HTC announced its latest flagship the One M9 at the MWC 2015 yesterday. It is the best looking phone till date.The One M9 is an incremental update on the M8, looking almost identical in design and style but with some beefed up specifications. HTC is positioning this device as the ultimate luxury handset, which is based on its all-metal design and gold coloured bezels.HTC also announced a new fitness band, the HTC Grip.
At first glance, the One M9 seems to be a near identical copy to the M8 in terms of design. For a company that has been pushing design hard recently, this might seem like an odd decision, but just because it’s similar, doesn’t mean HTC hasn’t improved the formula at all. The phone is thinner, smaller, has a dual finish and brings back edges that give it a somewhat similar feel in hand to the One M7, though the edges aren’t nearly as sharp this time around. In many ways, HTC took the best parts about the M7 and M8 designs and merged them into one package with a little extra polish added for good measure.
It is also worth mentioning that HTC is bringing a bit of water and dust resistance to the device, giving it an IPX3 rating that should be able to handle a little dust and light rain. For those that need more extensive waterproofing, HTC plans to offer a special case for its users.
It’s under the hood that really sees the most massive makeover with the next generation One, as the new device boasts a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chip with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, a microSD card for expansion, and a 2840 mAh battery. HTC keeps the size of its display at 5-inches and the resolution at 1080p, which will either be a sore point for those hoping for QHD or a victory point for those that feel that QHD is unneeded and does little more than add more strain to the processor and battery.
One M9 introduces the world to Sense 7, which is built on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. There are several new features here including an improved Blinkfeed that introduces lockscreen integration, new contextual features such as suggestions at particular times and at places, a folder for downloaded apps, a recommended apps folder and other little tweaks. There’s also a new HTC Theme app that lets you change up the color of the keyboard, icons and more. The app will also offer community sourced themes, as well as the ability to analyze a picture (such as your wallpaper) and then get colors for a theme to match it.
|Display||5-inch LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 442 ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57|
|Camera||20MP rear cam with sapphire cover lens, UltraPixel front cam|
|Storage||32GB with microSD slot (up to 128GB)|
|Networks||2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:850/900/1800/1900 MHz3G UMTS (varies by region): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz4G LTE (varies by region)
FDD: Bands 1,3,5,7,8,20,28
TDD: Bands 38,40,41
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, HTC Connect, DLNA, HDMI MHL 3.0, CIR, NFC, micro-USB 2.0, GPS, GLONASS|
|Software||Android 5.0 with Sense 7.0|
|Dimension||144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm, 157 grams|