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HTC One M9 Plus announced: 5.2” Quad HD screen, fingerprint scanner and the return of Duo Camera

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HTC One M9 Plus announced: 5.2” Quad HD screen, fingerprint scanner and the return of Duo Camera

Just weeks after the official unveiling of the HTC One M9, HTC has just officially lifted the cover off its new HTC One M9 Plus, a slightly larger phone with a nearly identical, beautiful unibody metal design, but it adds a fingerprint scanner built in a home button on the front and featuring the Duo Camera we know from last year’s One M8.

The HTC One M9 Plus - unfortunately - is a device unveiled in Beijing, and so far, only to be sold in China.

Here is a quick glance at the most essential HTC One M9 Plus specs:

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC 'China Sense'
  • Dimensions: 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61mm
  • 5.2-inch LCD display with 1440 x 2560-pixel (Quad HD) resolution
  • MediaTek MT6795T octa-core chip clocked at up to 2.2GHz
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 20MP main camera, 'UltraPixel' front cam


HTC One M9 Plus announced: 5.2” Quad HD screen, fingerprint scanner and the return of Duo Camera
The phone will be offered in three colors: a combination of silver and gold on the side, an all-gold one, and a gunmetal grey model. It also packs the familiar dual front-firing BoomSound speakers with support for Dolby Surround.

The big news about the HTC One M9 Plus, however, is the fact that it is actually a more advanced phone than the One M9, and HTC has chosen to release this device for China, which is telling.

The fingerprint scanner has enabled support for the popular in Asia AliPay Wallet cashless payment system. While Apple Pay is right now the trendy solution for payments, its use is limited to the United States, and with this move, HTC backs a rival mobile payment system designed specifically for the Chinese market.


With all this in mind, the One M9 Plus looks a lot like what the One M9 should have been with the inclusions of the fingerprint scanner that is a standard flagship feature these days. We're curious to see how the new MT6795T system chip will perform, and how it compares against the Snapdragon 810. We'll learn about this and a lot more in the near future when the device arrives to store shelves, but we're curious to hear your thoughts on the One M9 Plus - do you like it?

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posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:29 35

1. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


it defines the laws of ugliness ....

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:40 6

5. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)


Mostly due to the fingerprint scanner, it's front looks similar to a cheap chinese knock off

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 03:40 9

16. SmartNingen (Posts: 46; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Yeah. And single core performance of that chipset is reaallly bad. Not to mention the horrendous GPU that will be powering the Quad HD display.

Looks like HTC's downfall has begun.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 13:42 2

35. datagrab (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


It began. Then it stopped. And it seems like it's beginning again.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 05:25

22. waqarzec (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 May 2013)


So u should tell HTC how to make a phone.....I don't know why people like u Do all this...have u ever seen HTC one m series....

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 06:56 10

25. TerryTerius (Posts: 1583; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Supporting a company means critiquing them when they make a mistake, and praising them when they make smart decisions. That is what being a fan truly is. Implying that no one should ever have an opinion about a product simply because they aren't a professional in that particular field is ridiculous.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 05:30 2

23. samsboy (unregistered)


The ugliest part of this is the Dimensions. at 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61mm for 5.2 in phone? taaag, HTC, bezels lover. Even the LG G 3 with 5.5 inch don't have such big bezels.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:33 6

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Is there anything more tacky than a gold phone?

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 04:00 5

17. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


yes, a pink+gold phone.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 14:03

37. D3VR04 (Posts: 34; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Gold on any phone? Do you think the Gold Galaxy S6 Edge is tacky?

posted on 09 Apr 2015, 06:28

43. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


On any phone.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:38 3

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 2025; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


everything was ruined by the ugly fingerprint scanner and why is htc targeting china? they cannot compete in that market

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:52 10

10. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


China is one of the biggest markets for mobile devices, with a population of over 1.35 billion, don't tell me that no one will get the One M9+.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 03:02

13. Robbiec4 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


Who are you to foretell a product's success? Nostradamus?

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 14:05

38. smari (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2015)


htc sell good in china

posted on 09 Apr 2015, 10:51

44. 8jacob88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Ooh yeah sell very good.

posted on 09 Apr 2015, 10:52

45. 8jacob88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


Much grammer. Many WoW.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:38 8

4. Wiencon (Posts: 1814; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


This the ultimate incarnation of ugliness. Well done HTC

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:41 6

6. scramasax (Posts: 38; Member since: 07 Mar 2015)


They are shooting themselves in the foot. Who is going to buy the regular HTC One M9 now ?... Samsung must be elated....

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 10:47

33. roobs (Posts: 92; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


Don't worry samsung and lg will soon release their prime versions for the korean market as well.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:41 15

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Wait, how is it more advanced than the M9. It has a mediatek processor which has an extremely poor GPU. The Quad HD screen is bigger but the battery is the same size and as I said above, processor is worse. So, the QHD will likely be a negative more than a positive.

The fingerprint scanner makes the phone look really ugly. Why should it be placed on top of speaker. Place it on the black bar for god's sake which is still there.

For me at least, M9 is the real flagship.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 04:12 3

18. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)


I agree with you, gonna be 3d gaming at 10fps lol.
Though one alternative is put the fingerprint scanner at the back and put the freakin' screen at the center so that it would be symmetrical.
Bigger bezel at the bottom + on screen buttons = bad combination.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 07:10

28. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I cant believe this is real! which mean only one of bottom grill is functional the other grill is only for show! what inelegant and bad design, and they can't put fingerprint sensor or capacitive button on black bar because bellow is the display panel hardware.. so it can't be helped.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 08:29

31. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


M7 had capacitive buttons on the black bar. and this is definitely possible as capacitive buttons are part of display digitalizer and hence the display driver can be placed beneath that.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 13:58

36. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


oh right

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:42 2

8. Af1rPA (Posts: 681; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


I finally got to see the M9 in person. The gold sides are no where near is shiny and expensive looking as they are on the pictures you see on the net. It looked more like an old and dull gold coin. I would go for the black.

So does this thing have 3 speakers?

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 03:28

15. vincelongman (Posts: 4150; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


2 speakers
The bottom right speaker grill is aesthetic
Because the 3.5mm jack is under it, so there won't be room for for a 3rd speaker

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:48

9. Commandant (Posts: 30; Member since: 31 Jan 2015)


I like it, so far it would be my choice
but is it really restricted to china ?
or later this year it would be sold in other countries ?

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:54 1

11. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Most likely will be sold in Asian countries. I'm waiting for it in Malaysia. :)

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 02:58 3

12. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


I wonder why it's not a phablet (like 5.5"), it would make more sense. But for now, we can call this a One M9 Advanced Edition.

Not bad looking though, and I doubt that fingerprint scanner also acts as a home button, because it already has on-screen buttons. But no one will listen anyways, these cry babies still crying because they thought that's a home button.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 07:05

27. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Your answer is in the E9+.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 03:16 1

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


They've basically announced a successor to the One M9 before it's even released *facepalm*...

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 04:38 1

19. Twayn (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


I hope it supports that 1080p@480fps recording MediaTek promised. This phone boasts a 20MP sensor, and MediaTek said Super Slow Motion would only work with the IMX220 from Sony (a 20MP sensor) so there's a chance it can do it.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 05:18

20. waqarzec (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 May 2013)


What the hell people are saying.
I don't know why u all keep on making fun...you should respect.Oem are not fool like u ....they do their best what they can do.
If one makes a negative comment than all u follow that line.....and forget the post.
HTC knows better than u how to make a phone....many fools say that HTC one m9 is ugly ....wtf has they ever seen one series....it's the best in terms of look.
one more thing is that People are always pointing towards that black bar having hTC logo.....do they fools know that the BoomSound speakers requires some room to be placed....So where should the other hardware go....that's beneath the black bar.....understand

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 05:18

21. 5kyNet (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Apr 2015)


The design of the new HTC Modells look just boring and last year to me.
Don't like the boring colors, but I guess this is the price you pay for a Metal body.
Also there isn't any nice unique selling point. Just a hardware race.
Would love to see more innovation in the smartphone market. Better battery or at least innovative software features.
Samsung did it a lot better this year. The device looks and feels better and it's just incredible fast.
My favorite is LG. Like the back button concept and think they are the only one who try to push the market with some new ideas.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 06:50

24. bballrob79 (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Feb 2015)


I think the M9 should have kept the duo camera at 20MP

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 07:02

26. Scorpion (Posts: 103; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


That finger scanner makes it look like a Galaxy S6 rip-off. Which is a refreshment on it's own. But for goodness sake, couldn't they have put it on the back like Oppo did in the N3 and N1? And LG will probably in the G4...

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 15:36

42. HTCM9 (Posts: 26; Member since: 29 Mar 2015)


Galaxy S6 itself look like iphone 6 except the home button shape..but they smartly copied apple pay though. better dont compare samsung to htc..Atleast they are not copying like samsung

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 08:11

29. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


HTC seriously have no strategy.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 08:28

30. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Same of the same.

What a shame.

So, which one is HTC's flagship phone for the year: M9 or M9 Plus?

Or are they just following the strategy of Apple (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and Samsung (Galaxy S6 and S6 edge duo)?

And with that Samsung-like fingerprint front button, this is how a great company begins to lose its ORIGINALITY.

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 09:05 1

32. Noonting (Posts: 132; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Ugly as hell

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 12:53

34. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Why...???

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 14:07

39. smari (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2015)


i like it more than htc one m9, mediatek is better than s.d 810, snapdragon is not theleader anymore

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 14:30

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol htc

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 15:18

41. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Poor design and only 5.2" what the hell HTC. PASS

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