HTC official: One M9 software is not final (thus current benchmark tests aren't relevant)

HTC official: One M9 software is not final (thus current benchmark tests aren't relevant)
Following a benchmark test performed earlier today by a Dutch website, the HTC One M9 hit a surface temperature of 132 degrees Fahrenheit (55.4 degrees Celsius). It's believed that the culprit here is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor that's powering the device. However, the real reason for the handset's high temperature might actually be the fact that its software is not final.

Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, today took to Twitter to say that "HTC One M9 software isn't final yet, no matter how many pre-release benchmarks you run", obviously suggesting that current tests can't be relevant. Needless to say, we do hope that, once the One M9 becomes available to buy, there will be no overheating issues with it (or any other issues, for that matter).

HTC was supposed to launch the One M9 this week in Taiwan, but it had to postpone the release in order to push a software update to fix an unspecified bug. Later this month, the new smartphone should go on sale in other markets around the world, including in the US, where it could be released on March 25 for prices starting at $649.

Until we get the chance to review HTC's new flagship smartphone (this should happen pretty soon), you can check out our One M9 hands-on from MWC 2015 to find out more about the device.

source: Twitter

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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)



1. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I hate the design of this M9. The Htc-One-M7, looks better. Even better is the Dna-Butterfly. Does anyone remember the Htc-Max 4gb, the Evo and the diamond.

5. Busyboy

Posts: 732; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

No way. This looks light years better than the M7, well at least IMO.

18. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Really...? Light years.? Umm its not even that far off then the M7.

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the desire eye is there best looking phone

25. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

The iphone 6 Plus is the best looking phone in the world

32. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Nope, it's the s6 edge

33. kabukijoe

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I think the S6 Edge looks like the Sanyo Zio, which was hideous and one of the WORST phones ever made.

2. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I sincerely hope it's just unfinished software at fault. Maybe it'd just because I owned the M8 and loved it very much, but I really want this phone to sell well, and be perceived as a great device. Even though I won't be buying it.

6. theSGuy

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I don't think HTC is still the smartphone player it once was...

20. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Software can keep it from overheating (by throttling), but then it will reduce the benchmark results. Hence they are correct, the current benchmarks are not relevant.

3. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

wow, this gold color M9 is so sexy looking.

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

Sounds like damage control to me. The 810 is now garbage in my eyes & I will avoid any phone that uses it like the plague.

7. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Slowdragon Cpus were always garbage to me. Exynos was always better.

13. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Exynos is just stock ARM, but you know that, right? It is on a smaller process node than the 810, but it is still just a big.LITTLE A57/A53 octacore like the 810. The two major differences are the GPU and the 14nm vs 20nm process nodes. The IP of the CPUs is stock ARM, and the Exynos GPU is also stock ARM.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But the 5433 never had any overheating issues It was also 20nm stock A57/A53 cores like the 810 It's not the process node that's causing the overheating Qualcomm messed something else up, maybe the kernel Also there's nothing wrong with using stock CPU/GPU Most other companies do the same E.g. Apple (GPU) and MediaTek (CPU and GPU) But you are right that custom CPU/GPU are good since it causes more competition

21. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Which kernel? The linux one used by Android devices. I don't think Qualcomm had much to do with that, and it's also the same Kernel running on the Samsung devices.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The One M9's kernel is made by HTC Its based of the Linux kernel But HTC make many modifications to try maximise performance and battery life Qualcomm also make many modifications to the Linux kernel to improve the performance/power consumption of their Qualcomm SoCs They give their modifications to OEMs E.g. the Qualcomm have a thing called mpdecision, most devices with Qualcomm SoCs will have mpdecision in their kernel So the One M9's kernel will be very very different to the Galaxy S6's kernel Especially since the S6 doesn't even have a Qualcomm SoC Even the G Flex 2 will have a very different kernel to the One M9, although they both have the same SoC There's also plenty of custom kernels made by xda devs as well

26. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. I have SD615 in my phone and that thing just heats up even when you do simplest of tasks. Good thing is I only paid £90 for this

8. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

yea yea yea, cover up with this kinda of BS and when the retail versions are out and it isnt fixed, then youre screwed HTC.

11. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's not some type of coverup. There's no way they can release a phone to the public that could reach those temperatures because they risk the chance of being sued. The software has to be updated to prevent it from happening.

9. maherk

Posts: 6930; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah right!!

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

You still can boil chicken noodle soup with this phone....

14. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Really hoping is a software issue.

15. Calvin35

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

"The software isn't final yet". Meaning they haven't had a chance to work in that thermal throttling that LG is so good at.

16. Freecableguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

In other words: our final software will make it throttle even more to keep thermals under control.

19. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

LOL what is wrong with SD810 and "software optimization"

22. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Whats that article about Android 5.1 enabling the device to run "full quad-core mode all the time". Will the M9 explode if android 5.1 is installed? (trolling)

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No, that was one of the changes Google made to the Nexus 6's kernel The new kernel was came with the 5.1 update, but the kernel is not apart of Android 5.1 E.g. Android 5.1 for the Nexus 5 or 2012 Nexus 7 didn't have that update to their kernel HTC could choose to follow Google if they wanted But that's probably not a good idea since the 805 is a very different SoC compare to the 810 The 805 has "small" Krait cores compared to the "medium" A57 cores in the 810/7420/X1 or "large" Cyclone cores in the A8 or Denver cores in the K1 So it doesn't use as much power at lower frequencies and for 4 cores compared to the 810, 7420, X1, A9, K1 But then the 805 needs to use higher clockrates and more cores to keep up with the 810, 7420, X1, A9, K1

23. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

So when will the software be final? In 2020? HollyThat'sCrap.

24. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well doesn't that mean s6 software is not final too (optimized for benchmark). I don't know but s6 exynos is still better than SD 810 anyway.

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