Jan 21st, 2015

HTC-One-M9-Hima press render

When it rains, it pours. We’re a little over a month away from HTC unveiling the followup to last year’s phenomenal HTC One M8 with the all new HTC M9 (codename Hima). Okay, well mostly new. According to the first crop of leaked images — which we showed you guys only yesterday — the phone may not look all too different from the design of the current One M8.

The main difference between this year and last year’s models being updated internal specs, a square shaped camera hole, and the placement of the power button (now located on the side of the phone, just underneath the volume rocker).

After leaking a few purported images of the phone in the wild, Nowhereelese.fr have now come across a leaked press render of the phone (the back anyway) and a few renders of the device as it appears in a few generic cases. Take a look.

HTC-One-M9-Hima black case

HTC-One-M9-Hima side case

While some assumed HTC could be attempting to hide the real design by packing M9 hardware inside the M8 housing, after receiving a few images of the phone being tested in the wild (that we sadly, aren’t allowed to post), we can confirm — this lines up exactly with what we’re seeing.

Okay, so if HTC is really opting for a similar (read: identical) design as last year’s model (ala iPhone), you’re probably wondering exactly how much has changed from the HTC One M8 to the new HTC One M9. Well, not much. Steve Hemmerstoffer of Nowhereelse.fr posted this quick comparison image to his Twitter page, showing the two devices side-by-side, even super imposing them on top of each other.


Sure there are some small differences — notably the size of the bezels — we can’t being too sure. Naturally, there’s a margin of error associated with attempting to line up two completely different images. We’ll need to see more before we can be sure.

In any case, we’ve been screaming for years that Android OEMs should adopt the Apple model of keeping a flagship phone’s design for 2 generations (updating the internals, of course) before moving onto something new.

We’re curious. If this HTC M9 is, in fact, the final design of the phone, would you have any objections with it?

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