Westerners won’t be happy to hear their standard, spanking new One M9 is antiquated before properly spreading its wings.
Forget six-month or one-year release cycles. HTC is officially on a flagship upgrade course measured in weeks. Yes, weeks. The all-aluminum, “dual-tone” One M9 literally just went on sale stateside, and a vastly improved take on the same exact device, with nearly identical design and Xeroxed construction, is out in China.
And it’s not like we didn’t know the One M9 Plus, aka M9+, was coming. Several tipsters, most notably Twitter insider @upleaks, revealed literally everything about it a while back. What’s still unclear is whether it’s headed to the Western hemisphere soon or not.
If it is, it probably should adopt a more mainstream Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor in lieu of MediaTek’s own MT6795T 64-bit octa-core powerhouse offered in China. 3 GB RAM is a fixed asset nowadays for high-end Androids, and although microSD support isn’t going anywhere as far as HTC is concerned, internal storage starts at a respectable 32 GB.
Sooo, where are all the improvements again? As (comprehensively) rumored, the screen grows both in size and resolution, at 5.2 inches and 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, aka Quad HD, QHD or 2K. Also, for fans of questionable gimmicks, fingerprint recognition technology is neatly disguised as a physical home button, flanked by lower speaker grills.
Hopefully, that’s not going to impair the typically exquisite BoomSound audio quality of upper tier HTCs. Apparently, Dolby Surround enhancements are added in the equation to ensure that doesn’t happen, while on the software side, Android 5.0 Lollipop is coupled with a regional iteration of HTC’s proprietary UI fittingly dubbed Sense China.
Any other tweaks meant to provoke the jealousy of early One M9 adopters? As a matter of fact, yes. The rear-facing camera is not only endowed with 20 generous megapixels, but it’s also got a secondary sensor for superior depth. Yes, we’re talking a Duo Camera setup, plus a 4 Ultrapixel selfie-friendly shooter staring you in the eye.
No words on price tags yet, and no precise launch date announced either, so perhaps there’s hope for Americans and Europeans after all. Do the right thing, HTC, and forget you ever produced a Full HD One M9.