HTC One (M9) Unveiled
HTC has unveiled the successor to its highly popular HTC One (M8) smartphone. HTC announced its newest generation flagship device the same day Samsung announced its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, so it’s safe to say there’s plenty of competition for the company. However, HTC has done a phenomenal job at winning the hearts of consumers with its mid-to-high-end smartphones, and the HTC One (M9) is no exception.
First off, the new HTC One (M9) features a powerful Qualcomm 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s the same Snapdragon 801 processor found in the Galaxy S5. This is the newest processor offered by Qualcomm, and it’s incredibly fast. While the old Snapdragon 801 was limited to 32 bits, this latest version doubles the processing power to 64 bits.
Other specs for the HTC One (M9) include 3GB of random access memory (RAM), 32GB of internal storage, a massive 20-megapixel primary camera, and it will run Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. While the HTC One (M8) was generally well-received by critics, users complained about the device’s “Duo Camera,” which was riddled with bugs. It appears as if HTC has ditched the Duo Camera, opting for a new and improved 20-megapixel camera instead. This powerful camera, paired with HTC’s on-board camera app, should deliver some incredible photos.
What’s even more impressive with the HTC One (M9), however, is its structural design. As noted by TechSpot.com, the new device features a physical power button fixated on the right-hand side — a location where most new smartphones choose to place it. Furthermore, the up/down volume buttons are fixated directly above, delivering an ergonomic and natural feeling that most users will appreciate.
“Perhaps the most relevant functional change HTC has introduced to the One design is the power button location. The top-edge button has finally been removed in favour of a perfectly-positioned right-side button, positioned below two distinct volume buttons. All three buttons are solid, clicky and responsive, though they don’t travel very far,” wrote TechSpot.com.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know how much the HTC One (M9) will cost. However, rumors suggest that it will likely follow the same structure as its predecessor, with a retail price tag of around $649. The M9 will launch on all four major U.S. carriers on April 10, 2015.
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