Now that MWC has officially started a few days ago, it is about to end. The highlights of MWC 2015 featured 2 of the world’s top industry names, Samsung and HTC, both unveiling their 2015 Flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and its Edged variant, and the HTC One M9, as expected. These two titans went head to head in a battle of raw power and design.
HTC’s newest Flagship, the M9 resembled only some of the leaks, rumors, and renders. Most notably, the leaks from Upleaks and Phandroid seemed to resemble the M9 the closest, with the Backside and frame of the M9. The front of the M9 was something that a lot of people didn’t expect. Honestly, in my opinion, some of the renders of the M9 were something I was hoping would look like in the real M9. The design of HTC’s device disappointed A LOT of people, including me. The M7, M8, and the M9 literally look all the same. The M8 and M9 both sport 5 inch displays, each with FHD (1920×1080) resolutions. We learned that HTC were presented with the problem of QHD technology.
OEMs late last year and this year, (Samsung, Meizu, and LG) opted to go with the QHD route, (2560×1440) resolution being the density of the displays on their flagships. This year, most people were expecting more and more devices sporting QHD resolutions, but some OEMs like HTC decided that the battery life trade-off and the slightly higher resolution provided by the QHD display were not worth it, as we all know that higher resolutions start to take their toll on battery life. Maybe we would have to wait until 2016 when HTC will announce their M10 device and finally introduce QHD display to it, assuming technological advancements in battery life allow for greater performance at higher resolutions.
The M9 still arms itself with a brushed aluminum, premium feel to it, only this time, the M9, unlike the M8 only sports a single camera, instead of 2 cameras situated on top of each other on the back. The M8 sported a dual 4MP camera as the rear camera, which was mediocre, but seeing the M9 sporting a 20MP single primary camera is a little bit more impressive, living up to the expectations of some people. The Primary camera is even protected by a pure sapphire camera lens, material that we can see on the fingerprint home button on the iPhone 5s and up. As for the front of the device, the design is extremely similar to the likes of the M7 and M8.
There were a lot of rumors and speculations for the M9, saying the design was going to be changed, most notably the ugly big speaker grill bars at the top and bottom of the device being removed and situated somewhere else on the device, maybe at the bottom of the device.
HTC made a statement on the design of the front of the device, stating that they thought sound quality was of the utmost importance to them, including their Boomsound Technology, unwilling to sacrifice that for better aesthetics. Their volume capabilities reach up to an excess of a whopping 95 db (decibels), otherwise known as a unit of measurement for sound intensity. HTC partnered with Dolby to provide a truly amazing sound quality experience, “recreating” the 5.1 surround sound effect.
They also stated that they wanted the “One” lineup to resemble each other, and make them stand out in front of the crowd, making these line of devices easily recognizable, if only that was the case. People can definitely recognize a device coming from the One lineup, only problem is that which one is it? Is it the M7? M8? Or the M9? Well, I wouldn’t know until I get close up and personal and examine the details.
As for specifications, the M9 packed some of the hardware that most of us have already guessed. Being a high end premium device, it comes to no surprise that the M9 has such top of the line specifications, such as the Snapdragon 810 Chipset most higher end devices in 2015 (Except Samsung and some Chinese devices) will be including. The 810 is an Octa-Core processor (Quad-Core Cortex A57 2.0GHz + Quad-Core Cortex A53 1.5GHz), supporting up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, QHD screen resolutions, higher battery life, and much more. I have to say, I’m quite impressed with the specs this device wields, jus disappointed by some of the aesthetic and cosmetic design.
Of course this device is still high end, just not as high end as it could be, like reaching the 4GB of RAM capacity, or QHD resolution with higher pixel density, or overkill battery life, the specs are still something many can live with.
HTC Also included their interface with the M9, the Sense 7.0, on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Let’s quickly run over the main specification sheet of the device, as most of us really only care about the specifications when considering smartphones.
Specifications Courtesy of GSMARENA and HTC Website (M9 Specs page)
- Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA(+)/4G LTE (Nano-Sim slot)
- Weight: 157g
- Display: Super LCD3, capacitive Multi-touch Touchscreen, 5.0 Inches FHD (1920X1080) Resolution, with 441 PPI/Pixel density (Pixels Per Inch)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- OS: Android 5.0x Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0 Interface
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa (MSM8994)
- Processor: Octa-Core Processor: (Quad-Core Cortex A57 2.0GHz + Quad-Core Cortex A53 1.5GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 430
- Storage: 32GB Internal Storage (Micro SD card slot, supporting up to 128GB)
- RAM: 3GB LPDDR4
- Primary Camera: 20.7MP (5376×3752) resolution, autofocus, Dual LED Flash
- Secondary Camera: 4MP
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Dual Band
- Bluetooth: BT 4.1
- Battery: Non-Removable Li-Po 2840mAh Battery
Judging from these specifications, the M9 is an opponent that OEMs cannot ignore. But the fact that HTC did their best with the design and hardware of the M9, this still isn’t as great as it could be. We could be seeing companies like LG and a few chines OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei to be stepping up their game and one-upping HTC by providing even higher end specs, and making their flagships more overkill, while maintaining a fairly low cost, as seen in most Chinese devices.
In my opinion, these OEMs that have been quick to announce their devices at MWC 2015 should be careful, because their 5 minutes of Fame will only last so long. They should enjoy the popularity while they can, because companies like LG and Oneplus will be announcing their Flagships this year as well, it’s only a matter of time. I personally cannot wait for the LG G4 and the Oneplus 2, I’d really like to see those 2 devices go head to head for the spot of the 2015 Smartphone of the year, completely wiping the floor with Samsung’s S6 and HTC’s M9.
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