HTC One M9 to boast 20-megapixel camera, smartwatch coming too says report

The new HTC flagship and first wearable are reported to be on their way at MWC in a few weeks.

The HTC One M8 sports a 4-megapixel "ultrapixel" camera, but the M9 is rumoured to go high-resolution instead. Sarah Tew/CNET

The HTC One M9 could be just weeks away, and is set to bring with it HTC's first smartwatch.

That's according to the latest rumours surrounding the follow-up to last year's HTC One M8. The new flagship is likely to be a big deal for the troubled Taiwanese company, but with Samsung's dominance over the Android smartphone market slipping, there's everything to play for.

According to Bloomberg, the HTC One M9 will boast a 20-megapixel camera. That marks a departure from the so-called ultrapixel camera on the M8. HTC made up the name ultrapixel to describe a camera with a lower 4-megapixel resolution than you might expect from a flagship phone, on the basis that fewer, larger individual pixels are less prone to image noise.

Whether that means HTC is abandoning the ultrapixel concept remains to be seen.

Reports suggest that the new phone will look similar to the current M8 model, draped in gold, gray or silver. Inside it's set to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, with the next generation of HTC's Sense interface decorating the action onscreen.

The long-rumoured smartwatch will also see HTC get into the wearable technology game, after the interesting Re camera marked a new tangent away from smartphones.

Nothing has been officially confirmed as yet. An HTC spokesperson told us the company doesn't comment on rumour or speculation, but it's likely we'll find out on 1 March when HTC holds its press conference at Mobile World Congress 2015.

MWC is the annual trade show for phones, tablets, wearables and other mobile technology. It takes place in Barcelona from 2 to 5 March, with the big press conferences and announcements in the days before. As always, CNET will be there in force, bringing you our first impressions, hands-on photos and shiny videos of the coolest and most important new kit you need to know about.

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