Fans of HTC who were waiting for the new flagship HTC One M9 with bated breath were crestfallen when HTC announced that they wouldn’t launch their top device in India. However, they can now finally breathe a sigh of relief because something equally exciting, if not better, is on its way here. A larger variant of the One M9, the One M9+ would be arriving in India by 3rd May and would be priced at approximately Rs. 52,500/-. Let us take a look at some of the features of HTCs latest offering.
The HTC One M9+ runs on a 2.2 GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6795T processor. Mediatek usually provides processors for low to mid-range phones, but HTC assures us that the chip within the new M9+ is more than capable of handling heavy duty usage. That makes the HTC One M9+ the costliest phone in the market that features a Mediatek processor. The new device is equipped with a PowerVR G6200 GPU and 3 GB of RAM which we feel is enough to run Android Lollipop 5.0.2, which comes pre-installed in the M9+ along with HTC Sense 7 UI.
The HTC M9+ features a premium, full metal, aluminum design that is quite elegant. The uni-body frame is now a trademark for HTC and the Taiwanese giant continues with its tradition of producing good-looking smartphones.
The new device features a 5.2 inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) SuperLCD3 touch screen with a pixel density of approximately 534 ppi. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
HTC has brought back the dual camera setup in this device that it discarded with the M9. Like the M8, the dual camera setup consists of a primary 20.7 MP shooter along with an additional depth-sensing camera above it. The device also features a dual –LED flash for low light conditions to assist the camera. The M9+ is capable of recording crisp 4k videos using its primary camera. For video calling, the device is equipped with a 4 MP UltraPixel front camera.
The new HTC smartphone comes loaded with 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded using the microSD card slot up to 128 GB.
The new flagship is equipped with all the latest connectivity solutions. It features dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 as well as NFC for one touch transfers and mobile payments. GPS, an infra red port and an FM radio are also included.
The HTC M9+ features a large central home button that houses the fingerprint sensor. Other sensors included are the accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor on the display, a compass and a barometer.
The device is equipped with a non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery. The actual battery performance and standby time can only be gauged after hands-on usage once the device is available.
Based on the launch window, the large screen and the price tag, it is pretty clear that with the announcement of the One M9+, HTC is aiming to provide stiff competition to the Samsung Galaxy S6. Both devices feature metal bodies, large screens and similar prices. Whether HTC can handle the might of Samsung, only time will tell; but we are more than happy to see an exciting device from HTC, as an alternative to the One M9 for Indian markets.