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Pair of new HTC One M9 renders look awfully familiar

We're not saying this is the definitive look at HTC's next flagship smartphone, but the latest pair of renders out of China sure seem to be lightly salted with a hint of authenticity.

PhoneArena today published a pair of images that appear to be marketing materials for the forthcoming HTC One M9, which the company is expected to make official on March 1, mere hours before MWC 2015 kicks off in Barcelona next week.

Similar to M9 renders originating from Germany last weekend, the pair of new images provided by the @upleaks Twitter account (1, 2) appear to throw cold water on the idea of a centered front-facing camera as shown in some earlier leaks.

In fact, there's not an awful lot to separate this purported M9 from its predecessor, last year's flagship HTC One M8, aside from potentially ever-so slimmer front bezels and what appears to be a single rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash.

HTC One M9 leaked render

Same as it ever was?

Despite some initial confusion over leaked renders, the general consensus among HTC One M9 watchers is that the Taiwanese manufacturer appears to be spending more time on what's inside the smartphone, rather than attempting to reinvent the wheel externally.

Speaking of inside being what counts, previous rumors have pointed to an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM, a spacious 2900 mAh battery and improved BoomSound speakers, not to mention 32GB of internal storage capable of being expanded via micro-SD card.

The M9 is also said to come packing a five-inch, 1080p HD display, but if that's not big enough for you, the rumored HTC One M9 Plus is said to up the ante to 5.2 inches at 1440 x 5260 pixels, and toss a fingerprint scanner into the mix.

As you bask in the warm glow of these new leaks, we'd advise taking them with a grain of salt, same as most other images that slip through the cracks - especially when the real deal is coming 'round the mountain so soon.

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