HTC has launched a new device that most people reading this won’t have the chance to buy. The HTC One M9+ is a larger variation on the One M9 that’s only going to be sold in Asia and after going hands on, I have to say, it’s a real shame.
The HTC One M9+ is part midrange phone part premium handset, it’s build is 100% luxury but under the hood it’s running a MediaTek Helio X10 processor at 2.2Ghz with 3GB of RAM. This is a 64 bit SOC that isn’t going to be taking on the Snapdragon 810 or 808, but it’s not a slouch in terms of over all performance.
The biggest difference between the M9 and M9+ is the display which is a larger 5.2 inches and sporting a 2K (1440 x 2560) resolution. The other big visual difference is that on the the rear we’ve got a 20MP camera with a secondary depth sensing shooter. Think the M8 and M9 had a love child with slightly better camera performance. On the front we have a 4MP Ultra Pixel Camera, we test both out in the challenging lighting conditions at the Taipei launch of the Smartphone. The conditions were’n’t exactly ideal, both photos were noisy but the rear camera showed decent detail, though was pretty slow to respond. When you put it up against the competition, it’s hard to see that the M9 or M9+ are in the same flagship class since the G4 and S6 have such banging camera’s.
One thing we expected to be a little bigger was the battery which is 2840mAh, with the slightly larger display and 2K display we would have liked to see something over 3000. The other flaw that still plagues the One series is that on screen buttons which add to the over all length of the device, we would like to see the buttons beside the logo on the front of the handset. What we can’t fault at all is the inclusion of the finger print sensor, we thought that should have made it onto the One M9.
The HTC One M9+ measures 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61mm and weighs in at 168 grams. It comes sporting 4G/LTE Bluetooth 4.1, DLNA, HDMI MHL 2.0, NFC, CIR, MicroUSB 2.0 and BoomSound with Dolby Audio.
With the two tone metal finish we can see why the HTC One M9+ is carrying such an expensive price tag at 23,900NT ($780USD). We do expect that the price will drop but one thing is clear, MediaTek is officially in a very high-end device with a luxury price tag to match.
So…What do you guys think? Should they have done a global launch? Would you pick up with larger versions of the M9 with a finger print reader?