HTC mixes up the HTC One (M8) and HTC One M9

HTC mixes up the HTC One (M8) and HTC One M9
Many smartphone buyers were disappointed to find out that the HTC One M9 carried essentially the same design as its predecessor, the HTC One (M8). Some were looking for HTC to make wholesale changes to the new model. Instead, some of the changes were subtle, like the improvement made to the phone's casing to make it less slippery. Other changes, like the replacement of the Duo camera with a single square 20MP sensor can easily be spotted.

But the truth is that the front of the One (M8) and One M9 look so similar that even HTC can't tell them apart. A post made on Friday by HTC on its Facebook page was supposed to promote the BoomSound speakers on the HTC One M9. But there was one little problem. Instead of showing the One M9, HTC posted an image of the One (M8). HTC has since removed the page.

We know that the image was supposed to be that of the One M9 because the caption under the picture reads "#BoomSound and be there. #HTCOneM9." How do we know that HTC goofed up by showing the wrong model? Because the phone in the picture has the power button on top. The HTC One M9 features a new placement for the power button, right under the volume rocker.

HTC apparently subscribes to the theory that if something ain't broke, don't fix it. The converse is also true. If something is broken, it needs to be taken care of. The changes it made to the One M9 seem to cover the biggest complaints about last year's flagship, such as the rear camera, the slippery build and the hard to reach power button. Will these changes be enough to make the HTC One M9 more competitive against Samsung's flagship models this year? Stay tuned. 


source: HTC via Phandroid

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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)
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)

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26 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

More liek "If your Camera is broke...man you f*ked up fix that sh*t".

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

But they didn't fix it. They fixed the Megapixel count but that's it... The new camera sucks from the Phone Arena camera comparison pictures.

14. xperian

Posts: 420; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

But according to gsmarena camera is better than Z3

23. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

what....better than z3? they might have gotten the updated version or they must have patched something good.. only one close to z3 i seen is nokia and samsung... but we will see. i might just wait for g4 and z4 to make my next upgrade...... it's not like i m professional photographer and gonna use my camera as main shooter lol... as long as it takes decent pic i m good...

25. Roeshak

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Well gsmarenna are well known Sony haters. Pocketnow, CNET, stuff, the verge all say the z2/z3 are the best android shooters. To be honest you should never rely on any one site for info. They all have their favourite brands and promote them in different ways. Gsmarenna and phonearenna know deep down that the xperia cameras have better raw capabilities than the Samsung cameras. They just deliberately talk down the xperias to promote Samsung. To be fair it's Sony's fault. If you're going to put out an auto mode that's as inconsistent and sometimes hopeless as that on the xperia cameras, then you open yourself up to attacks by fanboys or fansites of other brands lol! Sony just need to improve the auto software on their deviceS. Manually controls agentaren't for everyone!

26. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yup, Sony definitely needs to work on auto mode. Auto mode is a huge thing for phones, and I don't think a lot of people are gonna enjoy tweaking the heII out of the manual settings just to get some snap shots.

2. Busyboy

Posts: 732; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Ouch...

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well that's embarrassing.

4. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Epic fail.

5. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

HTC = Hopeless Telephone Company

11. Tajiseo

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

"help this company"

15. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

help this company

24. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

HTC = Hey, This Cunt

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

My customers can tell apart between iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s easily

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

who can...

9. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Better than mine. They used to mix the 3G and 3GS up all the time.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Nice lie.

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

htc should call this the htc m8s

10. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

True! but at a cost.

16. ankanbads

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

LOL!! What a story mark!!

17. vurobega

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

where the black bar on top of the screen?!?

18. mikel_s

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Newer versions of Android support a full screen mode where the status bar and command keys recede out of the screen, accessible by swiping in from the top or bottom. It allows for the viewing of full HD content in the proper aspect.

19. vurobega

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

i said on top of the screen, not on the screen... just compare yourself photo above with official image of HTC One...

20. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

who say this is bad i think one m8 is so hot

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They didn't fix the main issues that make HTC products suck. They are HUGE for 5 inch screen display. The wake up gestures are very limited unless you can wake it up on the table like you can with the Z3 and G3. And the number one killer of HTC, no I don't care about the poor camera, is their piss poor quality control. They even know that everyone will exchange their phone at least once so they tried to spin it as a positive by marketing HTC Advantage. Sigh.... HTC

22. Billob

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

I had the I 4. What a piece of junk. In fact I replaced it with HTC 1 (M8). This is a great phone. And it is running on 5.01

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