HTC One ME9 coming to India next month as a cheaper, plastic version of the HTC One M9+?

HTC One ME9 coming to India next month as a cheaper, plastic version of the HTC One M9+?
Recently, word leaked about another variant of the HTC One M9 flagship phone. The HTC One ME9 was recently leaked by serial tipster @upleaks and eventually was certified in China by TENAA. Now Zauba, the Indian website that tracks imports and exports out of the country, reported that 1700 dummy units have been imported into India since May 8th. The most recent shipments included 120 in Classic Rose Gold and 180 in Meteor Grey. Both of those units were said to be "Dual SIM Dummy" models valued at $6.43 USD each.

The HTC One ME9 is a more wallet pleasing version of the HTC One M9+. Instead of the Duo camera on the One M9+, the One ME9 features just the 20MP snapper on back. And instead of the all metal build, the cheaper model employs polycarbonate. According to a source who allegedly works for HTC India, the HTC One ME9 will launch in the country during the third week of June in Gold Sepia, Classic Rose Gold, and Meteor Gray. The handset will be offered at the equivalent of $552 USD. Just like the HTC One M9+, it doesn't appear that a version of this model will be making its way to the U.S. or Europe.

The phone features a 5.2-inch LCD-3 display with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution. That works out to a pixel density of 565ppi. The 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 SoC is inside, containing an octa-core 2.2GHz CPU and the PowerVR G6200 Rogue GPU. 3GB of RAM is aboard along with 32GB of native storage (of which 21GB is available to the user). A 128GB capacity microSD slot can be accessed by those who desire more memory. We've already discussed the rear camera, and the front-facing shooter is the 4MP Ultrapixel camera that used to be on the back of the HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8). A 2840mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Android 5.0 is pre-installed with Sense 7.0 running on top.

Is this the last HTC One M9 variant, or does HTC have more to come?


source: @upleaks, TENAA (translated), Zauba via MakTechBlog, Mobipicker (1), (2)

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27 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

There's like 5 variants of the one m9 and none of the are better or that much cheaper than the original one m9. HTC has seriously messed up this year.

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Them* OMG I always leave off the M lol smh.

22. waddup121 unregistered

k cool

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

M8s is weaker version of M8 M9+ is stronger version of M9 E8 is plastic version of M8 ME9 is plastic version of M9+ Really? HTC - someone f.cked up this year.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

M9+ is a weaker version of M9. It features a weaker chip and a bigger higher resolution screen with the same battery to gone you the battery life never seen before.

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Sorry, I forgot that it has Mediatek. It only shows better how HTC's naming strategy sucks.

20. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Omg. +1. I'm so tired of hearing people call it better than the m9 just because it has a quad HD display.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Actually, according to Applefan logic, the M9+ is the flagship as long as it's performance is good, specs don't matter in the slightest. It's like they want to pay more for less....go figure.

4. gaming64 unregistered

Fugly phones with same fugly design from HTC. Even worse than Samsung's case.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is really sad, I was always fan of HTC design, M7 is still one of best looking smartphones ever IMO, but M8 was pretty ugly and M9 looks slighlty better (I like square camera and a little smaller bezels) but it's still bad looking phone. They have to get rid of this stupid black strap, or bring back physical buttons. And Butterfly, M9+ and E8 look like 99$ Chinese phones that try to resemble HTC products.

11. waqarzec

Posts: 73; Member since: May 09, 2013

Have u looked m8 ever.....are your eyes like that of alien.....hey man he says that m8 is ugly...lol....that's why it was awarded as the phone of the year

14. gaming64 unregistered

I never said the M8 is fugly. I like M8 to be exact but I just want a new design from HTC cause the design is getting pretty stagnant.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is only my opinion man, chill. Yes, 3 of my buddies have M8 and they like it, but I can't stand that it's so ridicolously long, it looks like remote. With screen turned off front looks really cool but launch it and You see how pointless this black bezel is. But the back looks fugly as hell IMO, silver one looks better than dark grey, but still not as good as M7 - what a beautiful piece of art it was!

5. Ned_Stark

Posts: 3; Member since: May 17, 2015

Three things which I don't like about HTC are 1.the glossy plastic on most phones 2.huge bezels.. (I know the speakers are awesome but still ) 3. Poor after sales service in India (especiallly in Calcutta)

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

21gb out of 32 is a new low HTC should be banned from making QHD devices.

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

The s6 is not much better. I got just about 25.3 GB free on my unlocked S6.

9. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

So many models with incremental differences and confusing model numbers. How on earth is HTC going to keep track of them and update them

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

how about htc one series without boom speaker and slim bezel.

15. gaming64 unregistered

Removing the Boom Speaker is suicide for HTC as the boom speaker is what makes the One line unique

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

If their engineers are too crappy to remove the HTC black bezel by conventional means, then they have no choice. Being a super brick is the main reason you lose sales to sleek and thin products that are easy to market as sexy. Although HTC is just lying about needing that black bezel for components. The engineering team even said that they were so close to using capacitive buttons again but decided on software buttons last minute, which means, the black bar on the M8 was originally for the buttons so unless they regressed, the M9 shouldn't have that black bar period.

16. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Just a cheap copy of M9 with unstable MediaTek chipset.

18. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

What the hell is that small ass battery

19. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

S6 has a fruit like battery

27. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Too bad s6 has beter battery life than the m9 despite of having smaller battery and qhd display. This phone with qhd display? Say hi to the heaven.

23. TheMarelis

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

The number of HTC One M9 variants is too damm high!

25. khelgar_i

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

All of them are so similar yet there is no word about the "mini" version.

26. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

F*ck me. M9 with 2GB RAM and overheating SD810. M9+ with MT6795 which can't handle 2K stuff, plus an ugly fingerprint reader. E9 with the same as above minus the fingerprint reader but plus a protruding camera. E9+ same sh!t. And now ME9 which STILL doesn't change the 2K situation. God will HTC stop sticking with MediaTek! Or at least use 1080p when using MediaTek...

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