Mobile World Congress (MWC) comes each year to give us a slew of product launches and announcements.
This year, the first big announcement came from Taiwanese manufacturer, HTC. After weeks of leaks and numerous pictures, the new HTC Flagship, the One M9, is now officially unveiled.
The follow up to the award winning M8 is a sleek, metal bodied device which carries HTC’s new design language of having two colours that we fist saw in the HTC Desire 620. While the HTC One M9 shares many design cues from the older M8, the m9 differentiates itself with a gold trim which runs around the device. In addition, the power button has been moved to the side places together with the volume rocker from its original position at the top of the HTC devices. The One M9 also has a thin sleek body which makes its design even more stunning.
The HTC One M9 measures only 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm in dimensions and only weighs 157 g.
According to HTC Chairwoman, Cher Wang,
“HTC has built its reputation on challenging expectations in the mobile industry…The HTC One M9 accomplishes this once again with stunning elegance and design, combined with smart features that help bring your world to life, connecting you in a deeper way to the things you consider most important. So much more than just a phone, the HTC One M9 is an extension of who you are.”
The HTC One M9 brings along with it a beastly set of specifications that we’re used to seeing in flagship models.
The device is coming with a octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The Snapdragon 810 also brings 64-bit processing to the table which means that we can probably expect better performance and snappier response times with the processor. The Snapdragon 810 is supported by 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal memory with microSD card support for additional memory up to 128GB.
The device will come with a 5.0-inch 1080p Full HD super LCD display. In the optics/camera department, the One M9 will be coming with a 20-MegaPixel back camera with a back illuminated sensor (BSI) with a f/2.2 aperture. The back camera will also be utilising sapphire glass in the cover lens and be capable of recording 4K (Quad HD/Ultra HD) videos. One major thing that is missing here on the M9 is HTC’s dual camera UltraPixel technology which we have seen on the back cameras in the M7 and M8. However, UltraPixel enthusiasts won’t be disappointed as the UltraPixel technology has been incorporated into the front facing camera which also comes with a BSI sensor and a f/2.0 aperture capable of shooting Full HD 1080p video.
The HTC One M9 will also come with a slew of connectivity modes and options. Firstly, M9 will be able to use GSM connectivity on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands, 3G UMTS on 850/900/1900/2100 MHz bands and also 4G LTE on FDD: Bands 1,3,5,7,8,20,28 and TDD: Bands 38, 40, 41. This essentially means that the M9 is a world phone able to support the majority of the bands that are utilised across the globe. The One M9 will also support WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and also Near Field Communications (NFC). In addition, the smartphone will also bring along the usual sensors which include an Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor and a Sensor Hub. Also coming along for the ride are GPS and GLONASS.
All of these specifications will be powered by a 2840 mAh battery which HTC claims will give up to 25.4 hours talktime on 2G and 21.7 hours on 3G. Also making a return is HTC’s BoomSound technology.
The HTC One M9 is launching with HTC’s latest iteration of Sense UI, Sense 7. It will be running atop Android 5.o Lollipop and has taken many of Material Design’s cues in the update. In addition to aesthetic changes, HTC’s updated Sense 7.0 brings along with it a few new features.
One of the hallmark new features on the HTC One M9’s version of sense is gesture controls. One implementation comes in partnership with Harman Kardon where users are able to play music to any room or speaker simply by swiping 3 fingers upwards.
In addition, HTC’s latest version of Sense UI brings along a theme feature which allows users to download crowd sourced themes or even adapt a theme according to the background picture the user has selected.
HTC has announced that the One M9 will be available beginning spring 2015 or Q2 2015 which places the official availability later this month or sometime in April. We expect that the HTC One M9 will be launching at a price point of MYR 2400 as its predecessor did.