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HTC One M9 leaks in two models, ‘Plus’ variant sports Samsung-like home button

By April Taylor , Jan 29, 2015 07:17 AM EST
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Two sleek HTC handsets have just leaked online, giving a first proper look at the purported next-generation flagship smartphones from the company.

Famous tipster @evleaks (Evan Blass) has stepped out of retirement for a bit to leak some intriguing images of the next HTC flagships. One of the devices in these photos is believed to be the much-rumored HTC One M9, which is expected to make its official debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in early March.

The revealing tweet in question shows two unannounced HTC smartphones alongside previous leaks of the One M8, One M7, and the ditched HTC Edge. Evleaks has an excellent track record when it comes to leaking yet-to-be-announced devices, but it's still recommended to take this leak with a grain of salt.

That said, the latest leak may show the final design of the highly-anticipated HTC One M9, as well as another device with a slightly larger form factor. If @evleaks turns out to be accurate, HTC may pull a page out of Apple's playbook and release an HTC One M9 alongside a larger HTC One M9 Plus. This theory would explain recent rumors regarding two upcoming HTC devices codenamed Hima and Hima Ultra.

Even more surprising, however, is an intriguing design detail. If you look at the larger model of the purported HTC One M9 (far right), the home button bears a striking resemblance to Samsung home buttons, and it wouldn't be too surprising if it served as a fingerprint scanner as well. Additionally, the front camera and notification LED on both new HTC models appear to be relocated to the center, not on the right side as found in the One M7 and M8.

The "regular" HTC One M9 is expected to come with a 5-inch display, while the larger model should sport a 5.5-inch screen, just like Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. Both variants may boast a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, albeit some rumors claimed the One M9 would come with the same full HD resolution as its predecessor.

Previous rumors have indicated that the HTC One M9 would pack an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel front shooter, and a 20-megapixel rear camera. The One M9 Plus, or M9 Ultra, may share similar specifications. On the software side, both models should come with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board.

Until HTC makes an official announcement, however, it all remains in the rumor state at this point. We'll keep you up to date as soon as more information pops up, so check back.

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