HTC CEO Peter Chou Shows The New HTC One M8 Phone
HTC CEO Peter Chou shows the new HTC One M8 phone during a launch event in New York March 25, 2014. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch display, slightly larger than its predecessor, as well as improved camera technology, a faster processor and updated software, the company said. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

It will be an interesting year for Android as tech giants Samsung and HTC prepare their next flagship releases. Following up a successful HTC One lineup, the company has now reportedly started preparations for its Hima or One M9 series. Reports indicate that it remains unclear whether HTC will go entirely for the codename Hima or change it to One M9 thus the device is referred to as both presently.

According to Android Origin, some of the expected features include a display offering between 1440p or 1080p capacity, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB RAM including 2,840mAh battery. Similar to Apple and Samsung's reported moves, HTC will also switch to a 20.7MP primary shooter.

More importantly, HTC appears intent on releasing several versions of the flagship. HTC Hima Ultra and HTC Hima are also reportedly in the works. If the company can make it in time then it may announce the series during the CES 2015 at Las Vegas. The event has been well known for hosting some of the biggest tech announcements at the start of the year.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Korean tech giant is banking on the device to revive its smartphone sales. The year 2014 has been depressing for Samsung with competitors like Xiaomi and Apple eating up the market share. In a recent report by Phone Arena, a render of an assembled Galaxy S6 showed up supporting its imminent release. The device is reportedly codenamed "Project Zero." Many also expect the new flagship to bear killer features enough to challenge Apple's iPhone 6 line.

Among these include 5.2 or 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display offering 1440 x 2560-pixel, Snapdragon 810 system chip with 64-bit support and Android 5.0 Lollipop. If the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are any indication then the new Galaxy S6 may also feature an edge screen. Samsung will reportedly be taking more steps towards a premium look going for an all-metal build.