HTC Hima - not One (M9) - expected to be HTC's next flagship, should be launched in March

HTC Hima - not One (M9) - expected to be HTC's next flagship, should be launched in March
While we’re referring to HTC’s next flagship smartphone as the One (M9), it looks like the handset won’t be called that.

@upleaks - a pretty reliable source until now - reiterates what it was first mentioned in October: HTC will use a different naming scheme for the successor to the One (M8). Right now, the smartphone is codenamed HTC Hima, and is expected to be released in March 2015. Reportedly, all major US carriers will offer the Hima, which is already being tested in carrier labs.

Last we heard, the upcoming HTC flagship was supposed to sport a 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, and a Snapdragon 805 processor. However, according to @upleaks, the display is a 5-inch 1080p one, while the processor will be a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 (with four cores clocked at 2.0 GHz, and four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz). Other features may include VoLTE, 3 GB of RAM, a 20.7 MP rear camera, and a 2840 mAh battery. Interestingly, the front-facing camera could be either a 13 MP one, or a 4 MP UltraPixel one. The new handset is expected to run Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 UI.

It’s said that there will also be an HTC Hima Ace - a more affordable version of the flagship made for China (and featuring dual SIM support).

We can’t confirm any of the details above, so for now nothing is certain - other than the fact that HTC is undoubtedly preparing a new flagship Android handset for next year.

What do you think, would HTC do the right thing by not calling its next high-end smartphone the One (M9)?


sources: @upleaks (1), (2), (3), (4)

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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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63 Comments

1. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

why the 810 chipset has lower clock speeds when compared to it's previous gen?maybe heating issues ?

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yes, but the architecture is completely different. Qualcomm is using a reference design now as opposed to their own custom core. You can't compare the two directly in that matter. The 810 will murder the 805 in all-around performance, whereas going from the 800-->801-->805 were all baby steps.

10. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

I'm sure the snapdragon 810 will perform much better than the 805 despite the lower clock speed, it's the architecture that's changed from armv7 32bit to armv8 32bit. Remember the apple A8 performs similarly to the snapdragon 805 in spite of 1.4ghz vs 2.7ghz.

37. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I suggest to use better quality components for a better user experience than join the spec war.

38. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

What are you talking about?

43. djm63401

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

If it doesn't have the 810 and atleast a 5.5inc display it will stink

47. PaulRivers

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

If it *does* have a 5.5" display it will stink. The m7's 4.7" display and size was great. LG's G2 somehow managed to put a 5.2" screen in an equally comfortable form factor. But even LG couldn't get their 5.5" screen in the g3 to actually be comfortable to hold and use one handed. If they want to offer 2 sizes like they do for the iPhone - great. But 5.5" is just to damn big for most people who want the phone to be useable one handed.

45. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Because it's octa-core...

2. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Excellent! Finally some company stoped supersizing their phones.

5. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

About time they realize that 5" is the limit, and 1080p is more than good enough and won't need to suck battery life / performance.

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

This is just a rumor like anything else. Don't be fooled for a second into thinking that HTC won't go for BIGGER & MOAR if all the other OEMs are.

17. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There's a lot of people looking for reasonable sized phones so if HTC sticks with a 5” phone they can have that market all to themselves. They can leave the other OEMs to fight over the big phone market.

22. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I always wondered who decides what a reasonably sized phone is........

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Right. It's funny how people are so egocentric. Resonable for me = reasonable for most people apparently. Gotta love that line of thinking.

24. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Are you dumb? Did someone decide that size 12 shoes are too big for most people, or that refrigerators should be of a certain size, or that car steering wheels should not be too tiny or too large? In this case, the average size of a person's hand - across genders - dictates how useable a phone is in one hand, and 5" is the limit. I did not decide this, nor did anybody else. The average size of peoples' hands dictates this.

25. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

And how would you know the average size of peoples hands or what they are comfortable holding in their hands.......I've met so many people who have small hands and the moment they picked up the Nexus 6, LG G3 or the Iphone 6+ they fell in love with it and now say that they love using one despite having smaller hands. Not to mention they can still use said devices with one hand.........your argument is invalid. Also none of your examples apply here at all.

62. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

According to Wikipedia, the average length of an adult male hand is 189 mm, while the average length of an adult female hand is 172 ... Why does it matter how many small handed people you know? Average means there will be larger and smaller. So one size does not suit all. Have a look athttp://roymech.co.uk/Useful_Tables/Human/Human_sizes.html for details of average and top and bottom 5%.

63. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

And if you look at polls conducted by various Web sites, you will see over the years a preference expressed for increasingly larger phones. (by tech savvy people who read such sites!) Phone Size is a matter of preference but hand size is a matter of fact.

30. g2a5b0e unregistered

Wow. And you call me dumb. You're hilarious. Were you saying that 5" is the perfect screen size for a phone 3 years ago? According to what you're saying, that should have been the case then, right? I'm guessing average human size hasn't changed much in that time. I'm going to call you Steve Jobs. If he was still alive, do you think he would still be saying that 3.5" is the perfect size for a phone? Maybe I should call you Bill Gates because apparently 640K ought to be enough memory for everyone. Have fun in your box.

36. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

The key point is ONE-HAND use. ONE. HAND. USE. ONE HAND USE. 1 HAND USE. Usage in one hand. The use of one hand to manipulate a phone. >> Were you saying that 5" is the perfect screen size for a phone 3 years ago? According to what you're saying, that should have been the case then, right? If your strawman argument were any weaker, he'd be getting sand kicked in his face. >> If he was still alive, do you think he would still be saying that 3.5" is the perfect size for a phone? You're comparing me to a dictator, and dictators' decisions are always right - in their minds. So yes, he would still be saying that 3.5" is the perfect size for a phone because he was a dictator and destroyed / fired anybody who disagreed with him. >> apparently 640K ought to be enough memory for everyone. How does 640k of computer memory have any relation to the average size of the human body? Once again... think about what you're saying before you try to argue with the big boys.

39. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

"How does 640k of computer memory have any relation to the average size of the human body? Once again... think about what you're saying before you try to argue with the big boys." Your one to talk considering you tried to compare a refrigerator, steering wheel and shoes to a smartphone.

40. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't even need to say more. He can throw in refrigerators & steering wheels, but I talk about memory & I'm out of bounds. I think he needs to look up the definition of hypocritical in the dictionary. In fact, scratch that. What's your address, Llama? I'll send you one for Christmas. Once you learn to not break your own rules, then YOU can come argue with the big boys. Nice try though.

20. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Idk upleaks is pretty reliable. Uses same sources as evleaks.

27. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

My limit on a screen size is 5-5.2 anything larger or smaller than that is either a phablet in my eyes or just to small to enjoy certain things. To me Quad HD isn't a bad thing if OEM's optimize the battery and chipset to handle such a resolution.

56. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

supersizing is not a problem if you have less bezels. htc and sony are notorious for huge bezels. look at the lg g3. its a similar size to the htc m8 yet its 5.5 inches

3. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

And god, they're not putting Ultra gimmicky QHD display. And HTC get rid of that front HTC logo. I'll be rooting for you success.

4. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Full HD? Excellent. I hate 2K display. Nothing better but battery draining. Good job, HTC.

31. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yup. Stick with FHD. Don't waste money on the QHD.

6. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Thank God, HTC had sense to stick with 5" 1080p display for phone, may other OEM learn from HTC. I am sure phone rendition is pure imagination but it looks really good :)

46. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I sense what you did there.

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