HTC using decoys to throw us off the track; real HTC One (M9) has changes to BoomSound and more

HTC using decoys to throw us off the track; real HTC One (M9) has changes to BoomSound and more
We have seen a number of photos showing what has been characterized as a prototype HTC One (M9). As we pointed out, there were a few changes when compared to the HTC One (M8). But a report published on Saturday says that the HTC One (M9) units that have been making the rounds in photographs are decoys and "do not accurately represent the final design of the HTC One (M9)." The report adds that these decoys do have the correct internal parts for the HTC One (M9).

This news should bring hope to those who were criticizing HTC for using the same design employed for the HTC One (M8) for its new flagship model. According to those who know the real look of the HTC One (M9), it will feature an edge-to-edge screen with BoomSound slits (as opposed to the grills) on the top and bottom edges of the handset. The front-facing camera looks like the one used on the HTC Desire 826, which means the One (M9) has a large circular lens above the screen.

The report adds that HTC had used a decoy before introducing the HTC One (M7). However, a rendering of the phone was discovered in a early version of the phone's firmware, on a SIM card installation tutorial. The image of the handset was leaked out more than a month before the unit was officially revealed by HTC.

We should see the HTC One (M9) in the flesh when MWC opens in Barcelona on March 1st.

source: HTCSource via AndroidandMe

Related phones

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)



1. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Even if it was you still couldn't hate on the design, haters gonna hate HTC anyways, lol

3. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Agreed the "fake" M9 was pretty lol but honestly it's not their fault. PA made an article about every so called leak.

19. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

thats right, the only fault it had was that it looked similar to last year's M8, but i was still shocked how come htc hasnt taken any cue from Desire 826 and EYE for the ff camera placement. And regarding the final design,if you look very closely at the top and bottom of the handset leaked in this article you will notice that something is fishy :))) let's hope this news comes true

21. lioraviram42

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

Now that you said it, I looked again and the edges of the front and rear panels look like plastic, what makes me think that after all it's a Hima Ace prototype.

25. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

No it's not. I have seen this s**t happen before with all leaked Apple products, some nub sites that claim that the final device will look completely different. It won't be, edge-edge display - from HTC? Come on, they make nice phones, but they never have anything special.

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Apple, for goodness sakes please take notes lol

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

HTC has always been my favorite Android OEM but the last 4 flagships have been a let down. They have the potential to beat Samsung in sales they just need to make a design that will apeal to everyone. They need a great camera on this phone or again it will fail. The biggest thing I hate about Android is that they let the carriers call the shots on the final release date and those awful carrier logos. HTC and all the other OEMs need to take control.

7. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

you comment on every HTC article how they let you down. You're a troll for sure smh!

22. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

So he's a troll for expressing his opinion? Gtfo. Htc has let down some of their customers.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

HTC had a good idea with the camera on the M7 and M8, but it was really finicky. You could get some great shots with the Ultrapixel camera, but you could also get some terrible ones, it's a really "meh" experience. Even so, I don't think they should go the 20 MP route like everyone else. A nice 8-12 MP camera with a large sensor would be ideal, but of course the market is mostly a numbers game now, so that probably won't happen. That is the most frustrating thing about Android, especially if you're using a device that doesn't have good developer support. The problem is that most Android manufacturers don't have the weight in sales to demand things like control over updates, the only one that does is Samsung, but they don't seem to be doing anything about it.

5. ReticentHamster

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Ha. it looks like their learning from last years debacle with the leak video of the device weeks before its debut. I am now much more excited to see it, as the design language of the Desire eye and 826 was nice. Desire EYE/826 design + aluminum body = a win in my book

8. ReticentHamster

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

*It *they're *year's *leaked Good lord, I forgot english or something... Sorry to anyone who is grammar-sensitive. D:

6. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The front camera make more sense now because the sensor for the 4 UP camera is larger then a normal front facing camera

16. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

If it has a big ugly front camera like the desire eye, I'm out. This "decoy" is fine imo.

9. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Lol decoy....... Says a "report". That confirms everything.

10. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

I couldn't see why they would keep the speaker grills, when they have newer ways of keeping boomsound with the speaker slits (HTC desire eye)

12. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

They don't perform as well as they do in the other boomsound phones

14. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The desire eye is water resistant, so it will not sound as good. It has little todue with the grill. The ode models also have different DAC then the M8

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

HTC didn't even need all those holes on the M8 because the speaker on the bottom took only 1/3 the grill space on the left side. HTC probably put all those holes there to make it look like the speakers are huge. Maybe they will do the same on the M9, but I hope not. I prefer the speaker set up on the Desire Eye much better.

11. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Still, One M9 would be ugly as always!

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I only trust upleak, the rest renders are fake

17. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Please do not put the front camera on the middle or else it will look like a cyclops

18. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

finally slim bezel? fullmetal body

20. lioraviram42

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

No word about waterproof abilities?

23. Dr.SamX

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Slim bezels, full metal body, 5.5" display, good camera: Instant buy!

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.