The HTC One M9 release date is quickly approaching and the official launch date has been set and confirmed by HTC for March 1st, but that hasn’t stopped the leaks and rumors from emerging. After initial photos and leaks surfaced in January things slowed down, but as these last few weeks arrive before the launch date, we’re now starting to see more details come to light.
The brand new HTC One M9 has been surfacing more and more over the past few weeks, and now it’s no secret that the company plans to announce its new smartphone on March 1st at the annual Mobile World Congress show. However, it sounds like they could announce two phones. Those being “The New HTC One” and an HTC One Max, or HTC One M9 Max. After a myriad of rumors suggesting all the HTC One M9 leaks we’ve seen thus far have been fakes in an attempt to hide the final product last month a new photo emerged showing what could be the true and final design of HTC’s next flagship phone, or two.
Since that photo surfaced we’ve yet to see or hear anything else regarding the bigger smartphone, and most of the leaks have been about the HTC One M8 successor, codenamed the HTC Hima. Today though we have two new benchmark results once again confirming the specs, and potentially revealing what to expect from both the HTC One M9, and the bigger One M9 Max.
As we all know, March 1st is the date in which HTC will take the stage and formally announce and reveal the new HTC One M9. We’ve seen countless leaks already, which may be fake, and after more photos and concept images emerged, the name was somewhat confirmed.
This week though, images leaked suggesting the screen could actually stay at 5-inches with the HTC One M9, and be the same 1920 x 1080p Full HD resolution. A move which may bother some who’ve enjoyed 2560 x 1440 quad-hd screens on the Note 4 or LG G3, but HTC could be keeping to 1080p to offer better battery life with the HTC One M9. That was followed by HTC UK calling the device the “New HTC One” rather than the One M9, so the name is still up in the air.
That all said, below are two new benchmarks likely from HTC employees testing the phone before its impending release date, and it’s revealing some important information if they’re indeed accurate and real.
The first (above) confirms most of the details we’ve heard thus far about the new HTC One M9. Those being a 5-inch 1080p HD display, an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also confirms the 20 megapixel rear camera, but claims the front camera will be 12 megapixels, not the 4 MP we’ve heard prior to today.
Out of the 32GB of internal storage (possibly has a micro-SD slot too) 23GB will be usable by the end user. At least according to these results.
HTC One M9 Max
A few small leaks and rumors have surfaced that HTC will have a second device to reveal either on March 1st, or later this year to take on the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4, or even the Galaxy Note 5 in the fall. That being a reborn HTC One Max, similar to the model from 2013, with multiple changes and a dedicated home button. That was seen in the leaked image linked to above, but that’s all we’ve heard about an HTC One Max.
Below though, is an unknown device claiming to have a 5.1-inch Quad-HD display, but most likely an HTC One Max would have a much bigger screen similar to the Note 4 or 5.96-inch Nexus 6. This claims the bigger HTC phone will have a Mediatek 8-core processor 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a similar camera setup.
For now we don’t know much about the HTC One M9 Max, or if they’ll even release one. It’s also highly possibly the second leak is of a device for regions outside of the US, like where the HTC Butterfly and HTC Butterfly 2 were released in previous years.
All said and done, things are starting to heat up as the March 1st announcement nears, and we’ll know all the details soon enough. The new HTC One M9 should come to all major carriers in the United States, around the globe, and possibly be released the same day it’s announced, which is less than two weeks away. Stay tuned.