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HTC schedules "More than One" event for April 8th: dual-camera One M9+ in tow

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We have seen the countless leaks of the HTC One M9 Plus (One M9+) in the past few days, and now HTC has scheduled an official event for April 8th that will likely lift the cover off the not-so-mysterious upcoming high-end phone.

The event will be held under the “More than One” slogan, and the teaser image for it shows a device with a similar design to the HTC One M9, but with what looks like dual cameras. HTC has already used this dual-camera approach in last year’s One M8 where the practically identical secondary rear camera was used to achieve some bokeh-like effects for images.

HTC's new One M9+ might be a device that will launch only in Asia

So far, leaks agree that the HTC One M9+ will feature a slightly larger than the One M9, 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), and will run on a MediaTek chip (yet other conflicting reports claim it might have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC). Interestingly, it’s also expected to be one of the first HTC phones to feature a fingerprint scanner said to be concealed in a home key positioned up front, below the display (similar to the button on Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone devices).

Disappointingly, the expected HTC One M9+ event will take place only in Beijing, which is a very strong hint that the device itself will be targeted for the Asian markets and might not make it to the Western hemisphere. Let’s hope for the best, though, and wait out the two weeks until we see the official announcement.

HTC schedules "More than One" event for April 8th: dual-camera One M9+ in tow
source: HTC Weibo

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posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:04 16

1. JesseJames (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Feb 2015)


First off I am a huge fan of htc but in my opinion it seems like they have absolutely no sense of direction and right now they look like they are just grasping for straws.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:38 2

7. limporgyuk (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Have to agree with you but I am liking the two tone Desire range very much.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 08:13

16. Busyboy (Posts: 544; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


This is clearly a photoshopped photo of the April 8th announcement. Just look how the camera isn't inline with the body of the phone. Only the E9 device will be shown at that day.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 12:42

26. Furbal (Posts: 968; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


They should follow along with the desire 816/820/eye design...

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:07 1

2. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


I hope that HTC will release it globally

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:08 1

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


But it isn't a home key, it's solely a fingerprint scanner.. I mean it's common sense PhoneArena after all, why would they use a home on screen button and a physical one?

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:11 3

4. gelullabarr (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Yes, it is a fingerprint scanner that looks just like samsung's home button, this is the problem, a big problem for HTC..

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:17 1

5. Stagueve (Posts: 55; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Seems to be a fake press invit... twitter.com/stagueve/status/580667293107036161

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:23 2

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


Hope HTC won't disappoint us with this One, and please no more Toshiba camera sensor, it sucks on the M9. Give us a 20.7 MP camera with Sony sensor.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:39 5

8. seven7dust (unregistered)


it's not cause of toshiba , it's the way Htc implemented it, they should have had OIS and better post processing {AKA don't be aggresive with post processsing.}

HTC doesnt seem to understand cameras
and
apparently even LCD screens.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 11:45

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


And HTC does give you the option to reduce or even disable post processing, they should have done like Sony, a "superior auto" mode with 8megapixel shooting by default with pixel binning. Oh well HTC is being pretty stupid after two years sticking with a 4MP camera and sticking a 20MP one afterwards, they should have used a 13MP 1/2.6" sensor with 1.3um pixels.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 06:43

9. vincelongman (Posts: 4262; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Or better give us the 16MP Sony Exmor RS IMX240 (used in the S6 and Note 4)
Or give us the iPhone 6+ sensor (also a Sony Exmor RS, but there's no info on the model number)

But HTC would still need to get their camera software up to scratch as well

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 07:04

10. redbull1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


What is HTC thinking? No wonder the CEO stepped down. Have a better screen and the same specs on ur mid range phone rather than your flagship phone. Then you revamp a camera only not to add OIS for picture & video recording, And can't figure out how you can be way ahead of the competition in speakers but your so far behind in the camera department. Instead of partnering with Dolby digital you should of partnered with someone like Sony or anyone to work on the camera. But why didn't you add the 2k display to your flagship this year. I get the battery issue but everyone else is going 2k and now ur behind in the screen department as well as the camera department

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 07:15

11. redbull1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


What is HTC thinking? No wonder the CEO stepped down. Have a better screen and the same specs on ur mid range phone rather than your flagship phone. Then you revamp a camera only not to add OIS for picture & video recording, And can't figure out how you can be way ahead of the competition in speakers but your so far behind in the camera department. Instead of partnering with Dolby digital you should of partnered with someone like Sony or anyone to work on the camera. But why didn't you add the 2k display to your flagship this year. I get the battery issue but everyone else is going 2k and now ur behind in the screen department as well as the camera department

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 07:19

12. ChowMein (Posts: 76; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


Bye Bye HTC.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 08:59

19. zoomtech (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


why? htc is a very good brand

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 00:47

29. XYZ360 (Posts: 53; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


*was. Not this year

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 07:27 2

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


who came up with silver-gold is very gaudy color combination! gold is only good with black/darker shade.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 07:37 1

14. keithtae (Posts: 434; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


YES! gold only goes well with dark colours, or at least wine red. silver with gold seem a little weird or even ugly to me.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 10:42

22. Wiencon (Posts: 1829; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


If there was simple "all silver" variant I would buy M9 instantly but gold ruined it. I don't want such beautiful device with color for losers

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 07:43 1

15. Downtime24g (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


htc just needs to listen to their fans instead of following other companies. hype will never be like when the M7 came out...

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 08:24

17. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


This phone is going to fail. So much potential just thrown away.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 08:38

18. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1536; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


HMM PUT WINDOWS 10 ON IT AND IT WILL SELL WELL. WINDOWS SMART PHONE FANS COULD USE A GOOD METAL SMART PHONE THESE DAYS. Microsoft SEEMS TO BE DEVOTED TO POLY CARBONATE PLASTIC SMART PHONES. CALL IT THE TITAN-2

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 09:19 2

20. Spedez (Posts: 445; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


WP is dead. Didn't you get the memo?

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 09:42 1

21. talon95 (Posts: 516; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


As for the screen comments, it was nearly unanimous from PA users that 1080 was plenty and 2k is pointless (unless i suppose you have VR accessories that makes use of it, and even Sammy may regret having 2k when 99% of their users will never buy or use VR)

The dual camera I still don't understand, especially if it is lower resolution and only does focal effects. I would rather used the Google camera and get two separate high resolution images to use for focal effects that would be more accurate. HTC shouldn't waste resources on a gimic no one uses. If they do include it then they'd better REALLY up their processing game and not only get it on par with Sammy and Apple but also use the extra camera to improve low light color accuracy and detail through some fancy techniques using the additional data from the second camera to capture a cleaner image and apply it to the high rez image.

Besides the camera the M8 is sweet, I just don't see a reason to upgrade when there's just nothing compelling about the new one. Can't even tell it's a different device, especially in a case. M9+ GPE maybe, but that won't happen. Sad, I'll have to go S6 it appears, (as long as the Verizon bootloader get unlocked).

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 11:09

23. TheRequiem (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Wow, what a bunch of friggin' cry babies - I totally welcome a Quad HD HTC ONE Plus with more better features. I also welcome the unibody aluminum design, not sure why anyone would think this is ugly unless they are just trolling because they have nothing better to do. This will be my next Android if this turns out to be true - I totally welcome a larger screened monster with dolby sound processing and front stereo speaker's... you all are trippin!!

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 12:38

25. shimanto1123 (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


If they add a 8mp ultrapixel camera on the back, that would be more than enough I think ...

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 13:19

27. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


:( Why, same specs for screen on M7, M8 and now M9. Played around with ultrapixels for 2 years, now added 20 mp camera with no OIS. Come on man! Nothing to brag about.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 19:42

28. Marienx (Posts: 62; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I have a big suspicion that the launched M9 at Barcelona was the M9 mini and this one its what the real M9 we want. AKA, M9+...

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