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HTC One M9 specs rumor claims big changes (Bose sound?), and mentions the M9 Prime

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HTC One M9 specs rumor claims big changes (Bose sound?), and mentions the M9 Prime
Although we don't really know what it will look like (the title image is a concept render), it is well known that we are only about 3 or 4 months away from seeing a new HTC One handset. Today, a report out of China claims to have details on the specs for the HTC One M9; and, the report also brings back rumors we've heard before about a potential M9 Prime variant of the smartphone.

If the leak is accurate, there are some pretty big changes in store for the next HTC One. The report claims it will have a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 805 SoC, and a 3500 mAh battery, which are the expected upgrades. But, the HTC One M9 is also supposed to feature a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, meaning HTC could well be leaving behind the UltraPixel hardware. Also, given that Apple purchased Beats, HTC had to find a different audio partner, and that new partner could well be Bose. And, HTC may use an aluminum silicon-carbide composite for the body. 

That sounds like a pretty beastly phone that would be using the best hardware that would be available in early 2015, which leads to a very reasonable question as to what would be so "prime" about the M9 Prime. It has been said before that the M8 Prime was going to replace the HTC One Max phablet, so we could assume a bigger display, but it's hard to say if there will be any other upgrades with the device. 

Whatever the plans are at HTC, we'll likely hear about them around MWC, which will be March 2-5 in Barcelona. 

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posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:07 3

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Holy cow that camera sounds amazing! 805 is disappointing but TBH I don't really care for the phones to be so powerful anymore.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:34 3

23. wargreymon (Posts: 712; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


You don't care about battery life either? More power at same watt means less watt for same power.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:39 6

25. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


HTC, BIGGER IS NOT BETTER. Stay under 5.5 inches good lord. Not everyone is a f**king linebacker with huge hands. 5.2 inches should be the max for non-phablets. Not to mention the M8 is already pretty big, I wouldn't even consider the M9 if it were bigger. Remember when we used to make smaller and slimmer things? Yeah let's do that again.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 13:00

29. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


I think this sounds more like the Prime, and that the actual M9 will be smaller.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:01 1

41. maherk (Posts: 3726; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The exact same thoughts of mine. I was 100% sure that the next phone after the Note 4 will be the m9, given how much i fell in love with the m8 but was let down by the 4up camera. I hope that HTC wont pull an LG with their flagship and keep their phone around the 5" mark, leave the 5.5" for the max if they wish.
Other than that, i have no complaints on the mentioned specs, sense can run smoothly on a 4 year old processor, the Sony boy who's complaining as usual will keep on doing so since it's not a Sony branded phone, he kept calling aluminum cheap untill the Z3 got aluminum trim, then it became a cool and a must thing.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 19:19

61. Beijendorf (Posts: 340; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Why? All you got was a pixel count. What if the sensor size is 1/8"? What if the pixel size is 0,3 µm? The HTC 13 MP sensor performs horribly compared to the 4 MP sensor in anything other than optimal light. More pixels does not equal better camera.

The camera does NOT sound amazing. Not without more information.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 02:53

73. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


None of the phones that will be announced in Jan will come with an 810. All of them will be 805 because its just out.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:12 15

2. jove39 (Posts: 1858; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


S810 would make more sense.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:41 2

27. amats69 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Sense 6 plus snapdragon 801 on m8 is known for fluidity and smoothness among all UI in android world so i think that Snapdragon 805 SOC is enough to make the m9 faster than all those android phones next year. but of course Snapdragon 810 is a very big welcome for us, consumers! :)

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:07

42. maherk (Posts: 3726; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


805 is perfect for a fluid ui like sense. HTC should stay away from the specs war, as soon as they get rid of the 4up crap, they will get back on track.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 17:42 1

51. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Specs sells my friend.. Experience is one thing but specs adds up..

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 18:36 1

55. rkoforever90 (Posts: 227; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


no it dont general public dont care about snapdragon 810 or 805 ,

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 19:58

62. buzzardsuk (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Nov 2014)


they absolutely do! Most people don't know alot about phones so they will go by specs to see what they think is the best.

If the M9 is running an 805 clocked at lets say 2.5ghz with 3gb RAM and an S6 is running an 810 clocked at 2.8ghz with 3gb RAM they're gonna buy the S6

Plus is the 805 64bit? That will be a selling point to alot of people too

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:14 6

3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


These specs are quite dubious at this point. We all know HTC doesn't generally include large batteries in its devices, so a 3500mAh is highly unlikely. Also, if the M9 ships with the 805, while the S6 or Z4 ship with an 810, it will be DOA. I would like to think HTC isn't that stupid. I'm taking all of this with a huge grain of salt.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:17

4. MrTzr (unregistered)


The Z4 will also ship with the 805.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:30 4

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It might. It might not. It's all rumors at this point. Knowing Sony, I'm inclined to agree with you though.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 17:45

52. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Z4 will come with 805. For sure cuz we know Sony releases very quickly and eventually we will have Z5 with Sd810.. For sony SD805 makes sense but HTC Samsung no, cuz galaxy and one series comes once a year

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:32 1

8. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Butterfly s, one max had bigger batteries .

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:56

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The One Max does not have a particularly large battery for its size. I wouldn't call a 3300mAh battery for a 1080p 5.9" screen large. The Butterfly had a fairly large battery, but it was only for limited territories. My statements holds. Note the word, "generally".

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:53 1

17. Paximos (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


I love how people like you use "DOA" so often. I have heard it so many times in the past few years, yet still see all those products are well "AOA" (alive on arrival) and beyond!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:58 2

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Yeah, & HTC is doing so well right now. Not even a top 10 OEM worldwide anymore.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:29 7

5. simpleas (Posts: 196; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)


This is ridiculous, no one cares about the damn sound on a cell phone external. Can't you tell by the sales HTC? wtf...

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 13:16 3

30. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Exactly. "Boom Sound" and all of these other dual-speaker systems are unnecessary fluff. A speaker just needs to be good enough for you to hear notifications. People who actually use the speakers on their phone to listen to music are annoying and doing it wrong. I'm more interested in good DACs and good BT LE performance than external speakers.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 14:14 9

34. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Doing it wrong? Who are you to tell people that using their loud speaker to listen to music isn't doing it right? GTFO with that nonsense! People like you are the reason Sammy puts such tinny sounding speakers on their phones. Sony and HTC have done it right. Watching a video on my note 4 is ridiculous considering that you have to cup the back to get sound. Clearly you haven't heard boom sound or you wouldn't be calling it fluff

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:35

45. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


a real music listener never listens via the loud speaker.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:49 3

47. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Not sure what you mean by a real music listener but if you love music it doesn't matter how you are getting it.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 18:43 1

56. bayusuputra (Posts: 962; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Real music listeners go to concerts and hear the amplified music through loud speakers.

BoomSound is great. I don't use it in public spaces, but I do use it together with the BoomBass in my rented university room. It's good enough for casual listening and I still have my M50 to listen to music in public. I don't have the space and electricity power to drive home Hi-Fi system because the university limits the electricity usage, so my M8 serves me well.

It's not annoying if you are listening in your private space.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 21:45

65. urbanism (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Except, you know, when your hearing gets destroyed from constantly turning the volume on your bass heavy headphones louder and louder or standing in a shallow room pumping out dB's of 90+ for hours on end. But go ahead, tell us about how you're a "real" music listener.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 00:17

76. TechNeck (Posts: 238; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Don't forget Motorola

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 14:50

40. amats69 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


well not all people are with the same preference as yours...

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 18:44

57. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Say what you want but if I'm paying 600 + for a phone they better throw nothing but the best in it!

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 20:04

63. buzzardsuk (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Nov 2014)


I use my phone to listen to music in the shower, around the house, maybe I'm hanging out with a friend and want to show them something, is that 'doing it wrong'?

I own a 3 year old s2, I've taken maybe 10 photos on it in that time, I could care less about the quality of a camera but will I moan if they put an amazing camera on a phone? No, 'cause it basically becomes a 'free' extra for me, much the same as the speakers are to others.

Just because YOU don't need it doesn't mean OTHER people don't

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:08

43. maherk (Posts: 3726; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Let me guess, an iPhone, Samsung, or LG fan?

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:08

44. maherk (Posts: 3726; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Let me guess, an iPhone, Samsung, or LG fan?

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:37 1

46. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Exacly haven't they heard of earphones? You give me a top quality durable earphone (fu***k the exterior speakers) and I might consider your device

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 15:53 1

48. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Point completely missed.. Why should it be one or the other.. Why can't you have both great sound from your device AND good ear buds? I use bose ear buds but the option for both are the right way.. You know that "choice" us android fans are always talking about?

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 18:47 1

59. bayusuputra (Posts: 962; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Your top quality earphones/headphones is useless if your device can't drive it properly. And so far, HTC is on top in terms of audio quality. It might not be the loudest, but it has one of the cleanest output, be it through external amplifier, loudspeakers, or ear/headphones.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:29 1

6. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)


805 is q great cpc/gpu why are you complaining ????

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:34 9

10. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Future Proofing my friend.......Future Proofing.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:46 1

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


most flagship runners usually dont last a year, then some keep them around as backups etc. But i rarely see someone running around with a s3, s4, s5 in their pockets talking about 'future' proof.

Nothing even takes full advantage of the 805 as it is...

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:16 1

22. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


See the thing is......this is 64bit computing....and more importantly armv8 architecture which will result in better battery and performance....this means that within the next 2-3 years we will have services and apps that will only work with 64bit chips since it will be the new standard. Not everyone upgrades their phones every 2 years so it would be nice to get some form of confirmation that 32bit devices will still get attention 3 years into the future. If not then alot of people including myself would rather wait for a 64bit chip than be left behind.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:40

26. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)


lets be realistic
no app take full advantage of the old s600 so just think about of the s800 and s801 then s805 so we probably need at least 2 years before developers take the most ( not full ) advantage of the s805 so future proofing is nice if you will keep your smartphone for 2 years at least

at the end you still have a solid point of view but i don't totally agree with you

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:50

28. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


I agree with you about apps. But as I said my problem is more so with performance and battery life. Things that the armv8 architecture will help further improve. I might just bite the bullet and get the Nexus 6 since it has a 64bit kernel and as I read somewhere that makes it half-future proof LOL.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 18:46

58. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Can you tell me what you think is going to happen in the next 2 years that is going to prevent someone from using the phone as they do now?

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 22:10

66. Micah007 (Posts: 254; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


It's not that it's the performance and battery gap I'm worried about. Once Snapdragon 808 and 810 hits, it will make everything that came before it almost obsolete. Not that it would prevent me from using an older phone but If I'm spending all this money for a smartphone, I at least would like to have a phone that I know won't be majorly outclassed within a few months by the looks of it.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 17:49

53. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Its great for today but in 2015 it would be old, when M9 will come it will be obsoleted, don't like to think what note hot 6 month ago we be getting it now after - month,, also Sd810 built on 20mm process, it moved to 14 and we have 2015 mobiles on 28 ? Process

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:34

9. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


I'm hoping for a battery not less than 3000 mah and a camera with ois. And I'm sold.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:35 5

11. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The M8 didn't have Beats. Apple buying them had nothing to do with it, the fact that Beats was just a standard EQ that didn't sound any better than any other EQ did. All they did was equalize the speakers to sound tinny without Beats enabled, and added bass with it enabled.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:40

12. wilky (Posts: 22; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Tbh i don't think we see any 810's in the spring smartphone's it still to expensive at best the 808, and more commonly the 805 will probably still be used or even a 806 variant.

The 810's will be saved for mainly for the Autumn releases, when by that time it be more cheaper to buy for manufactures, and Qualcomm start to give info on the 815 & 820 for 2016.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:44 3

13. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


If it's the 805 no thanks. It's kinda pathetic that Qualcomm didn't release a decent 64 bit chip in time to take advantage of Lollipop.. Also the 801 is a joke

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:50 2

15. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


yet nothing takes advantage of any of those chips...and the handful of games that might, differences are not huge imo to care. I rather have the tegra at that point. 360 power in the hand.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:58

20. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


When they finally released a tab with the new Tegra they gave it the same 2 gigs of ram as 2012 Nexus

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 17:53

54. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 266; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Doesn't matter its taking advantage, at least can Bragg about it, latest processor, fastest :-D otherwise oh note 4 have sane processor isn't which cane 6 month ago .. That we will hear

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:50 1

16. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


The render used for the thumbnail is beautiful.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:01 3

21. NoFanboy (Posts: 299; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


If this is true, Itll be an immediate buy. Kinda think this is a wish list from a fan though.

Also S810 please.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 12:35

24. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)


to be honest i like sony phones and i really enjoy my z2 but there is something special with htc smartphones that no other company has so as far as it goes my next smartphone is the htc one m9 even if it come with the s805

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 14:20 1

35. toyboyz (Posts: 180; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


5.5 can't wait! :)

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 14:30 2

36. khaldoon (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 May 2013)


This is totally a false report. HTC has been using the best in class processors for the past two years and considering that the snapdragon 810 will be the best then I am sure htc will use snapdragon 810. It's a nice welcome change using a 16 MP unite but I would leave the duo camera combo with that as well. With 16 main and 5-8 secondary lense htc can produce really nice looking bokh effects and it will allow for optical zoom. Everything else is right on spot to me tbh

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 14:34

38. poppany75 (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Dec 2008)


Definitely sounds like a beast. Was holding on to my Note 3 to see what was coming out. Looking forward to this and the LG G4.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 14:48

39. xondk (Posts: 1388; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


smart that they are going for higher resolution camera again, rather then that ultrapixel thing, it really didn't make any difference in normal usage, as far as I could see, so good show, lets get some competitive specs out, so next years phones will be even better.

And maybe prices lowered since oneplus one showed they could easily be sold at a profit much cheaper then current prices.

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