HTC One ME

phonegain-HTC-One-ME    HTC’s strategy of flooding the market with intermediary model after intermediary model and then some, seems to have gotten themselves confused as to where the HTC One ME stands. The M9 and M9+ are the ones pushed as the flagship series while the E9 and E9+ are their midrange offer. So logically, the ME would be a high-mid tier phone, a stopgap between M and E series. Curiously though, the phone places itself in a pretty weird spot, unable to neither go the full mile to be a flagship, nor coming out as just a better mid-tier phone. Truthfully, the phone is oriented to the Asian market, specifically Indian, where the M9 series was never released, skipping directly to the M9+. It’s an interesting piece of technology that might catch the eyes of some while raising question marks for others.


 

The Design

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HTC One ME

Well, it’s pretty much a M9+ with a plastic cover. And it works just fine, really. It’s very pleasant in the hand and the plastic is matte and graspable. The 5.2 inch screen is a conservative size which makes a large, flat phone wieldy with one hand, unlike the E series at 5.5 inches. The screen quality is where the handset betrays itself, but still, it’s more than pleasing as the ME isn’t selling itself as a flagship.

Otherwise, the camera is inherited from the M9 but it’s a bit dull in practice while being identical on paper. In essence, the look of it is very pleasant and looks plenty well without the shiny premium metal back, a testimony to HTC’s inherently functional and stylish design.


 

The Hardware

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HTC One ME Colors

Again, the guts are M9+ too. Thankfully, while the screen and outer body are on the cheap side, the rest of the phone isn’t. It’s quite a breath of fresh air to see that no compromise was made in engines-room when HTC designed the ME.  The only notable difference is that the M9+ uses the cooler Mediatek MT6795T while the ME uses the standard model. It also sports the same 3 GB RAM and the same GPU. The only plus is the dual-SIM nature of the ME


 

 

Technical Specifications

DISPLAY

Type:

Capacitive touchscreen – 16M colors

Size:

5.2 inches at ~68.6% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution:

1440 x 2560 pixels at ~565 ppi pixel density

Protection:

Custom UI:

HTC Sense UI 7.0

BODY

Size:

151 x 72 x 9.8 mm (5.94 x 2.83 x 0.39 in)

Weight:

155 g (5.47 oz)

Colors:

Meteor Grey, Rose Gold, Gold Sepia

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery

USB:

microUSB v2.0

SIM Card:

Nano-SIM – Dual SIM, dual stand-by

HARDWARE & OS

Operating System:

Android OS, v5.0.2 Lollipop

Chipset

Mediatek MT6795

CPU:

8-Cores: Octa-core 2.2 GHz

GPU:

PowerVR G6200

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 (1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size), [email protected], HDR

Video:

[email protected]

Features:

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; Beidou

Infrared:

Yes

Radio:

NFC:

Yes

SENSORS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

AUDIO/VIDEO

Video Playing Format:

DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV

Audio Playing Format

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC

Video Playing Resolution:

BATTERY

Capacity:

2840

Talk Time 3G WCDMA

13 Hours

Internet Usage Time 3G:

10 Hours

Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi:

Audio Playback Time:

Video Playback Time:

The Conclusion

What can be assertively said regarding the HTC ME is that it’s a very powerful phone. In fact, it’s just as strong as the HTC flagship. But the problem is if the power warrants its price tag. While it may be considered a budget-flagship cass phone, it’s not exactly cheap. In India for example it sell for ~650$ while the M9+ goes for around 850$. The difference is there and very noticable, leaving the choice to personal preference. If raw ability is what one desires, the ME wins the race with M9+, which gives you a (much) better screen and camera for 200$. There’s no doubt that this trade-off will be met both well and ill. And, to be honest, I think this is what the place of the ME is, to stand as a welcomed compromise between looking better and being cheaper without compromising processing power in the very least.  It’s like choosing the cheapest paint for your car so you can afford the leather seats. A worthy phone for the Asian market, at the very least.