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


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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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)

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90 Comments

1. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Looks Like One M7 :-/

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 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

23. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

The design is not impressive at all.

39. Orion78

Posts: 151; Member since: Mar 27, 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.

45. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

u r absolutely Right Buddy

76. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

38. android_hitman unregistered

Don't forget the apple bezels ..

63. piggerz_b_piggin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 08, 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

47. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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?

67. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

73. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

81. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

88. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

89. jerzyiroc

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

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

90. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

72. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 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

85. celvanus

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

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

66. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

87. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

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

2. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Oh yeah baby,mwc can't come sooner

3. Zomer

Posts: 360; Member since: May 31, 2013

It looks weird.

29. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Fake.

4. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 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 :)

5. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Side bezels are OK for once, praise HTC ! Hope the smartphone isn't too thick though.

6. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

back kinda looks s**tty

7. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 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!

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 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

21. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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?

68. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

82. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

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