HTC One M9(s) has sapphire glass rear camera, MediaTek SoC, 2GB RAM

by: Matthew BensonNovember 18, 2015
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HTC M9(s)

HTC apparently has a new variant of its flagship One M9 coming soon, called the One M9(s). The device makes use of some markedly different specs from the original product despite looking remarkably similar. The key is in the specifics, however, as the device has made some change-ups, namely a fresh new sapphire glass coating for the rear camera and different internals from the earlier flagship. It will launch in Taiwan on November 21st.

The HTC One M9(s) will ship with a 5-inch Full HD display, a 2.2GHz 64-Bit Octa Core MediaTek Helio X10 SoC with PowerVR G6200 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel f/2.0 BSI rear camera with sapphire cover, and a 4-UltraPixel f/2.0 front camera with Flash and Dual-LED. It will have a 2840mAh battery, and support both NFC and microSD.

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The spec listing also makes note of a “Sensor Hub,” however, it is currently unclear as to if this refers to a Nexus 6P/5X-type deal or else something different entirely. Curiously missing is any indication of what Android build will be present, or the fingerprint sensor included on the M9+.

The M9(s) will be made of dual-layer double-anodized aluminum and is currently up for pre-order in Taiwan where it is going to retail for NT $12,900, or roughly $393.

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What do you think? Clearly HTC decided to change from a Snapdragon 810 SoC to a MediaTek, as well as decrease the RAM from 3GB to 2GB, however there is a lower price point in-tow and the presence of scratch resistant sapphire glass for the rear camera is definitely a plus.

  • Evangelos Aktoudianakis

    I feel that it’s too late to do this now, in the eve of the 820 and the new Samsung processors.
    I’m still unsure as to why they’d ship it with less RAM. In fact, I am not sure about what HTC is doing overall as of late.

    • mrjayviper

      are you from Taiwan because otherwise, you’re not the target market. Looking at your surname, you’re most likely from EU.

      • Evangelos Aktoudianakis

        Sorry, I didn’t notice that part (Somehow…Yes. I can be pretty daft :/) . Still I don’t understand why they would do that.

  • Svnjay

    How many variants of the M9 is HTC going to release?

    • Kevin Doran

      Is this not only the second variation (including the original)? They didn’t make a mini and the A9 is a different family.

      Kevin.

    • aaloo

      10 less than the galaxy variants :)

  • Mike Bastable

    Like a headless chicken running around

  • Javid Nazim Mammadov

    M9 also had sapphire on rear cam

  • Jesus

    Mediatek? Cost cutting…

  • Raul Serrano

    take my money know!!! processor barely make a difference in real life.