Following countless leaks that’ve hit over the past few weeks, the HTC One M9+ was finally made official today.
As its name suggests, the HTC One M9+ is a larger HTC One M9, boasting a 5.2-inch display that’s larger than the 5-inch screen found on the One M9. The One M9+’s display has a higher resolution, too, boasting a 2560x1440 resolution compared to the One M9’s 1920x1080 screen. Another big difference between the One M9+ and the One M9 is the oblong shape that’s smack dab in the middle of the bottom BoomSound speaker, which is the device’s fingerprint reader that lets you unlock your phone by resting your finger on it. The final cosmetic change that the One M9+ has compared to the One M9 is around back, where there’s not only a round 20-megapixel camera, but also a second depth-sensing Duo Camera like the setup found on the One M8.
Diving inside of the One M9+’s frame, we’re greeted by an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 2840mAh battery. As with other HTC One devices, the One M9+ has front-facing BoomSound speakers that also happen to feature Dolby Audio. And on the software side of things, the One M9+ is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop and HTC Sense 7, which includes HTC Themes for personalizing your software as well as Sense Home, which offers you apps based on whether you’re at work, at home, or out and about.
The HTC One M9+ is going to launch in China, but HTC isn’t talking price just yet. And it’s worth noting that HTC has said it’s got no plans to launch the One M9+ in North America or Europe, so if you live in those regions, you’re out of luck. That’s kind of a bummer because the One M9+ offers features that a lot of Android fans like to have nowadays, like a larger screen and a 2560x1440 resolution. And while the HTC One M9+’s fingerprint reader may not be quite a “gotta have it” feature, it’ll be interesting to see how the feature performs, especially compared to the quality fingerprint scanners found on the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6.
Now that it’s official, what do you think of the HTC One M9+? Would you use it as your daily driver if you were able to buy one?