Plastic clad HTC One M9ew is certified in China by TENAA

Plastic clad HTC One M9ew is certified in China by TENAA
A version of the HTC One M9+ made in plastic, the HTC One M9ew, has been certified by China's TENAA. This model has the same specs as the HTC One M9+ except for the Duo camera which has been replaced with a single lens snapper. This model features a 5.2-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. An octa-core 2.2GHz CPU (most likely a MediaTek chip) is under the hood with 3GB of RAM inside. The 20MP camera on back includes a dual-tone flash, and the front-facing 4MP UltraPixel camera will take selfies and handle video chats. A microSD slot is available for those seeking additional memory, and a fingerprint scanner is on board.

Using a plastic build should allow HTC to offer the One M9ew phone at a cheaper price than the all-metal One M9+. Since the latter is not going to be offered in the U.S. and Europe, is it possible that the One M9ew will be heading to the states? The plastic version of the HTC One (M8), the HTC One (E8) has been available in the states from Sprint. But if the One M9ew is powered by MediaTek as seems likely, chances are that the phone will not be heading to the U.S. For what it's worth, the One (E8) features a Snapdragon 801 SoC.

In March, TENAA certified the HTC One E9 which features a 5.5-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, and is powered by the MediaTek octa-core MT6795 CPU. 3GB of RAM is aboard and a 20MP camera graces the back. This model also isn't expected to make it to the U.S. or Europe.

source: TENAA (translated) via Engadget
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