HTC One M9: Getting to know HTC’s Latest Flagship

HTC kicked off their Utopia in Progress event at MWC in Barcelona with the above clip. The event saw the launch of the latest version of their iconic aluminium powerhouse the HTC One.

The All new HTC One M9
The All New HTC One M9

Design

The new phone, called the One M9, sees HTC combined the design elements we saw with the HTC One and the HTC One(M8) The sides and the back meet in extremely sharp edges, but the phone still is brilliant from an ergonomic standpoint. HTC has finally moved the power standby key to the side, which means that you don’t have to reach towards the top of the device to switch it off.

htc-one-m9-side
The sides have a mirror finish

The back has the familiar hairline finish from the M8 but the sides have been polished extensively to give them an almost mirror like finish. The power button has a textured look as well.

Performance

The HTC One M9 is powered by Qualcomm's latest powerhouse - The Snapdragon 810
The HTC One M9 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest powerhouse – The Snapdragon 810

The HTC One M9 is powered by the latest in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series, the Snapdragon 810(Quad-core ARM Cortex A57(2.0 GHz) and quad-core A53(1.5 GHz) with 64-bit support) which is supported by the Adreno 430 GPU and 3 GB or RAM.

Sense 7 is highly intutive, changing according to your location and also has its own theme builder
Sense 7 is highly intuitive, changing according to your location and also has its own theme centre where you can create your own themes.

Keeping the flame-throwing Dragon under control is HTC’s newest version of Sense UI, its Android skin, HTC Sense 7. Sense 7 not only improves upon the features found on Sense 6 but its new intuitive nature will detect where you are using your location and provide you a selection of apps suited for the environment(home, work etc.) In addition to this, Sense 7 brings in its own theme where you can select your own themes or create your own.

Camera

The HTC One M9 uses a 20 MP camera which has a sapphire cover over it
The HTC One M9 uses a 20 MP camera which has a sapphire cover over it

The HTC One M9 has ditched the Ultra pixel sensor found on the M7 and One M8 for a 20MP BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture. So any pictures you take with the new M9 should have a ton-load of details for you to drool over. The Ultra-pixel camera though has moved to the front to improve your selfies especially those that you take in low-light situations.

Multimedia

Boomsound now comes with Dolby Audio and 5.1 channel surround sound
BoomSound now comes with Dolby Audio and 5.1 channel surround sound

HTC have stuck with a 1080p display but that doesn’t mean that they’ve skimped on the multimedia experience. BoomSound is back and better than ever. Now partnered with Dolby, HTC promises an even better audio experience thanks to 5.1 channel surround sound.

Battery and Connectivity

Under the aluminium hood lies a 2840 mAh battery pack
Under the aluminium hood lies a 2840 mAh battery pack

Under the aluminium back, HTC has squeezed in a 2840 mAH battery(up from 2600 mAh) that they claim can give you up to a full day of talk time and and almost 17 days on standby. Whether the M9 lives up to the promise is another matter altogether.
HTC has also added support for more LTE bands, including the FDD LTE Band 3(1800 MHz) and TDD LTE Band 40(2300 MHz) which are used for LTE connectivity in India.

@DennisA_James

Content Editor @ProdNote

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