We have already seen enough variants of HTC’s 2015 flagship smartphone the One M9 – including the One M9+, One M9e and even One E9+. However, the Taiwanese company is not yet done with pushing out more variants, as it has now introduced a new HTC One M9s smartphone. The new device features a Full HD display, a rear camera with sapphire glass cover and an octa-core Helio X10 processor.
Design and Display
Also known as the HTC One M9(s), the One M9s bears marked semblance to the original flagship with an attractive unibody design. It features an all-metal build with dual-layer double-anodised aluminium used for its body. The phone is not exactly slim or lightweight at 9.6 millimetres and 158 g respectively. It sports a 5-inch IPS touch display with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which means users should expect enjoyable viewing on this device.
Camera and Storage
HTC One M9s packs a powerful 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and a sapphire crystal glass cover for extra protection for the lens. The shooter offers dual-LED flash, autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS) and BSI sensor for awesome images. It can be used to record spectacular Full HD (1080) videos. The phone also features a 4-megapixel UltraPixel front-facing snapper with an f/2.0 wide lens. Buyers get 16 GB of onboard storage which can be expanded by up to a colossal 2 TB using a microSD card.
Power and Performance
HTC has decided on a shift from the Snapdragon 810 SoC again, just as it did with earlier One M9 variants. HTC One M9s will be driven by a speedy MediaTek Helio X10, an octa-core processor delivering speeds of up to 2.2 GHz. And to make the phone more affordable, RAM capacity has slumped from 3 GB to 2 GB. A PowerVR G6200 GPU sees to graphics processing. It is not yet clear as to what Android version will come with the device out of the box. Juice will be supplied by a 2840mAh battery.
In addition to traditional 2G and 3G capabilities, HTC One M9s will also support 4G LTE connectivity. Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac are among available connectivity options.
Availability and Pricing
Pre-orders are currently on for HTC One M9s in Taiwan, with shipping scheduled to commence from November 21 – a day before the Gionee Elife S6 will go on sale. It attracts a price of TWD 12,900, which converts to a price of about N80,000 in Nigeria. However, there is no word on international availability of the phone at this time.
– All-metal chassis
– 5-inch Full HD display
– 13MP rear camera with sapphire crystal glass and 4MP UltraPixel (front) camera
– Octa-core, 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio X10 processor
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB onboard storage (expandable up to 2 TB)
– 2,840mAh battery
– 4G LTE support