Recent rumours about the HTC Hima appear to have been true. Talk of the phone, thought to be the sequel to the One M8, has been doing the rounds for about a month or so. Just before the holidays, specs appeared online, and now we have confirmation on those specs thanks to AnTuTu benchmarks.
Upleaks, which published the original specs last week, posted the screenshot below on Twitter. It shows a Snapdragon 810 with Adreno 430 graphics, as well as a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13MP camera in the front, a 20.7MP camera in the back, and 3GB of RAM. This matches up perfectly with what we heard earlier this month and clears up uncertainty about the front-facing camera (previous rumours suggested it could be either a 4MP UltraPixel camera or a 13MP sensor). It’s even possible that the One M8 sequel could use the same 20.7MP sensor as Sony’s recent Xperia flagships.
What’s interesting here is that HTC is bucking a couple of trends. For one, it seems the One M9 will not be a 5-inch+ phone. While other popular smartphone manufacturers are taking their flagship phones beyond five inches, (LG, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Google), HTC seems determined to keep things compact and usable with one hand. In fact, we’ve heard that the M9 will be more compact than the M8, despite its similar screen size.
HTC also seems to be eschewing the growing trend of a QHD display. What started with Lenovo and the Vibe Z2 Pro carried through to the LG G3, the Galaxy Note 4, and the Nexus 6 but it seemingly won’t be making it to HTC’s 2015 flagship. For many people, a QHD display on a phone seems like overkill. However, there’s no denying that twice the pixels sounds pretty good on paper, and the industry hasn’t quite kicked its obsession with spec sheets.
The HTC One M9, also known as Hima, is rumoured to be launching this spring. This past weekend, there was talk of Sense 7 arriving in March, which is in line with HTC’s refresh cycle for the One and what we’ve heard for the M9.