58. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Nice, I currently own a G3 too. But soon switch to the Galaxy S6 when it is launched.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:10 1

42. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I can tell you're not korean as a long time kpop fan. Just so you know koreaboo means a person who wants to become korean in anyway. Loves all things from korea. This clearly describes you. Please do not be offended, this is just a friendly reminder. Yes samsung and lg have many users in sk but look at things now majority of them use an iphone. Just look at the exo,suju,snsd,miss a members. Majority of them are iphone users and if ever they switch to samsung or lg it will only take a while. They will switch back to apple

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:47 1

50. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


While the iPhone may be popular in asian countries, k-pop celebrities don't represent the korean population. Saying that no one uses LG, Samsung, or any other brand is only ignorant.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 08:24 1

54. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


this is just my way to put emphasize to him that just because samsung and lg are from korea, doesn't mean he has to idolize it like he idolizes korean celebrities. get it?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 08:54 1

59. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


If he likes Samsung & LG, let him be- I doubt he'd like them if they didn't produce good products.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 08:25 2

55. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Hey, dude. I'll tell you what, my user name and my profile are not real (It's Ryu Hyoyoung, actually). Yes, I'm a k-pop fan, and also a native Korean. Do you think all Koreans only hangout in Navi and Line, and never be interested in tech site? Yes, maybe i'm so different. Your statement about Koeran celebrities using iPhone is just an assumption. I'm not saying they all use Samsung, but minortiy use the iPhone compared to Korean phones.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 18:51

83. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Please stop lying your profile picture says it all. You might dress and act like one but you'll never be like them. Accept who you are. You're not korean

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:40 1

71. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


most get a apple like most people get a mercedes or a bmw or audi in the usa because its foreign but you go to europe and all the cabs and delivery trucks and normal people driving around all drive those its a wow to them to get american cars,people want what they cant get easily in their own country

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 08:25 2

56. Gp_Customs (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


The rotflmfao is , that Japanese and other countries think Apple products are a class of item, a designer brand. Really. I see Hippy's, tramps , junkies, dustbin cleaners owning them. You don't see these hippies driving Merc, BMW, Jag, Audi, or wearing designer clothes...?

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:32

69. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


tiara wtf are you talking about i see more gs3 gs4 and gs5 phones then all other android phones equal if not great then the number of iphones.
almost every commercial in america on tv has the galaxy s3 or 4 on it unbranded but its there phone

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:27 1

22. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


HTC should make a bigger bezel then, to stop you from spreading idiocy and fanboyism.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:31 1

24. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Totally agree with you. I like the bezels on my m8 and i would like it even more if they make the phone taller on the m9.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 06:58

35. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Oh yeah? I don't like giant bezel and same old design, so these are called idiocy and fanboyism? Be reasonable, dude.

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 07:12 1

43. tiara6918 (Posts: 2019; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung has the same design for all years after the first galaxy s. Ask anyone and they almost can't tell one apart from the other. I'm being reasonable without bezels i wonder how many times i would accidentally touch the side screen on my phone and i cannot use my phone single hand anymore if it's on portrait since i always put my hand on the bezel when watching on my phone. And overall it adds an appeal to the design by making it taller. This is how reasonable i am that i love the bezels

posted on 20 Jan 2015, 10:36 1

70. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


tiara you should get to love htc if you want to move to taiwan after college

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