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

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?



1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

it defines the laws of ugliness ....

5. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

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

16. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 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.

35. datagrab

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

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

22. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 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....

25. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

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.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Is there anything more tacky than a gold phone?

17. TyrionLannister unregistered

yes, a pink+gold phone.

37. D3VR04

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

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

43. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

On any phone.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 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+.

13. Robbiec4

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

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

38. smari

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

htc sell good in china

44. 8jacob88

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Ooh yeah sell very good.

45. 8jacob88

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Much grammer. Many WoW.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This the ultimate incarnation of ugliness. Well done HTC

6. scramasax

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 07, 2015

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

33. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

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

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.

18. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

28. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

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.

36. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

oh right

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 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?

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 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

9. Commandant

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 31, 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 ?

11. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

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

12. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

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