Leading up to this weekend’s Mobile World Conference we’ve seen a massive amount of leaks for the HTC One M9. The device we’ve seen looks almost identical to the previous two HTC One M7 and M8 models from 2013 and 2014, which was quite a disappointment to a lot when the first leaks started coming out. While there are likely some significant improvements to the device, including larger Boomsound speakers, a faster processor and a significantly better camera than previous HTC One models, it’s not exactly exciting to see the device look exactly or nearly exactly like last year’s model.
Spigen may know something that we don’t though, as the model they’re using in the mockup shots of their new HTC One M9 cases looks very different from what we’ve seen in the previous leaks. First up all those nasty big bezels around the screen, including the rather large black bar containing that HTC logo below the screen are completely gone on this render. What we see is a rather sleek, modern looking Android phone that uses as much of the screen as possible to cover the face of the device. There are no physical buttons on the front as would be expected from an HTC device, and the Boomsound speakers on top and bottom of the phone take up considerably less room even though they’re apparently bigger speakers.
There’s also a large centered camera on the front of the device hinting that this could be the same camera used on the Desire Eye that we were able to review not too long ago. The leaks we’ve seen of the One M9 have also featured the same larger front-facing camera from the Desire Eye but off to the right side of the Boomsound speaker. Dual-LED flash can also be seen in the other leaks but not this one, as the back of the case blocks the entire left-half of the phone, meaning it’s still possible that HTC could include the flash on the front of the One M9. The official announcement of the phone is this coming weekend and is expected to be at HTC’s conference on Sunday at 10AM EST.