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HTC official: One M9 software is not final (thus current benchmark tests aren't relevant)

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HTC official: One M9 software is not final (thus current benchmark tests aren't relevant)
Following a benchmark test performed earlier today by a Dutch website, the HTC One M9 hit a surface temperature of 132 degrees Fahrenheit (55.4 degrees Celsius). It's believed that the culprit here is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor that's powering the device. However, the real reason for the handset's high temperature might actually be the fact that its software is not final.

Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, today took to Twitter to say that "HTC One M9 software isn't final yet, no matter how many pre-release benchmarks you run", obviously suggesting that current tests can't be relevant. Needless to say, we do hope that, once the One M9 becomes available to buy, there will be no overheating issues with it (or any other issues, for that matter).

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HTC official: One M9 software is not final (thus current benchmark tests aren't relevant)
was supposed to launch the One M9 this week in Taiwan, but it had to postpone the release in order to push a software update to fix an unspecified bug. Later this month, the new smartphone should go on sale in other markets around the world, including in the US, where it could be released on March 25 for prices starting at $649.

Until we get the chance to review HTC's new flagship smartphone (this should happen pretty soon), you can check out our One M9 hands-on from MWC 2015 to find out more about the device.


source: Twitter

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posted on 16 Mar 2015, 21:52 12

1. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


I hate the design of this M9. The Htc-One-M7, looks better. Even better is the Dna-Butterfly.
Does anyone remember the Htc-Max 4gb, the Evo and the diamond.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 21:59 5

5. Busyboy (Posts: 530; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


No way. This looks light years better than the M7, well at least IMO.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 23:50 2

18. datguyglad (Posts: 98; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Really...? Light years.? Umm its not even that far off then the M7.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:23 5

12. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


the desire eye is there best looking phone

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 03:13 1

25. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


The iphone 6 Plus is the best looking phone in the world

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 11:01 1

32. j2001m (Posts: 2758; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope, it's the s6 edge

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 12:46

33. kabukijoe (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


I think the S6 Edge looks like the Sanyo Zio, which was hideous and one of the WORST phones ever made.

http://www.unwiredview.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Zio07.jpg

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 21:53 4

2. chistoefur (Posts: 103; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


I sincerely hope it's just unfinished software at fault. Maybe it'd just because I owned the M8 and loved it very much, but I really want this phone to sell well, and be perceived as a great device.

Even though I won't be buying it.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:01 9

6. theSGuy (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


I don't think HTC is still the smartphone player it once was...

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 00:32 2

20. Niva. (Posts: 417; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Software can keep it from overheating (by throttling), but then it will reduce the benchmark results. Hence they are correct, the current benchmarks are not relevant.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 21:54 2

3. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


wow, this gold color M9 is so sexy looking.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 21:55 11

4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Sounds like damage control to me. The 810 is now garbage in my eyes & I will avoid any phone that uses it like the plague.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:05 5

7. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


Slowdragon Cpus were always garbage to me. Exynos was always better.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:32

13. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2088; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Exynos is just stock ARM, but you know that, right? It is on a smaller process node than the 810, but it is still just a big.LITTLE A57/A53 octacore like the 810. The two major differences are the GPU and the 14nm vs 20nm process nodes. The IP of the CPUs is stock ARM, and the Exynos GPU is also stock ARM.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 23:42 4

17. vincelongman (Posts: 3994; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


But the 5433 never had any overheating issues
It was also 20nm stock A57/A53 cores like the 810

It's not the process node that's causing the overheating
Qualcomm messed something else up, maybe the kernel

Also there's nothing wrong with using stock CPU/GPU
Most other companies do the same
E.g. Apple (GPU) and MediaTek (CPU and GPU)

But you are right that custom CPU/GPU are good since it causes more competition

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 00:34

21. Niva. (Posts: 417; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Which kernel? The linux one used by Android devices. I don't think Qualcomm had much to do with that, and it's also the same Kernel running on the Samsung devices.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 03:26

27. vincelongman (Posts: 3994; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The One M9's kernel is made by HTC
Its based of the Linux kernel
But HTC make many modifications to try maximise performance and battery life

Qualcomm also make many modifications to the Linux kernel to improve the performance/power consumption of their Qualcomm SoCs
They give their modifications to OEMs

E.g. the Qualcomm have a thing called mpdecision, most devices with Qualcomm SoCs will have mpdecision in their kernel

So the One M9's kernel will be very very different to the Galaxy S6's kernel
Especially since the S6 doesn't even have a Qualcomm SoC
Even the G Flex 2 will have a very different kernel to the One M9, although they both have the same SoC

There's also plenty of custom kernels made by xda devs as well

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 03:19

26. tech2 (Posts: 3333; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Yup. I have SD615 in my phone and that thing just heats up even when you do simplest of tasks. Good thing is I only paid £90 for this

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:07 2

8. Katrina (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


yea yea yea, cover up with this kinda of BS and when the retail versions are out and it isnt fixed, then youre screwed HTC.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:21

11. Awalker (Posts: 1368; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It's not some type of coverup. There's no way they can release a phone to the public that could reach those temperatures because they risk the chance of being sued. The software has to be updated to prevent it from happening.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:17 1

9. maherk (Posts: 3368; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yeah right!!

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:18 2

10. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


You still can boil chicken noodle soup with this phone....

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:49

14. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Really hoping is a software issue.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 22:56 1

15. Calvin35 (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


"The software isn't final yet". Meaning they haven't had a chance to work in that thermal throttling that LG is so good at.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 23:21 4

16. Freecableguy (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


In other words: our final software will make it throttle even more to keep thermals under control.

posted on 16 Mar 2015, 23:57

19. medtxa (Posts: 1105; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


LOL what is wrong with SD810 and "software optimization"

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 02:12

22. Af1rPA (Posts: 657; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Whats that article about Android 5.1 enabling the device to run "full quad-core mode all the time". Will the M9 explode if android 5.1 is installed? (trolling)

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 03:39

28. vincelongman (Posts: 3994; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


No, that was one of the changes Google made to the Nexus 6's kernel

The new kernel was came with the 5.1 update, but the kernel is not apart of Android 5.1
E.g. Android 5.1 for the Nexus 5 or 2012 Nexus 7 didn't have that update to their kernel

HTC could choose to follow Google if they wanted

But that's probably not a good idea since the 805 is a very different SoC compare to the 810
The 805 has "small" Krait cores compared to the "medium" A57 cores in the 810/7420/X1 or "large" Cyclone cores in the A8 or Denver cores in the K1
So it doesn't use as much power at lower frequencies and for 4 cores compared to the 810, 7420, X1, A9, K1
But then the 805 needs to use higher clockrates and more cores to keep up with the 810, 7420, X1, A9, K1

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 03:04

23. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


So when will the software be final? In 2020? HollyThat'sCrap.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 03:09

24. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Well doesn't that mean s6 software is not final too (optimized for benchmark).
I don't know but s6 exynos is still better than SD 810 anyway.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 06:49

29. ChowMein (Posts: 75; Member since: 01 Jan 2015)


I am not convinced

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 06:56

30. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


LOL The M9 is "ready for release" until it turns out to be crap and suddenly the software is "not final"! And thusly all benchmarks are not to be entertained. When will it be ready, HTC? All this bragging before MWC seems to have backfired.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 08:47

31. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


A lot of children here. No wonder why.

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 16:06

34. bombastique (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)


htc should launch these devices on winter i think it might spike their sales up. huge fan but the desing had more wow factor on the m8

posted on 17 Mar 2015, 17:04

35. Limcheethiam (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


I thought everthings was set before the event? What is the normal standard practice?

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