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HTC One M9 videos are real says former HTC product manager Momii

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HTC One M9 videos are real says former HTC product manager Momii
On Tuesday afternoon, we passed along a couple of videos that starred the unannounced HTC One M9. The first was an apparent commercial that focused on the phone's 20MP rear-facing camera. The other video was a video promo for HTC's upcoming new flagship model. The very first thing that everyone saw was a phone that really resembled the current flagship model, the HTC One (M8). The back of the phone was different as the Duo Camera was gone, and the bezels have been reduced. But the overall look and feel remained the same.

The uproar that followed the leaked videos was somewhat held back by the hope from many that the videos were fake. After all, HTC did say recently that it was using decoys to trick the public and the media. But that hope was shot down on Tuesday when a tweet from former HTC product manager Leigh Momii seemed to confirm the authenticity of the video images. "the whole cat is out of the bag," she wrote, "no surprise there." She added that she would probably get the gun metal version of the HTC One M9. Momii, by the way, now works for Cyanogen.

So there it is guys. Of course, if you want to keep up the charade, you could say that Momii was helping her former employer with its decoy plans by sending out the tweet. But that is pretty far-fetched, especially since the HTC One M9 in the videos resembled renders that we showed you earlier on Tuesday. The jig, as they say on those cliche filled cop shows, is up.

Now this doesn't mean that HTC doesn't have some surprises up its sleeves. A tweet sent out Tuesday by HTC's Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon, said that the best parts of the company's March 1st new product event are the parts we have no idea about. That presumably includes the HTC One M9 Plus.



Former HTC product manager Momii says the images on the leaked HTC One M9 videos are real

Former HTC product manager Momii says the images on the leaked HTC One M9 videos are real


Thanks for the tip!

source: @jetleigh

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posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:15 23

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Stupid HTC.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:21 11

7. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


RIP HTC if this is true.. Otherwise, Long Live HTC if evleaks is real..

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:30 3

13. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


It's funny if you think they'll die if they release the same design. Then that should have happened with apple,samsung,sony,lg a long time ago. If you think design will make them have increased sales, then look at the sales of the desire eye and desire 826, has htc said that it sold very well?they seem very quiet about it and are more confident about the sales of their one (m8)

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:41 2

32. vincelongman (Posts: 4569; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Its because they are releasing a worse design
Protruding camera/glass front and no silver option

Also people say the main reason the Galaxy S5 didnt do so well is because it had a very similar design to the S3/S4

You can't deny that HTC wouldn't have better sales if they improved their design
Samsung, Apple, Sony, LG, or any company for that matter, would have better sales if they had a better design

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:24 2

26. TerryTerius (Posts: 1924; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Yes. Because Porsche, Apple & Levi Strauss are all failures in the business world.

Iteration is fine, making subtle and necessary changes overtime to a product is how you keep it relevant and desirable. But I don't understand people (like you apparently) that think every single model needs to look drastically different from the last one. The most successful companies in the world prove that is a factually wrong line of thought, and most people don't really care.

HTC's problem isn't and never was design.Their issue is weak marketing and some compromises with their hardware (The Camera, for example). Lack of public awareness of their brand and the quality of their products is what has given them so much difficulty, primarily anyway.

Changes certainly DO need to happen overtime, but it doesn't have to be some radical stylistic departure as some people believe.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:48

33. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


you said it! this was my point, thanks for elaborating further

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:41

39. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I expect m8 owner to upgrade to m9, big difference!

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:56 1

42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3027; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


There is a certain audience for the Porsche, mainly for it's driving experience. But many see it as the most boring sports car there is. But many cars are immediately recognizable because of a design choice. You can always tell if it's a bmw, mercedes, audi or lamborghini. Without each and every model looking exactly the same.

It's not that their design is flawed, the M9 will be still one of the best looking smartphones out there. But there were some design choices people didn't like at all. Like the black HTC bar. Making it a longer phone than necessary. Even the other renders, the one people tend to like very much are hardly big changes, mostly on the front side. But overall isnt considered a radical style change

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 08:46

53. TerryTerius (Posts: 1924; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I agree with you wholeheartedly on that, & I do wish that HTC had done more to slim the bezels of the phone and at least minimize the black bar on the bottom. I bought a One m8 (which my brother now has) but it really is essentially dead space that's there for no other reason I can conceive of than uncreative engineering.

My point was more to people that think each and every generation needs to be completely different from the last. I could understand that logic if this was a completely different line HTC was creating, then it should be visually distinct in its own right. Since that's not the case there's nothing wrong with "One" phones having strong DNA of their predecessors with each new generation. That's pretty much the way it has always been done once an initial design is conceived of, irrespective of what industry you're talking about. But I agree with you wholeheartedly on your overarching point.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 09:23

55. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3027; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I don't see the need either for a complete overhaul. Or just change for the sole reason of creating something different. It's a tool we use, like a car is there for transportation (although certain cars can be almost like art). And haven't seen the hammer change much since the invention of a hammer :)

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 07:37 1

51. cpaixao (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


That girls doesn't know what to say. She had been in trouble before being fired from HTC. She had offended the leaker of M8, last year.
She can say anything absurd now that she has no credit, nothing to loose.

twitter.com/jetleigh/status/463721795682447360

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 07:53

52. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


There was 100% decoys they was the all new designs, to try to make you think they done some real rands, we have also seen the my plus to some time back on the dev test phones, they all been leaked some time back

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:18 13

2. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


That bottom bezel with the black bar and logo in it just looks so horrible. They clearly aren't pioneering in design and are just plan lazy.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:36 1

14. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


if you don't like it then switch to another brand, why do you have to go to htc articles and bash the company when you're not an actual consumer of them. Same goes with the rest of you haters, don't like it, then don't take it. Enough with your crap talk bashing htc, you are trolling this site

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:51 1

18. Louiebun (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


you are so right sir tiara. hes just some newbie -.-

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:19 4

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


Htc deserves to get bashed imo. With that digitizer they should've just threw in capacitive buttons.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:34

37. TheHitman1982 (Posts: 71; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


No one is trolling anything, this isn't a HTC site so get off your high horse queen bee, just because you have "tiara" in your name doesn't mean you're a princess. I was SOO ready to buy one of these day 1, I have had money burning a hole in my pocket since december and I will be buying a new unlocked 64gb phone this generation. The HTC M9 was my #1 pick, after seeing this same reused design, although I did like the M8, just seems lazy and uninspired. All I can hope for is there is a 5.5" or bigger M9+ that knocks my socks off or ill have to look elsewhere.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 04:11 2

48. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


I agree.
Maybe if they put navi buttons on that bar, like on m7 it will be ok but like this they have bigest bottom bezel in industry.
Bezel + htc bar + onscreen buttons = 5 cm

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:19 4

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Leigh has made me the happiest person today!I love you htc for keeping that design! And not listen to these idiots complaining about the bezel when they're perfectly fine

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:20 21

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Funny you call people idiots for voicing their opinion.

Take a seat and evaluate your life.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:30 1

29. shamrock (Posts: 74; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


he didn't call all the people idiots but the ones like you who are trolling these articles...

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 03:02

43. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3027; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


SHE didn't call trolling people idiots, she calls people who have comments on the HTC M9 bezels idiots.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 04:05

47. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Right lol, if we aren't aloud to give criticism that's reasonable enough, there shouldn't be an open forum for discussion then. At least that is what this pretend-girl would ideally prefer. Better design engineering definitely could have been used on the front of the display.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 07:08

50. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Why even bother explaining to her what she said. No point...

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:23 11

8. hurrycanger (Posts: 1572; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Yeah that's so right. It's perfectly fine, and HTC should keep that same design cuz improvements are stupid.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:25 2

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Forcing a company to change their design through commenting mean stuff to them is the dumbest idea yet. Did they think that if htc reads the comment that they hate those bezels, they're gonna change it?lmfao

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:28 7

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It worked for Samsung and Sony so...

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:25 1

27. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


100% agree with you. M8 is a very beautiful looking device and if this is video shows the real M9 I'll say the same thing M9 would be one of the most beautiful looking phone out there. There is no need to radically change the design. Practically every critic praised the M8 design and build quality. But I wish they would remove that logo (It's just me nit picking though.)

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:46

41. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Black bar logo is the big deal though, get rid of it and it would looks 200% better.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:20 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Well there you have it folks. The M9 has now officially been announced.

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