If you’ve been waiting for the HTC One M9 like us, we’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that it’s finally here, and was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona – the bad news is that it’s not going to be changing the world, especially if you’ve already got the One M8.
Since it’s taking design cues from its predecessor, you will be forgiven for mistaking the M9 for the older M8. However, once you hold it, it does have a better grip and finish, which according to HTC’s leader of industrial design, Claude Zellweger, is in line with the company’s desire for their lineup to be “the most luxurious in the world”.
Once you get over the design similarities though, you will notice a few changes, for instance the One M9 is a tad thicker but smaller than the M8 and has better, Boomsound speakers capable of providing surround sound effects. HTC has also heard its customers and decided to go with a standard 20-megapixel camera instead of the Ultrapixel technology they used with the M8’s 4-megapixel sensor. However, the front-facing camera on the M9 now utilizes the Ultrapixel sensor but we will have to see whether that makes a difference when taking selfies.
Moreover, the M9 features the latest 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset which is unrivaled in speed at the moment and results in a snappier, faster user experience. There is no lag when browsing through the skinned Android 5.0 Lollipop on the HTC One M9 and opening multiple apps didn’t seem to make any difference (thanks to 3 GBs of RAM).
On the software front, you get the latest version of Android (Lollipop) customized with HTC’s own Sense UI skin. While most people speak against Samsung’s TouchWiz, the Sense UI is sharp and coupled with Blinkfeed, makes for a user interface that is actually useful and efficient.
Sense Home is another interesting feature in Sense 7.0, allowing you to get access to multiple homescreens depending on your location. While this may not be as useful or practical in reality, more testing will be required to reach a final verdict.
You also get two new apps, Themes and One Gallery. The former allows you to customize the look of your One M9 while the latter brings together all your photos from your social networks and online services in one central place.
If you’re comparing the HTC One M9 with the iPhone 6, it might just come down to your choice of operating system. However, if you’re sure you want to go with Android and you don’t already own an HTC One M8, the M9 is a solid contender for your next phone.
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