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This is the HTC One M9. Well there are quite a few improvements made in this newest version of the One. The most obvious you notice is when you get the phone in the hand. HTC improved on their very well-regarded design language by taking some of the aesthetics from the One M7 and mixing it with the ergonomics of the M8. The result is a phone that basically adopts the two-tone coloration introduced in their desire lineup mid-range phones but in this case the metal construction still the centerpiece bringing a simultaneously industrious and elegant look.
On the sides the intersection of HTC is previous to design languages, results in a sharper edge that bring the somewhat smoother backing into the sharper front. This tactile feel on the sides held by backing that isn’t quite as slippery as before making this HTC One that not only look but feels much better. The buttons are brought to the side where the power button was once on top. Up front the Boom Sound speakers are found in the top and bottom halves. And the upgrade camera optics being very large into the back without the extra eye of the dual camera. There is no deny that the HTC One design has been well received in the metallic space that is definitely one of the most recognizable. Economically it has been improved and that’s where the design aspect can easily be the focus on HTC. The display experience is actually quite similar to the previous HTC One. A super LCD three panel that brings 1080p resolution. It is still a little tall especially considering the bezels in the speakers at the top and bottom. It remains pretty easy on the eyes as we didn’t have any issues seeing things brought daylight. The cool production of the display is quite bit cooler compared to the warmer tones of the HTC One M8.
Hardware and software
The new HTC features the new Snapdragon A10 and 3GB of RAM. And while we might have been a bit skeptical about its performance and other devices so far the HTC Sense 7 operating system does well to show how great this processor can be.
Going from the updated Lollipop elements of the interface into applications and then back out again through the recent app screen, these are one of the nicest transitions and noticeably smoother experience all around. I cannot reiterate this enough, this thing absolutely flies. Before we get to the camera some other enhancements, include micro SD card extension.
The Boom Sound speaker remain a very departed media experience especially when Dolby is put into the mix for even better sound.
The sensor for easily waking and unlocking the phone also returns, so in bringing the phone up from a prone position, a simple double tap or swipe from the sides can get users to key parts of sense.
And finally the battery has been brought to 2840mAh for full day usage battery life.
Now the camera. We get a larger 20 megapixel that replaces the ultra-pixel for the previous HTC One M8. The app interface has been improved for easier selection of mode. The 20 megapixels are actually pretty uneven pure day light shots still bring the king of quality we want from the shots. Details are quite sharp for which I’m happy with those results. But even in some lower light situations the noise comes back and darker elements a very blotchy. It’s quite easy notices in photos but it’s even more noticeable in video which is where the lack of optical image stabilization is probably most acutely felt.
HTC have not made so much improvements to this new phone. The main improvement here is, I would say, the step up from the ultra-pixel to megapixel camera. So that’s all from us, now it’s up to you.