With the Mobile World Congress (MWC) just a few weeks away, rumors and leaks of new launches are trending on the web. One such report from Bloomberg suggests that the latest flagship from HTC will be launched during MWC 2015 in Barcelona. With HTC struggling in the market, this could be a big launch for the company which has recorded falling sales in the past years. Though the quality of their devices has never been questioned, strangely the sales have been uninspiring for HTC.
The report mentions the new device, code-named M9, will have a 20 megapixel rear facing camera and an Ultrapixel front camera. If true, this will be a huge improvement in terms of camera hardware, which was probably the only major flaw in HTC One M8 and M7 models. Though HTC boasted of the Ultrapixel technology during the launch of its previous flagships, and it performed considerably well in all lighting conditions, the lack of megapixel count was clearly visible and it seems the people at HTC are willing to change it this time around.
Ultrapixel – the name is just to show that there is something different happening here. In reality the pixel size is larger than what other smartphones sensors have. And theoretically, these larger pixels are able to gather 300 percent more light as compared to other camera sensors. This ensures a better performance under lowlighting conditions, which has been a problem in smartphone cameras for long time.
Though the overall camera performance was good in last year’s M8, the sheer lack of detail when zoomed in, which was a result of the lower resolution sensor, was highlighted by the critics and users alike. And if the report turns out to be true, this time HTC won’t be giving a chance to complain.
Other than the camera improvement, the M9 is expected to come in with the latest Snapdragon 810 processor, Dolby 5.1 audio technology and the latest Sense 7 overlay. Colors available will be gray, silver and gold and the phone will resemble the design of last year’s M8.
Another major announcement might be the company’s first smartwatch, but the rumors so far are vague. There are no details of the design or specifications or even the platform, though it’s safe to assume it will be Android Wear, and HTC has said that it doesn’t comment on unreleased products. The launch will mark HTC’s entry into wearable technology, something the company hasn’t been keen to try, while almost all major smartphone companies have been there for quite some time now or have at least announced one. HTC’s press conference at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, to be held on March 1 might well be the official launch of its latest devices, by then we would be having a better idea of what’s in store.