HTC is looking for ways to impress the audience with its flagship smartphone line-up. After failing to gain traction with its HTC One M9 smartphone, the Taiwanese tech giant is stepping up with HTC One M9+. As the name suggests, the plus signifies larger screen but the new entry is actually upgraded on several aspects. Here's a quick comparison of both HTC flagship devices, which try to best each other in their own ways possible.
HTC refused to make major changes in the design but the larger screen size in the One M9+ makes up for the biggest separator. The larger variant of the flagship sports a sleek look with industrial brushed metal finish. The front-facing BoomSound speakers are intact and the presence of a physical key interrupts the lower speaker by dividing into half.
After packing a Full HD display in its One M9 smartphone, HTC decided to up the ante on its Plus variant. Clearly, HTC's current flagship was no match compared to its rival Samsung, so the HTC One M9+ puts up a fight with a Quad HD display that packs 2,560x1,440 pixels. This is a massive improvement in the screen resolution department and guarantees a much better quality on the 5.2-inch display with 565ppi compared to 441ppi in the 5-inch One M9.
HTC took a major leap in the One M9's camera by ditching its Duo Camera technology. But it seems the company is missing that so reintroduced the Duo Camera set-up with around 20mp in the One M9+. As for the One M9, there's a rear-facing 20.7mp camera but extra pixels do not count for a better image quality. Both HTC One models have similar 4.1mp Ultrapixel front facing sensors.
HTC One M9+ boasts an individual home button at the bottom that also serves as the fingerprint scanner. The new security standard is widely adopted by most flagships and it is rational for HTC to do the same if it wants to be in the game.
Under the hood
Along with impressive changes to the One M9+ on the outside, HTC decided to favour a powerful octa-core MediaTek processor clocking speeds at 2.3GHz. The One M9, however, packs a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 810 processor. Other specs such as 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 2,840mAh battery and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS remains intact.
Even if the new HTC One M9+ may sound impressive, buyers outside China will not be able to get their hands on the plus-sized One M9 immediately. The pricing and availability details of the One M9+ in international markets such as India and the US are yet to be announced. Until then, HTC's best bet is the One M9 against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and other renowned flagships.