The HTC M9 might be just around the corner, according to prominent leaker @upleaks. All major U.S. carriers have the new device in testing, but there has not been an FCC filing, like we normally see for HTC products.
Internally, the HTC M9 looks to be a beast, running the Snapdragon 810 CPU — clocked at 2.0GHz. The Snapdragon 810 will reportedly be the first Qualcomm device to run on eight-cores, similar to MediaTek and Exynos processors.
Other internals include 3GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and 2840mAh battery. Sadly, it looks like the HTC M9 will offer a 5-inch full HD display, meaning HTC will once again miss the QHD panels available, already on the LG G3 and other devices.
On the software side, the HTC M9 will feature Android Lollipop and the first look at HTC Sense 7. There has been no leaks of the new Sense UI, but hopefully HTC continues work to refine the design and add remove some of the bloatware.
Cameras are also a big feature on the HTC M9, the rear will feature a 20.7MP shooter; the front will feature a 13MP or 4 Ultrapixel sensor. It looks like HTC has given up on Ultrapixel sensors for the main camera.
The leak claims the HTC M9 should be available by March 2015. It would fit with a Consumer Electronics Show or Mobile World Congress unveil, either in January or February, respectively.
No word on price, although we cannot see it changing from the usual £199 on a two year contract or £559 off contract.
The HTC M7 and M8 were both impressive devices, but did not sell incredibly well, compared to Samsung and Apple devices. Hopefully, this year HTC will have more success in the Western market.