Available in a bunch of Asian markets for a few months now, the high-res 5.2-inch Android smartphone will spread its wings to the old continent soon, as predicted by a Twitter tipster.
Indecision, design stagnation and brand dilution seem to best characterize HTC company policy these days, with the confusingly named One M9+ officially headed to Europe, despite it initially targeting squarely Chinese audiences.
Clearly worthy of the “Plus” suffix in the screen resolution department, as well as endowed with fingerprint recognition, the upper class Lollipop soldier also swaps the standard M9’s Snapdragon 810 SoC for a MediaTek MT6795T.
Both processors are composed of eight zippy cores, and the MTK silicon is clocked higher, at 2.2 GHz, while yielding none of the S810’s overheating glitches. Still, at the end of the day, some reviewers report the speed differences are marginal to nonexistent.
Furthermore, you shouldn’t be very optimistic about the endurance of the One M9+, given its sharper, more power-demanding 2,560 x 1,440 display and exact same battery as the M9 (2,840 mAh capacity). Obviously taller, wider and a bit heavier than the “international” 5 incher, the regional 5.2-inch big boy stands out with a 20 + 2.1 MP Duo Camera arrangement too.
Enough to justify however more HTC decides to charge for the M9+ compared to the M9 on European shores? It no doubt depends on actual figures and gaps, which HTC insists on keeping a secret for the time being.
Also under wraps – the list of countries included on the flagship’s “Eurotrip”, and precise stop dates for each. Oh, well, the continental dissemination must happen soon, since a sequel or spin-off of sorts is tipped for a fall debut.
As far as tariffs go, stateside, where the M9+ will likely never land properly, Amazon partners ask $649, compared to $585 or so for a factory unlocked 1,080p aluminum unibody handheld. So, yeah, our prediction circles €650.
Source: The Verge