HTC One (M9) pictured next to HTC One (M8); changes seen between the two models


Just the other day, we showed you a picture that allegedly revealed a prototype of the HTC One (M9). Looking very much like the current HTC flagship model, the back of the device reveals a larger camera sensor and the end of the Duo camera experiment. Steve Hemmerstoffer, the editor of French site NWE (the source of the earlier prototype photos), tweeted out a photograph of the prototype model standing right next to the HTC One (M8).

One major difference between the new model and the current one, is the reduction of the side and bottom bezels. It might be hard to see, but if you look closely, you can spot a thinner black border around the perimeter of the screen. Furthermore, the controversial "HTC logo" bottom bezel has also dropped in size. The front-facing sensor is also larger and the speaker grills seem smaller.

It looks like the HTC One (M9) will come equipped with a 5-inch (or slightly larger) screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. A 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU will power the unit, which will come with 3GB of RAM inside. We could see a 20MP camera in back and possibly a 13MP "super selfie shooter" in front. Android 5.0.1 should be pre-installed with HTC's proprietary Sense 7 UI included.

As usual with something of this magnitude not wearing an "official" label, we suggest you take a trip to your spice cabinet so you can take this story with a grain of salt.

source: @stagueve

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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)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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49 Comments

1. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I owned an HTC One M8 for about 5 months, until recently I sold it for the Moto X. I always thought the design was really nice, but hot damn they really need to do something about those bezels. Phones with big bezels are looking more and more unattractive to me. HTC not the only one at fault here. (Looking at you, iPhone 6 plus)

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't have a problem with the bottom bezel since my finger takes up basically all of the space while using Touch ID. The top bezel is only there to be uniform to the bottom for balance.

11. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I won't complain about bezels, because they don't matter that much to me. What i would complain about is the fact that the design is barely changed to the point that we need a red marks to show us the differences. I hope that this is some fake rendering, if not, then this will be a huge blow to HTC attempts to get back on the Android big dogs map.

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Can't tell the differences? Tell that to iPhone 4/5 and 5/5S owners XD

18. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Does it have to look different? If it has an improved processor, more memory, better display, better camera, etc., does it matter if it looks more or less the same as before?

24. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It matters to phone fans, because they can't 'one-up' their office mates in their game of shopping cat and mouse.

34. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Why change the design if it is already perfect? People like you are sad pathetic losers.

39. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Nothing earthly is perfect and that stands true for HTC M(whatever)

42. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

You are fool

38. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Agreed. for all the praise they receive, they should strive to improve the design further but instead they stick with it and damn those bazels are making the phone look something from 2005!

43. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

1 the design is perfect and they have improved it. Also the design didn't need to be changed. I pity pathetic losers like you who think that each new phone should have some dramatic design change. It makes you look sad. Also it's spelled bezels. And the bezels have been slimmed down. Also the bezels are there for BoomSound. And no one other than imbeciles care about bezels. Looks like something from 2005? Thanks for proviso that you are complete ad total joke and moron with that comment. I would hate to be as sad pathetic and stupid as you.

2. Davidroid

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

It's the same photo. -.-

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Wooo. M9 is M8 on diet :D Bezel still doesn't bother me. If you think bezel really is the problem, I hope you do go to the gym as well. (So trolling here)

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

knowing how stubborn they have been with their design. i wouldn't be surprised if this is real.

33. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

If they have an amazing design and what has been called by countless tech blogs the best design o the market why change it?

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Hey Alan, I think this might be a mistake... "The front-facing flash is also larger and the speaker grills seem smaller" Isn't that a sensor? proximity, ambient light?.... I never knew that was a f.f. flash...

9. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

There is talk about a front facing flash, but yes, in the HTC One (M8) tha is a sensor. Most likely, it will remain a sensor in the (M9). Alan F.

6. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Always loved HTC, would definatley get this if the phone stays under "5.2

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Who care???

14. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You don't care but clicked on the article and lost your time writing that sentence therefore you care.

10. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

HTC M8S

44. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Thanks for showing you are stupid and think there should be dramatic design changes every year when that is the position of fools.

13. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

If its not broke don't fix it, the m8 design is the best looking smartphone in the world, just check out 90% of the review websites. They cant all be wrong, so the m9 is not going to look that much different in my view. There for the pics are probley genuine.

15. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Looks smaller that M8 which is great ! I think that this will be my first HTC device if Samsung doesn't do a miracle with touchwiz.

16. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hopefully it's fake. Why they can't just remove that utterly unnecessary htc logo which eats up almost one centimeter -_- if it's a real deal htc you've lost one potential consumer:))))))

32. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

It's not unnecessary. It's there for BoomSound. So shut your stupid pathetic mouth.

46. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

You are retarded if you believe bulls**t what you've written is true. So take your lame excuse and shut the f**k up

17. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Just keep the overall size and design of the M8 HTC. You had a winning formula with that one.....please don't attempt to fix what's not broken. Just reduce the bezels and call it a day.

19. ReticentHamster

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Ugh! I wish people would stop dogging HTC's recent phones for their bezels. When we buy a phone, we stare at the screen, not the bezels. I understand that we all want attractive devices, but really, now. Besides, if you really look at that picture, you'll see that the bezel IS smaller, especially at the bottom. that area houses parts that run the boomsound speakers and display, from what I gather, so they can't just axe it completely. All that said, I really hope this isn't the final design. I've always thought it was silly to remove the capacitive buttons from that area if they need it there anyway. I also found their Desire Eye design to be quite nice and was hoping the Hima/M9 would be an aluminum version of that design... Well anyway... Only a little more than a month until we see the real deal. Surprise me, HTC!

20. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sorry HTC, you're not going to see any sales with those ghastly bezels...

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