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?

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