Say, did you happen to look at HTC’s flagship product roster recently and think there was something missing? No? Too bad, because the Taiwan-based device manufacturer certainly reckoned that was the case, concocting yet another ultra-high-end MediaTek-powered Android most of you can never own.
Following in the footsteps of the M9+ and E9+, the One ME (MediaTek?) was introduced quietly in China, where it’s to go on sale soon for an unrevealed price. From the “Middle Kingdom”, the 5.2 incher will quickly take flight and land in… Taiwan. Hong Kong, maybe, Singapore and the likes. But that’s it.
Any reason our Western-located readers should pine for the metal-framed, polycarbonate-backed Quad HD handheld? You bet. It’s essentially a lower-cost variation of the M9+ with similarly premium internals.
Check that, the MT6795T processor is actually replaced with a spanking new Helio X10, which fancy name aside, brings (marginal) raw speed improvements to the table. 64-bit-enabled, octa-core and clocked at 2.2 GHz, the chip is so fresh it’ll make its all-around commercial debut under One ME’s hood.
Boosted by 3 generous gigs of RAM, of course, for smooth multitasking, with a 2,840 mAh battery in charge of the tricky lights-on duty. Nowhere near as robust as the aluminum unibody M9 and M9 Plus, the plasticky One ME is at least stylish and playful, coated in meteor grey, gold sepia or rose gold.
To further mess with your heads and muddle the already intricate HTC One family, the ME borrows the single 20 MP rear camera of the E9+ and 4 UltraPixel selfie shooter of the M9+. Needless to stress the display delivers mind-blowing 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution for a staggering 565 ppi (sorry, standard M9 owners), and Android 5.0 Lollipop runs the software show, with Sense UI 7.0 as a trusted sidekick.