HTC E9 leaks with plastic body, 2K screen and high-end specs

The HTC rumour mill just keeps on spinning

What's that? You thought the HTC rumours were going to die down after the One M9 was officially outed? You should know better by now.

Images of an alleged HTC E9 smartphone have appeared online, courtesy of usually reliable Twitter tipster @upleaks. 

The images show a phone that looks strikingly similar to the One M9, except it appears to have ditched the metal in favour of some very shiny plastic. The only other real difference is a circular camera lens on the back, instead of the square found on the One M9. This has also been moved up to the top of the phone, for reasons we can't quite fathom.

The E9 has already appeared on the Chinese telecommunications regulator database, the TENAA, along with specifications. It's expected to arrive with a 5.5in 2660 x 1440 2K display, a 2GHz 64-bit octa-coreMediaTek processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage with microSD expansion, and a 20MP rear camera.

Notice anything odd? The specs either match or even outclass the flagship One M9, with the 2K screen being the most glaring surprise. This wouldn't be the first time a plastic HTC handset out-specced its flagship - we're looking at you Butterfly 2 - but it's still an odd development nonetheless. Could this be the mythical HTC One M9 Plus?

There's no word on pricing or availability yet (presumably because it might not even exist), but join us in swallowing this all with some salt, and keep an eye for more news, as and when we get it.

[Pocket-Lint, Twitter, Engadget]