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HTC is one of the finest makers of smartphones in the industry. The Taiwanese tech giant needs to maintain that reputation now, as the next flagship release nears.

Widely touted as the HTC One (M9) or the Hima, the company's unofficial flagship has built a strong fan following ever since rumours started emerging online. Now, there are more concrete details about the new device with freshly leaked images offering a close up of the One M9.

If you have been eager to see how the HTC's new flagship is coming, the new leaked images offer the closest unofficial look at the device. The authenticity of the images comes from Phandroid after it received the renderings from trusted sources close to HTC. Based on these images, we can conclude that the HTC One (M9) isn't far from its predecessor in terms of looks. There are minute changes, such as the relocated power button from top to the right side of the device and split volume rocker keys that take a lower room on the same side.

Other details like a 5-inch display, front facing dual speakers, HTC's logo at the bottom and a top-right front camera, remain the same. Besides, the sources also revealed some key details about the 2015 flagship One smartphone.

According to the report, the HTC One (M9) will run an octa-core processor, mostly Snapdragon 810, and 3GB of RAM. Previous rumours had suggested that the handset will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, which isn't the best offering compared to rivals like Samsung offering a 2K display in its next flagship.

HTC will embrace 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera and an Ultrapixel front snapper with 4-megapixels. There is going to be a 2,840mAh battery and Android 5.0 with Sense 7.0 running the interface.

HTC has already reserved an event on March 1 at 4pm CET and dispatched media invites with a cryptic "utopia in progress" phrase. It may not be clear what HTC means by that, but holding a special event strongly suggests product launch. In this case, it is going to be the new flagship release as the One M8 was also launched around the same time last year.