Second HTC One M9 wallpaper is even prettier than the first, reconfirms 1080p screen

Second HTC One M9 wallpaper is even prettier than the first, reconfirms 1080p screen
HTC ROM developer LlabTooFer is proving yet again that somehow he's got privileged access to internal HTC information with another wallpapers allegedly ripped from the One M9's firmware. As best as we can tell, the wallpaper is legit and will likely end up being available to M9 owners down the road. The source promises to release one new wallpaper every day until the M9 is unveiled.

Having loaded the wallpaper on a device of our own already (yes, it's pretty), it's worth mentioning that we're again looking at a 2160 x 1920 resolution wall. If this ends up being legit, it would mean that HTC has kept its cool and will not be jumping onto the Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) bandwagon. If you're wondering where that extra resolution goes, it's simple – it's there to allow for a scrollable wallpaper.

HTC is now confirmed to be prepping an announcement for the One M9 (and perhaps an even better spec'd One M9 Plus version) on March 1 at MWC 2015. Both models are expected to feature Qualcomm's latest – the 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 810 – along with a new version of HTC's custom Sense UI based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. From what we know, the two models will mainly differ in terms of their displays – a 5-inch, 1080p panel for the One M9, and a 5.2-inch, 1440p unit for the One M9 Plus.



source: Twitter

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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)

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33 Comments

1. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

It's getting closer and closer! Less than 2 weeks to go! Can't wait for the official announcement!

5. Biernot unregistered

Same here ^^ counting the days ^^

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can't wait for March Mobile World Congress and Game Dev Conference :D

15. Exempt1 unregistered

I can't wait for lunch :D

26. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol! ....

2. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It's gonna be a speed machine!

3. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

I have a Note 4 with a 2K screen, but I think it's overrated. Samsung could have gotten more battery life out of a 1080p screen. This would make it a killer phone. Sticking with 1080p is a good decision for HTC.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What I want is for phones to have 4K/2160p/UHD displays But for phones to render at 2K/1080p/FHD That way is scales perfectly and less noticeable pixels for VR

9. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I have exactly the same feelings towards my G3. Impressive but unnecessary and overhyped especially if it has a negative effect on battery life and software performance.

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Let me throw some facts. Note 4 (with 4k display) has only 20mah more then Note 3 (with 1080p display) yet it outperforms significantly in battery life department by almost half a day !! Note 4:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-note-4-battery-life/ Note 3:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-battery-life-test/ Seems like hating on 2k resolution is the new trend. Amoled displays' are extremely power efficient when it comes 2k display. LCD is a dated technology. Compare LG (a company known for their display tech) G3's display with Note 4 and you'll see the difference. Its brighter, efficient and accurate by a significant margin.

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

But what off the note 4 shipped with a 1080p screen. The battery would probably last even longer.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's not the point though. Most people would take the crispier, brighter and more accurate display which makes VR content viewable then just few more hours of battery life. They need to offer a worthy upgrade to Note 3 and not just focus on battery alone. Read #18.

21. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

2K isn't more crisper though. Your eyes, on a five inch screen can't see the difference. Most people won't even notice. Also, many TVs come with 2K, but it is never advertized. You need to go digging into the specs to know, because it says 1080p at stores. And those are on huge TVs, where even 2K is pixelated from a foot. That same amount of pixels on a five inch screen, where it is not even near pixelated at 1080p? Not worth the hours of battery life and performance. And also, most content isn't even 2K. It's 1080p up scaled to 2K

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. 2k is more crispier ! Your eyes can't notice the individual pixels but overall the display will be sharper then 1080p res especially when viewing text. 2. Your point with comparing the TV is completely incorrect. As you view TV at 10 times more distance then a smartphone. Obviously as the display gets near pixellations starts to appear. So resolution should be considered while keeping the distance in mind. So comparing the resolution with TV is completely false. 3. 2k content is mainstream yet but you need to understand people buy these $800 flagship phones to future proof themself for 2 years. And since 4k TV are available cheap these days and YT started supporting 4k as well. Its not rocket science to imagine 4k content is approaching thick and fast in the near future.

16. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Note 4 also implemented a new screen technology so that's there. Also the snapdragon 805 is more power efficient. It's not about a hating 1440p being trend or anything, it just makes sense why people are really not into 1440p screens. Any pc gamer can back me up when I say 1440p uses more power when it comes to GPU, CPU and battery.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You need to understand OEMs need to strike a balance between everything. They can't hold back the screen tech from developing just because battery tech is no evolving. They need to upgrade everything in order make it an attractive buy for consumers. I understand the points you're making but an average consumer couldn't careless. Its the bottomline output that matters. Note 4 has higher resolution yet it outperforms its predecessor. Consumers wouldn't buy Note 4 if the display resolution didn't increase. That's why GS5's sales were below expectations.

31. TyrionLannister unregistered

Use this point the next time: On OLED screens, increasing resolution means replacing less bigger LED with more smaller ones. They don't have a backlight. and since the brightness curve for OLED is more or less linear, they don't suffer the more battery drain from higher resolution like LCD. So sticking with 1080p is a wise move for LCD, QHD is better for OLED ones since it has even more effect on VR stuff. Imagine one LED getting replaced by two due to higher resolution. Now if both of those LED emit half the light of the initial bigger one they replace, they'll consume equal power and equal brightness as the previous configuration with half the resolution. On LCDs the situation is not that nice. First, you have a lot more crystals to rotate and the increase in filters( one for each pixel) and the increase in number of inter-pixel gap forces the backlight to increase the power to give equal brightness as the lower resolution display. Hence, AMOLEDs are great at higher resolution. And that's why the only phones with decent battery life at QHD are all AMOLED.

32. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lol.... I have no where near as good as technical knowledge as you. So I'll stick to my version. But good read anyway. Nice post +1

4. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Boy, what a nice star trails.

8. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

great decision by HTC. Slightly off topic, the renders look much better than those prototypes IMHO. can't complain much though.

23. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

They always do. :)

10. trung_ero

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

i love this wallpaper!

11. trqster

Posts: 177; Member since: May 17, 2013

1080p is the right resolution for any screen less than 5.5" period. No benefits at all from a higher DPI than 300 for the human eye.

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's a load of crap. I can easily see the sharpness difference between an iPhone 6 and a galaxy S4 and from a galaxy S4 to a note 4. Regarding those who are going to bash me that I'm wrong or battery life is more important, I have an argument. On OLED screens, increasing resolution means replacing less bigger LED with more smaller ones. They don't have a backlight. And since the brightness curve for OLED is more or less linear, they don't suffer the note battery drain from higher resolution like LCD. So sticking with 1080p is a wise move for LCD, QHD is better for OLED ones since it has even more effect on VR stuff.

22. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Battery life AND performance are stake with screen resolution. Did you miss the article about the LG G3 mimicking 1080p resolution? The Galaxy Note 4 would likely experience the same gains? Hello?

29. TyrionLannister unregistered

No one cares about benchmarks. No mobile games( real life ones, not benchmarks) run at QHD. They run at 1080p or 720p and just upscale. So you'd get no gains. PA just did some benchmarks and danced that gaming performance is improved. Note 4 has the same off-screen benchmarks as Note 3 due to QHD, but in real life games, it has twice the framerate as games render at 1080p http://www.gamebench.net/blog/samsung-galaxy-note-4-beats-every-other-phone-asphalt-8 See this. Now close your mouth open due to awe.

24. may_czos

Posts: 957; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Even with IPS QHD display battery life is just slightly worse than FHD (because the size of the back light panel doesn't change). But hardware performance is a completely different story, in most tests the same setup with FHD scores at least 25% better (or even more in graphics test) than with QHD.http://www.phonearena.com/news/We-changed-the-LG-G3s-display-resolution-to-1080p---we-got-superb-performance-and-negligible-battery-life-increases_id65982

30. TyrionLannister unregistered

No one cares about benchmarks. No mobile games( real life ones, not benchmarks) run at QHD. They run at 1080p or 720p and just upscale. So you'd get no gains. PA just did some benchmarks and danced that gaming performance is improved. Note 4 has the same off-screen benchmarks as Note 3 due to QHD, but in real life games, it has twice the framerate as games render at 1080p http://www.gamebench.net/blog/samsung-galaxy-note-4-beats-every-other-phone-asphalt-8 See this. Now close your mouth open due to awe.

17. FTSMF

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

my dog gave birth to 2 puppies and they are so pretty

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

And this has to do with the article because?

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