This smartphone is on fire! Here's our HTC One M9 specs review

Introduction


With the HTC One M9, the Taiwanese maker introduced nothing short of a remarkable successor to the incredible smartphone that was the HTC One (M8). Just like the (M8) came with a bustling spec sheet last year, the One M9 sports the top-shelf hardware of 2015. This muscular set of internals is due for a review and a summation of our expectations from it, so read on - obviously, with a device like this, one has plenty of greatness to look forward to!

Design


At first sight, it's a little bit difficult to tell the M9 and its predecessor apart, but you surely notice that the M9 basically melded the best elements of the HTC One (M7) and One (M8) together! Without questions, this is another extremely impressive smartphone from HTC, and another candidate for the most sharp-dressed Android award. Measuring 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61mm and weighing in at 157g, it's hardly the slimmest phone out there, but to those of you that prefer their smartphones with a bit of a healty heft to them, it must be a godsend. The HTC One M9 is all metal - no glass (except on the display), no plastic, no compromises. This is how HTC likes it!


Display


The HTC One M9 stands against the Quad-HD craze with a crisp 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. We will really have to put it through our display test procedures to get an accurate assessment of its properties, but for the most part, we're sure things will look really really well on it! HTC has had a thing for tuning those displays to come up with natural, if slightly cold colors. It also gets them all nice and bright, so we certainly have some good expectations towards the M9's display performance!


Processor and memory


Continuing its longstanding partnership with US chipmaker Qualcomm, HTC reqruitted its latest creation - the mighty octa-core Snapdragon 810 - to power its 2015 flagship. It also gave it a roomy 3GB of RAM, and by resisting the urge to stick a power-hungry 1440p display on the phone, HTC turned the HTC One M9 into a playground for Qualcomm's fiery dragon! As you may know, this is a 64-bit octa-core monster with four Cortex-A57 cores operating at speeds of up to 2.1GHz, and four Cortex-53 tuned to 1.5GHz. Preliminary benchmarks have shown this SoC has what it takes to power even 4K display devices into excellent gaming and multimedia performance. Thus, we expect really good performance out of the One M9, thanks to its blistering spec sheet and modern components. In addition, the M9 has 32 gigabytes of expandable internal storage.


Camera


The HTC One M9's whopping 20MP dual-tone flash camera is certainly one of the major changes introduced by HTC. It succeeds the HTC One (M8)'s underwhelming 4MP UltraPixel cam - now relocated on the front and playing second fiddle as the selfie cam. The imaging sensor is made by Toshiba and it's said to have square-shaped pixels, which end up being bigger than good ol' rectangular ones and thus have better light-soaking abilities. Now where have we heard that before... oh, well! So far, our experience with the One M9's camera, and the leaked camera samples are both rather promising! As for the UltraPixel camera, it's extra large, light-soaking pixels really have what it takes to land a good selfie even in night time. In fact, the UltraPixel could become HTC's secret weapon that will win the war for the perfect selfie!


Battery life


The HTC One M9 ships with a 2840mAh non-replaceable battery unit, and we are rather optimistic towards its eventual battery test result. A combination of large capacity battery, 1080p display, and modern, power-efficient processor can only lead to an impressive score! Alas, the One M9 seems to be skipping on the fast charging innovations for now.

Expectations


The HTC One M9 is one of 2015's performance beasts, although time will tell whether it will end up as the one to rule them all in benchmarks, games, browsing, and overall processing muscle!

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27 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Still no sign of OIS for the camera. So no PA its not on fire. Just stop it.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Biggest disappoint for me imo.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How come PA can't have their opinion, like you have yours?

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That and it's using almost indistinguishable design cues and its 1080p display panel (S-LCD3) that's 3 years old with no update to power efficiency, color reproduction, viewing angles, visibility and such. The 20 MP camera module falls short too in the recent comparison thread between the image quality. Indeed it's not going to be firing up the sales charts.

18. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Yes ois is a must feature to have in a camera now. Especially a rich pixel density one like the HTC one M9 has.

2. Furbal unregistered

Battery life should be impressive

3. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

>sd 810 yeah it really is on fire

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I see what you did there. +1

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

1st .......

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I see what you did there. +1

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

2nd ....... got yea

31. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

+1 let's hope no one really get caught on fire from M9

4. rj_78

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

This is what we were expecting this thing to be. I don't know why you guys are hating this. Just asking your views not a htc fan.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31290; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gorgeous, plain and simple. Nice job HTC.

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sort of want.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For the next 30 mins, the HTC One M8 is the most powerful phone available.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

LOL I know what you mean.

28. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

You are god damn right. LOL

14. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

RIP. HTC ... So long... You just blew it..! Idiots. They will never learn..!

27. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

What should they have done in your opinion then?

19. jvtran19

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was looking forward to a new design and QHD screen, but I stick to my main phones the note 4 and iPhone 6 plus. Yes you stupid people I got both phone and I use it both. Hate me because you ain't me.

22. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I was going to do the iPhone 6 plus with my Note 4 but said no. But a S6 Edge with my Note 4 sounds like a sweet combo. Or a S6 Edge with a iPhone 6 plus sounds nice as well. I just don't want 2 large phones.

25. jvtran19

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I know what you mean. Too many choices. We are phone whoring.

21. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

After today this phone is dead to me. Even if this phone is ranked high it's still a boring phone to me.

26. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

it's a meh.

29. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Very impressive. Best android available, good job HTC.

30. Riggleman81

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Are all these exclamation marks necessary when writing a professional article? They seem greatly out of place.

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