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HTC One M9+ and One E9+ land in the US via Amazon
Although HTC has no plans to sells its increasingly wide range of One smartphones outside of Asia, third party Amazon retailers have taken the job upon themselves to bring the One M9+ and One E9+ to the shores of US.
The two handsets caused a bit of a stir following their launch, as they were first HTC models equipped with a QHD (2560×1440) display, besting the One M9 flagship’s more standard 1080p resolution. A fingerprint scanner also debuted on the One M9+. There are a couple of other hardware differences too, so here’s a quick recap of the specifications.
The One M9+ features a 5.2-inch QHD display, 2.2GHz octo-core MediaTek X10 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with support for a microSD card, a fingerprint scanner, a Duo 20.7MP rear camera and 4MP Ultrapixel front facing camera. The M9+ is a feature packed device and comes with quite a hefty price tag of $799 in the US.
The One E9+ is a larger 5.5-inch QHD handset, with the same X10 SoC, 3GB of RAM, same internal memory and front camera setup. Both smartphones also feature dual-SIM compatibility, Boomsound speakers and the usual array of wireless connections. However, this model loses the fingerprint scanner and duo camera configuration, and is also made of plastic rather than metal. Hence it’s cheaper retail price of $499.
A rather large word of caution before you run off to buy the One M9+ or One E9+ though. Neither of the handsets work with LTE in the US, as they are international models that do not support the correct frequency bands. Furthermore, the One M9+ model specifically states that it won’t work on Sprint or Verizon networks at all, but others should be fine.
This might not be a problem if you’re a regular international traveller. Otherwise, it is certainly worth cross checking your carrier and the handset’s supported network bands, which can be found on the official specification pages for the M9+ and E9+.
If that hasn’t put you off, here is the list of available products:
- One M9+ gunmetal grey – $799
- One M9+ silver gold – $799
- One E9+ grey – $499
- One E9+ rose white – $499
Are there any takers out there?