Leakster claims some HTC One M9 batches have Gorilla Glass 3, not 4

Leakster claims some HTC One M9 batches have Gorilla Glass 3, not 4
According to Corning, the maker of Gorilla Glass, the 4th iteration of its product offers twice the protection of its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 3. Seeing how damaged, or even shattered, displays are a large enough issue for most people, double the protection sounds like a compelling reason to choose a device with Gorilla Glass 4.

The HTC One M9's 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 IPS display features Gorilla Glass 4, or so we were told. Serial leakster @upleaks, however, now claims that only some batches of the One M9 (and M9+) come with the latest edition, while others make do with Gorilla Glass 3. The way we see it, the proof here is some sort of heavily redacted internal document, likely meant for HTC customer reps. Since our OCR attempts to grab the text from the image provided inconclusive proof (we don't read Chinese, unfortunately), we can't really confirm if the evidence (which may very well be fake or doctored) really points to the same thing. However, given @upleaks' splendid track record, specifically on things HTC, we're definitely intrigued by the possibility that this is actually true.


In reality, many manufacturers use functionally equivalent, but different, parts for their phones, depending on the batch, so this isn't exactly unheard of. Still, we reckon that most consumers would be upset to find out that theirs is from an unlucky batch with Glass 3. HTC refused to comment, citing a policy of not discussing "speculations or rumors".

Updated on 5/7/2015


source: @upleaks

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52 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

They really took a lot of cost cutting measures. Here are a few things that were on the M8 and not on M9: 1. No panel self-refresh( decreases battery life by 10-20%). 2. No dedicated imagechip like M7/M8. 3. Degraded screen quality. And now this. Please HTC, get your Sh*t together and put quality componenets.

11. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

samsung made the same s**t by using its sensor in s6 instead of sony's one

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

Also, it seems that the samsung sensor is as good, if not better than the IMX240. http://blog.gsmarena.com/samples-comparison-galaxy-s6-s6-edge-sony-samsung-camera-sensors-2/

14. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wow, in the last two, the ISOCELL has far better colors, the IMX240 looks very bluehttp://blog.gsmarena.com/a/showpic.php?sImg=15/05/samsung-s6-different-sensors-samples-comparison/camera/gsmarena_013.jpg

35. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

sammy's camera sensor is better the sony sensor has a blue tent to it

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung's camera sensor is also great, they are old player in photographic world.. they even have DSLR product line..

29. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

um they've been mixing it up since the s2 days. Where have you been? It's not like they were advertising that they're using sony camera sensors to begin with

43. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

When did Samsung official said S6/S6 Edge will use Sonys IMX240 camera sensor instead for ISOCELL?

50. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Lol but it seems like samsung sensor is performing better than the sony's one.

13. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Yes and Samsung is even worse, few things that were on the S5 and not on S6: 1. They removed the SDcard completely :( 2. No water or dust protection :(( 3. Smaller battery(WTF) :((( 4. No user-replaceable battery :(((( 5. Sony or Samsung camera sensor(You never know what they put in there) :(((((

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

1-4. is because Samsung wanted to beat the iPhone 6's thinness without increasing its height too much 5. is probably a supply issue, since the ISOCELL sensor performs better

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's not equivalent to putting cheap components for cost cutting. That's more like comparing phones. HTC put cheap components. Oh, and there is still no proof that there are 2 different cameras on S6. It's just the ISP firmware that is different.

21. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

So you need absolute proof for Samsung rumors but for HTC rumors you do not need proof? GTFO hehe..

30. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Because if is an ISOCELL sensor, do keep in mind that the S5 introduced the ISOCELL sensors to the smartphone game and was considered the best of its time. It's not cost-cutting, it's just that Samsung wasn't able to mass produce their own sensors so they needed Sony's help.

36. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

They could build another production line for ISOCELL sensors but they do not because "cost-cutting".

31. TyrionLannister unregistered

Hehe, it is proven for HTC LOL. Read the Anandtech review.

27. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

No proof, just like Sammy isn't prooven, htc isn't. You are being hypocritical (fanboy much?)

37. TyrionLannister unregistered

Go and read anandtech review. All the things i mentioned are proven. I don't care about the gorilla glass 3 or 4. Both will shatter if dropped.

39. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

1. There is nothing about gorilla glass 3 or 4 in anandtech review. 2. "No dedicated imagechip like M7/M8" this because the S810 image chip is powerful enough so no need for dedicated one. Dah! 3. "I don't care about the gorilla glass 3 or 4" you're contradicting yourself with your first comment "And now this".

40. TyrionLannister unregistered

Well, I never complained about gorilla glass, and no, it isn't present in anandtech review. If you had enough comprehension skills you would have listened to when I told about the things i mentioned. We all know how bad the new 810 ISP performs. It's worse than the m8 in camera despite the superior sensor. Also, focusing is slow.

42. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is pure nonsense, the 810 ISP performs excellent and there is nothing to do between the ISP and the image quality, ISP is only about the speed of the data. Daaaah! S810:14-bit dual-ISP(1.2GPixels/s of throughput, anandtech) S808:12-bit dual-ISP The LG G4 with less capable ISP(S808) has fast focusing and excellent image quality. It turns out you know nothing. LOL

44. TyrionLannister unregistered

G4 has better optics. Also algorithms matter. No matter how good the 810 ISP is, it can't match a dedicated one.

52. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Exactly, all this gorilla glass is nothing more but propaganda. You dropped them, they break.

20. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Notes you hit the nail on the head sir

45. waddup121 unregistered

THE LANNISTERS HAS SENT THEIR REGARDS! ggwp HTC

2. Hashed unregistered

HTC's got already enough financial problems, and now this!! That's why I went with Samsung.

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

IF this is true, well....I'll be d*mned.

4. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Sadly, the ship seems it's sinking. ( on European/US side) Cutting up costs on a project is hard, I get it but what you did with M) which Tyrion explained perfectly can't happen.

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Another nail into HTC coffin.

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