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HTC One M9 Coming March 1? Event Announced

HTC is gearing up for the next big stage in its mobile war with Samsung, LG and other rivals The company has invited members of the press to its "Utopia in Progress" event for March 1 in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress. HTC could unveil its anticipated new flagship phone at the event, the One M9, as well as other devices.

Based on various reports and rumors, the One M9 may stick with a 1080p display instead of taking the jump to quad HD (1440 x 2560) like the Galaxy Note 4, LG G3 and other top-end phones have. The handset is expected to pack Qualcomm's latest octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor along with 3GB of RAM.

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HTC may ditch the low-resolution Ultrapixel camera found on the One M8 and instead opt for a very sharp 20.7-MP shooter on the back and a selfie-friendly 13-MP camera up front. This wouldn't be a huge surprise, given that the HTC Desire Eye (see review) sports a 13-MP front camera.

In terms of design, the One M9 will likely boast an all-metal body like its predecessors, but there's some debate as to whether HTC will retain the front-facing BoomSound speakers. One leaked image shows a chassis without the front-facing dual speakers, but we doubt that the company would abandon one of the best aspects of its devices for the sake of aesthetics.

HTC's invite says, "Join us to see what's next," which could mean that we'll see more than just phones. For instance, HTC hasn't yet debuted an Android Wear watch — or any smartwatch.

What's more likely is that HTC could showcase the first fitness product in its partnership with Under Armor, which was announced Jan. 6. HTC says that it is designing a series of device to work with UA Record, a health and fitness network delivered via apps.

Given that Samsung's Galaxy S6 could launch in Barcelona as well, HTC could have a very tough battle on its hands. We'll be live at HTC's event to bring you all the details and first hands-on impressions.

Mark Spoonauer is editor in chief at Tom's Guide. Follow him at @mspoonauer. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.