Around the time we began seeing the first leaks of the HTC One M9, a number of rumors suggested that there was a second HTC phone under the One name that the company was planning to unveil. Dubbed the HTC One M9+, the device was rumored to carry a bigger display, higher resolution camera and even a fingerprint scanner. We’ve seen a few purported images of the device floating around the internet, but none that were officially outed from HTC. While we still don’t have any official images from the company, popular leaker @OnLeaks has unveiled some renders of the M9+ sitting next to the M9 proper.
From the image above, the M9+ looks extremely similar to the original One M9, but carries a few notable design differences. For starters, the M9+ sports an overall bigger chassis with the same BoomSound speaker and front-facing camera layout we see on the M9. But towards the bottom of the device we’re seeing what is potentially a home button that could double as a fingerprint scanner. If you can recall back to the HTC One max, that device also had a fingerprint sensor, though it was placed on the back of the device below the camera module.
Moving around to the back, the M9+ looks to feature the return of the Duo Lens Camera HTC included in its One M8 handset. The company ultimately ditched the Duo Lens Camera in the One M9, but it looks like it may be going back to that in the M9+.
Along with the release of this image, OnLeaks also outed some purported specifications of the handset. According to the tweet, the M9+ will feature a 5.2-inch display and will measure 150.9 x 72.5 x 10.15mm. Going back once again to the One max, the most notable feature of that device compared to its M7 counterpart was the jump to a big 5.9-inch screen. Differentiating from the M9’s 5.0-inch screen, a slightly bigger display size is clearly not what HTC is hoping will draw customers in.
It’s important to note that these are not official press images from HTC. The leaker stressed that he saw the M9+ prototype and made this image according to what he’s seen of the handset in the past. There has yet to be any confirmation that HTC is planning to release this device, so we may not even see the phone make its way to consumers’ hands. With that said, another popular leaker outed that the One M9+ would make its way to market sometime in late March/early April.
Of course, we’ll let you know if we hear any further information regarding the One M9+. Even though we don’t know anything for sure about the handset, do you think, based off of the image above, that a slightly bigger device with a fingerprint sensor could stray customers away from buying the flagship One M9? Let us know what you think!