HTC are known for designing some of the best smartphones on the market. They remain popular among hardcore phone owners, and the HTC brand is associated with quality, and functionality. If you don’t want to upgrade to an iPhone and you’re in the market for an Android alternative, is the HTC M9 worth checking out? We think so and here are the M9 specifications and features.
The M9 is built with jewelry grade design and each model is hand finished by one of HTC technical craftsmen. The rear of the phone sports a metallic chassis and comes with a 2 tone design. There is silver and gold, grey and gold or gold and pink. The power button has been transferred over to the right hand side next to the volume buttons, as well as the microSD slot, which is entirely different from the M8. The phone has a good weight and balance with just measuring 157g on the scales. If you want to keep it in pristine condition, you’ll want to invest in a case.
One thing that hasn’t changed in the M9 is the strip with the HTC logo on it, it’s still there, and taking up valuable screen space. The screen is a Super LCD3 screen which displays colors richly and very close to the glass, which really gives the phone a stand out quality. The screen measures 5″ diagonally, with 441 pixels per inch, 16 million colors, a resolution of 1080p, and is protected by Gorilla Glass.
The sound system has been upgraded to now include 3 dimensional Dolby sound to its Boomsound speakers. This creates a rich virtual surround sound. You can choose from a range of sound options including theater or music modes, and when you add headphones to the equation, you get to experience a great sound. HTC has even went so far as to develop their own range of earbuds to allow you to get the best out of the optimized sound.
With the M9 HTC has dropped the idea of using an Ultrapixel sensor for the rear of the camera, and instead opted for a massive 20.7 Megapixels which is equal to 5376 x 3752 pixels. The front facing camera, which you can use for selfies, is 4MP. If you want to zoom in with the rear camera, you can do that easily and still maintain a sharp focus. There is a good autofocus capability too, and also a dual LED flash for night or dark shots. With the video set you can take 2160p video at 30fps, 1080p at a fast 60fps, and if you drop it down to 720p you can capture at 120fps,
There are great features that come with the camera app such as the beauty mode, which gives you the ability to perform smooth skin filters. You can also increase the size of eyes, which is great fun for those viral images that you want to share on your social media accounts.
The internal performance of the HTC M9 is powered by the impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa core chipset, clocking in at speeds of 1.5GHz and 2GHz, it’s also backed with 3GB of RAM, and handles the operating system Android Lollipop with ease. There has been issues with the amount of heat that is generated from this level of power, but HTC have put in software controls to ensure that the phone can’t get too hot, especially if you are running 3D high performance games.
The battery power has been upgraded which is something that the HTC have struggled with in the past. It now beats Samsung Galaxy S6, with its 2840 mAh battery. This is only a fraction of the size of the new iPhone 6 Plus. It is bigger than the batter used in the Galaxy S6 though, and provides enough juice to multitask on your the M9 easily. If you’re running lots of applications during the day you will struggle to make it to the end of the day without another re-charge, but this is mainly down to the limitations with current battery technology than the phones choice.
There is still the microSD slot, and it can handle upto 128GB of removable flash card storage. The internal space on the M9 is a massive 32GB, which should mean you won’t face any space issues for a while. You can happily take hundreds of high quality snapshots with the camera, and not even glance at your storage cpabailities. This is also enough space to store a few HD movies for playing on the move.
One of the featuyres that proved popular with the previous M8 was the ability for gestures. The main one being double tapping a blank screen to unlock it. You can also flick up from the bottom to bypass the lock screen completly. If you need to make a phone call quick you can just drag down from the top of the screen to get access to voice dialing. You will need to set this up in the phone settings, as its turned off by default.
One thing that HTC is known for doing brilliantly and that is intergrating the contacts you have on the phone, with your social media ccounts.There is smart linking on the M9 that links profiles on your phone with Fascebook and Twitter, and you can set an HD photo automcatially to appear as the profile pic when a friend calls you. This is one appeal that makes HTC stand out easily from the iPhone.
Should I upgrade to M9?
This is a great phone that really packs a punch with its performance, and comes in a nice manageable size. Its definitely a good alternative to the iPhone if you prefer the Android brand, and with the specifications of many of the M9 competitors, you can be sure this phone will last you far beyond the next time your network provider offers you an upgrade.