HTC M9 and Samsung S6: Could steal show at MWC

HTC has already sent out invites to what could be the launch of ‘One M9.' (Supplied)

With the Mobile World Congress set to start on March 2, there is talk about two major announcements about smartphones.

HTC has already sent out invites to what could be the launch of ‘One M9.’ The invite is for an event on March 1, just a day ahead of the MWC and simply states “Utopia in Progress. Join us to see what’s next.”

What’s next by HTC could well be the One M9 codenamed ‘Hima’ and HTC’s next flagship could have an altered design and enhanced camera.

Reports indicate that the Taiwanese company plans to remove the speakers from the front. But the smartphone might retain a 5-inch screen and sport a display of 1920 x 1080.

Tech blog<> has also reported that the device will be powered by an eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor at 2GHz, 3GB of RAM. There is a significant boost to the rear camera.

The market talk is the ultra-pixel camera will pave way for a 20MP rear camera and a 13Mp front facing camera for selfies and run Android Lillipop 5.0.1.

Although the website also released an image of how the new M9 could look, it is the concept design by designer Jermaine Smit that’s doing the rounds.

Concept video of HTC One M9 by designer Jermaine Smit

Samsung, which HTC hopes to take on this year, could also unveil its next generation Galaxy S6 at the MWC, though there has been no official confirmation from Samsung about this.

Last year, Samsung released its S5 at Barcelona and this year too it is expected that Samsung would do the same.

In terms of design and specs the S6, codenamed as Project Zero, is expected to sport a premium design well in tune with the latest Samsung devices such as the A5 and Galaxy Note.

In terms of display the device is expend to enhance the screen resolution and display to a massive 2560x1440 pixel WQHD display. It should be noted that Samsung could also launch smartphones with 3,840 x 2,160 pixel UHD displays, although it might be reserved for the next Galaxy Note.

While the Note Edge had a bendable dual screen on one side, it remains to be seen if Samsung would introduce a similar feature and possibly expand the feature to both sides of the S6.

The device could also be powered by an octa core 64bit Qualcomm 810 processor.

With the MWC just a month and a half away, we can expect more rumours as the release date gets closer.

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