First of all HTC stumped us by launching the One M9+ when everybody thought the company would be launching the One M9, their flagship device announced at MWC 2015. The One M9+ is the bigger brother of One M9 with certain key differentiating features like the Quad HD display, MediaTek SoC, fingerprint scanner and the dual camera at the back.
The phone is priced at Rs 52,500 in India and is the most expensive phone with a MediaTek chipset. It will be interesting to see how HTC India markets the device and how many unit gets sold. Check out our HTC One M9+ hands on and first impressions to find out if its worth your money.
HTC One M9+ Hands on and first impressions
Lets start with the design, the One M9+ is very similar to the One M9.The volume rocker is placed on the right and the lock button just below them. On the left, we have nothing except the SIM card tray. The same two-tone gold paint treatment is given to the M9+. The one we got our hands on was the silver and gold colour variant. However, it will be easy to spot the One M9+ out because of two distinctive elements. First of all, the fingerprint scanner on the front and secondly the duo camera setup at the back similar to the one found on the One M8. HTC has designed the best looking Android devices over the years and they have not disappointed this time as well.
Coming to the fingerprint sensor, it’s actually touch based like Apple iPhone’s touch ID and not swipe based like the one found on Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Even Samsung has implemented it on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Although its shape and positioning can be questionable as it wider and not circular but it works very well as it should.
Another major difference between the HTC One M9+ and the One M9 is, you get a better (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD display instead of the Full HD display on the M9. It display looks absolutely gorgeous with great brightness levels and vivid colours. It has great viewing angles with good colour saturation and we have no complaints whatsoever. The inbuilt storage on the One M9+ is 32 GB and it is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card, which makes it better than the Galaxy S6, at least on paper.
The main camera at the rear is a 20 megapixel shooter along with a secondary depth sensor above it to adjust focus, even after taking a picture. The camera is quite fast, coming in with f/2.2 aperture, should give a nice depth of field effect like DSLRs. The primary camera on the HTC One M9+ is also circular as supposed to the more square one, on the M9. One thing to note is that this camera can shoot videos in 4k resolution which would be a bliss for mobile videographer enthusiasts.
The secondary camera or the selfie front-facing camera rocks a 4 megapixel ultra pixel shooter. It has a f-stop of f/2.0 which should help while taking selfies in the dark. The images we took looked good on the One M9+ display but we will have to test that out in-depth by exporting it to a bigger display.
Inside the phone sits a 2.2 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio (MT6795T) 64-bit processor along with PowerVR G6200 GPU. It is an absolute beast when it comes to performance. The phone does not lag or hang, thanks to HTC’s Sense 7 UI and the 3 GB RAM inside. Talking of the software, it runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Sense 7 UI on top of it. HTC has added a theming widget to sense 7 for the first time and we also liked the Blinkfeed on this version. Overall, the phone felt snappy in performance and there were no noticeable lags in the UI.
The HTC One M9+ packs in a 2,840 mAh battery under the hood, which we will need to test further to give our final verdict. The boom sound speakers remain the same with Dolby surround sound but we were not able to test those out at the event, as it was quite loud.
After going through our detailed HTC One M9+ hands on and first impressions, you must have had an idea about the device. However, we would like to conclude by saying that this phone is even better than the HTC One M9 with the Quad HD screen, MediaTek Helio 64-bit chipset, fingerprint scanner and the dual camera. Hence, HTC has launched the One M9+ ahead of their much marketed flagship device, the One M9. However, we will give our final verdict once we test out the smartphone over a period of time. Hopefully, we will receive a review unit from HTC India.
The price for the One M9+ is set at Rs 52,500 (US $842 approximately) and will be available from May 3 in India.