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First HTC One M9 rumors suggest 'ultrapixels' get the boot

The rumor mill is already churning for the HTC One M8 successor, spelling out suspected specs for the next-generation flagship smartphone from HTC.

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This could be our first look at an HTC One M9 smartphone. MyDrivers

The first alleged details for the HTC One M8 successor may already be spilling online. And, spoiler alert, the handset is shaping up to be bigger and faster than today's flagship model.

According to information obtained by Chinese site MyDrivers, the so-called HTC One M9 could make its debut at Mobile World Congress in March 2015. As for what's in store for the next-gen handset, we may be looking at a 5.5-inch display with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, and storage capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Reportedly powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM, the M9 may also pack a 3,500mAh battery. Like its predecessor, the handset could employ dual front-facing speakers, possibly with Bose technology.

In terms of cameras, it appears that HTC may be ready to pull the plug on ultrapixels, its proprietary marketing name for describing its camera tech. Instead, the One M9 is said to feature a 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. We might have seen this coming, as most HTC smartphones released in wake of the M8 offered megapixels, not ultrapixels.

It is unclear which version of Android will run the show; however I would expect Android 5.0 Lollipop. With mere months to go before Mobile World Congress gets underway, we could learn much more about the upcoming flagship release over the coming weeks.