The HTC One (M8) gives way to it’s successor, the HTC One M9
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. This age, called 2015 by some finds many of us waiting for the HTC One M9. Yes it is now supposedly keeping that M9 moniker as part of it’s official name, rather than in brackets.
Here we are at a time when the goliaths of the phone world (and the tech world) like to spring on us (pun intended) their latest and greatest wares. March 1st sees HTC launching it’s latest flagship to the baying mob known as the public. We know about the handset, but there may be a few more surprises at the launch. There is the HTC smartwatch to think about, and the rumour of a HTC One M9 Plus. Samsung and Apple are of course prepping their big reveals, with Samsung perhaps learning a thing or two from HTC this time on how to craft a smartphone. The Galaxy S6 we will take a look at soon too, and HTC has to really keep the brand at a high if the rumoured metal Samsung is true. There is also the Sony Xperia Z4, and let us not forget it’s Apple counterparts, the iPhone 7 & 7+.
We are officially in Q1 2015 and HTC is performing well. How I do know this? The financial reports of course. They are positive but HTC still has worked to do. One cannot rest on One’s Laurels.
HTC has outed a consolidated financial report for Q4 2014 and the company saw a quarterly revenue of $1.524 billion (NT$47.9 billion),” the report said, “$224 million more than the same quarter last year. After taxes, the net profit for the quarter was $15.9 million, while the gross margin was 20.4% and operating margin merely 0.4%.
HTC knows how to build a premium phone; after all it’s learned from the M7 and the M8. This one for the hat-trick then?
The HTC One M9 is scheduled for launch at MWC 2015 on March 1st. I have it on good information there is a strong chance we will see the HTC wearable, indeed the first wearable by the company, in the form of a smartwatch. We know quite a lot about the M9 already but it is worth taking a look again at those specs.
HTC One M9 Specs (we believe)
Upleaks sources suggest the handset to be roughly the same size as the HTC One M8 and really not too dissimilar in design, although a definite refinement. We don’t have it’s weight yet but the leaks suggest it’ll have dimensions of 144.3 x 69.4 x 9.56 mm.
Of course we can’t forget that screen. Sources say the HTC One M9 will feature a 5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, with 3GB of DDR4 RAM and the option of 32 or 64GB of storage.
With that snapper, you’re looking at a 20.7-megapixel camera and a dual LED flash. The 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera has been relegated to the front. This being a HTC flagship, they would be fools to remove one of it’s defining features, that of the BoomSound speakers. Rumour is this time around there will be a Dolby Setup. as we;; as HTC’s Sense 7, the obligatory Android Lollipop, Bluetooth 4.1. and support for VoLTE, Carrier Aggregation and LTE Category 6 speeds. This will have up to 300Mbps for download, 50Mbps for upload.
“One of the newest rumours claims that the One (M9) will feature Dolby Technologies Dolby 5.1 audio technology, which will probably be a magnet for the audiophiles out there. This slightly contradicts with the earlier speculations that HTC will collaborate with Bose on the audio capabilities of the flagship, but one thing is certain – the One (M9) will probably not disappoint in this category,”
The phone supposedly packs an even better wireless chip, a BCM4356 module that supports the 802.11ac standard, which means the One M9 could offer even faster Wi-Fi performance, on par with what the Nexus 6 has to offer.
For the battery we can expect to see a 2,840mAh battery, which is an upgrade over the the 2,600mAh offering on the M8.
HTC One M9 Benchmark Results
You know a handset is close to release when benchmark results start popping up inside popular testing tools. This week saw the HTC One M9 grace Geek Bench where it was put through its paces. The results are pretty inline with what we’ve seen from other Snapdragon 810-wielding handsets. But where it does get interesting is in how it compares to recently leaked Galaxy S6 benchmarks.That Body!
Sources suggest there will be more display to body ratio here. Either 5 or 5.2 inches. That means slimmer bezels.
HTC will supposedly not be throwing in with the trend for QHD (Quad High Definition) screens. This would be welcome by many who feel that QHD is overkill for today’s handsets. An FHD screen, Full High Definition, already looks fantastic and pixels can’t be made out by even the most eagle-eyed viewer. This will also mean better battery performance as those QHD screens suck more energy.
German designer Jonas Daehnert – @PhoneDesigner has been spreading his HD renders all over the shop. I really hope the phone turns out as well as these renders. If so we are in for a treat, well, at least until that Wheel of Time turns again.
Here is a list of APK files supposedly from the M9. Thanks to EVLeaks those with a penchant for this kind of thing may find something of use there.