HTC’s One lineup has become a series of interest for enthusiasts and consumers alike. Each iteration represents a new flagship for the company, one that often puts a heavy emphasis on design and media consumption. Last year’s HTC One (M8) is widely regarded as one of the best phones on the market, and the excitement is building for 2015′s HTC One (M9), codenamed Hima. Courtesy of French site NowhereElse, the first pictures of the HTC One (M9) have been revealed.
The above photo shows the back of the device, which appears remarkably similar to the One (M8). The real difference that we can see is the change in the camera. Rather than the circular camera design that’s been used on previous models, the One (M9) opts for a larger square camera. This would line up with rumors that the One (M9) will use a larger 20.7-megapixel camera rather than the Ultrapixel camera found on the One (M7) and One (M8). What we can’t tell is if the device uses a Duo Camera setup like the One (M8), as the top of the phone is hidden from view.
This next photo reveals the front of the device, which is nearly identical to the One (M8). It has the same BoomSound speakers, camera layout and even that frustrating HTC logo and bezel beneath the screen. It’s hard to tell if the front is any different, though the side bezels might be ever so slightly thinner. In any case, the design seems highly akin to the One (M8), which isn’t necessarily bad. The One (M8) has garnered high praise for its design, both in appearance and in usability.
As of right now, the One (M9) is set to be revealed on March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We’ll keep you updated on further rumors and leaks.
What are your initial thoughts on the HTC One (M9)?