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HTC introduces the new HTC One M9, same look but more powerful

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Mar 04, 2015 )    |    Mobile


After rumors and speculations, HTC finally unveiled the new HTC One M9, the company’s latest flagship unveiled just in time for the 2015 MWC. The new One M9 basically takes the whole designed of its predecessor and refined the design along the way which results to a virtually the same looking handset with minor differences here and there. The handset itself is coming with the same all-metallic unibody design with the same BoomSound speaker grill situated on both the top and bottom of the front panel as opposed to the early rumors that the M9 would feature a small slits on these areas. It has the same 5-inch full-HD display but this time it’s got a lot less bezel from last years model.


Why fixed the things that aren’t broken? That’s exact comes to mind when looking at the new One M9, HTC unlike other device manufacturers take notice of what is positive about their handset design, kept them and altered those needed to be change. Like the whole design for example, HTC believe that the One (M8) design is perfect to do the job, it’s just that minute things are hindering their success that’s why when users get to face the new HTC One M9, they’ll notice little difference from the One (M8) that we have a year ago. The Speaker grills stayed on the same location as with last years, the curves and the lines going across the device plays a little to no difference.

We’re talking about the little differences on the front since we started these texts but when you get the see the back, things started to change. The UltraPixel dual-Camera setup can no longer be found on the new One M9, instead HTC has opted to provide a more practical 20.7 Megapixel camera sensor which has its Sapphire cover glass protruding a little, this is coupled with a Dual-tone LED flash just like we have on the One (M8). Another new with the new One M9 is that with the 20.7 Megapixel camera on board, the handset is not capable of taking 4K video recordings at 30 frame-per-second as well as full-HD and HD video captures, HDR and stereo sound. The UltraPixel sensor that we have on the One (M8) has moved to the front with the new One M9 with 4-Megapixel Ultrapixel sensor capable of full-HD video and HDR.


With new devices, expect new components inside them and that’s what HTC has been focusing into. while the One (M8) has a Snapdragon 801 inside them, the new One M9 comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset which put the bar higher for the HTC One M9 with its new 64-bit Octa-core processor inside. The RAM has put up a bit with 3 GB, a 1 GB more from the One (M8) of 2014. The HTC One M9 will also be available in a single storage variant with all the new One M9 having an expandable 32 GB of internal storage as standard with micro-SD card support of up to 128 GB.

The HTC One M9 supports the latest wireless technology available today as it comes with 4G/LTE Cat.6 wireless network support plus a standard support for 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM networks. HTC One M9 also include a barrage of connectivity options for users to connect and communicate in which way possible with Hi-Speed Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, Infrared, USB 2.0 support and FM Radio with RDS.


The latest flagship will be driven by the new Android 5.0.x (Lollipop) with the latest HTC Sense 7.0 UI on top. Fueling the handset is the non-removable 2840 mAh Li-Po battery which promises of up to 25 hours of talk-time over 2G network and 21 hours over 3G.  Expected to become available sometime this March, the One M9 will be available in a variety of color options including Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose Gold and Gold/Pink.

HTC is yet to set the price for the HTC One M9 but we’ll expect to be about the same price when the HTC One (M8) was released a year ago.

HTC One M9

5-inch LCD3 full-HD Display | 1920 x 1080 resolutions | 441 ppi

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC | 8-Core (4-cores Cortex-A53 at 1.5 GHz + 4-cores Cortex-A57 at 2.0 GHz)

Adreno 430 GPU


32 GB internal storage

micro-SD card support up to 128 GB

20.7 Megapixel main camera | Auto Focus | LED flash | 4K video recording at 30fps | 1080p at 60fps | 720p at 120fps | HDR | Stereo sound recording

4 Megapixel UltraPixel front camera | 1080p video at 30fps | HDR

Nano-SIM (Single)

4G/LTE Cat.6 | 3G/HSPA+ | 2G/GSM support

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | dual-band | Wi-Fi Direct | Wi-Fi hotspot | DLNA

Bluetooth v4.1 | A2DP | apt-X



USB 2.0 (micro) (MHL v 3.0 TV-Out) | USB Host


Android 5.0.x Lollipop | HTC Sense UI 7.0

2840 mAh Li-Po Battery (non-removable)

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm

157 grams