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HTC’s One M9 snubbed the Quad HD trend, but the One E9 may not be able to resist it

Primarily aimed at Asian markets, the ultra-high-res flagship is also expected to swap the Snapdragon 810 processor for a MediaTek.

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HTC’s short and medium-term future plans are a little hard to decrypt at the moment, both on the smartphone and wearable fronts. As far as the latter goes, the company’s very own CEO once again confirmed at MWC a fancy, unique smartwatch is in the pipeline.

Unfortunately, no one knows when or even if the “One Watch” will ever see daylight. Meanwhile, the One M9 is exactly the straightforward iterative M8 upgrade tipsters predicted, but there’s oddly no sign of the oft-rumored M9 Plus.

Was that thing canceled? Merely put off to give the “standard” M9 breathing room and time to stand out? Take your pick, both theories seem semi-rational. But the oddest of oddities is a third, eerily similar HTC flagship sounds imminent.

At least according to Upleaks, who got one right and one wrong in the Mobile World Congress lead-up. The leakster first hinted at an unusually top-class Desire entry, recently changing his prophecy to one that makes a lot more sense.

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Apparently, the A55 will be known to the public as the One E9. Following in the footsteps of the E8, this should assume the stance of M9’s lesser premium, bigger brother. Likely constructed out of plastic, it’s to raise the screen clarity bar to Quad HD, aka QHD or WQHD. Aka 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.

Pretty exciting stuff, especially on a 5.5-inch piece of glass. Powered by an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 chip that we reckon may well match Snapdragon 810’s raw speed while keeping heat to a minimum.

Before getting too psyched though, remember the E8 only targeted a limited audience last year, and the E9 might enjoy the same fate. Headed for Chinese shores later this month, it’ll essentially ape every other M9 feature, from 3 GB RAM to the 20 MP rear camera, 4 UltraPixel front snapper and pre-installed Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense UI 7.0 on top.

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