Only available in Taiwan thus far, the “dual-toned” full-metal flagship manages to steal Samsung Galaxy S6’s thunder after all.
Aluminum unibody vs metallic frames and Gorilla Glass back cover. Full HD screen resolution prudence vs unapologetic Quad HD beauty. Sheer Snapdragon 810 power vs Exynos 7420 energy efficiency. Nonsensical, artsy publicity vs possibly the most well-oiled buzz machine in the Android décor. Last but not least, March 27 vs April 10.
This clash of the titans looks like it might go the distance, even though HTC didn’t take full advantage of the earlier release date. At one point, it seemed the two heavyweight contenders would see daylight simultaneously, badly damaging M9’s already slim chances of coming out on top.
Ultimately, US online availability will begin at 12:01 am ET tomorrow, Friday, March 27, so a good couple of weeks before the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge achieve lift-off. Then again, pre-orders for Samsung’s next big things should themselves open this Friday, ergo the M9 is unlikely to hog the spotlight for long.
Offered with game-changing Uh-Oh protection plans, ensuring clumsy owners against accidental water immersion or cracked displays for a whole year, the M9 will cost $650 outright via HTC’s digital outlet. To further help prospective buyers with cash flow deficiencies, the device manufacturer shall also throw in an interest-free 12-month financing option for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, of the “big four” American carriers poised to receive brick and mortar stock on April 10, T-Mobile and AT&T have just joined the early launch party. Magenta will start taking online orders at 6 am PDT on March 27, and sell the sizzling hot but no longer overheating 5 incher at $0 down with $27.08 monthly payments. The grand total? You guessed it, $650.
As for Ma Bell, the nation’s second largest service provider continues to stand out with greed, charging $709 off-contract. Good thing AT&T also lets you nab the HTC One M9 at $200 with pacts, or between $23.64 and $35.45 on Next installment plans. Verizon, Sprint, we believe it’s your move.