Up to now we all know very little about the HTC One M9. Actually apart from the possibility that a few of the features from the MIA HTC One M8 Prime might make it across, we do not really know something at all.
That phone was supposedly going to have a QHD display screen, a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a water-resistant body and more megapixels within the camera, all of which might make sense for the HTC One M9, but we have heard no point out of them in relation to it.
Nonetheless whatever its specs end up being we are positive it is going to be nice, after all of the HTC One M8 is sitting pretty. Not even the iPhone 6 could unseat it and we had been similarly keen on the original HTC One last year.
The HTC One M8 is not excellent though, there is all the time room for improvement and technology has moved on because it launched, so with that in mind here is what we wish to see in the HTC One M9.
Lots has been made of the iterative nature of the HTC One M9 — we want look no further than the title. But let dispel the concept that ‘iterative’ is a pejorative and dispense with the cliches: if it ain’t broke do not fix it. With the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8, it was hard to speak about both devices without at least a precursor point out of their superior design and construct. The HTC One M9 is no totally different, mostly picking up where the One M8 left off whereas reaching back to the One M7 for refinement. The HTC One M9 has the grippier really feel of the latter while being as comfy as the previous in hand. Some shall be delay by a sharp edge that replaces the curved design of the One M8, however, we did not take a lot problem with it.
Actually, the average consumer could be exhausting pressed to identify the variations between the One M8 and One M9 in a look. The adjustments actually are subtle ones.
The power button that has been relocated to the aspect of the device below the volume rocker. This makes it extra easily reached than if it has been placed on the highest of the device. However, we still took some difficulty with its placement. The volume rocker has been part into two separate buttons, both pretty close in measurement to the power button. The power button will get a textured finish to make it simpler to feel out, but it is was still simple to search out yourself looking for one button and pressing the other. Maybe it is the positioning of the button under the volume rocker — we would have most popular it either be positioned above or simply on the alternative side of the device.
A one-piece metallic front houses the One M9’s BoomSound audio system, UltraPixel camera, and 5-inch display screen. It is a small touch that will be overlooked by most, but it’s a departure from the One M8. With that model, the speaker grills have been inserted. With the HTC One M9, all the things are machined from a single piece of “jewelry grade” aluminum.
The rear of the device is probably most noticeable altered, ditching the UltraPixel camera in favor of a traditional 20MP sensor now housed in a raised enclosure topped with a piece of durable sapphire glass.
HTC went all in on the construct quality of the One M9, but there was no tradeoff in terms of hardware. The One M9 is a flagship phone in each sense of the phrase, using the newest and best elements to push one seriously powerful device.
HTC One M9 Specs
Processing Qualcomm MDM 8994 Snapdragon 810 RAM 3GB DDR3 Storage 32GB internal, microSD expandable up to 128GB Display 5.0-inch 1080p Super LCD3 Camera 20.7MP rear with dual-LED flash/4MP UltraPixel front-facing Dimensions 5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38″ Weight 5.54 oz.
The 1080p resolution of the One M9’s 5-inch display leaves us a bit of wanting, at least on paper. Whereas different main flagship devices have opted to improve to 2K resolution, HTC has stood pat with a display equivalent to the one featured on final year’s One M8. The factor is, we’d challenge anybody in a blind check to take issue with the One M9’s pixel density. Sure, 1080p lacks the excitement of 2K and looks like an ancient technology in 2015, however once we are dealing with a 5-inch viewing space the difference between the 441 PPI of the One M9 and the 577 PPI of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is negligible.
Then again, the One M9’s LCD3 hardware appeared to lack a little bit of vibrancy and depth and contrast of shade. Blacks might have been blacker. Colors may have popped with more brightness. Maybe this is merely the result of our eyes becoming too accustomed to the often exaggerated color palettes of Super AMOLED shows. Both way, it’s hard to name this a knock on the One M9. Rather, it is extra a problem of private preference.
The One M9 handles its software program with deftness due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 enclosed inside its metallic shell. The octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM makes for one of many fastest Android devices in latest memory. Apps and menus would open so quick that we might often have to attend for the network to catch up, resulting in staring at a fairly a couple of blank windows as data loaded.
Right here’s the catch: it does result on a device that tends to run a little warm when put through its paces.
We first obtained a hint of warmth throughout initial setup whereas downloading and updating dozens of apps from the Google Play Store. The phone’s propensity to double as a radiator was more apparent during heavy gaming sessions. The worst of it appeared to happen when charging the phone. The heat was never so bad as to cause concern, and the device was never too hot to deal with. Actually, there was one thing comforting in regards to the soft warmth.
And sure, the One M9 additionally gets hot whereas running benchmark tests, the outcomes of which are included under for those curious.
HTC’s stereo BoomSound speakers are again, enhanced by Dolby Digital Audio (with two audio profiles: Music and Theater) and providing even louder audio output than the One M8. It is spectacular, to say the least, when it comes to volume, and there’s a shocking amount of depth within the audio reproduction, but finally we’re still dealing a pair of fairly small (though bigger than the common smartphone) speakers packed into a good metal chassis.
BoomSound won’t change a good portable speaker like a Jambox or the Braven BRV-X, but it’s will make due for informal listening at home or in small groups, or when you simply need to enjoy a movie or different video without the necessity to wear headphones.
With the One M9, HTC continues to move towards a software expertise more true to its Android roots — on this case probably the most light-weight version of HTC’s custom Sense UI. Whereas the interface itself depends more heavily on the enhancements inherent in Google’s Android Lollipop OS, HTC has targeted much of their efforts with Sense 7.0.
You get Lollipop standards like a Materials Design base with smooth animations and an emphasis on shade and contrast, sorted by priority and notifications filtered, and improved fast settings together with fast access to a flashlight toggle. However, you also get a little bit of polish from HTC with added perks like the ability to customize, rearrange, and add to the handset’s software navigation buttons. For example, you possibly can take away the multitasking button and replace with one that enables fast entry to device settings, or you possibly can select to have each at the same time.
That camera additionally represents one of the largest hardware departures from last yr’s One model. In 2014, HTC was desperate to abandon the megapixel battle in favor of their UltraPixel sensor, a camera designed to carry out well by itself merits regardless of a deceptively low megapixel rely on. With the One M9, however, HTC returns to a conventional sensor within the hopes that megapixels promote, and we have bought 20 of them right here.
Unfortunately, this camera is among the extra disappointing features of the new One. It is not outright horrible, and in the appropriate situations it’s able to producing some beautiful shots, but it surely struggles in low light situations and images can often seem uninteresting or grainy.
The one thing HTC’s camera does have going for its a fairly slick software interface. Swiping up or down on the display screen will cycle by photo modes together with panorama and the front-facing camera. Tapping on a selected a part of the image will focus. And whereas these features make it straightforward to jump right in and snap some shots, the true power of the camera is its big selection of manual adjustments, which embrace white balance, ISO, and different settings usually found on “pro” camera rigs. Utilizing these settings we have been capable of squeeze the most out of the One M9’s underperforming image sensor.
The UltraPixel sensor does return for the One M9’s front-facing shooter, and it makes for a really worthy selfie camera completely capable for late evening group photographs in a dimly lit bar. 4K video support can also be embedded in the HTC One M9 for fans of ultra HD resolution video, nevertheless it’s a far cry from cinema-high quality results.
The 2840mAh battery was strong, providing pretty normal uptime throughout average use. The power cell can conceivably get you through the day with anywhere from 13-15 hours of use earlier than needing to hit the charger. The min. you begin actually pushing that Snapdragon 810 processor things change, nevertheless. Hours of intense gaming or HD video streaming will shortly take their toll on the One M9. In these conditions, you might be fortunate to get 8-10 hours of use.
The good news is the One M9 includes a few options to help you get the most out of your battery. For one, there are the battery saver modes that come stock as a part of Android 5.0. There’s additionally assist for Fast Charge 2.0, which supplies as much as 60% charge in as little as half-hour, however HTC has made the bizarre decision to not include a Quick Charge-compatible wall charger out of the box.
Is the HTC One M9 iterative? Sure. Does it lack the flash of a curved display or fingerprint sensor or different gimmicks found in competing Android flagships? Sure. Is that necessarily a nasty thing? The One M9 places design above all else, and in that respect it could nonetheless be crowned one of the best available on the market. With strong hardware & improved software, the One M9 makes a case for one of the best overall Android device, as nicely.