HTC One M9 specs rumor claims big changes (Bose sound?), and mentions the M9 Prime

HTC One M9 specs rumor claims big changes (Bose sound?), and mentions the M9 Prime
Although we don't really know what it will look like (the title image is a concept render), it is well known that we are only about 3 or 4 months away from seeing a new HTC One handset. Today, a report out of China claims to have details on the specs for the HTC One M9; and, the report also brings back rumors we've heard before about a potential M9 Prime variant of the smartphone.

If the leak is accurate, there are some pretty big changes in store for the next HTC One. The report claims it will have a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 805 SoC, and a 3500 mAh battery, which are the expected upgrades. But, the HTC One M9 is also supposed to feature a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, meaning HTC could well be leaving behind the UltraPixel hardware. Also, given that Apple purchased Beats, HTC had to find a different audio partner, and that new partner could well be Bose. And, HTC may use an aluminum silicon-carbide composite for the body. 

That sounds like a pretty beastly phone that would be using the best hardware that would be available in early 2015, which leads to a very reasonable question as to what would be so "prime" about the M9 Prime. It has been said before that the M8 Prime was going to replace the HTC One Max phablet, so we could assume a bigger display, but it's hard to say if there will be any other upgrades with the device. 

Whatever the plans are at HTC, we'll likely hear about them around MWC, which will be March 2-5 in Barcelona. 

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74 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Holy cow that camera sounds amazing! 805 is disappointing but TBH I don't really care for the phones to be so powerful anymore.

23. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You don't care about battery life either? More power at same watt means less watt for same power.

25. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

HTC, BIGGER IS NOT BETTER. Stay under 5.5 inches good lord. Not everyone is a f**king linebacker with huge hands. 5.2 inches should be the max for non-phablets. Not to mention the M8 is already pretty big, I wouldn't even consider the M9 if it were bigger. Remember when we used to make smaller and slimmer things? Yeah let's do that again.

29. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I think this sounds more like the Prime, and that the actual M9 will be smaller.

41. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The exact same thoughts of mine. I was 100% sure that the next phone after the Note 4 will be the m9, given how much i fell in love with the m8 but was let down by the 4up camera. I hope that HTC wont pull an LG with their flagship and keep their phone around the 5" mark, leave the 5.5" for the max if they wish. Other than that, i have no complaints on the mentioned specs, sense can run smoothly on a 4 year old processor, the Sony boy who's complaining as usual will keep on doing so since it's not a Sony branded phone, he kept calling aluminum cheap untill the Z3 got aluminum trim, then it became a cool and a must thing.

61. Beijendorf unregistered

Why? All you got was a pixel count. What if the sensor size is 1/8"? What if the pixel size is 0,3 ┬Ám? The HTC 13 MP sensor performs horribly compared to the 4 MP sensor in anything other than optimal light. More pixels does not equal better camera. The camera does NOT sound amazing. Not without more information.

73. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

None of the phones that will be announced in Jan will come with an 810. All of them will be 805 because its just out.

2. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

S810 would make more sense.

27. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Sense 6 plus snapdragon 801 on m8 is known for fluidity and smoothness among all UI in android world so i think that Snapdragon 805 SOC is enough to make the m9 faster than all those android phones next year. but of course Snapdragon 810 is a very big welcome for us, consumers! :)

42. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

805 is perfect for a fluid ui like sense. HTC should stay away from the specs war, as soon as they get rid of the 4up crap, they will get back on track.

51. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Specs sells my friend.. Experience is one thing but specs adds up..

55. rkoforever90

Posts: 459; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

no it dont general public dont care about snapdragon 810 or 805 ,

62. buzzardsuk

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

they absolutely do! Most people don't know alot about phones so they will go by specs to see what they think is the best. If the M9 is running an 805 clocked at lets say 2.5ghz with 3gb RAM and an S6 is running an 810 clocked at 2.8ghz with 3gb RAM they're gonna buy the S6 Plus is the 805 64bit? That will be a selling point to alot of people too

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

These specs are quite dubious at this point. We all know HTC doesn't generally include large batteries in its devices, so a 3500mAh is highly unlikely. Also, if the M9 ships with the 805, while the S6 or Z4 ship with an 810, it will be DOA. I would like to think HTC isn't that stupid. I'm taking all of this with a huge grain of salt.

4. MrTzr unregistered

The Z4 will also ship with the 805.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

It might. It might not. It's all rumors at this point. Knowing Sony, I'm inclined to agree with you though.

52. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Z4 will come with 805. For sure cuz we know Sony releases very quickly and eventually we will have Z5 with Sd810.. For sony SD805 makes sense but HTC Samsung no, cuz galaxy and one series comes once a year

8. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Butterfly s, one max had bigger batteries .

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

The One Max does not have a particularly large battery for its size. I wouldn't call a 3300mAh battery for a 1080p 5.9" screen large. The Butterfly had a fairly large battery, but it was only for limited territories. My statements holds. Note the word, "generally".

17. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I love how people like you use "DOA" so often. I have heard it so many times in the past few years, yet still see all those products are well "AOA" (alive on arrival) and beyond!!!

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yeah, & HTC is doing so well right now. Not even a top 10 OEM worldwide anymore.

5. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

This is ridiculous, no one cares about the damn sound on a cell phone external. Can't you tell by the sales HTC? wtf...

30. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Exactly. "Boom Sound" and all of these other dual-speaker systems are unnecessary fluff. A speaker just needs to be good enough for you to hear notifications. People who actually use the speakers on their phone to listen to music are annoying and doing it wrong. I'm more interested in good DACs and good BT LE performance than external speakers.

34. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Doing it wrong? Who are you to tell people that using their loud speaker to listen to music isn't doing it right? GTFO with that nonsense! People like you are the reason Sammy puts such tinny sounding speakers on their phones. Sony and HTC have done it right. Watching a video on my note 4 is ridiculous considering that you have to cup the back to get sound. Clearly you haven't heard boom sound or you wouldn't be calling it fluff

45. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

a real music listener never listens via the loud speaker.

47. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Not sure what you mean by a real music listener but if you love music it doesn't matter how you are getting it.

56. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Real music listeners go to concerts and hear the amplified music through loud speakers. BoomSound is great. I don't use it in public spaces, but I do use it together with the BoomBass in my rented university room. It's good enough for casual listening and I still have my M50 to listen to music in public. I don't have the space and electricity power to drive home Hi-Fi system because the university limits the electricity usage, so my M8 serves me well. It's not annoying if you are listening in your private space.

65. urbanism

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Except, you know, when your hearing gets destroyed from constantly turning the volume on your bass heavy headphones louder and louder or standing in a shallow room pumping out dB's of 90+ for hours on end. But go ahead, tell us about how you're a "real" music listener.

76. TechNeck

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Don't forget Motorola

40. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

well not all people are with the same preference as yours...

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