There is no shortage of HTC One M9 image leaks this week. We have seen blurry photos, press renders and some clearer ninja shots. We can now tell exactly what the device will look like. That is, if the leaks are to be believed, but with so many images showing the exact same device we have little reason to say these are fake.
Now that we know how the HTC One M9 design will most likely be, there have been many complaints hitting websites and social networks. The main issue here is that the HTC One M9 looks nearly identical to the HTC One M8. Save for the different camera and new button positions.
Has HTC ran out of creativity? Is the team stuck on an outdated design language? Those are the questions pestering many geeks’ minds, but I am here to say that this is not really a sign of conformity. Though it could be confused for it.
The HTC One M8 (and M9) design is gorgeous!
HTC has found a design that it is comfortable with, that is true. It is also a design most users are comfortable with, as well as being praised by the press and consumers alike. Everyone loves the HTC One M8. I have never heard someone say the HTC One M8 is ugly, and HTC could simply be giving us what we already like, except it happens to be a highly improved version of it.
The HTC One M9 doesn’t need to be different. There is nothing wrong with it, and that is the main point here.
Drastic design changes can bring problems
The truth is changing a design too drastically can be dangerous when you already have such a loved aesthetic form. People could go nuts if something goes even slightly wrong.
Look back at Facebook updates. They always bring improvements and better ways to stay connected, but people go nuts over the way their chat looks, or how their timeline displays all them kitty videos. Another example is when Samsung tried their “leather” backs, which many users hated. It still looked and felt like a Samsung phone, but changing the materials caused a revolution.
Those are only a couple examples. I know they are quite different situations, but the idea is the same. People know, love and praise the HTC One design language. You don’t want to take that away from them.
Other manufacturers do the same
I am not one to say following the crowd is a good idea, but sometimes playing it safe (at least in terms of design) is the best idea. Let’s compare this whole ordeal with one of the biggest phone manufacturers out there – Apple.
Apple has found a design language that people love, which is why they don’t change it. Buy a Macbook Air today and you will find it looks nearly identical to the first Macbook Air. The same applies to most of their other products. In fact, Apple is known to release two versions of every phone, and the major changes are not even that major, save for the last one.
Likewise, Sony has found its own design language with the Xperia Z series. This is why the Xperia Z3 looks pretty much like an Xperia Z2 with rounder edges. No one is complaining there! The phone looks great and brings other types of improvements. The Moto X and Moto G also look just like their predecessors, and the list goes on.
The bottom line
HTC doesn’t need to fix something that is not broken. They are still king at design among Android manufacturers, and no one is taking that away from them for a while. Now that we have established that, the real changes will become public when we see the whole announcements.
Rumors say this bad boy will come with a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 20 MP rear camera and an UltraPixel front-facing shooter. That is the exciting part for me! Especially the fact that they are finally doing away with the rear 4 MP UltraPixel camera, and there is also no sign of that duo camera set-up, which I honestly still think is a gimmick.
We will see what happens, though. Companies are getting good at hiding things, and we could definitely see changes come before the March 1st event. Meanwhile, please be happy that HTC kept their awesome design language and are not destroying their master piece.