HTC One M9

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Released in March, the HTC One M9 is HTC’s latest flagship and, for better or worse, it’s gorgeous. Fortunately, there’s plenty more to talk about it than its look, though they are its selling point. Every little bit of tech seems to have undergone an upgrade, some more than others


 

The Design

   It’s only fair to push this first as the One M9 is a grand continuation of the HTC One style, made with even more precision and style, the company itself going as far calling it “jewelry grade”.

   The metal casing is back and looking even better, now sporting a slightly more “brushed” look to it, hopefully making any scratches less apparent. The phone is available in a bold but elegant two-tone (a contrasting band around the side) silver-yellow or pink-yellow as well as a more somber and single color dignified Gunmetal Grey.  A more elusive gold version exists, but it’s a carrier exclusive so far.

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HTC One M9 colors

   The button placement on the phone is a pretty mixed bag. The power button has been shifted to the right hand side of the phone, where it makes more sense but, unfortunately it’s generally the same size and shape as the volume buttons above it, its ridges giving it little distinction in the hand. The same goes for the SD-card slot.

   The screen is the same 5 in.( 68.4% screen-to-body ratio) LCD3 with Gorilla Glass 4 on top, but the LCD is very close to the glass, giving it a lot of crispness. The size is modest, slightly below competition size but not on the small size and quality-wise it stands its ground well against AMOLED.  Something that has had HTCs receive a lot of flak is also back, namely the black band with the company logo around the display, though this is not for show. It simply masks the room made for more powerful speakers inside the housing, meaning that edge-to-edge displaying is not sacrificed in vain.


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HTC One M9 details

The Hardware

   Whilst it may very well be the best looking phone of this year, it may not be the most powerful one.

This is not to say it’s deprecated, far from it, but it’s either not quite on par with the competitors or not to impressively advanced, especially to warrant the 500 € price mark, carrier-free.

   The biggest upgrade it received is the camera, which has been bumped up to 20.7MP from the measly 4MP. The engine has been significantly upgraded as well, the phone sports the new, spiffy octa-core workhorse A10 processor, running on two quad-core chipsets at 1.5 and 2.1 Ghz and 3 Gb of RAM to back it up.

Another thing that will cause pleasant surprises is HTC’s partnership with Dolby, adding more refinement and a 3d surround effect to the already reputable HTC speaker formula.

Technical Specifications

DISPLAY

Type:

Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size:

5.0 inches (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection:

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Custom UI:

HTC Sense UI 7.0

BODY

Size:

144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 in)

Weight:

157 g (5.54 oz)

Colors:

Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose gold, Gold/Pink

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh

USB:

microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3.0 TV-out), USB Host

SIM Card:

Nano-SIM

HARDWARE & OS

Operating System:

Android OS, v5.0 Lollipop

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810

CPU:

8-Cores: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57

GPU:

Adreno 430

MEMORY & STORAGE

Card Slot:

microSD, up to 128 GB

Internal Storage

32 GB

RAM:

3GB

CAMERA

Primary:

20 MP, 5376 x 3752 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

Secondary

4 MP, [email protected], HDR

Video:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, stereo sound recording

Features:

Automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama

COMMUNICATIONS

Network:

GSM / HSPA / LTE

WiFi

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

Bluetooth:

v4.1, A2DP, apt-X

GPS:

A-GPS; GLONASS;

Infrared:

Yes

Radio:

Stereo FM radio with RDS

NFC:

Yes

SENSORS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

AUDIO/VIDEO

Video Playing Format:

.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv

Audio Playing Format

.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac, ac3, ec3, eac3

Video Playing Resolution:

BATTERY

Capacity:

2840

Talk Time 3G WCDMA

22 Hours

Internet Usage Time 3G:

8 Hours

Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi:

8 Hours

Audio Playback Time:

Video Playback Time:

The Conclusion

The phone is superb and functions
great, with a lot under the hood. The new camera does its job properly and the upgraded speakers are wondrous. Still, you’ll pay a premium for looks, first and foremost, having a quite powerful device nonetheless, and the Li-Po battery gives it a long battery life.