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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: 3714; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Stupid HTC.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:21 11

7. brar.arsh (Posts: 200; 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: 2019; 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: 4106; 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: 1539; 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: 2019; 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: 1116; 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: 2702; 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: 1539; 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: 2702; 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: 2789; 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: 1899; 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: 2019; 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: 327; 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: 68; 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: 2019; 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: 10434; 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: 72; 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: 2702; 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: 1899; 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: 1556; 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: 2019; 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: 10434; 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: 1116; 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: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


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

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:21 6

6. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Lame choice to go with the old design HTC Samsung will destroy you now

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:13 5

24. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 773; Member since: 11 May 2013)


now? so HTC ruled before? I wasnt informed about that haha

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:27

28. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Well HTC one m8 got phone of the year awards from lots of websites last year.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:25 3

10. aegislash (Posts: 223; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Hm she left HTC in September of 2014...I know 5 months is a short period of time, but is it possible that HTC could have given the M9 a brand new look since her departure? And she's only assuming this is legit because it's what she saw while working there?

I'm just holding onto hopes that this isn't the final design and that the videos are yet another batch of decoys meant to throw us off....I loved the M8 so much. It was such a gorgeous, unique design. But I just feel so much disappointment looking at the current leaks of the M9.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:27 2

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


this is the final design. Leigh is still in touch with htc and it's employees if you didn't know

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:38 7

15. Emmanuelz (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Rip HTC 2015. They were slowly dying anyways.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:45 8

16. JetMK (Posts: 89; Member since: 31 Jan 2015)


I still want don't want to believe it :( SAY IT AIN'T SO HTC, SAY IT AIN'T SO!

Damn it I hate that black bar. Wouldn't have minded the same design if only they'd managed to get rid of that black bar.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:35 3

31. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Could've easily put in an extra .2" of screen in the black bar space.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:51 1

17. GeekMovement (Posts: 2142; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Yes I'm disappointed that the other design renders turned out to be fake, but it's still not necessarily a bad looking phone. I'll look forward to their other "surprises" in March, but I'm now much more excited about the Galaxy S6 and all the changes that Samsung made to it from external to internal.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 00:58 7

19. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


If this turns out to be real, then I must say that the high end Desire series look even better. The back of the leaked One M9 just doesn't look right.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:02 5

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


they just want to confuse everybody since their devices always get leaked before announcement:D

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:12 1

23. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


I think HTC and @upleaks are in the same ship, trolling us and make us think that this is the real deal. I think the latest leak picture of the One M9 is not the final design.

Still have some hopes left for HTC, they're quietly brilliant, and they're now being sneaky to be brilliant.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:08 2

21. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


This phone seems great. However, HTC needs to keep their phone hidden better next time.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:12 1

22. pupkin (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


The Gold and Glacial Silver color combination is actualy Good though. I'm still hoping that there will actually M9 plus!

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 01:34 2

30. lindseybp (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Feb 2015)


This is a nail in HTC's coffin if true. Samsung is going to blow HTC out of the water with the S6 variants. Imagine your average consumer going into a store and they see HTC and essentially see what looks to be the same thing as last years model. Then they see the S6 edge and the metal and glass S6 looking new and sexy. I would bet the vast majority of people will go with and S6 variant. HTC's marketing has been a joke, Robert Downey Jr anyone? Samsung will put it's full marketing force behind the S6. HTC will not be able to counter with some super slick designed phone. To most people it will just be an updated M8 and they will jump on the Samsung wagon. I had high hopes for HTC and was excited to potentially get an M9 but if this does end up being the M9 I will jump over to an S6 instead. I realize there are a lot of people on here who do like this design but HTC needs to expand it's market share to survive and prosper and that means pulling customers away from samsung and other android phone makers. I just don't see this doing that at all. Honestly I'm still holding out a sliver of hope there will be another phone in addition to this with a truly updated design.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:26

35. llukaso (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


You're an expert , start your brand and leave us enjoy our HTC ....

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:25

34. llukaso (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


I will have the HTC One M9 as soon as possible.... Haters: enjoy your crap plastic toys and leave those who have guts enjoy true Smartphone like HTCs... And why are you so interested about HTC news? You expected to have an E.T design Phone ? wtf , Pathetic ....

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:28

36. llukaso (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


What you guys where expected ? Those stupid fancy designs that you see while googling ? Pathetic ....

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:36

38. ankanbads (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


i wonder how easy it is to fool people with a fake commercial. This video has written FAKE all over it! Just pay attention to the details and you will know.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 02:41

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


Even though the speaker grills don't look like the slits we saw in the renders.. I still think HTC hit it out of the park with this. The galaxy s6 is cool but looks ugly as usual. Their note line is the best thing they got going.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 03:06

44. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Has HTC run out of new design ideas?

HTC One M7, One M8 and M9 all look the same.

They are all sleek, gorgeous designs and build but monotony can become boring and cause diminishing desire.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 03:17

45. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


i think ill buy it
if only camera is good enough as i like it
otherwise, m8 was good enough for me, but ultrapixal is mehh.. noway

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 03:29

46. mrnnec (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Feb 2015)


Guys, my opinion is this/ This is a just a HTC One M8i, just an M8 without dual camera and the same features of the M9... That's it.

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 06:41

49. ShanarG (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 May 2012)


As a VERY loyal customer to HTC I just want to point out one thing to you anxious people lol.. Momii said "the cat is out the bag" okay yeah take that how you want. but "black" HTC ONE M9?!?!?!? besides the SPRINT Harmon Karmon edition when have you ever seen HTC use the color black for its flagship's since One X/Sensation days? HTC has NEVER been a fan of the color black on its premium handsets. they always go with Silver/gunmetal. just MY outlook but hey we'll see right ;)

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 08:57

54. warrenellis (Posts: 97; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


he is lying because the video is fake and he is just letting people believe it to conceal the truth. htc has always shown the time 10:08 in all commercials and pictures and now this phone shows 11:30

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 13:04

56. toyboyz (Posts: 178; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


I'll put it like this "hello again samsung" Get the point HTC?! Don't disappoint me. Bl

posted on 25 Feb 2015, 23:37

57. T-mak (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


There are a lot of people that do not understand how branding works. If you are disappointed in HTC for what you are seeing, then you are wrong. You should rather be disappointed in yourself for your lack of knowledge. I find it hard to believe that people actually believed that the renders they were seeing online were actually going to become the M9. Nexus 9 although made by HTC, is a google product period. So what made you think that HTC will make their flagship device resemble some other companies device. Subtle front facing speakers? And even one other leak had a home button that directly resembles the Samsung Galaxy home button and you guys actually thought that was going to happen? The M9 addressed most of the issues of the M8 except the logo bar which serves as the surface for the tape that is used to hold some additional speaker and screen components. I wouldn't mind it disappearing because i feel the components are thin enough to fit else where but i could be wrong. But i have had my M8 from day one and i can tell you that the logo bar is an exaggerated critique. Dolby Surround sound, 20Mp camera, side power button, higher specs and that two toned gold and silver? I am definitely getting that. So folks, this is the M9, quit hoping for something else (unless its a plus version). If you don't like it, well you can always go get samsung and their edge gimmick. We keep it relevant on this side.

posted on 26 Feb 2015, 07:17

58. galaxius (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Sep 2014)


i just had to say this. From rumors it is expected this device will be over 9 mm thick. After using the iphone 6 for some months, i have to say its hard to let go this thinness. If the htc is at 9, and s6 is at 6.9 then samsung will lead this race by far. Htc is so stupid. Why they dont listen. And we dont even know what is Lg and Sony is bringing soon? I bet you we will have some suprises there too. But for HTC this is very bad. It will put them back.

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