Update time: HTC One M9 scores improved camera performance, better battery life in some regions

When you think of HTC's flagship, the One M9, you're probably associating it with unpleasant issues, like generally underperforming camera and overheating in lots of scenarios, which are certainly marring HTC's image in front of consumers.

Of course, this is one of the chief reasons why the Taiwanese manufacturer is having a hard time and bleeding red ink at the moment. Certainly, the phone slinger is aware of its flagship device's issues and is doing everything in its power to further fix them.

That said, a new firmware update is rolling out for the HTC One M9 for users situated in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East. Update 1.40.401.5 is not based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, but is bringing a host of nice improvements to the handset, mostly centered around the camera performance, battery life, and heat management. 

In the camera department, the update brings a greater auto-exposure balance, which aims to improve the overexposure and hence make images look less washed out. What's more, the low-light camera performance should be getting an improvement, as noise reduction and blur in unfavorable light conditions is reportedly improved, thus improving overall image detail.

Finally, the yellow/green hue is also reduced, making images shot in "extreme lighting conditions" look closer to the real deal.

In the battery life department, HTC says it has reduced the power consumption for certain popular apps (YouTube and Facebook). As we said, the heat management has also been finely tuned, reducing the emitted heat while the device is getting charged.

The update will probably hit you shortly if you are sporting an HTC One M9 and reside in said regions. Has it hit you yet? Any impressions? Fell free to share with us!

source: AnandTech



1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Already received that update 2-3 weeks ago in Asia. Not much improvement over last versions.

11. waddup121 unregistered

HTC still fuked up. Better luck next time HTC!

15. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

HTC is nerfing the M9's peformance with firmware updates which won't fix the bigger problems since they are directly related to underperforming hardware, like the camera. Here's a toast to the M10!

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Since the update the picture i compared to the S6 picture at the store i work where almost identical so the improvement was real! When using the standard camera app. When using the CameraFV-5 app the picture where actually better than the S6 but its slower to take picture a bit. Also i dont feel any performance nerfing on the phone its super fast everything open fast like app and camera and the multitasking is amazing. depending on apps i can have up to 10 apps open at the same time and do multitasking whitout any lag or app reload like on the S6... Also the battery life improved a lots now its also a bit better than the S6. Some ppl need to stop been hater i guess.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Strange here the update made a big difference you sure you are not just an hater?

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Htc fooled me once, won't be twice again After the numerous update on my friends m7 and m8, not just battery life remains poor, the camera quality is somehow getting worse. Not to mention UI is getting sluggish and some bugs No more HTC this time, hope the company get rot

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Hello BobbyBuster

6. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

What? You SheepDroids are imbeciles.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lol you just approved that you are him by defending your bot account. GG Also dont tell other people that they are sheeps with that avatar.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol I find him and the patriots quite amusing actually.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol right? I don't comment much but I sure do enjoy reading the comment section in every article lmao.

8. gaming64 unregistered

Stupidity surrounds you, Anakin. Now we all know your identity. You're nothing but an asstroll.

10. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Tell your friends to install GPE rom on their HTCs.

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nice lie :) All i got from all my M7 M8 and now M9 customer is thats its the best phone they ever used and they had no problem. Out of all the M7 i sold ( over 75 ) only 1 came back with issues. No M8 since i started to sell them and no M9 as well ( and i sell more M9 than S6 ) So live in your dream world mr bot :)

3. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Should've kept the duo camera.

9. gaming64 unregistered

Too much of a gimmick and HTC doesn't know how to implement it. Remember thee camera on the M8?

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I loved the camera on the M8. Picture quality was amazing for 4mpix ( very comparable to all others phone unless you zoom in ) and they where easy to send to friend by email ect ( small size ) I also loved the quality of the focus effect its was way better than the crappy one on the S6. So yeah i remember one of the best camera on a smartphone i ever used.

4. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"for users situated in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East." there is something wrong there please fix.

14. ryansc375

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

For what it's worth, the current update is 1.40.401.8, not 1.40.401.5.

16. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

This is so funny even one of you maybe don't have m9 I have m9 and I love it it's really great phone when I'm seen something great in my hand Then I come here and see this comment Falk say about something never see or test it's soo .... I update my phone today and it's so hot camera now anyway before I use raw and take some pictures make me even more than glad the camera is very good tanks HTC

21. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I received 1.40.401.8 update and I think it's fantastic. Phone does not heat at all when using browser and watching videos. It did that before the update. Also battery life seems to be improved a lot. Performance is great too as it was already. I haven't tested camera very much though so I can't comment improvements which were made there.

22. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

WoW! That opening paragraph! smh Uh no, that's not what I think of when I think of HTC flagships...all of mine have been great. Who is this guy foolin?...or tryin to fool???

23. redbull1

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

HTC has been rated the smartphone of the year the last 2 years. There design doesn't change much because there's no reason to. It has the best build quality and has the best speakers on the market. And it has the cleanest UI. That lag and bugs that ur talking about is actually lollipop. So blame Google not HTC cuz it does it on the S6 and the G4. Now the HTC one m9 camera isn't horrible. It will suit you just fine for posting media pictures and text messages. They only get washed out and over exposed when you blow them up on a computer or print them out. And software updates are good and make an improvement but the camera lacks OIS and HTC still goes with the Toshiba sensor. It's a bad sensor and smartphones need OIS to combat the shake that the shutter creates and ur hand shakes

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