The AnTuTu benchmark app gives us a look at what appears to be the upcoming flagship smartphone from the Taiwan-based HTC that is being codenamed as the HTC Hima which may be the One M9. If the images are to be believed the new device looks very similar to the current HTC flagship - the HTC One (M8).
The formal launch of the HTC Hima smartphone is rumoured to happen during CES 2015, which will be held in Las Vegas from January 6 to January 9. However, it seems quite unlikely as the Taiwanese firm has been unveiling its flagship devices in the month of March since the last two years.
Details of the HTC Hima or One M9 handset have appeared several times over the Internet, indicating just how highly anticipated the device is for smartphone geeks.
The AnTuTu device profile for the HTC6535LVW (hima) includes a 5-inch 1,080×1,920 pixel resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with four 2GHz cores and four 1.5GHz cores, Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The device boasts a 20.7-megapixel rear camera; a 13-megapixel or 4-megapixel Ultra Pixel shooter on its face; Cat 6 LTE connectivity support and Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 UI and a microSD card expandable up to 128 GB, through an external memory. The HTC One M9 is said to be available in 32 and 64 GB versions. The device also sports a decent 2840mAh battery that should allow a battery life for 24 hours medium usage.
The Taiwanese manufacturer is also said to be working towards the release of its Sense 7 UI customisation for Android 5.0 Lollipop around March orApril this year. The report states that other HTC devices released in 2014 could receive it between May and July 2015.
Without the company officially announcing, the price and release date are biggest unknowns. Latest leaks suggest that a separate, special event will be held by HTC for making a formal announcement. Considering that Mobile World Congress is scheduled to take place 2-5 March, a day before the event is rumored as a date for HTC’s announcement. Usually HTC sticks to a springtime release for all its flagship devices but it may opt to move the launch back to better combat the usual summer and fall releases from other companies.
The price of HTC One M9 has not been revealed yet but HTC’s devices are usually cheaper than Samsung and LG. The HTC is expected to stick with similar pricing to its past flagships, which would have the One M9 at around $650 for the unlocked or $200 on contract or possible Google Play Experience versions.