If the transition from the Galaxy S4 to Galaxy S5 was disappointing to customers and detrimental to Samsung’s smartphone sales/earnings, we have to wonder if the same fate will befall HTC. We hope not, but the HTC One M9’s specs have been officially revealed, and for better or worse, it’s more of the same.
As we have detailed in previous articles, the HTC One M9 carries on the same design theme that we first saw with the One M7 and continued with the One M8. It’s a clean, sleek, industrial look, but it would have been nice to see HTC spice things up a bit. With Samsung swinging for the fences design-wise with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we’ll just have to see how HTC’s conservative approach pans out in the marketplace.
HTC is also holding the line when it comes to the One M9’s display. Instead of going with a QHD resolution like its flagship peers, the One M9 uses a 5-inch 1080p display. This may disappoint the spec-racers out there, but HTC’s move is likely to be a boon for battery life.
Moving on to One M9’s internals, things get a bit more interesting with a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot with support for up to 128GB, 2840 mAh battery, front-facing BoomSound speakers, a 20MP rear camera, and a 4MP front-facing camera. The device of course runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC's Sense Seven UI layered on top.
Interestingly enough, Best Buy has already posted the off-contract pricing for the One M9, which rings in at $649.99 for the AT&T version.