HTC is serious about keeping the One (M9)‘s design under wraps, going as far as using decoy bodies for the device to keep its design hidden until launch. Multiple photos have leaked in the past week, revealing a One (M9) that looked remarkably similar to the One (M8), with very few exceptions. But according to the blog, HTC Source, the HTC One (M9) has actually been hiding in decoy shells, so as to not reveal the design, while still testing the internals.
HTC Source also has some details to report about the design. The One (M9) will reportedly feature an edge-to-edge display that switches the BoomSound speaker grilles to slits that will rest at the very top and bottom edges of the display. It will also have a front-facing camera design that’s similar to that found on the Desire 826, meaning that it will be a large lens centered above the display.
Using decoy bodies isn’t new to HTC, as it successfully used them on the HTC One (M7). The move isn’t bad either. In fact, we prefer it. Interesting as it is to see leaks, it’s much nicer to see a finalized version of the device that corresponds with its launch, allowing it to be a surprise for everyone. With that in mind, we look forward to March 1, when we’ll likely see the finalized design of the One (M9).