We got our first look at HTC’s One M9+ handset weeks ago, but now the Taiwanese company has come out to confirm the phone is indeed the real deal. Don’t get too excited yet, though—as we expected, the smartphone will only be available in China. Most people probably won’t be too disappointed to hear this once they read more details about the phone, though, as it’s actually a pretty underwhelming entry…
The HTC One M9+ features many of the same specs as its brother (which is available in the US), the HTC One M9, but there are some notable differences. Rather than go with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor (which has been controversial, especially in the One M9), HTC went with MediaTek’s 64-bit Helio X10 core processor. The phone also has a display that’s just .2-inches larger than the M9, sitting right at 5.2-inches with a higher 2K resolution.
Unlike the M9, the M9+ reintroduces the duo-camera of previous HTC M models, but it comes in at the M9’s same 20-megapixels. The phone features an UltraPixel front camera like the M9, “BoomSound” speakers like the M9, and HTC’s Sense 7 customized flavor of Android—just like the M9. As was expected, the M9+ also comes in three aesthetic varieties, including the notoriously ugly (in our opinion) dual-tone variety, all-gold, and one that’s all-gray.
There’s no word on whether or not the phone will ever be making its way across the Pacific, but it’s probably assumable at this point that it won’t—at least not for now. There’s not even word yet on when the phone will be coming to China, and while this handset may bring a few things to the table to further distinguish the M9 series from the M8, we’re still not convinced that HTC is the Android OEM to go with this time around.