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HTC M9 'Hima' Release date and Rumors; Android L 5.0 Update for HTC M7, M8

( [email protected] ) Dec 30, 2014 10:37 AM EST
A recent tweet sent by NWE's Steve Hemmerstoffer has revealed this leaked picture of the HTC M9, which has been code-named the Hima.  This phone was rumored to be unveiled in March for Mobile World Congress, but it looks like its release could come as quickly as CES 2015 in January.
This HTC flagship phone could be unveiled at CES 2015. (Photo: Steve Hemmerstoffer on Twitter)

A recent tweet sent by NWE's Steve Hemmerstoffer has revealed this leaked picture of the HTC M9, which has been code-named the Hima.  This phone was rumored to be unveiled in March for Mobile World Congress, but it looks like its release could come as quickly as CES 2015 in January. 

According to Phone Arena, here is what we can suspect to see if the Hima is HTC's new flagship phone.  It should have a very clear 1440 x 2560 QHD screen, 3 GB of RAM, octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU, plus an Adreno 430 GPU with crunch graphics.  The operating system will of course be Android 5.0, since the HTC One M7 and the One M8 should have receive their Lollipop update by the 3rd of January.  In addition to having the latest Lollipop update on board, the Hima also intends to have some of HTC's own Sense 7.0 running on top of that. 

As for the camera, expect a 20.7 Megapixel rear-facing one, and then a 13 Megapixel front-facing one.  The battery intends to be a 2840 mAh job that will more than likely squeeze as much power as it can into the M9 for longer life in between charges. c

As far as the leaked photo is concerned, there isn't much else we can see, but the paint in the upper left hand corner of the phone is strange.  It almost looks like that corner is rounded, but it could be the paint just spilling over what would normally be a right angle.  It is also odd to see what looks like a giant lens on the front, a much bigger lens than would appear on the rear of most smartphones. 

What is very clear is the lockscreen or wallpaper on the front of the phone is definitely an image of the Bellagio fountain along with the Paris Casino in Las Vegas.  Now why would this leaked photo of an HTC phone have an image of Las Vegas on it?  Why, because it is going to debut in Las Vegas at CES, perhaps. 

This means that we are probably a little more than a week away from seeing HTC's newest flagship phone.   CES 2015, one of the big consumer electronics shows in the world, is held annually in Las Vegas, and it officially starts next week Tuesday.   Press events for CES generally begin on Sunday, and we at the Gospel Herald will be there for that, so it is quite possible that we will know if the Hima phone will be official before this time next week.