A new image, courtesy of none other than Evan Blass (@evleaks) himself, has leaked this morning showing what looks to be two variants of the upcoming “Hima” HTC One (M9) flagship. While they sport a similar physical build, the larger one includes a hardware home button while the smaller of the two does not. Interestingly, this render is a bit different than anything we’ve seen leaked thus far, straying just a bit in design from the current generation hardware…
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Although Evan officially retired from leaking quite some time ago, he sometimes decides to share some tidbits on Twitter. And knowing his track record in the past, it’s fairly likely that these are legitimate press renders of the next HTC flagship.
Oddly, though, these images are a bit different than anything that has leaked so far. That’s not to say that previous leaks were completely bogus, as they very well could be legitimate prototypes, but it looks like HTC may have made a few tweaks to the design of the device later in the process. Or, alternatively, the previous leaked phones could have been planted to throw off the rumor mill.
The two phones in the render Evan acquired, one standard model and assumably a “plus” model as well, have ditched the large speaker grills of the last generation and have cameras that are centered on the top bezel.
Other prototypes leaked recently, including the one above, show a front-facing camera that has been aligned to the right. Also, while the above prototype looks very similar to the HTC One (M8) in terms of overall design, the evleaks render shows a phone that places the speakers more subtly along the top and bottom edges of the device.
The second “plus” device with a larger screen isn’t exactly a complete surprise, as we did see a leaked prototype come via the @leaksfly Twitter account showing a device with similar hardware. However, like the above leaks that came from Phandroid, this phone has hardware that is strikingly similar to the current generation HTC One.
The next HTC flagship is scheduled to be announced in about a month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.