HTC One M9 Plus rumor round-up: design, specs, price, release date, and all we know so far


UPDATE: The HTC One M9 Plus is now official.

Prior to Mobile World Congress 2015, rumor had it that HTC was going to announce a couple of new smartphones at the expo – a new flagship, namely the HTC One M9, and a more powerful version of the latter, referred to as the HTC One M9 Plus (or HTC One M9+, if you will). These rumors weren't quite spot on, however, as only a part of what was predicted came to pass; the HTC One M9 Plus did not debut at MWC. But it looks like the handset hasn't been scrapped. Quite the contrary – HTC has an event scheduled for April 8, and the One M9 Plus is likely going to be the star of the show. Should we be excited? Sure! The One M9 Plus is shaping up as a great smartphone, and if you're not quite convinced in that, allow us to walk you through all we know about the phone so far. 

Design 


HTC is well known for its exquisite smartphone designs. The look and feel of its handsets have been of utmost priority ever since the HTC One M7 came out. Needless to say, the HTC One M9 Plus will be treated to the same level of attention. Leaks indicate that its body will be made of metal and will be built following the design principles instilled by the company's flagship lineup. In other words, the One M9 Plus will look like a bigger One M9, which isn't necessarily a bad thing as the latter is quite the looker. Similarly, the M9 Plus's body will be treated to a dual-tone paint job. At least two color versions of the phone are believed to exist – one combining gunmetal gray with a gold trim around the sides and a silver model with gold accents. UPDATE: Three color options of the HTC One M9 Plus will be available, as leaks have revealed.

As it's easy to guess, the HTC One M9 Plus will be physically larger than the One M9. Rumors suggest that the handset will measure 150.9 by 72.5 millimeters (5.94 by 2.85 inches) and will be 10.15 millimeters (0.4 inches) thick. To put things into perspective, the HTC One M9 measures 144.6 by 69.7 millimeters (5.69 by 2.74 inches) and is 9.61 millimeters (0.38 inches).

HTC One M9+

HTC One M9+

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.83 x 0.38 inches

150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

HTC One M9

HTC One M9

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One M9+

HTC One M9+

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.83 x 0.38 inches

150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

HTC One M9

HTC One M9

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches

146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Below the screen of the HTC One M9 Plus we seem to have... something. If we had to make a guess, it's probably a physical home key with a fingerprint scanner, hopefully of the touch type, embedded in it. Although it could turn out to be only a dedicated scanner as HTC has grown fond of using on-screen navigation buttons for its Android phones. Speaking of buttons, the One M9 Plus should have its power and volume buttons placed on the right side, just like the case is with the HTC One M9.

HTC's trademark front-facing speakers appear to be present on the One M9 Plus. That's great and all, and we hope that the positioning of the aforementioned fingerprint scanner/button will not interfere with the bottom speaker's performance. 

Leaked photos reveal that a large camera is placed at the back of the HTC One M9 Plus. It appears to be paired with a Duo camera – the kind that made its debut on the One M8 and enabled bokeh effects to be added to images. At the front of the handset there's the mandatory front-facing camera, and chances are that it will be of the UltraPixel variety.


Display, processor, memory


While the HTC One M9 sports a 5-inch Super LCD3 display, the One M9 Plus is expected to have a bigger, 5.2-inch screen, presumably of the same Super LCD3 technology. Its resolution is also going to be increased. In all likeliness, the One M9 Plus will deliver pristine visuals at a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels. Punching these figures into a PPI calculator gives us the jaw-dropping figure of 565 pixels per inch, which does not top the charts, but gets really close to the top spot. The screen on the One M9 is protected by Gorilla Glass 4, and we're expecting the One M9 Plus to follow suit.

As far as under-the-hood hardware goes, HTC has chosen a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795T SoC for the One M9 Plus. It stands out with its so-called True Octa-Core processor, which is MediaTek's way of saying that all cores can be active at the same time. According to specifications, the CPU's maximum clock speed can reach the 2.2GHz mark. The PowerVR Rogue G6200 is the GPU of choice. Thankfully, it should be able to handle the screen's high resolutions without any issues. We must note that a Snapdragon 810 variant of the HTC One M9 Plus is also rumored, but we have no solid evidence to confirm the existence of such a model. 

The 3GB of RAM the HTC One M9 Plus is expected to come with is a typical amount for a modern flagship. Chances are it will be of the DDR3 kind, however, as the memory controller on the aforementioned MediaTek SoC doesn't support DDR4. Storage-wise, you'll have no less than 32GB on-board, but about 22 of these will be available to the user, as revealed by leaked images. The smartphone is expected to feature a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Software and interface


We aren't aware of any software-related surprises HTC might be readying. The HTC One M9 Plus should run Android 5.0 out of the box, augmented by the HTC Sense 7.0 user interface. If the smartphone does feature a fingerprint scanner, as it is rumored, then we'll definitely see it being used as a lock screen password replacement. It might also double as a shortcut for certain apps, as the fingerprint reader on the HTC One Max could, but this is just a guess.  

That aside, the interface on the HTC One M9 Plus is likely to be identical to that on the One M9. BlinkFeed will occupy one of the phone's home screens, providing you with updates from your social networks and headlines from media outlets. A swipe to the side will take you to the traditional home screen where app shortcuts, folders, and widgets can be organized to the user's liking. The built-in support for themes will let you personalize the look of the UI by changing icons, graphics, and color accents. 

Furthermore, we're expecting HTC to add a set of gestures to the One M9 Plus's UI, including double tap to wake and the option to unlock the phone by doing a swipe up when it's off. Launching the camera from the lock screen should be done by flipping the phone in landscape and pressing down the volume key. Speaking of the camera... 

Camera


The HTC One M9 plus is rumored to have a 20.1MP camera with a maximum image resolution of 5376 by 3744 pixels. A dual-tone LED flash is also going to be present, from the looks of it. Chances are the snapper will be using the very same image sensor found in the HTC One M9. Whether optical image stabilization will be included or skipped again – the One M9 lacks OIS, in case you didn't know – is anyone's guess. 

Knowing that the HTC One M9's camera leaves room for improvement, we wouldn't set our hopes high in expectation for the M9 Plus's shooter to blow other high-ends out of the water. As we stated in our HTC One M9 review, the camera performs well in good light, but struggles when lighting conditions are poor. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is expected to be an UltraPixel one and should prove good enough for all your selfie needs. 

We're curious to know if the Duo camera on the phone's back, the function of which is to detect depth, will enable the main camera to perform any new tricks. On the One M8, the extra cam allowed us to add blur to the background of the images, thus making them look as if they had been taken with a DSLR. Okay, kind of. We could also tweak the focus of an image after it had been taken. Guess we'll have to wait and see what else HTC's camera team will come up with.


Price and release date


While the announcement and subsequent release of the HTC One M9 Plus are imminent, we're not sure what parts of the world it will launch in. China Mobile is one of the carriers expected to offer the handset, judging by the leaks we have so far. The phone might never launch out of Asia, however, or at least that's what some rumors claim. On the other hand, we've seen the One M9 Plus leak on several occasions without the said carrier's logo etched on it. Perhaps a variant of the phone is coming to western markets as well.

In terms of pricing, the HTC One M9 Plus won't be cheap, knowing that the HTC One M9 carries the premium off-contract price tag of 650 U.S. dollars (or €750 in Europe, which is roughly $811). Therefore, we can safely assume that the HTC One M9 Plus will be 100 dollars/euro more expensive. Of course, signing a carrier contract will surely bring the phone's price down to a much more bearable point. 

Keep in mind that all of the information above is based on leaks, rumors, and pure speculation. The only bits of information we can consider official are the teasers for the "More than One" media event, which HTC will be hosting in Beijing. Since a phone, likely the HTC One M9 Plus, is rendered on the teaser, we're expecting it to be the star of the show. The event is scheduled for April 8. Mark your calendars.

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One M9+
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X10, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(13h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

HTC should have just made this the m9, its still ugly though but that gold on black does look respectable.

5. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

That touch button has to go...

15. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Ugly? You are either blind or have no taste.

2. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

HTC phones are getting sexy , i do nt know if the complainants are coming from rivals or do they really care for themselves

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

So people who already ordered m9 will get screwed. You bought the best htc phone so far and htc releases an even better model after a month, lmao. Way to have no respect for your clients htc. This phone trashes m9 in almost every aspect and since sd810 got castrated, I assume the mediatek will be more efficient as well.

16. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

With a meditek processor it is not better. And no I did not get screwed. I do not what a Quad HD display. This phone is not better in anyway than the M9. You are just a dumbass.

4. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

that home button sticks out like a sore thumb. the black/gold variant looks good tho

6. Skiwhack

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Imho, the existing HTC users are probably waiting for the M9+ as I am. (owner of M8, M7, Amaze 4G and TP2). The M9 may have been a way to lure new customers, especially with the Uh-Oh warranty. I hope the wait is worth it, I like the duo camera, blink feed, and expandable memory. It the One more event on the 8th is a let down for the U.S. market, I may switch to Samsung after all of these years.

7. Commandant

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

Yeeeeeeeees It's beautiful and seems good to me can't wait to buy one :)

8. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

I hope the camera has OIS and the scanner is touch based and not swipe.

17. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

OIS is pointless and stupid on a smartphone.

9. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I own a M7 but now this company has me freaking confused (And not for me, because I will just buy what's best for me) so, they are selling a flagship phone called the M9 as then it hasn't even hit the shelves and there an add for an upcoming one that's supposed to be better?... I get the feeling thst some high executive or designer who was getting things togetter gas either fired or quit. The should stop releasing those stupid plastic phones and make only two phones like Apple. Regular and a + version, and stick with this design:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sizzling-new-renders-of-the-HTC-One-M9-pop-up-the-best-ones-weve-seen-yet_id65885

11. j10oreo

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

I have the m9, upgraded from the m7. I was considering choosing another brand all together since the m9 announcement didn't live up to the hype. This site is full of Samsung fanboys so the hate directed toward the m9 is overly exaggerated. I will tell you that the only thing that is underwhelming is unsuprisingly the rear camera. But everything else about the phone actually exceeds my expectations... but I use my phone primarily to play music, so the phone fits my needs perfectly.

10. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Every year YOU HTC will go down becasue YOU HTC you are not giving the people what they really want. We told you about the bezels YOU never listened to us How could we carry that 100 LBS Brick behind us?

12. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

100 lbs? i've never seen a phone that heavy

14. j10oreo

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

100 lbs? Prolly time to start looking into fitness.

18. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Only no one cares about the bezels and now they are their because they power the display drivers and the amps for BoomSound. Also the bezel on the M9 is greatly reduced. Only f**kwits complain about the bezel. Also HTC is going up. Their profits growing.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

seems that fingerprint scanner same like Samsung old style swipe hope no. I don't think so media tek more powerful than snapdragon 810.

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