HTC One M9 to debut on March 1, official event invite suggests

The next-generation HTC One M9 flagship smartphone for 2015 should debut as soon as March 1, as the company has a special event scheduled for that date.

The HTC One M9 is one of the most hotly-anticipated smartphones of this year and the rumor mill has been going into overdrive trying to anticipate what's to come. Various reports claimed that HTC will unveil its new flagship smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, and it now seems they were accurate.

As The Verge reports, HTC has already started to send out invites for a special event scheduled for March 1, i.e. the day before MWC 2015 kicks off in Barcelona, Spain. As you can see in the image above, the invitation's tagline is "utopia in progress," captioned on a starry sky. "Join us to see what's next," reads the teaser below, hinting at the next-generation flagship smartphone.

TechCrunch, meanwhile, claims to have received confirmation from a "person familiar with the matter" that the HTC One M9 will indeed be the star of the company's March 1 event.

As a reminder, the current HTC One M8 flagship debuted in March 2014 and hit commercial availability almost immediately. If HTC plans a similar strategy with this year's One M9, the smartphone could debut on March 1 and hit retail shortly after. In this context, a recent rumor from Upleaks, claiming that the HTC One M9 will hit all major carriers in the U.S. in March 2015, would make sense.

The new-generation HTC One M9 is expected to come with notable improvements over the current HTC One M8 flagship, boasting upgrades on all fronts. So far, rumors and leaks have described a powerful device with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood, paired with Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM. Rumors have also suggested that the One M9 may sport either a 5.5-inch display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, or a 5-inch screen with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The full HD theory surfaced more than the QHD one, but it still remains unclear at this point.

The HTC One M9 is further rumored to feature a 20.7-megapixel rear camera and a 13-megapixel front shooter, which would mean that HTC will ditch its UltraPixel technology found in the One M7 and One M8's rear cameras.

With nothing official from HTC, however, it's all in the rumor state for now. If the company does indeed plan to unveil its new One M9 flagship smartphone on March 1, more details should become available shortly and we'll make sure to keep you up to date.

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