HTC Reveals That Progress is Utopia With Their HTC One M9 [MWC ‘15]
Early Sunday morning in Barcelona, HTC put all the rumors and leaks to rest as they announced their newest flagship, the HTC One M9. For the past few weeks we’ve received leak after leak about the device but now we have the official list of specs and features from this year’s One. Let’s dive in and take a look at what makes the M9 the One to get.
Although the M9 looks almost exactly like the M8, which isn’t all bad, it does have a bevy of upgraded specs:
- DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
- OS: Android™ 5.0 (Lollipop) with HTC Sense™ 7
- PROCESSOR: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 octa-core CPU (4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz), 64-bit processing
- MEMORY: Storage: 32GB; RAM: 3GB; Expandable: microSD™ expansion supports additional memory cards up to 128GB
- RADIO: Bluetooth® 4.1 with aptX®; Wi-Fi®: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz); HTC Connect™ for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems
- SOUND: HTC BoomSound™ with Dolby Audio™3
- CAMERAS: Main camera – 20MP with sapphire cover lens, f/2.2, 27.8mm lens, 4K video recording; Front camera – HTC UltraPixel™, f/2.0, 26.8mm lens, 1080p video recording
- BATTERY CAPACITY: 2840mAh
- ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Dual-tone metal unibody, Themes, HTC Sense Home, One Gallery, Photo Editor
As you can see in the spec list and the actual physical displays of the phone, there isn’t a whole lot of major differences between the M8 and M9. Three main differences to note are: a much better rear camera, updated version of Android and Sense, and new processor.
HTC didn’t necessarily toss its Ultrapixel camera, but rather move it to the front shooter and made the rear an awesome 20MP camera with a ton of features. Most of those features are in editing pictures after they’ve been taken but the camera has been overhauled nonetheless.
In this updated flagship, HTC has included the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, their new Snapdragon 810 processor. The 810 is an octo-core processor, meaning there are four cores at 2Ghz paired with four cores at 1.5Ghz — only two pairs are used at once as to not blow the phone.
The M9 is also running the latest version of Android currently available coupled with the newest version of Sense: Sense 7. Sense 7 brings with it themes, predictive apps, and a “smart” homescreen.
The HTC One M9 may not blow you away with tons of new features but it did improve in a majority of areas that make a good phone (M8) an even better one (M9). We haven’t yet received a price on the new One but HTC did state that the device will be out in mid-March. Once we get more details we will let everyone know.
What are your thoughts on the M9?