Is sticking to tradition a good thing? First impressions of the HTC One M9.

Mobile World Congress is where the tech industry loves to show off and bring out new products.

HTC is no exception.

The Taiwanese company has long been regarded as making some of the most beautiful Android smartphones on the planet, in fact, in terms of build quality and design, many people have called them Android’s answer to the iPhone.

On March 1st, HTC debuted their all new flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9 (we REALLY need to talk about your naming convention HTC).

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As the name suggests, the One M9 is the successor to last year’s One M8.

Sporting a very familiar metal unibody build, the One M9 is, as some tech reporters have called it, the year’s most beautiful disappointment.

Don’t get me wrong, the HTC One M9 is not only a beautiful phone, but also a powerful one, it’s that we all wanted…more. We wanted something that would make us go ooh and aah, and I’m sorry to say HTC, a unibody dual tone metal case, Snapdragon 810 processor and a new 20MP pixel camera on the back just isn’t going to do that.

HTC is trying to build a brand around an instantly recognizable device, at least that’s their explanation as to why the One M9 seems like a recycled One M8. To be fair, the One M8 was easily one of 2014’s most beautiful smartphones and the One M9 carries on that tradition, with a few minor changes.

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Last year’s One M8 featured an Ultrapixel camera on the back of the device, this year, the Ultrapixel camera was moved to the front of the device and a new 20MP shooter was put in the back.

The HTC One M9 comes with the all new Sense 7 which promises to be more fluid and more attuned to you.

We’re happy to say that the One M9 is not as slippery as last year’s flagship and comes with BoomSound with Dolby Audio. It also has expandable memory (something we love at GoTrend).

Is the HTC one M9 a bad phone? Not at all.

Would we buy it? Probably.

Would it be our first choice? We’re not sure.

HTC has made a very capable device with the One M9 but in an Android world were many companies are making capable devices and recycling some of their previous designs, this feels like part of the iPhone S-series. Minimal changes to the design and expected updates to the internals (which are we do welcome). Nothing wrong with that, but for a company known for design, we were hoping for a little bit more.

In a world where companies are bring us curved and flexible phones, phones with dual curved edges and Quad HD displays, is sticking to the familiar a good thing? We’ll have to wait and see.

Keep an eye on GoTrend for pricing and release information.

 

HTC One M9 specs:

 

 

Size 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm

 

CPU Speed

 

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810, octa core

64-bit, 4 x 2.0GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz

 

Memory

 

ROM: 32GB / RAM: 3GB

Extended memory: microSD™ up to 128 GB

 

Sensors

 

Ambient light sensor

Proximity sensor

Accelerometer

Compass sensor

Gyro sensor

Magnetic sensor

Sensor Hub

 

Camera

 

Main camera: 20MP with sapphire cover lens, auto-focus, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 27.8mm lens, 4K video recording

Front camera: HTC UltraPixel™, BSI sensor, f/2.0, 26.8mm lens, 1080p video recording

 

Additional Dual-tone metal unibody

Themes

HTC Sense™ Home

One Gallery

Photo Editor

 

Weight

 

157g
Platform Android™ with HTC Sense™

 

Network 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G UMTS:

850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G LTE:

FDD: Bands 1,3,5,7,8,20,28

TDD: Bands 38, 40, 41

 

Connectivity

 

NFC

Bluetooth® 4.1

Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

DLNA®

HDMI MHL 3.0

CIR

3.5 mm stereo audio jack

micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port

 

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