The purported HTC One E9, i.e. the plastic variant of the flagship One M9, has now surfaced online in a newly-leaked image.
The handset is expected to come as the successor to last year's HTC One E8, which proved to be quite popular in the parts of the world it did reach. The HTC One E8 launched a while after the 2014 One M8 flagship, offering nearly identical specifications but at a lower price due to its less premium polycarbonate body.
This year, HTC has officially unveiled its new One M9 flagship back at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 earlier this month, and the company is also expected to announce a One E9 variant with a plastic body.
Unlike the One E8 last year, however, the purported HTC One E9 may not come with the same specifications as the flagship One M9. The handset was first spotted at TENAA later this month, and the listing in question revealed some exciting specs for the upcoming device. TENAA is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, and listed the HTC One E9 with a 5.5-inch display with a QHD resolution of 2660 x 1440 pixels, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage capacity, and a microSD card slot for additional memory of up to 128GB. TENAA also showed some images of the purported device, revealing a design similar to last year's One E8.
The HTC One E8 is now the star of a new leak, surfacing in a new image courtesy of trusted tipster @UpLeaks. While the design and form factor fall in line with the images that surfaced earlier this month on TENAA, the newly-leaked image now shows the purported device with a glossy back instead of a matte finish.
Meanwhile, both TENAA and UpLeaks' images show a large camera module on the back of the upcoming HTC One E9, suggesting that the smartphone may boast a 20-megapixel rear shooter. As a reminder, the HTC One E8 released last year came with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. No clues are available yet regarding the One E9's front camera.
It also remains unclear at this point just when the HTC One E9 will make its official debut, or which markets it will reach when it launches. HTC offered no official confirmation so far, but we'll keep you in the loop as soon as more details come to light.