HTC One M9: What we want to see

The HTC One M8 is one the best smartphones you can buy right now but here's what we want to see from the One M9. See also: 32 best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2014.

Whether the next flagship smartphone from HTC will be called the One M9 is unclear but we're going to call it that for now. We may have to wait until next year but here's what we want from the HTC One M9. We hope the firm is reading. Here's where you can watch the HTC One M9 launch live video stream: New flagship smartphone at MWC 2015.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S6: 5 things we want to see.

HTC One M9: Waterproof

The HTC One M8 has one of the best and most luxurious designs on the market. It's a seriously desirable lump of beautifully crafted metal. However, you can't take it in the shower or jump in a swimming pool with you.

Dust- and waterproof designs are something which is still rare with mainly Sony offering it on higher end smartphones (and its tablets). Samsung recently went down the same route with the Galaxy S5 and it's definitely something we'd like to see from HTC and the One M9.

HTC One M9: Quad HD screen

Full HD screens are great and although there's nothing wrong with the display on the HTC One M8, LG has just proved that there's a place for Quad HD resolution on smartphones with the G3. It's not a massive jump but we think it's better and so we want to see HTC go this way for the One M9.

See also: LG G3 review: The best smartphone of 2014.

HTC One M9: More storage

If you go and buy an HTC One M8 in the UK, you won’t have to spend long deciding what model to buy. That's because there's only one: 16GB – although you can get different colours. It seems that 16GB is now the firm standard for top end smartphones with only Apple offering both 32- and 64GB capacities.

We're moving the wrong way here with less choice and although HTC added a microSD card slot with the M8, we want to see more options for internal storage.

HTC One M9: Wireless charging

We always want more battery life from smartphones but something missing entirely from the One M8 is wireless charging. It's still an uncommon feature for smartphones but we don't think it should be.

The technology has been around for long enough and is easy enough to implement – look at the Nexus 5 or LG G3 – so that's another item for our HTC One M9 wish list.

HTC One M9: 64-bit    

If rumours are to be believed then the HTC One M9 will be released in the first quarter of 2015. This ties in nicely with when Qualcomm expects devices to start shipping with its Snapdragon 810 processor under the bonnet.

It seems logical that the next new Android version will support 64-bit so the pair will go hand-in-hand. A must have on our HTC One M9 list.