HTC has been on a yearly cycle for their One line since introducing the M7 in February last year. While they held off for just over a year to announce the One M8 in March, we can safely assume that they’re working on an M9 version of the HTC One. Chinese site MyDrivers has posted some information on what people can expect to see when HTC announce their flagship next year.
The phone will of course be high-end, with HTC apparently looking to include a Snapdragon 805 processor, apparently sticking with 32-bit architecture instead of going for the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 which should be in volume production around the time the M9 is announced. There’s still some time before any announcements are made for an ‘M9’, so this could certainly change. As an accompaniment to the processor there will be 3GB of RAM, and options for 64GB and 128GB of storage though no mention of expandable memory is made.
Following the trend in flagships phones in the latter stages of this year, HTC will move into the 2K display range, offering a 5″ 2K QHD (2660×1440) resolution display. The display will of course require extra power and HTC will apparently be including a 3,500mAh battery in the M9.
The news on the camera is that HTC may be moving away from the UltraPixel sensor that’s been included on the HTC One for the last two iterations, with a 16MP Sensor being used instead. Gone too is the ‘Duo Camera’ setup of the HTC One M8, which HTC used to achieve depth of field effects with the M8.
BoomSound is apparently still important, with HTC again going for front-facing speakers on the M9. The largest change though, after parting ways with Beats Audio, is that HTC is looking to partner with BOSE to supply the speaker technology for the phone.
A ‘Prime’ version of the M9 could also be on the cards, with a slightly different body, but at this stage, details on that development are scarce and could go the way of the M8 Prime that was rumoured earlier this year.
When HTC will launch the M9 isn’t known, but based on their general release schedule from years gone by, we should be seeing the handset any time between February and May. We’re ready to check it out as soon as they have anything to announce.