HTC One M9 vs One M8 – 8 key differences

HTC One M9 vs One M8 – 8 key differences
Right on cue, HTC took the stage at this year's Mobile World Congress and announced its latest flagship – the HTC One M9. It is a smartphone blending modern, industrial design with potent, high-end hardware, all sprinkled with doses of Android 5.0 Lollipop and Sense 7.0 UI. Seriously, it is a good phone, as it becomes clear in our HTC One M9 hands-on look

However, many have criticized HTC for practically rehashing the look and feel of last year's model, the One M8. And we do understand where the criticism comes from as the One M9 is strikingly similar to the One M8 on the outside. But identical it is not. Once you take a closer look, the multitude of key differences between the two models become evident, and we feel like we should highlight them for you. 

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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)
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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29 Comments

1. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It is good that HTC listen people and improve device as they demand (camera, button, battery, sd slot)

13. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope , just recycled M8.

15. oister85 unregistered

No is not.

19. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Yep, I'm just eagerly waiting for the final camera performance review. I think that'll be the deciding point for me when choosing between the M9 and S6.

2. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Still waiting for the Lollipop Android 5.0 update for my HTC one M8, which HTC said they will be updating (it has been pass their promise date). The camera on HTC M8 is not only cheap but gimmick at best. I am never buying another HTC device, bad company and look around almost nobody actually use their products.

4. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You're waiting on the Lollipop update on your M8? My T-Mobile variant got it almost a month ago.

6. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Yea that is what I meant. I have an At&t branded unlocked device and for some strange reason, I never got the update. I swear I am not even joking about this. I have no update and I don't want to root my device or anything. I want more ppl to know that with this company, you are not gonna get the latest andriod version.

8. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I checked their website and for weird reason they have a delay for the At&t version of the HTC one M8. Lollipop 5.0 update been stuck in the same stage forever. HTC seems to be totally ignoring this problem and not caring about it. Never buying another HTC device. Only Nexus, Apple or Samsung.

16. oister85 unregistered

Just be patient as soon as you get it, your going to be fine At&t and Verizon are the worse when it comes to updates.

17. Eclectech

Posts: 349; Member since: May 01, 2013

I really don't think it's HTC's fault, considering the other major carrier's M8's are on Lollipop, but it's your choice to make.

25. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

How is it my choice to made? I never knew about this at&t delay. HTC never once said that "sorry guys, devices on at&t will take longer to update then other carriers". If I knew about this beforehand I would have not buy their phone. I don't see at&t having a problem upgrading their Nexus, Apple, or even Samsung. You always get the latest update. Samsung is probably the fastest Android phone company to upgrade their phones besides Nexus devices. I guess I expected too much from a small company like HTC

18. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Try turning off your phone, taking the SIM out, turning phone on, check for updates, let it update, turn off, pop SIM back in.

24. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

AT&T JUST got 4.4.4, if I were you, I wouldn't expect 5.0 anytime soon

26. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Well this sucks. I am kind of regretting my purchases now.

29. joshlove007

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Its not HTC's fault. HTC gets the software ready for the device then gives it to carriers, the carriers load it up with bloatware test it for however long they need to to make sure its ok, because they don't apparently trust HTC to do it (looking at you verizon) then its the carriers who push the update to your phone. I am with t-mobile and they almost always release the update soon after htc announces its done, and my m8 got it over a month ago. I suggest you switch carriers not phones.

3. Biernot unregistered

HTC One M8 (2015)

5. seven7dust unregistered

The battery part is abysmal really 10% improvement is crap They could have easily gone with a 3000+ mah battery , which would have made the device far more competitive. it's thick phone by current standards.

7. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The One M8 already has a good battery life if you ask me. So the 200mAh increase is definitely a plus, considering the same resolution and screen size. The same cannot be said for the Galaxy S6. 2550mAh, QHD..

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's not a plus when it's far fatter and chunkier for a minimal increase, the same cannot be said for the Galaxy S6.

28. Cole.Hint97

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Lol, that's because the S6 has an immensely smaller battery. I'd say it's a plus. Having a bigger battery is fine by me, size be damned as long as it lasts long enough. I really want to get the S6, but I'm incredibly worried about battery life.

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol HTC. Far uglier and chunkier than the M8. Apparently the 20mp camera is worse than the ultra pixel one, and when they finally put the button on the side, they use the horrible Nokia and Sony layout of cramming both the power and volume buttons on one side when they could have spaced them out to different sides for a more comfortable reach. Suck T C for the lost!

22. yardie

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

wow i didn't know 10 year olds are in the market for phones as well. "Suck T C"? wow

11. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

I loved what they did to lollipop soft keys, looks much better.

14. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

In what I saw for some videos, you can even change the soft key appearance with the theme

12. Be_Mine

Posts: 258; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I won't mind even if it is half an inch thick if it comes with a 5000mAh battery.

20. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

The answer is NONE. None appealing to me. =(

21. mcgyani

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

phone arena is comparing oranges to apples> antutu score from version 4 for the M8 and antutu v5 for the M9..very professional

23. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I can't wait to upgrade my m8 to m9. The change I like is the new dual tone color design, the m9 looks more premium and expensive

27. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

It's coming first! I'll take it! Gunmetal grey for me! Don't have the patience to wait for g4 and z4 or even s6!

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