Only a few days remain before HTC takes the stage on March 1st to announce and reveal the all-new HTC One M9 smartphone. Today though, days before the event three brand new videos have leaked that are revealing the HTC One M9, its design, and confirming all the rumors we’ve heard over the past few weeks.
Lately the leaks and teasers that have arrived have been sending mixed messages about what to expect. For months rumors have been swirling about the design, many of which claimed all the leaks were fake and HTC had a sleek new design and a compltely revamped device coming, but sadly, that isn’t the case. Below is the hard evidence of what’s coming March 1st.
In December and January countless images showed off the new phone with nearly no design changes from the HTC One M8 in 2014. Then, last month a new photo emerged showing what could be the true and final design of HTC’s next flagship phone, or two. This photo showed a radically different design, something different from the past two years and had many excited. This had many excited, but that appears to be false, as three new videos have leaked showing off the HTC One M9, and it looks very similar to last years model.
Update: All three videos have been deleted, and surely someone copied them, but here’s a few screenshots confirming the device. Update #2: They appear to be back online.
Of course the all-new HTC One M9 is still going to be an excellent smartphone for buyers in 2015. It has a much improved camera, better speakers, the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and a crazy powerful 8-core processor with 3GB of RAM. However, all those wanting a fresh new design will be sad to see the three videos leaked this afternoon by famed leakster @Upleaks.
Before we get started, there are some new things here. Talks of the improved 20.7 megapixel camera, the two-tone color design, and the new HTC Theme customization, but most importantly, here’s the design.
Above is just about all the video evidence we needed of the new HTC One M9. Today three videos have all but confirmed the rumors we’ve heard for months. Yes the new HTC One M9 will have some impressive new changes, but the design won’t be one of them. The buttons have been slightly redesigned on the side and there’s now a large (and only one) 20.7 megapixel front camera vs the Duo camera setup from last year, but that’s about all that’s changed.
Before we were even able to post all the videos they’ve been removed from YouTube and changed to private. Most likely a few others have saved these videos and we’ll update if they become available, but for now they’re gone. We managed to grab a few screenshots before YouTube removed the leak, and here they are.
You can see the design is the same, but based on these three videos HTC will be focusing on the new two-toned design, the better camera, and all the software customization in HTC Theme. Hopefully we’ll finally be able to control more of HTC’s Sense UI with the 7.0 update coming with the One M9.
There also appears to be a new on-screen navigation button. Along with back, home, and multi-tasking is a dedicated power button. This is to likely easily turn the screen off, but we can’t be sure. It was seen in the leaks earlier today, and in the screenshot below.
Sadly all three videos have been removed, but this has confirmed what we will see come March 1st from HTC. As a reminder, here’s the full specs based on previous leaks, rumors, and confirmations.
HTC One M9 Specs (Rumored)
- 5.inch 1920 x 1080p HD Display
- 2.3 GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor (64-bit)
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
- 20.7 MP rear facing camera and 4 Ultrapixel front shooter (or 12 MP front)
- Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and HTC Sense UI 7.0
- Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby 5.1 Audio Technology
- 2,900 mAh battery
It took less than 20 minutes for these videos to be removed from YouTube. The leakster claims we was instructed to delete them, but surely they’ll surface again. We’ll update once we know more details. What do you guys think of the new HTC One M9?