HTC’s One M9 Plus won’t be much bigger than its latest flagship

How the One M9 Plus might stack up against its little brother. Photo: OnLeaks

How the One M9 Plus might stack up against its little brother. Photo: OnLeaks

HTC was expected to announce two new smartphones at Mobile World Congress back in July, but the rumored One M9 Plus didn’t materialize. Sources say it is still coming, however, and it’s not going to be a whole lot bigger than the regular One M9.

The first leaked press render of the One M9 Plus, which was published by the reliable @evleaks, came way back in January. So when the device wasn’t made official at MWC in early March, HTC fans feared it may not be coming at all.

This wouldn’t be the first time HTC has ditched plans to launch a larger version of its flagship device. The One M7 got one in the One max back in 2013, but last year’s rumored One M8 Prime was reportedly scrapped before making its official debut.

But according to @OnLeaks, the device is still on the way — and a prototype indicates it will look just like the handset seen in the image above alongside the existing One M9. It is expected to have a 5.2-inch display, and measure 150.9mm tall, 72.5mm wide, and 10.15mm thick.

If those details are correct, it means the One M9 Plus’s display will be just 0.2 inches bigger than the 5-inch One M9. But it seems the upgrade will be about specifications rather than size.

Unlike the regular One M9, the One M9 Plus is expected to have a second rear-facing camera — like last year’s One M8 — for super-fast focusing and cool depth effects. It’s also expected to have a fingerprint scanner embedded inside a physical home button, and a Quad HD display.

While it may not be much bigger than the One M9, then, the One M9 Plus could be better. The Quad HD display and fingerprint scanner would allow HTC to better compete with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which appear to be far superior to the company’s latest flagship at this point.

But it’s still unclear for now when the One M9 Plus could make its debut — or if it will arrive at all. We won’t get too excited until we hear something from HTC, then, but perhaps you should be too quick to pre-order the Galaxy S6 after all.