Spigen's HTC One M9 Neo Hybrid case portrays an HTC Eye-like front camera, mesh speakers

Spigen's HTC One M9 Neo Hybrid case portrays an HTC Eye-like front camera, mesh speakers
This year's premium flagship leakster award isn't going to @evleaks. This time, it's undoubtedly going to case manufacturers, whose renders of upcoming Samsung and HTC hot-shot smartphones were the first to give us a glimpse of how they look before their impending MWC 2015 reveals. 

Speaking of cases, Spigen, a renowned case producer we reckon we can trust with this, put up its HTC One M9 Neo Hybrid case up for order. The $35 accessory's product images give us a slightly different glimpse of the flagship than the "official renders" we published a few days ago did. Notably, the smartphone has a bigger selfie cam lens positioned dead in the middle of its top bezel, just like on the HTC Eye. 

 In addition, the BoomSound stereo speakers have a mesh wire and are placed in the middle of the top and bottom bezel, instead of being drilled in the chassis like on the HTC One (M7). Meanwhile, the back of the smartphone once again features the single camera lens with two-tone LED flash, and the power key is, again, repositioned on the right side. 

Those are some meaningful design and camera improvements, no doubt! Well, in just a few short days, we'll learn all there is to know about HTC's 2015 hero phone. Don't forget to join us for the parade of MWC announcements between March 1st and March 5th!

Thanks for the tip, Sadra Makhmali!

source: Spigen



1. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

if htc loses the ever-present bazels on m7 & m8, am in unless s6 makes a radical change not only in hardware design & build but also touchwiz...

12. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I was gung ho on getting the M9 but I'm rethinking it. It depends on what Samsung does with Touchwiz. If they keep the S6 somewhat close to stock then I may get it. Other than that I'm getting the M9.

15. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

You forgot that S6 would use their own processor so no or minimal custom roms. Whatever Samsung does with the TW, it will still br far away from stock. And regarding updates, Sammy is slow again. I have a S5 in Canada and my last update was in June 2014 and am still n 4.4.2.

33. g2a5b0e unregistered

That reasoning is bogus. The S6 will be the highest selling Android phone of 2015. There will be no shortage of custom ROMs being developed for a phone that popular. Look back at the Note 2. It only used the Exynos as well. Customs ROMs are ubiquitous for it.

29. Marienx

Posts: 123; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

This is the design I am expecting for the M9, I owned a M7 and own a M8... But for my nest device I am thinking about switching to the S6 if they get rid of that stupid "touch wiz" and the phone design is radical in comparison to the M9. I love sense, and the designs of my HTC's...I'm extremely anxious for March 1. I really believe this is the last year for apple phones to be as popular as they currently are. To be honest, the only success to the iPhone this generation has been the well crafted and design OS and the fact that the phone is has a larger screen, but this year I believe the playing field is going to be leveled. And about Samsung, the only reason ppl buy Samsung is due to the fact that it carries the alternative to iOS, people are unaware of Android in other devices (since they advertise as much as apple and they think the best android device is Samsung), and don't know about HTC since they only make phones and disregard their outstanding build quality, amazing speaker sound and well executed UI. For all you that don't know, the HTC one was design in California and the resemble of the M'7-8 phones on the iPhone is due to the fact that apple hired some of the designers that designed these two phones, and HTC doesn't have a problem with that since apple and HTC entered a 10-year licensing deal on patents that can see them helping each other.

2. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

These case manufacturers (especially the big ones like spigen) must have had models from HTC, Samsung etc to manufacture the mould tooling to make these cases in advance. But on the other hand they must have had to sign an NDA not to show the design early.

7. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Case makers Receive the outer dimensions in advance of the phones release so consumers who purchase the phone early have cases available.

11. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

What even with the multiple compound curves like the M8 & M9 have?

32. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Of course. If HTC produce the phone from drawings so why can't the case makers do the same with the case?

34. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

HTC machine their aluminium housings on a CMM machine using the 3D model directly imported from the CAD software. Modern design engineers don't use 'paper' drawings for design much these days. Trust me I am one.

35. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Don;t try to pull rank when you do not know who somebody is. I am a mechanical engineer with many years of experience in manufacturing and design for manufacture, including producing control drawings. I know about manufacturing processes and 3D modeling software as I use both frequently. You can certainly recreate a 3D model from 2D drawings as the company can provide fit equations and bounding conditions as a 2D drawing. Or they can send them a, some what lacking specific features, 3D CAD model so they can produce a case to fit the phone using the software. Either method is used in industry frequently.

36. limporgyuk

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

You don't know what you are talking about, I can spot a blagger when I see one. You are obviously at university studying Engineering with no industry experience. HTC would not send a set of 2D drawings to Spigen (as said in your original post). Go back to your lessons, you have a lot to learn. I am using Catia to design helicopters by the way, no 2D drawings involved.

37. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

You keep trying to insult me and I do not really understand why. I have been diplomatic. If you look back to my original comment I said they receive the outer dimensions, I did not mention 2D drawings in my original comment. Though both methods are possible. I use Catia as well, but have experience with AutoCAD mechanical, Inventor, Pro Engineer and Solid works. I additionally have experience on Alpha and Delta cam. I am not a student and currently working as an engineer at CERN designing components for production. The complexity of which is easily comparable to that of a Helicopter but yet we produce 2D control drawings in addition to our 3D CAD models for manufacture. I have not insulted you so please try and hold yourself from insulting me further.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Looks promising, since it's the Evleaks renders I am seeing here :)

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If it's true then I'm seeing this phone as phone of the year.

4. tani24

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

I really hope this is the real thing: if it's like that all the rumors are confirmed and this phone will be just gorgeous...HTC ONE M9, so waiting for you baby!

6. PhoneBuff

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 05, 2014


5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I hope this design is fake. I prefer the look that is similar to the m7 and m8. That is already htc's identity and what they're known for

13. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I actually really really like this design, tucking in the speakers into the bezels! If this leak is true im buying it and selling my 1+

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Tbh, I'm not digging the new design, I kinda hate it. Htc's design with the m7 and m8 was the foundation of the one series and it would be horrible to see them changing that kind of design immediately. I prefer the bezels exposed, making the phone taller. In the end, whatever the design will be I'll still be getting the m9 since I'm a fan of htc

18. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

They has to change the design to avoid bashing (like the one Samsung got) plus they were criticized for those huge bezels.

28. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I'm not sure how anyone can like the old design compared to the new one shown in these renders. Everything is refined, more compact and symmetrical. To each their own though!

17. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

I hope it's not fake, huge bezels were big letdowns in previous flagships.

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Fingers crossed they will have this particular design (leaked by evleaks before. I think it was evleaks) No black bar, logo moved down, little speakers opening at the bottom. Simply gorgeous design!

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If it's true we have ultimate smartphone.

16. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Hope fully they start selling it right away like last year for Verizon. They sold it the same day it was launched.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

well there's finally the real render peak of the front

21. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Incredibly Gorgeous.

22. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If it truly looks like one in pictures...this might be my next phone.

23. tani24

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

Can anyone who knows better tell me if we can trust to casemaker renders? GSMarena is saying that this might be just an artistic render (casemakers are informed only about the physical dimensions and features of phones)?

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