The HTC One M9e gets officially unveiled in China, specs do not impress


Earlier today, HTC announced yet another one of its reconfigured One M9 versions aimed at Asian markets. The HTC One M9e specs place the phone in the mid-range segment of the Chinese smartphone market. Given the stiff competition from local phone manufacturers, the price of the HTC One M9e, of about $425, surprisingly high.

Last week, HTC announced the One A9, a smartphone that features the company's first truly new premium design in a few good years. At the unveiling of the HTC One A9, the company said that the new design will eventually migrate to its One M and Desire series, but as it turns out, HTC is not ready to say goodbye to its iconic design. 

Tmall, an Alibaba-backed popular online retailer in China, has just announced the availability of the HTC One M9e along with all of the smartphone's hardware specifications. As the name suggests, the design and the build of the phone is borrowed from the One M9, complete with the premium aluminum build and the stereo Boomsound speakers on the front. Another similarity between the regular M9 and the new version is the display, a 5-inch Super LCD panel running at a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels (fullHD). 



On the inside, most of the high-end components used on the One M9 have been substituted for toned down counterparts, such as a MediaTek MT6795T "Helio X10" chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable internal storage. In the camera department, the HTC One M9e appears to come with the same setup as the One A9: a 13MP primary camera with OIS and 1080p video recording on the front and a 4MP "Ultrapixel" on the back. On the software side, the HTC One M9e will run the company's Sense UI on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Tmall prices the HTC One M9e at CNY 2,700, or about $425 at the current conversion rates, which appears to be a steep price given the phone's specifications. For comparison, Tmall sells the One M9ew - a phone with hardware upgrades such as a QHD display, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage - for CNY 2,658. At this point, it's unclear if HTC will sell the One M9e outside of the Asian continent.

What do you guys think of the HTC One M9e?

souce: Tmall via GforGames

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16 Comments

1. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

That's why HTC is failing. Bring out 1 great phone, otherwise HTC won't matter in a few years.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They are bringing out great phones, they're just underrated. People only looks at their flaws then forgetting the positives. For example, while not winning in benchmarks, the HTC One M8 is faster in real life usage than the Note 4.

16. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

What you say is true, but you miss a huge point. Although they produce great phones, they are always overpriced and this (especially in this case, on the Asian market, where you can buy such goodies, like Xiaomi for less money) cause the falling of HTC

17. Shocky unregistered

They are not great phones, this has a weaker GPU than Snapdragon 801. And no, the M8 is NOT faster than a Note 4.

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

yeah Helio X10's GPU sucks. Not faster in raw power and in benchmarks, but faster in real life usage. Trust me, I'm an ex Note 4 user.

2. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I have already lost count how many useless m9 iterations htc released / If it is their new strategy they truly deserve to go bankrupt!

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

I honestly think someone is doing this to them on purpose

4. renan_batista2

Posts: 21; Member since: May 11, 2013

Its just very unfortinely to see HTC making such weird decisions like that. I think the only way to save the company from those stupid decisions is selling the company to another player. Maybe Asus would buy it. I mean they already are very good on tablets, laptops but they dont have the know-how for smartphones Which HTC has it and a very good engineer team. Lets see how it goes through time.

5. alcheng

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

HTC.... Hell The Cellular business... keep on releasing unimpressive products one after another, failure marketing and advertising strategies. don't get me wrong, I like HTC, using a M9 at the moment, my 5th HTC product, and I can honestly say it is the worst phone I've ever have. C'Mon HTC, do something right please.

8. Shocky unregistered

I feel for you, HTC showed great potential with the M7 but nothing really happened after that product. It also goes to show that sadly news sites and technology magazines/sites get it wrong, they won so many awards and this is the end result. They all got it wrong, quality build was pretty easy for even the Chinese manufactures to reproduce, HTC have NO other features to make them stand out and that is unfortunate but it is the reality. They don't have the money that Apple have or the resources that Samsung have and the end result is that HTC can't compete. I hope somebody buys them soon because I'm getting fed up with reading these articles.

6. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Facepalm.

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

They need to overhaul their line up and compete with ASUS and OnePlus

10. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

11. Shocky unregistered

Design was fine, bezel included. The hardware however was NOT want everyone wanted/ The camera was crap.

12. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

RRP to specs wise this just got royally owned by Elephone Vowney yesterday. ffs HTC you're better than this...

15. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I'll give HTC 3 years before they collapse under their own stupidity.

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