HTC One M9 refresh could bring the smartphone a new SoC
HTC introduced its One M9 flagship some five months ago, powered by the most controversial chip of the year, the Snapdragon 810. In our testing, we didn’t notice the One M9 succumbing to the 810’s most frequently reported failure mode, overheating, but plenty of users did end up feeling the handset ran a little warm. Could that be driving HTC to consider taking the One M9 back to the drawing board and coming up with a new edition, one powered by an alternate SoC? That’s what a new rumor claims, suggesting that HTC is working on a MediaTek-based One M9.
We’ve already seen HTC embrace MediaTek chips for a number of One-series devices, like the One M9+ and One E9. From the sound of this report, unlike those other phones this new One M9 might just keep its five-inch 1080p screen, and the only change might end up being the SoC alone.
Really, though, while elements of this rumor ring true, it’s seriously lacking in details, and there’s little that’s really convincing about it; sure, HTC’s in some bad shape financially, and it might seem like any move is worth trying in an effort to get back to profitability. But revisiting a flagship from earlier this year, and giving it new hardware, when you’ve already got plenty of other hardware options that sound pretty similar to the kind of changes we’re talking about? We’re going to need a little more convincing.