HTC One M9 Is A Refinement Of Its Predecessor
The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has been struggling to maintain its growth. Once the top choice of many people, the company failed to maintain its image as the new competitors from China and Korea evolved. Now it has made its move to make comeback.
The company launched its latest flagship One M9 at Mobile World Congress 2015. One M9 is not just a redesign of its famous predecessor M8, but rather it is an evolutionary refinement of the same metal unibody formula. It has a thinner body, improved camera, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop underneath its Sense UI layer.
HTC One M9 is powered by the popular Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC running at 2GHz (actually this chipset has Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57). It is the same processor found in LG G Flex 2 which is believed to be the fastest Android phone currently found in the market.
Other than the processor, HTC One M9’s specs include 3GB RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, and the same BoomSound speakers that people loved in the One M8. As we reported earlier, HTC ditched the “ultrapixel” camera found on M8 in favor of 20-megapixel rear facing camera for M9. The camera is believed to perform better than ultrapixel camera.
The shape of latest flagship looks similar to M8 but on closer inspection, it has been slightly modified to support better grip. The edges are sharper, and the back is not as slippery. Moreover, the power button has been relocated to the side, allowing better grip for a large 5-inch phone.
HTC didn’t go for a 2K display for One M9. Rather, the phone offers a 5-inch display and 1920x1080p resolution and hence the higher pixel-per-inch count. The battery is rated at 2,840 mAh with support for Quick Charging (equivalent to Nexus 6’s turbo charging). Having a higher battery capacity on a 5-inch HD screen might provide better battery time, but it depends on the software too.
It runs Sense 7 on top of Android 5.0. While these UI layers add inconsistencies to Android experience, Sense is favored by those who have used the phone because of its lack of bloatware and added customizations. Samsung has also cut down on its bloatware in TouchWiz.
No details about pricing have been revealed officially. However, a leak from BestBuy suggests a price tag of $649.99 off-contract. HTC One M9 will be available in the U.S. from all four major carriers and other retailers by the end of March.