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Photos of ‘HTC One M9 Plus’ leak; debut coming before One M9 even launches?

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:58PM EST
HTC One M9 Plus Release Date
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File this one under “huh?!” — it looks like HTC will unveil a new version of its flagship HTC One M9 smartphone… before the HTC One M9 even launches.

Things are getting more and more confusing at HTC these days. As we stated in our One M9 review, HTC’s new flagship smartphone is a fantastic handset, but it’s far too similar to last year’s model for its own good. Now, however, it looks like HTC is about to unveil a new, new version of its flagship phone that features the updated design we’ve been looking for.

Now, for the bad news: It appears as though it might be a regional play that won’t immediately be available for sale in the United States.

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HTC has issued press conference invitations to local media in the East. The event will be held on April 8th in Beijing, China, and the invitation has an unobscured image of the much-rumored “HTC One M9 Plus” on it.

Here’s a look at the invite:

That’s right… it looks like HTC is going to announce a new, even better flagship smartphone two days before the HTC One M9 launches. Leaked specs suggest the phone will feature a 5.2-inch quad HD display, a fingerprint scanner and an updated version of the One M8’s Duo Camera.

Coinciding with the issuing of HTC’s press conference invitations, a handful of photos of the actual device were leaked Wednesday morning on Weibo. Here they are, so you can see the great new phone you seemingly won’t be able to buy when the One M9 hits store shelves on April 10th.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.