The HTC One M9+ has been going around the world for some time. It was first launched in Asia last April, and we even saw it come to the USA via major retailers, but our friends from Europe have been missing out on the action. Today HTC Europe blesses its fans with great news, letting them now the HTC One M9+ is finally being launched across the continent.
HTC One M9+ specs
- 5.2-inch Super LCD 3 2560x1440p display
- 2.2 GHz octa-core MediaTek X 10 Helio processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of internal storage
- Duo camera (20 MP + 2.1 MP
- 4 MP UltraPixel front-facing camera
- 2840 mAh battery
- 151 x 72 x 9.6 mm, 168 grams
The HTC One M9+ may look similar to the flagship HTC One M9, but inside they are actually quite different. For starters, the processors are worlds apart. The One M9 uses a Snapdragon 810, while this phone carries a MediaTek X10 Helio. MediaTek is not exactly known for making the best chips, but they went above our expectations when we reviewed this handset. This is, after all, one of MediaTek’s best SoCs.[related_videos align=”center” type=”custom” videos=”624837,600423,596131″]
It worked perfectly with regular usage, though we did notice a dip in performance when gaming. Quite a bummer, but I like to think this is more than about a single phone. MediaTek has been doing wonders, and are starting to grow by entering the high-end market. HTC taking a leap of faith on the company is a victory, and it says much about MediaTek, a processor manufacturer I personally believe we will be seeing a lot from in the future… even in the USA.
Another major difference is the choice of cameras. The One M9+ comes with that dual-camera set up we saw on the One M8. This technology proved to be unsuccessful attracting the masses, but we know some of you still loved the effects this set-up made possible, such as blurring out the background in your images. I must say I impressed a friend or two with it.
We can’t forget about the display! This is likely one of the things you will be most excited about. This handset sports a 5.2-inch QHD (2560x1440p) display, which is a huge upgrade in terms of resolution, when compared to the M9’s 1080p panel. Oh, and if you are a fan of fingerprint readers, the One M9+ has one of those too.
Aside from these changes, the HTC One M9+ is pretty much the same as the HTC One M9, which is definitely a good thing. This new smartphone benefits from the stunning metal design and unbeatable build quality HTC users have grown to love so much.
Pricing and availability
Sadly, we can’t tell you much about the HTC One M9+’s price and release dates in Europe, as this will be based on a market-by-market basis. The phone currently costs about $700 in the USA, though. We can’t imagine pricing will differ too much on your side of the world.
How many of our European readers are signing up for an HTC One M9+? Make sure to read our full review on the phone to get all the details before you fork out all that cash!