It’s been a busy week for HTC rumors, with the company’s upcoming flagship making appearances in several alleged leaks. Today, two new reports add more specifics to an already detailed portrait of the M9/Hima.
First up, technology reporter Jay McGregor, writing of Forbes, published a couple of new details about the successor of the M8. McGregor confirms that most of the rumors that surfaced over the last couple of months were accurate and that the M9 will indeed look a lot like the 2014 One (M8). Citing a source familiar to HTC’s plans, the reporter goes on to claim that the device will be 9.64mm thick and feature a 2,840-mAh battery.
The device will feature a “three-tone metal” design, which probably means that the volume and power buttons will have a distinct metallic finish (see images below).
The report confirms specs like the 5-inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM, 20MP camera, and “latest Snapdragon processor.”
Some bigger changes are reportedly coming to the software experience – BlinkFeed is said to receive additional features, taking “cues from Google Now and Windows Live Tiles.” It looks like HTC will add some smarts to the homescreen replacement app, with features like “recommendations on what content to read, places to visit and what time you should leave for an appointment.” The number of services and websites feeding content into BlinkFeed will likely expand as well.
McGregor says HTC will launch a fitness tracker, not a smartwatch, like the Bloomberg report from earlier this week suggested. The fitness tracker will work with Under Armour’s fitness services, as per the announcement from CES.
Moving on, the folks over at Phandroid secured four more shots that supposedly show the One M9/Hima, and these ones are clearer than the previous batch. Note that some editing was done to mask identifiers, which explains some of the artifacts in the pics.
The pics show the same very familiar design, with the only major difference being the rectangular camera module on the back. We’ll see if this is the final, real design in just a few weeks – on March 1, HTC will unveil the M9/Hima in Barcelona, and Android Authority will be there.