According to HTC's Jason Mackenzie this is "going to be an exciting week…HTC has a BIG announcement for US customers on Wednesday," and in less than 24 hours from now, we can watch it on the feed shown below. All we know for sure is that it has something to do with their new flagship, the HTC One M9 – which can already be purchased in Taiwan, as the rest of us wait for the official launch. A March 25 retail date would coincide with the one-year anniversary of the US launch of the HTC One M8.
HTC may also talk about the HTC One M9 Plus – not announced at MWC – and may not even make it to the US. They may talk more about the new theme engine on the HTC One M9. They may go into more design details about the new One M9, the choice of processor and display resolution…maybe they will talk about many things, as nobody has let HTC's agenda slip out to any source. Honestly, at this point, it seems that anything HTC does will be anticlimactical – we already have seen the new HTC One M9 and it never really lit any fires under most people…you hate to say it, but it was rather like, "same old, same old."
That excitement from the original HTC One M7 and it's all metal body have long since faded, and now, after two years of the same looking device, it is starting to look rather 'old.' That is terrible to say, but in the high tech world, critics have a voracious appetite for change, and as beautiful as the HTC One M9 still is, we are looking for 'more.' We already know that HTC can compete with Apple as a quality product, but so can Samsung and LG and Sony – all of the major manufacturers are producing high-end devices in terms of both material and specs.
Specifications is one area where HTC has stepped up its numbers, except that it is still offering only a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels or about 441 pixels-per-inch (PPI), still well above the iPhone's 'retina display,' but much less than the 554 PPI of the new LG G4 and 577 PPI of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 – devices that the HTC One M9 must compete against. They did choose the newest 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and added 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with expansion via a microSD card. HTC still has the incredible BoomSound with its dual, front-facing speakers and has really improved the camera area with a 21MP main camera (but still no OIS) and moved the 4MP UltraPixel camera to the front, which should give great social media selfies even in dark light.
Whatever HTC has planned for tomorrow, we will be watching. Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you will be watching and if you are happy with the direction that HTC is taking their One series…as always, we would love to hear from you.