Limited-edition HTC One M9 INK officially unveiled, pricing to be announced

Limited-edition HTC One M9 INK officially unveiled, pricing to be announced
HTC has teamed up with supermodel Jourdan Dunn and tattoo artist Cally-Jo to launch a limited-edition version of the One M9. The smartphone, called the HTC One M9 INK, draws its inspiration from body art.

Compared to the regular version of the HTC One M9, the INK adds an engraving on the back that looks very much like a tattoo. The engraving actually consists out of two symbols, an eye, and a hand. According to HTC, the eye represents strength and sincerity, while the hand stands for protection and positivity. 

Apparently, British tattoo artist Cally-Jo did the work of actually designing the handset, while Jourdan Dunn (named global HTC INK ambassador by the manufacturer) is tasked with promoting the new HTC One M9 model.

At this point there's no doubt about it, the HTC One M9 is not the commercial success that HTC previously anticipated. Probably the best indication of this is the fact that HTC shares dropped 47% of their value since the company launched its newest flagship smartphone. Furthermore, the company is rumored to have reduced the number of orders that it places with contract manufacturers. 

As the One M9 is not selling nearly as well as the company wanted it to, HTC seems to have resorted to launching special edition handsets in order to draw more interest to the smartphone. A few weeks ago, HTC launched a 24-karat gold UEFA Champions League version of the One M9.

At the moment, HTC has yet to announce pricing and launch information for the limited-edition HTC One M9 INK. Since the new M9 version doesn't come with more expensive build materials, chances are that it won't be priced too high compared to the regular version, but this remains wishful thinking in the lack of any concrete evidence.

Check out the pics below, and make sure to drop us a comment and let us know what you think of the new HTC One M9 INK!


source: HTC

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13 Comments

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

htc's trying really hard to sell its phones with the gold and limited versions.

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

HTC needs to build a no nonsense phone - basically go on the path of LG and make a product that will get high repair praise and still look and feel good , going on the premuim path is a sure way to die soon

4. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

No word on pricing, but this one's going to be HOT! Wait and feel, err, see!?

5. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Best price for this one is $500 to help boost sales for HTC.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is, IMHO, not what HTC should be concentrating on. They need to release these celebrities, Actors and Super models) and get talented designers and engineers who can help them produce beautiful and efficient devices. Cher, The New CEO, needs to buckle down and start getting the design, engineering and Marketing talent that HTC needs desperately back.

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Htc is throwing money at the wall, these limited editions will sell to a maximum of 6-7 people in the world as it is nothing more than a Lazer etched M9. Htc is a bit too little too late to save, they have gone down a path that will get them stuck someday, all that premium art and design makes HTC the art student of the phone world, - makes good drawings, but it's drug addiction and failure to expand beyond its limited designs gets it dropped out Samsung and Apple are the cool kids with Sony and LG being sort of the average ones

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

This seems like a desperate attempt to sell phones. It needs to be more substantial with maybe a software skin and cases to go along with it. It looks like a design slapped on w/o much thought. The art is nice, but this is kind of sad to me. I like HTC and have owned 2 HTC phones in the past that I liked. I wish they would pull their head out of their asses. I don't want a one pony show on Android. That's boring and would not push innovation. There's already VERY REAL proof of that consequence at another headquarters. It looks like HTC has just stopped thinking period.

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

HTC is soft of like trying to promote classical music in a time when dubstep is popular, they need to create designs from the ground up, metal, some bad ass holographic style patterns or even a gamer pc like pattern will get them attention again, Samsung is following this path and are even working on limited edition phones which people want in this day and age

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

What would be really cool if you could put your own design in a website and they engrave it for you. That would be better than this ugly thing. What is that...

11. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Notice how all official renders deliberately hide that horrible lip around the edge.

13. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

isn't that there for better grip?

14. raykingellis

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Reminiscent of the Motorola Zune. I really wish that they would have been successful, but Apple had too strong a hold on the world with the iPods.

15. azene unregistered

kinda beautiful thou why HTC why ? ._.

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