Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has launched two new handsets - One M9+ and One E9+ in India.
This is a bit contrary to what media or fans had anticipated. The company was expected to launch the 2015 flagship smartphone One M9 in New Delhi, but HTC has launched two variants of the original model, unveiled just a few days ago in neighbouring China.
HTC One M9+ looks strikingly identical to the original HTC One M9, which boasts the dual-tone uni-body design language. The phone's rear is a silver-coated metal, whereas on the edges, it is laced with gold-coating providing dual metal finish.
The company, in its bid to make the device look different from the original flagship model, has made changes in display resolution (& size) CPU and camera department.
One M9+ sports a 5.2-inch QHD (2560x1440p) LCD screen and houses MediaTek Octa-core SoC (System on Chip), 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt memory and 2840 mAh battery.
Another key aspect of the new HTC One M9+ is that it houses the finger-print sensor which we see in rival brands – Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge and Apple iPhone 6.
On the photography front, it houses the 20.0-megapixel camera with an additional camera sensor at the top, to capture detailed, in-depth information of the scene, enabling users to re-focus other objects visible in the photo which have been already clicked via UFocus application.
On the other hand, HTC One E9+ sports a mammoth 5.5-inch QHD (2560x440p) screen and like the previous generation E9, it flaunts the plastic body. One key improvement is that HTC has incorporated dual-tone colouring seen the current flagship smartphone -HTC One (M9).
Under the hood, it houses 2.0GHz Mediatek Octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB in-built memory, 20.0-megapixel camera on the rear-side, a ultra-pixel snapper on the front and 2800 mAh battery.
HTC One M9+ and One E9+ India price and release details:
The company has reportedly confirmed that the new HTC One M9+ will be released in India for ₹52,500 on 3 May. Even One E9+ too, will be made available next month, but the device's price is still under wraps.
As for HTC One M9, the company is tight-lipped about the flagship smartphone's availability in the subcontinent.
Key specifications of HTC One M9+, One E9+ and One M9:
|Model||HTC One (M9)||HTC One M9+||HTC One E9+|
|OS||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with custom UI Sense v7.0||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with custom UI Sense v7.0||Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense v7.0|
|Processor||64-bit class 2.7GHz Snapdragon 810 series CPU ( Quad-core ARM® Cortex™ A57 and quad-core A53)||2.3GHz Mediatek Helio X10 octa-core CPU [Type: MT6795T]||64-bit class 2.0 GHz Mediatek Octa-core CPU[type: MT6795M]|
|RAM||3GB DDR4||3GB DDR4||3GB|
|Storage capacity||32GB,expandable up to 128GB||32GB,expandable up to 128GB||16GB (expandable)|
|Battery||2840 mAh||2840 mAh||2800 mAh|
|Network||4G (Cat. 6: 300mbps/50mbps) with VoLTE, carrier aggregation,||4G (Cat. 6: 300mbps/50mbps) with VoLTE, carrier aggregation,||4G-LTE|
|Add-ons||Nano-SIM slot, Aluminum based body, BoomSound, microSD card slot, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n / ac)||Finger-print sensor, Nano-SIM slot, Aluminum based body, BoomSound, Dolby Audio system, microSD card slot, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n / ac)||Dual-SIM (nano + nano), NFC, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio technology|
|Dimensions||144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm||150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61 mm||156.5x76.5x7.49mm|
|Weight||157 g||168 g||150 g|
|Colours||Silver, Gunmetal grey, Pink, Gold||Silver, Gunmetal grey, Pink, Gold||Meteor Grey, Classic Rose Gold & Gold Sepia|