The One M9 is HTC’s flagship smartphone for the year 2015, announced a couple of days back at MWC(Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. While the phone’s looks are largely similar to the One M8, it is all new on the inside.
The M9 is powered by the Snapdragon 810 which is essentially a 64bit Octa Core Processor with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM.Storage capacity is plenty with 32GB of Internal Storage which is expandable up to 128GB using microSD/HC/XC cards.
The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC’s own SenseUI v7.0 on top which offers a great level of personalization.
The M9’s camera system has been completely redesigned from the ground up. It sports a new 20.7 MP sensor with a sapphire lens cover compared to the dual 4MP Ultra Pixel camera from last year’s M8.This new sensor is capable of recording 4K Video @ 30fps,1080p HD @60fps, 720p@120fps with simultaneous photo and video recording capabilities.
The front camera is now the UltraPixel camera which captures 1080p HD video @30fps with HDR. The M9 retains the dual tone LED flash from the M8.The single camera sensor is not the only major design change, the volume rocker from the M8 has been replaced with individual volume up and down buttons.The power button has also been relocated to the right side below the volume buttons. The microSD card and nano SIM slots are located on either side of the phone.
The One M9 has a 5-inch Full-HD 1080p display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It’s pixel density is over 440 pixels per inch which is more than Apple’s Retina HD Display. Connectivity is provided by Bluetooth v4.1 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The phone is actually a little bit thicker(9.6mm) than it’s predecessor(9.4mm). This results in the shape of the phone being a little sharper at the edges compared to the M8 which feels better than the M8, as reported by users.
The battery capacity has been increased to 2840mAh from 2600mAh which is a significant improvement over the M8.
The phone also retains the iconic dual front facing stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the phone which now support Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.
The phone comes in two toned or single toned brushed metal finishes such as Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose gold, Gold/Pink which resemble the iPhone in some ways.
Pricing for the phone has not yet been announced by HTC. The phone is expected to launch globally by the end of March 2015.