Rumors by Luke Jones on Monday December 08, 2014.
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There are already some solid spec rumors doing the rounds regarding the upcoming HTC One M9, but now we are having our first look at a possible piece of the device. The image you see above is claimed to be the front panel of the flagship, and it looks like HTC is making a device that has very little in terms of bezel.The good screen-to-phone ratio means that this leaked panel does not have a housing for HTC's front facing BoomSound speakers. The company is said to be making these compact, but if they have been placed on the portrait edged we hope some of their quality is not lost. However, I am not completely sold on this leak and am tapping up my own HTC source in the UK to find out if this is the real deal. The panel looks so radically different that the other HTC One models (M7 and M8), and I see no reason why the company would completely overhaul a product that is universally acclaimed as one of the best designed on the market. I am not a big fan of the M8, but it is distinctive, something I do not think this front panel is. So, you can color us sceptical (let us know what you think in the comments), so while we wait for something more concrete, take a look at the reported specs that the HTC One M9 will have:
With the M9 set to arrive with the latest and greatest of this generations' hardware. That includes a Quad HD panel that offers 2560 x 1440 resolution and will be the biggest One screen yet at 5.5 inches. Other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB, but we will be intrigued to see if HTC can squeeze the Snapdragon 810 into the device, but an 805 seems more likely. Elsewhere there will a 3500mAh juicer, while the body will once again be metal (and probably gorgeous), this time crafted from an aluminum silicon-carbide. There are some big changes afoot in the camera department with HTC seemingly waving goodbye to the UltraPixel 4MP lens that has sat on the rear of previous One models. The One M9 will get a 16 megapixel rear shooter with OIS and inevitably the EYE Experience software. HTC is no longer in bed with Beats (that's for another mobile company) so has a new partner in the form of audio king Bose, so we expect the BoomSound front stereo speakers to be off the charts good.