March has always been a significant month of sorts for tech fanatics out there, primarily because of the Mobile World Congress. The 2015 edition of the MWC is currently under way at Barcelona, Spain, and the very first company to unveil its flagship to the world was HTC.
After the success of the HTC One M7 and One M8, the company has been playing around a lot with 64-bit CPU technology, and unsurprisingly they have incorporated a 64-bit chipset within their new flagship device – the HTC One M9.
In this article, I give an overview and first impression of the HTC One M9 – the latest addition to HTC’s flagship lineup.
BUILD AND DESIGN
At a first glance, you can instantly make out that this is an HTC device. The positioning of the speaker grills, the camera, the flash and the overall ergonomics are heavily influenced by the design earlier implemented on the HTC One M8. The One M9 comes with an ‘industry first dual finish’ that offers variants such as Gold on Silver, Gold on Gold, Gold on Pink and Gunmetal Grey colours.
Addressing issues caused due to the slippery back of the M8, the One M9 has a back with a more metallic feel, which provides more friction and thereby slightly more grip.
One minor change has been made to the volume rockers. The earlier system of ‘single continuous volume rocker’ has now made way for two different physical buttons, which – as the company puts it – provides a better feel and feedback.
Overall, the ergonomics and build is trademark HTC, and it hasn’t really been that revolutionary.
The HTC One M9 has a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset running the show. Four cores run at 2.0GHz, while the other four run at 1.5GHz.
There’s 32GB of internal storage on board, which can be expanded upto 128GB via MicroSD cards. The RAM stands at 3GB, which is pretty much the standard for most of the flagship devices so far.
This is where HTC surprised me the most. The One M9 comes with a 5.0 inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080.
HTC has shown quite a few improvements in their camera department this time, and the main camera has a resolution of 20MP. It comes with a sapphire cover lens, autofocus, a BSI Sensor and 4K video recording capabilities. Sadly, there’s no OIS inbuilt.
The front camera is an HTC Ultrapixel camera, which promises better performance as far as capturing details and depth is concerned. It has 1080p video recording capabilities.
The One M9 runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop straight out of the box, with HTC Sense 7.0 UI layered on the top.
Juicing up the device is a 2840mAh battery.
There’s an IR Blaster and HTC Boom Sound with Dolby Speakers. There are also a few software features that HTC has incorporated into its Sense UI.
Display : 5.0 inch with 1080p Resolution
Memory : 32GB Internal (Expandable to 128GB), 3GB RAM
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, octa core, 64-bit, 4 x 2.0GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
Cameras : Main – 20MP, Front – HTC Ultrapixel.
Battery : 2840mAh
OS : Android 5.0.2 with HTC Sense 7.0
Overall, and I’ll be brutally honest out here, I was expecting much more from HTC for their flagship device. Nonetheless, a decent pricing strategy would more than make up for the somewhat standard specifications which HTC have thrown in their flagship.