Dual-tone HTC One M9 unveiled with 20 MP camera, Sense 7, and blazing Snapdragon 810

After months of speculation, leaks, counterleaks, renders, cases and schematics, the new HTC flagship is finally official. The handset had a somewhat unfortunate destiny when it comes to leaked knowledge about its specs and overall appearance, as it already appeared in tipped official renders and even promo videos, so we largely knew what to expect, save for a few small, but important details. Check out the full scoop below.


Taking the spotlight at HTC's MWC presentation, the new One M9 stays true to the company's premium unibody design, with a "dual-tone metal unibody," just as predicted. No qualms about that, as HTC traditionally makes some of the most beautiful and premium-feeling handsets out there, and the One M9 is no exception. Clocking in at 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61mm, the new flagships is shorter and slightly narrower than its predecessor, the One (M8), but keeps its girth and heft. Thus, it is likely to still feel solid in the hand, but will be a tad more manageable in your pocket.


A 5" 1080 x 1920 pixels display is what the One (M8) offered, and the One M9 panel shares the same specs, eschewing the Quad HD craze. Frankly, the 1080p resolution is still perfect for a 5-incher, and anything above that seems like an overkill, plus this panel should do wonders for the battery life, compared to those 1440p monstrosities.

Processor and memory

That same 5" 1080p panel, however, will be powered by a scorching Snapdragon 810 chipset, making the One M8 only the second flagship announced with Qualcomm's finest processor, after the LG G Flex 2. Clocked at 2 GHz maximums for the Cortex-A57 core quarter, and at 1.5 GHz for the four Cortex-A53 sidekicks, the octa-core chipset is likely to deliver breathtaking performance at such display resolution. 

Moreover, it is paired with 3 GB of the latest DDR4 RAM, so you'd be hard pressed to whine about the silicon power in One M9. In addition, the phone comes with 32 GB of internal storage out of the box, which is on top of that expandable with up to 128 GB more via a microSD slot.


Here we arrive at the best upgrade that the One M9 features, compared to its predecessor. Finally breaking away with the low-res UltraPixel shenanigans, HTC moved the 4 MP shooter to the front of the One M9 flagship, and equipped the main camera with a hearty 20 MP sensor, just like in Sony, Meizu, and some other phones. This is the highest resolution that the Android kingdom currently offers, and so far these resolute sensors have mostly been built into Sony phones, as Sony is the one supplying the vast majority of sensors for mobile cameras, including the 20 MP endeavors.

The HTC One M9, however, is allegedly straying away from the pack, and will utilize a 20 MP camera unit with a sensor made by Toshiba instead, indicating that we might see a different level of photo quality than we are accustomed to with Sony sensors. Those have, frankly, not been very impressive results, 20 MP or not, as can be attested by our camera comparisons with the Xperia Z3, though it might be due to Sony's software optimizations, too.

Looking for 20 MP mobile sensors that Toshiba currently offers, we can actually only see one, the recently announced T4KA7. Besides the usual high-end stuff, like backside illumination, real time HDR support, and 1080p video recording with up to 90fps, this Toshiba sensor is somewhat unique in the rest of its specs. For starters, it offers square pixels. While still at a tiny 1.2 micron size, like all high-res mobile sensors, Toshiba claims that the sensor "utilizes a proprietary square-pixel design that enables exceptionally high-quality images with low-power consumption."

The rest of the specs are a 1/2.4" sensor size, 5384 horizontal and 3752 vertical signal pixels, and 22 fps recording at the sensor's full resolution. The camera unit comes with f/2.2 aperture, 26.8mm lens equivalent, and is, naturally, capable of 4K video recording, too.


All of this HTC One M9 performance power is backed up by a fairly generous 2840 mAh battery, which is with 240 mAh more capacity than the juicer in the One (M8), despite the shorter body. Since the One (M8) already scores very well in our battery benchmark, the One M9 should do even better, hitting for excellence. HTC cites 21 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and 17 days on standby, which is pretty good for a flagship. Last but not least, the phone comes with a 1.5A charger, which should top the battery off pretty quickly.

Software and extras

Coming with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, the One M9 introduces HTC's latest Sense 7 interface redraw, with flatter imagery, streamlined performance, and theming taken to the next level, letting you customize just about everything on the phone.

As for the extra features on the phone, we have to mention the IR blaster at the top, an MHL 3.0 port at the bottom, which will let you stream 4K footage to your TV with the respective adapter without a hitch. Needless to say, the HTC BoomSound stereo speaker set is also here at the front, but this time HTC has equipped the amplified combo with full Dolby Audio 3 surround sound, so the handset will come as music to your ears.

Price and release date

The One M9 will be arriving as soon as this month worldwide for a price that will vary with markets and carriers, but would likely be hovering around the usual $600+ flagship tag, or $200 with a contract. Are you liking the new HTC 'dual-tone' metal warrior?

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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)



1. Kumar123 unregistered

Looks great, much better than super ugly S6 which has the same basic ugly design of S3. With Great design+great Sense software HTC just announced the best android phone of 2015

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol you always type a quick comment then edit right after to make sure your comment pops up at top. Keep up the good work by refreshing the page and filling PA's pocket with ad revenue.

68. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

You do it all the time. What gives you the right to criticize his behavior. You jealous that he take your position? That will make sense. Two biggest idiots here on PA fighting for who will be the first to comment. Looks very entertaining.

73. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But I don't so please stop trying while you're ahead. I could care less who comments first, but the fact he edited it just to specifically bash makes it really sad. I'll try to see if there's hope for you too.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Btw, you just confirmed you troll Samsung wherever you go. Not only did you just confessed, you brought them up in an article where they're not even mentioned you hypocrite.

38. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, whatever you say busted paid troll.

40. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You just got busted. Go ahead and make Sony and Apple proud by keeping up the good work. Maybe you'll get a bonus this month for all your hard work!

52. Kumar123 unregistered

Pathetic paid troll's pathetic attempt. I'll pray for the better sell of S6 so that you get your bonus this time.

63. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Okay I'll try to defend Samsung harder through my 6 Plus and MacBook Pro w/ Retina. Hopefully this time it'll work!

16. TheHitman1982

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

The best android phone of 2015 would be 5.5" or 6". I can not believe they didn't make a larger version. My money will go elsewhere

24. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G4 and SONY Z4 are coming! better relax and enjoy .....

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

In terms of sales: S6 > G4/M9 > Z4 If you try to refute this, you shouldn't be here at all.

37. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Enough with your sales bragging already! Just enjoy the damn phone! I don't understand why you fanboys love to brag about sales? You want to brag sales? I will brag sales... i6 >>>>>>>>>>>> S6 > others If you try to refute this, you shouldn't be here at all.

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did I hit a nerve by striking the truth? Oh I see you edited your comment. That's cute and all, but I have a 6 Plus so I'm not hurt at all lmao. Thanks for trying but you failed to have an impact on me. Congrats on bringing Apple into this article, something a lot of you Android die hard fans love doing. :)

49. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

What's wrong with bring Apple into this article? Based on your logic, you shouldn't bring Samsung, LG and Sony into this article then. Any excuses left? Btw, you refuted this, that means you shouldn't be here at all. Bye bye!

55. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, good one. He didn't say anything when samsung fans trolled HTC articles and bring the S6 for comparison. Hypocrite paid troll's hypocrite logic.

61. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

He's the biggest hypocrite on this site. That comment #41 from him proved it. First of all, he bragged about sales then he get mad at me for bragging about the sales of the iPhone 6 and then get mad at me for bringing Apple into this article, whereas he thinks he's right of bringing Samsung, LG and Sony into this article. What a hypocrite logic! When he fails to win an argument, he will say he saw you edited your comment. Lame! No doubt, he's the biggest hypocrite in this site that's for sure.

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I didn't get mad if I put lmao. If anything I agreed with your statement, which is why I gave you a +1. You did edit your comment because you added this: You want to brag sales? I will brag sales... i6 >>>>>>>>>>>> S6 > others If you try to refute this, you shouldn't be here at all. Don't try to act brand new and fake because others didn't see the comment change.

71. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Here's a +1 for you, for knowing what you did wrong. Hope we'll see a better side of you in your next comment or in the next conversation we make next time. Thank you, and have a nice day! :) Regards, Kruze

75. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You edited your comment so no. If you never did in the first place, I would gladly had given you a high five.

66. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Paid troll. Lol. The irony.

65. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I didn't refute it at all... Lmao. Nowhere did I make a counter argument. You might want to read again Mr. Kruze.

69. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Dear PapaSmurf, Please read comment #61, first paragraph. Do not escape the hypocrite logic you made please. Thank you. Regards, Kruze

74. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comment #75 please.


Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Ha ha ha This has the same design as the HTC one M8 and the Same 1080p screen. So much for the big changes. Z4 will kill this!

36. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Let me remind you a truth: More ugly S3 units were sold than One X.

72. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Not a worthy competitor against galaxy s6.. Btw.. Its also not a good upgrade from its predecessor HTC M8.. I was hoping for more.. But it's kind of boring... Same M8 design.. Minor upgrades.. Booorrriiiinnngggg....

78. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

You , yourself, don't believe what you just posted.

83. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

2. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Minor upgrades. Boooooring.

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