No matter how badly you might want something, sometimes it’s just not going to come true. Take for example the leaks regarding HTC’s rumored One (M9) or Hima, as it has been called more than a few times in the past. I think I’ve made it perfectly clear ever since the launch of the One (M8) that I wasn’t all that fond of the changes HTC made to the physical design when compared to the One (M7), and based on what these leaks are showing us, there’s not many changes going into the design this time around.
I was really, really hoping to see something exciting from HTC this year, especially in terms of its flagship handset for the year. I never assumed that they’d break rank from the overall design cue that they’ve developed right from the get-go, but I was at least hoping that they’d change the One (M9) a bit more from the One (M8).
Specifically, that bottom bezel is still ridiculous and I want it to go away.
With the leaks starting to make the rounds, and I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of the One (M9) before it’s officially announced, it’s pretty clear to me that HTC really only wanted to fix the camera situation and leave everything else alone. Sure, the insides of the device are going to get a boost, but that’s not a surprise, is it? Each flagship has to have better and better specifications, or it wouldn’t really fit into the whole Android race. The One (M9) isn’t going to be any different.
As my fellow editor, Anna, considered, maybe the bump in specs for the One (M9) is all it needs. For all intents and purposes the One (M8) really is a great device, and for many people there probably didn’t need to be a lot of changes. HTC may be fixing what’s broken, essentially, and leaving the rest up to fate. “Hey, we fixed what you thought was broken (for the most part), so the rest of the package is still good, yeah?”
I feel bad for the store reps out there that have to try and differentiate between the One lineup at this point, especially if the One (M9) looks exactly like the One (M8) at face value.
This all got me thinking about the Galaxy S6, oddly enough, because there’s still a lot of talk going around about this handset. Now rumors suggest it’s going to have a touch-based fingerprint sensor, and an all-glass back with metal on the sides. Oh, and there’s even going to be a special edition with a dual-edged display! Basically, it sounds like Samsung could be going banana pants with the Galaxy S6 lineup as a whole, and that’s actually pretty exciting.
The thing is, does Samsung need to go through all of that? While rumors suggest the company is going back to the drawing board when it comes to physical design for the handset, I’m not really holding my breath for that (though, it would be nice). So, if Samsung does opt to keep the physical design cue from previous handsets and just boost the specifications across the board, is that going to be enough? Can Samsung follow the same “fix what’s broken, keep the rest the same” mentality that HTC may be doing with its own flagship lineup?
Or should Samsung solely focus on making sure that the Galaxy S6 looks nothing like its predecessors? We all know that the company is going to shove a ridiculous number of high-profile specifications into the device, there’s just no argument to have there. So should the company call it good with that, and not care about the design of the phone? Let me know what you think!