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HTC had a rocky start as a mobile manufacturer, but in the last couple of years they’ve released some very good flagship models indeed. And the new HTC One M9 is yet another in their line of awesome devices. With all the internal power you could need, plus an improved camera and even better looking design than ever, the M9 is a great upgrade.
What should you be looking forward to? Those Boomsound speakers complete with Dolby sound, the excellent cameras, and, of course, the beautiful design that is becoming HTC’s trade mark. There’s a lot of competition at the top end of the mobile market these days, but with the One M9 HTC show that they’ve really got what it takes to create one of the best mobile devices around.
The HTC One M9 looks a little different from the older M8. The back panel is still curved to sit comfortably in the hand, but the sharper, better defined edges make the M9 seem less slippery than the older model. The addition of a scratch resistant coating on the (non removable) back panel is also a good thing, and should prevent a lot of every day wear and tear on the phone.
Under that glossy exterior there are some impressive internals. No, there hasn’t been a huge upgrade from the M8, but there’s just enough extra power to make the upgrade worth it. You’ll be getting some hefty processing power, as well as some nice additions, such as the far superior camera featured on the M9.
HTC have begun to make a name for themselves as the high end phone manufacturer, and the all new One M9 is exactly what we’d expect to see from them at this point. It’s top of the line, with awesome specs, fantastic performance, and a truly stunning design profile. If you want a premium mobile, then it’s got to be the HTC One M9.
At the heart of the One M9 is octo core processing power. That’s two quad core processors running side by side, a 2.0 GHz model and a 1.5 GHz model. Add into that mix a whole 3 GB of RAM and you’re looking at a phone that’s not only fast and extremely responsive, but that’s also perfect for multi tasking and running simultaneous processes.
Like the M8 before it the One M9 is an Android device. It’s running the all new Android 5.0 Lollipop right our of the box. With 5.0 you’re getting more stability and security, but you’re also getting some nice new features, such as the ability to have two profiles on your phone (business and personal). Plus, of course, it’s fully customisable and very intuitive.
Performance wise the One M9 is a workhorse. It’s one of the fastest phones around, and running CPU intensive processes such as photo or video editing, or even high end game playing, is a cinch. The M9 has more than enough power, even for the hard core phone user, and there’s not a hint of lag no matter how many apps you’re running.
The screen on the M9 is the one thing that really hasn’t changed at all from the M8. But then, if you do something right the first time, why change it? It’s a full five inch display, so there’s plenty of room for on screen typing and watching video, yet the phone is still small enough to slide into a pocket, unlike larger screened phablet devices.
Resolution wise you’re looking at 1080 x 1920 pixels, giving you around 441 PPI. That’s not 4K resolution, but lines are still sharp and defined. It’s also an LCD3 screen, so colour reproduction is great too. We’ll be honest and say these aren’t the best screen specs around, but picture quality on the M9 is great, and it’s tough to criticise it, even when the M9 is side by side with a higher resolution device.
There’s not a hint of pixelisation on the M9’s screen, and that’s what really counts. Pictures are clear and well defined, as well as being bright. If you’re looking for a great screen, this is one, whatever the numbers are saying.
HTC have a bad reputation when it comes to cameras, but it looks like they’ve finally bowed to pressure and focussed more on giving their flagship the kind of cameras we’d expect to see on a high end phone. The front facing cam is a 4 MP device, so selfies and video chat are great quality. But the big difference lies in the rear camera.
At the back there is a full 20.7 MP camera, finally. That means lots of detail, and smooth, defined photos. There’s also a dual LED flash, for better colour reproduction in low light, as well as HDR, auto focus, panorama and face recognition. Plus, the rear video camera can record in 4K, and can simultaneously record video whilst taking pictures.
Serious photographers might be tempted to skip an HTC phone, but it’s time to give the manufacturer another chance. The cameras on the One M9 are more than competitive with other high end phones, and you’ll be taking some awesome pics with this mobile.
There are bunches of features on the One M9, but there are a few that deserve special mention. The M9 is equipped with NFC, which is becoming more and more necessary as digital wallets and payment systems become more popular in the UK.
But it’s the speakers that are the real high point here. Like many of their past models, HTC have included Boomsound speakers, though this time we’re getting Dolby sound as well. That means exceptional sound quality, and the M9 really does have some of the best sound of any mobile, whether that’s through speakers or through headphones.
Finally, although the M9 isn’t equipped with wireless charging, which is becoming more usual for high end phones, that might not be a problem. Firstly because the M9 does have a larger battery, promising around twenty hours of talk time. And secondly because it has fast charge technology, that can charge the phone up to 60% in just thirty minutes.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm (5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 in)|
|Weight||157 g (5.54 oz)|
|Type||Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|- HTC Sense UI 7.0|
|OS||Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||20.7 MP, 5376 x 3752 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Automatic simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.|
|Secondary Camera||4 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, apt-X|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3.0 TV-out), USB Host|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|- Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)|
|- Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player|
|- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player|
|- Document editor|
|- Photo/video editor|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 391 h (2G) / Up to 402 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 25 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 21 h 50 min (3G)|
HTC are renowned for their style, and the One M9 is definitely a good looking beast of a phone. More than that though it’s also a powerful performer. Camera specs are a huge improvement on the M9, and that fast charge tech is a boon too. For high end phone fans the One M9 is going to be a joy to use.
You will, of course, be getting all the normal connectivity options: 4G, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. The M9 does have 32 GB of internal memory built in. However, there is also an SD card slot, so you can add up to 128 GB more storage, which should be more than enough for anyone.
So, any complaints about the M9? We would like to see a higher definition screen, but honestly, we found it tough to see a difference between the M9 and other phones in reality. The battery is non removable, which we don’t love, but we can deal with. On the whole, the M9 is a great little device, and one that’s more than worthy of its flagship title. If you want an awesome phone that’s also very good looking, check out the HTC One M9!
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.