-Metal unibody design with solid build quality
-Front facing BoomSound speakers
-Quad HD display
-Reliable finger scanner
-Expandable storage
-Great battery life
-Fast and fluid software


-Choppy gaming/multitasking performance
-Camera is unimproved from One M9
-No fast charging

Bottom Line
HTC One M9+

The HTC One M9+ brings to users what many expected from the company's main flagship, with its upgraded Quad HD display and very reliable fingerprint scanner. The somewhat choppy performance when multi-tasking, and more evident issues while gaming means that this high-end device may not be for everyone.

An increasingly prevalent trend in the smartphone world is the introduction of “Plus” smartphones, that typically bring better specifications and more features over what is available with the main flagship from the OEM. And that can be disappointing for consumers that have already committed to the latter. To the dismay of many, HTC has done exactly that with its flagship One M9, adding a few key enhancements that should have actually been there with the original and releasing the One M9+.

Can this latest high-end offering from HTC be considered the company’s true flagship? We find out, in this comprehensive HTC One M9+ review!


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The HTC One M9+ is essentially a larger version of its flagship, with a few minor, but noticeable, tweaks. With the 0.2-inch bump in the display size, the M9+ is understandably taller and wider than the One M9, and the rear camera has been redesigned to a circular shape, compared to the rounded square seen with the original. The more prominent difference comes up front though, with the speaker grill below the display being split to accommodate a fingerprint sensor.

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Otherwise, the device still features the same full metal unibody construction, with the build quality that we’ve come expect from HTC. The corners are rounded off, and the tapered back allows for the phone to sit nicely in the hand. The One M9+ is not drastically bigger than the One M9, and is still fairly easy to use in one hand, and will still be within the realm of what most people consider a “normal” sized phone. The metal ridge design that goes around the perimeter of the phone provides for a much better grip as well. The full metal body means that it still isn’t the easiest phone to hold onto, but by no means will you ever feel worried about the phone slipping out of your hands.

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Going around the device, the power button is placed on the right side just below the volume rocker, which is a definite improvement over previous One series smartphones. As is the case with the regular One M9 though, the placement of the power button is a tad too low, which makes it somewhat difficult to reach. That said, the double tap to wake feature is also available with the One M9+, and you won’t be needing to reach the power button all that often anyway. Of course, now there is also the added benefit of unlocking the device and going straight into the home screen by using the fingerprint scanner. The rest of the buttons and ports are in their usual locations, with a large black strip up top for the IR blaster, with the headphone jack and microUSB port at the bottom, and the SIM card tray on the left. Finally, HTC’s tried and true BoomSound speakers return up front, and for better or worse, the infamous black HTC bar still resides below the display.


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The improvements over the smaller namesake start with the display, with the One M9+ featuring a 5.2-inch Super LCD3 with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 565 ppi. The bump is resolution does result in a far sharper screen, although some people will argue that the difference isn’t easily noticeable. Regardless, HTC has delivered another fantastic looking display with the One M9+, putting this flagship at par with the competition.

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The blacks may not be as deep in comparison to the AMOLEDs of the world, but that isn’t surprising with an LCD screen. The screen overall is bright, vivid, with great viewing angles and a brightness that allows for comfortable outdoor viewing. There is a slight bias towards a warmer color tone though, that gives off a slightly yellowish hue sometimes, but otherwise, this display is an absolute pleasure to use in everyday tasks or for media consumption.


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Another major change with the M9+ comes in the processor, but in this case, it does unfortunately prove to be a step back. Under the hood, the device packs an octa-core MediaTek MT6795T processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz, and backed by the PowerVR G6200 and 3 GB of RAM. In general everyday use, like navigating through the various elements of the UI and opening applications, the One M9+ provides a very fluid and responsive experience. It’s with multi-tasking that mixed results are seen. While switching back and forth between applications can be smooth and snappy sometimes, there are instances where there is a lot of stutter in the animations, and significant delays in the load times between apps.

The dip in performance is far more noticeable when it comes to gaming though, which really raises questions with regards to HTC’s decision to go with a MediaTek processor. Graphic-intensive games like Modern Combat 5 can run smoothly at times, but there is too much action on the screen, the frame rate drops significantly, resulting in very choppy gameplay. Games like Mortal Kombat X are a little too much for the One M9+ to handle, and even simpler games like Clash of Clans fail to run at a consistent frame. This could be due to a lack of optimization for the MediaTek processor, but is still a huge letdown for anyone that enjoys gaming on their phone.


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One aspect of the hardware that enhances the media consumption and gaming experience in general is with HTC’s signature front-facing BoomSound speakers. They are still the loudest and most crisp sounding speakers on any smartphone, unrivaled by anyone. With Dolby audio enhancements, you can easily toggle between a theater mode for a surround sound effect, and a music mode for a more flatter sound.

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The bottom speaker has undergone a slight makeover with a separation in the grill to make way for the fingerprint scanner. The process of setting up the scanner is very similar to both Apple and Samsung’s implementation, that requires a series of repeated presses to accurately record your fingerprint. Up to 5 fingerprints can be stored at one time, and once set up, the sensor works surprisingly well. Using the fingerprint scanner unlocks the phone almost instantaneously the majority of the time, and easily rivals the scanners found on the latest Apple and Samsung devices. While you are able to use the scanner as a dedicated home button, it is actually not a real tactile button, and functions more like a capacitive key.

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32 GB of on-board storage is available with the One M9+, and for those that do need more, the storage is further expandable via microSD card by up to 128 GB. The device also comes with the usual suite of connectivity and sensor options.

The HTC One M9+ comes with a non-removable 2,840 mAh battery that has proved to be quite good. The battery lasts from anywhere between 14 and 16 hours with normal usage, which should be more than enough for most people to get through a full day. With heavy usage, that involved lots of gaming and taking pictures, that number does dip considerably though, down to around 10 to 11 hours.

Exact screen-on times can’t be provided because for some reason, HTC has made determining that number very difficult. What can be said is that there was never a issue with getting through a full day unless you really put the device through its paces, and that did result in needing to reach for the charger in the middle of the day. The use of a MediaTek processor means that the One M9+ doesn’t come with any fast charging capabilities though, which would have been nice, but isn’t exactly a deal breaker.


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HTC brings back the Duo Camera setup of the One M8 with the One M9+, allowing for the camera to refocus shots after the fact, but considering that many smartphone cameras can achieve the same effect with only one sensor, the re-introduction of the Duo Camera becomes a rather questionable choice. The main camera is still the same 20 MP shooter from the One M9, and a 4 MP UltraPixel camera is once again found up front for some high quality selfies.

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The camera application continues to be minimalistic, with quick toggles to easily switch between the front camera and rear camera, and the ability to take a panorama shot simply by swiping on the viewfinder, or tapping the button on the bottom right. Photo Booth and Split Capture are also available for those you want it. The rest of the camera settings are hidden in the overflow menu, which keeps the interface from getting cluttered, but does result in getting to modes like HDR and manual requiring a few more steps than is necessary. The most notable difference with the camera UI is the addition of the Duo Camera toggle to quickly switch between duo capture and standard high resolution shots.

The Duo Camera works just like it is supposed to, but for best results, you’ll need to make sure that there is a clear subject of focus and a clear background, or the refocusing may not look very convincing. The biggest caveat to using this setup is that photos are capped at 4 MP, so there’s not a whole lot of room to work with if you’re planning to crop.

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When shooting in the normal full resolution, there is plenty of detail in the shots, especially when you’re working with 20 MP, but considering that this the same sensor and software, the One M9+ faces a lot of the issues that plagued the camera experience of the One M9. Good looking shots are possible with the right lighting conditions, but the main problem here is its lack of dynamic range and the way it handles exposure. The exposure can be adjusted by tapping anywhere on the viewfinder, which is a very simple and easy implementation, but even a tiny change in the place you tap will result in major swings in the exposure, leading to two completely different looking photos as a result. HDR does help improve the situation, but with several seconds of processing time between each shot, it’s not always the most practical solution.

The situation doesn’t get much better in low light conditions, and without OIS, it becomes extremely difficult to get a clear shot, especially when the shutter has to to stay open longer to try and capture more detail. At higher ISOs, pictures quickly become filled with noise, which is expected, but results in soft images with very little color. This just goes to show that it isn’t all about just the megapixel count, and it is very evident that this camera is still suffering from the same problems as those seen on the One M9.


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On the software side of things, the HTC One M9+ is running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, with the HTC Sense 7 UI on top. The user interface retains everything that many have come to know and love about HTC Sense from previous iterations, and adds a few key features that were first introduced with the One M9. The interface is still fast and fluid, and there are of course the now familiar elements like the vertical scrolling app drawer and Blinkfeed, which now also shows restaurant recommendations during meal times (which can also show on your lock screen if you so choose).

All of the motion launch gestures that make accessing certain functions of the phone a lot faster are still available, including double tap to wake, swipe up to unlock from a sleep state, directly access BlinkFeed, and quickly launch the camera app just by picking the device up in the landscape orientation and tapping the volume down button.

New features introduced with Sense 7 include the addition of the home widget and a themes engine. The home widget aggregates a selection of applications that will be most useful to you, changing according to your location. Also available is a folder that houses the recently downloaded applications, and there is also a list of recommended apps that will appear alongside it. This feature can certainly be useful for some, but can also be removed easily if you don’t find a need for it.

On the other hand, the new themes engine is one of the best additions to HTC Sense, and even though the default UI does look great, it is always nice to have a change of scenery. The themes engine is still relatively new, but there’s already numerous options to choose from, that allow you to change virtually everything at the click of a button, including the wallpaper, icons, sounds, fonts, and even the general system UI elements. You can even create your own theme by selecting a wallpaper or photo of your choice, and the theme engine will automatically build one for you; but you also have more granular control features at your disposal, to get it to look exactly the way you want it.


Display5.2-inch Super LCD3
2560 x 1440 resolution, 565 ppi
Processor2.2 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6795T processor
PowerVR G6200 GPU
Storage32 GB, expandable via microSD card by up to 128 GB
CameraDuo Camera (20 MP + 2.1 MP) with dual LED flash
4 MP Ultrapixel front-facing camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1
microUSB 3.0
Battery2,840 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 5.0.2 Lollipop
Dimensions151 x 72 x 9.6 mm
168 grams
ColorsGunmetal gray, silver gold


Pricing and final thoughts

The HTC One M9+ is already available in markets like China and India, and has recently become available on Amazon for purchase in the US, with a price tag of around $710, which does fluctuate though. Available color options include gunmetal and silver gold. Keep in mind that, since it is a GSM version, it is compatible only with the AT&T and T-Mobile network in the US.

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So there you have it for this in-depth look at the HTC One M9+! With such a high price tag, the device will be going up against some stiff competition in the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and even the HTC One M9 itself. If you’re confused between the One M9+ and its smaller sibling, the choice you have to make is with regards to how important a Quad HD display and fingerprint scanner are to you, and if they are worth the price. While these features are great to have, One M9 owners shouldn’t feel like they’ve been cheated, because the One M9+ is not without its shortcomings, particularly with regards to performance.

  • nebulaoperator

    “-Camera is unimproved from One M9″
    If I could compare HTC to a specific psychological condition it would be :” Masochist. Pronounced: mass-ah-kist. The adjective form is masochistic. The technical definition is: one who derives pleasure, esp. sexual gratification, from ones own pain or humiliation.” Genius!

    • Xchris

      Yet they still give it 7.9? The camera is great for your Information. Easily deserves 8.5

      • nebulaoperator

        Excitingly the only thing that comes to my mind is : TROLL

        • Xchris

          Grow up.

          • nebulaoperator

            Get life TROLLO

          • Xchris

            What part of me expressing an opinion on a device that I own makes me a troll? You don’t own this phone and you are expressing opinions that I disagree with. If you have a problem with that then I suggest you take my earlier advice and grow up you immature little prick. Goodbye

          • nebulaoperator

            How do you now I don’t own or owned this phone?! Your whole emotional magnitude is based on the fact my views don’t comfort or fits your views which are clouded by unfortunate fanboyism. I am sort of fan of HTC I had M7 which was one of the greatest Android phones apart form camera and my brother owns M9. M9 camera sucks. Go to xda forums and spend some days reading 181 page about camera samples. Real world experience NOT some biased blog or website. Camera suffers from poor dynamic range, poor colour reproduction ( filter alike green-yellow tint) tendency to smudge low light images . http://forum.xda-developers.com/one-m9/general/pictures-m9-t3044267/page181
            HTC deserves a slap on the face for crippling rather great smartphone.

          • Xchris

            Yes I am fully aware of Xda. In fact I regularly post to that debate. If you had read the most recent posts you would be aware that tint was resolved in the 4.1 update and low light performance is also massively improved. Take a look at the latest images and check out the m9 groups on Flickr. Those photos are not taken by chance. General point and shoot in daylight is awesome now. I reserve raw for low light and again the results are superb. As for colour representation I would say that the m9 is more accurate than many other flagships. That is why I rate the camera. I think based on our conversations it is clear that neither of us is a troll so apologies for getting annoyed.

          • nebulaoperator

            OK. What’s your nick on xda? Can you link me to the images that you claim M9 colour reproduction is more accurate than many others? And what flagships do you have in mind? My apologies too for labelling .
            As for now Looking at the last 20 pages on xda I don’t see significant evident M9 is better than S6 G4 or Iph6. Images still have poor colour reproduction. Some famous light spill. But for once I can say that tendency to overexpose gets under control, it just feels a tad dim now.

    • Elegant Young Gentleman

      Or as my mother would say, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing an expecting different results”.

      • nebulaoperator

        Awesome saying!

  • bonebeatz

    Htc just won’t learn almost had a winner again another epic fail.

    • Elegant Young Gentleman

      Nope they won’t. They have the worst marketing team too.

  • ♪ ᵊᵓᵄ

    Thanks for the review, I gladly accept this phone as my next phone for the next perhaps 5 years or until it breaks just like how I used my last one. I’m getting one tomorrow. Wheeeeee~

  • Eccentric Nafi

    looks like a joke phone for that price….eh 37000 antutu benchmark in 2015 and still they call it a flagship?crap for camera.gs6 and lg g4 costs 120 bucks less than this

    • Marc Perrusquia

      People that still use benchmarks as indicators of real life performance just crack me up.

      • Fifth313ment

        Well considering my Note 3 stock with Lollipop scores 44649 while this brand new mid-2015 phone only gets 37539?! I would say that is a huge difference for a 2013 vs 2015 phone, don’t you think? And the reviewers said they had issues so that it real world performance. I care for a mix of real world and benchmarks as they both need to be taken into account. Why spend so much on this phone when you could get the LG G3 which is a much better phone at $300 new (UNLOCKED EVEN) while this POS is $710 WTF?!

        • Veteater

          I’ve actually looked around at other websites where the reviews had a 50000 antutu score as opposed to this. The reason for the lowball antutu score is due to only testing once in opposition to testing many times and collecting the average of the data. Again, upper 40s to lower 50s is typically what I see. But benchmarks are not the most indicative measure of performance. IE: The lg g4 benchmarks worse than the Samsung Galaxy s6 but whenever I use one the experience I get is much more fluid than the Samsung Galaxy s6, because of the horrifying UI Samsung uses, touchwiz. Benchmarks are never indicative of real life performance.

          • Veteater

            Also this review is inaccurate in some areas. This phone is somewhat like the droid DNA at the end of 2012. The camera was awful, performance was not the best in the class, battery life was abysmal, the gpu (CPU back then too) could not handle the 1080p display well, but hey it looked nice; it had a good screen. This phone is almost exactly like the droid DNA of its time. Back to 2012 htc goes. Bummer.

          • Fifth313ment

            HTC never learns. They haven’t been the same since the OG EVO 4G! That phone rocked because they listened to consumers. Now HTC does as little as possible which is why they have three years of flagships that look identical to 90% of consumers (hell I do this for a living and I can’t tell them apart sometimes). I love the front facing speakers which I have no idea why other companies like Samsung haven’t followed suit yet? But no fingerprint reader? No OIS camera? No wireless charging? No 2k screen? How the hell do you think you can compare when you have NONE of the bullet points of the other top manufacturers? I used to be a HTC fanboy as I loved Sense OS. But once they did away with removable batteries and microSD cards I left, just as I’m doing now with Samsung…

          • Fifth313ment

            50k is still pretty bad when my Note 3 is pulling 45k from 2013. The S6 pulls up to 70k, HTC M9 56K, LG G4 (HEX CORE) also pulls 50k. I’m not spending $700-900 on a computer (mini phone computer) to see it pull results as fast as my two year old one in my pocket. If that is the case I’ll keep it for another year.

            I agree benchmarks are not the only aspect of a review to look at but they are a big portion in my book. I love to play games and benchmarks will definitely tell you where the phone stands while playing your fav new game on Android. Day to day tasks are better suited to real world tests though, agreed.

            I’m really looking at the LG G Pro 3 as I want a large screen phone but with a microSD and removable battery. The Note series is great but I’m not giving them money to be an iPhone clone…

      • Eccentric Nafi

        ha ha… whats ‘real life’ performance? whizzing through apps,multitasks,smooth animation and gpu render,huh?well all of these are tested in benchmark.So yes benchmark matters.For example nexus 9 tablet has 59000 antutu score and it kills anything beneath that in multitasking and gaming.Moreover htc’s infamous camera,using toshiba’s mediocre sensor,housing midranger cpu and gpu spawned a crappy phone that nobody buys.They lost shitload of money on m9

      • Svnjay

        Well the benchmarks prove the crappy game performance. It’s well known that MediaTek SoCs have crap GPUs.

        • Adarsh Pandey

          They have false benchmarks I he the phone for 2 months and now the benchmarks are 49000+ earlier it came about 54500

      • MSi

        I agree with you. but it seems that the true antutu benchmark score is 48107, not 37000

    • Adarsh Pandey

      Dude these guys have got something wrong I have the phone for 2 months now and my benchmarks are 49000+ no BTW benchmarks don’t matter but there was no lag in any game also

  • Peter Mulders

    Since it uses a MediaTek processor, is overheating an issue?

    • Veteater

      Nah, this phone shouldn’t overheat unlike this phone’s little brother, the m9. But even though some versions of the 810 do overheat and throttle like crazy,not all 810 phones overheat. There is this trio of phones called the letv le1, letv le1 pro, and letv le1 max. The pro and max models have snapdragon 810s, and yet every review I have read/ hands on said that the phone got a bit warm when doing intense gaming for awhile but did so like a normal phone, and was never uncomfortable to use/ overheating, and it didn’t have to throttle like most phones with the 810. And normally geekbench and antutu show scores of around 3600 and 55000 respectively, the le 1 pro and le 1 max get scores of around 3900-4400 on geekbench 3 and around 60000-62000 on antutu and manage to maintain similar scores throughout testing as opposed to dropping significantly after the first few tests. So that proves that not everything with 810 written on it overheats. If you don’t mind downloading a third party UI like nova launcher, then I suggest you go to http://www.oppomart.com (they sell unlocked phones that can be used worldwide[depending on the bands the manufacturers equipped it with], and you will find the letv le 1 pro has a price tag of $499. The thing has all of the features that one would expect from a flagship, for $200 less than most other mainstream flagships.

      • Peter Mulders

        Point is, I already have an M9 and sometimes I burn my fingers on it. I don’t want to sell it and buy something different, I was just curious. I love HTC Sense and aluminium body too much to buy something else.

  • Naail Zahid

    The most ridiculous review I’ve read. I’m using the m9 plus right now and I have yet to see any lag or gaming issue.

    • JGaLaXY


      • Naail Zahid

        Camera is not as bad as they make it out to be, especially after the recent updates to the htc camera.

        • Eccentric Nafi

          its not bad but no where close to gs6 or my n4.so its overpriced

          • Naail Zahid

            Lol nexus 4 has the worst camera. You have got to be kidding me. Maybe troll someone else?

          • Eccentric Nafi

            i meant note 4 you shit for brain.who uses nexus 4 now anyway

          • Naail Zahid

            Cool story dumb ass

  • JGaLaXY

    $740…still crappy camera…no bueno, id rather get a s6, that’s how important the camera is to me even though I want a 5.5…

  • Xchris

    Well congratulations. How on earth did you manage to take such a bad low light photo? I’ve never been able to take such a poor photo, even with the old firmware. Also why are you using tap to focus. Auto focus works just fine and HTC say only use tap to focus for special circumstances.

  • Xchris

    So the m9 scored 8.5, that’s with the original firmware. The m9 plus adds a new screen, uses a different chip, has the improved firmware (or should do for this review), which provides better battery life and a much improved camera, adds a fingerprint scanner and the score is 8.6. Where is the consistency in reviews?

  • Adarsh Pandey

    Hey I have bought the m9+ approx 2months ago in India it was cheaper than the g4. But my device performs contrary to yours . It is fast responsive and really good the benchmarks were about 55,000 but when I tested it again today it came about 49000. I played Nova3 not it ran as good as it runs on the s6 or g4.
    Yeah the cam was an issue but not as bad as yours…. So plz look to it. Here are some screenshots.

  • Noel

    The rumored Nexus 5 2015 edition just posted a smashing anTuTu score of 85530…i smell a QSD820 on this baby. Even though benchmarks are not an indication of a device overall performance…it shows the raw power the device possesses which could be harnessed to accomplish a myriad of tasks. Sitting here licking my chops and hoping that this new Nexus come with a power plant greater than the rumored 2700mAh…hopefully something more like 3500+mAh.

  • Elegant Young Gentleman

    Those test pictures are embarrassing!

    I love HTC (M8 owner here) but in order to compete with the latest flagship phones you need a decent camera. If they don’t do this on the M9 replacement they are doomed.

  • maroon1

    Even snapdragon 808 is better this mediatek crap

  • Islam

    is HTC one m9+ (plus) battery better then m9 and m8?
    does M9+ (plus) overheat like m9?

  • Adi R

    Yesterday I brought it. Its look good.. but I am not satisfied with performance.

    Need to Fix these 3… Low Battery backup, Heating, Gaming performance

    Sound quality good, Internet browsing ok

    I wouldn’t recommend it

  • Rose

    I was looking to upgrade my phone from HTC One m7, M8 I didn’t like the design with duo camera, M9 creapy camera design. I would have bought this phone only if they hv added OIS,, i hate the duo camera feature. It looks very odd from back.

  • Adam Tykr

    I have been using HTC One M9 Plus phone for over two weeks now and it’s really a beautiful phone with a comfortable grip. This phone has many superb features like good camera, decent speakers with good quality. This phone also contains enhanced security feature which is really great.
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  • Samir Shaikh



    The most ridiculous review . I’m using the HTC ONE M9 Plus right now and I have yet to see any lag or gaming issues.Please make a latest review


    The most ridiculous review . I’m using the HTC ONE M9 Plus right now and I have yet not seen any lag or gaming issues.Camera is not as bad as they say.Please make a latest review.


    The most ridiculous review . I’m using the HTC ONE M9 Plus right now and I have yet not seen any lag or gaming issues.Camera is not as bad as they say.Please make a latest review.


    The most ridiculous review . I’m using the HTC ONE M9 Plus right now and I have yet not seen any lag or gaming issues.Camera is not as bad as they say.Please make a latest review.

  • light767

    I can’t find the date of when this review has been written, probably 9 months ago anyway I have just purchased an HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition, which is like the M9+ with a different camera, the chip is the same mediatek. Well, as for 2 days of usage, I can say that It doesn’t perform so bad as you say in the review, the system is very fluid and I can do a lot of multitasking. I’m not a phone gamer anyway I wanted to give a try to the games you have listed here so I tried some games like Modern Combat 5 (I have just played the start missions), nitro nation, GT Racing 2 and and I haven’t seen any poor fps at all. I have also tried Mortal Combat X that maybe it has some slight fps drop but nothing huge.

    What otherwise concerm me is battery life which is not that great but I think that just a so big screen consume a lot of power. Also charging time are slow, because the charger that comes with the phone has a 1.5A output, maybe it would interesting to see if a 2.0A (still 5V) charger can be used.