Previously sized up against the standard M9 as a mock-up, the 5.2-inch Quad HD beast now reveals its true face, plus a few ultra-high-end specifications.
Just when you think HTC can’t possibly do a worse job in keeping an unreleased new flagship secret, a barrage of purported leaks comes cascading in to expose every nook and cranny, angle and design element, feature and function of the One M9 Plus, aka M9+.
Slated to be formally unveiled on April 8 in Beijing, China, some presume, the handheld has long surpassed open book status. It’s like we’ve held it already, played with it for a couple of hours, and abandoned it in favor of Samsung’s much cooler Galaxy S6 Edge.
In case you maybe doubted the legitimacy of all visual exposes thus far, the HTC One M9 Plus was again pictured in China in what we must assume is a pretty advanced, near-polished pre-launch prototype form.
Also, rising Twitter insider star @OnLeaks managed to enter in possession of a dummy unit created for case makers to try accessories on for size. That one looks plasticky and messy, obviously, but helps confirm the footprint, home button-like fingerprint scanner and circular rear camera sensor.
Meanwhile, the live photos showcase the exquisite aluminum texture, respectably slender profile and, above all, star a system info screen clearly listing the pre-installed Android 5.0 Lollipop, M9pt moniker, octa-core 64-bit MT6795 processor under the hood, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 2,560 x 1,440 display resolution and 20.1 MP main photographic unit.
The presence of a MediaTek chip in there corroborates speculation HTC will specifically target the Chinese market for a change, although an “international” Snapdragon 810 variant is expected as well.
It’s more and more likely this device will be the headliner of next month’s “More than One” event, but that very tagline may suggest there will be “more” to the April 8 gathering. Perhaps a squarely Asian-aimed Butterfly 3 with a plastic construction, different design language and very similar specs otherwise? @Upleaks upholds that not-so-wild theory.