We can see why HTC didn’t follow Apple and Samsung in growing phone screen size. Five inches is the perfect screen size for most smartphone users, since it’s pocketable while making a great display of full-HD (1080p) content. At this moment in time, we can think of few reasons why you’d need anything bigger unless you preferred a tablet-like experience.
The most prominent upgrade on the One M9 is the new rear-facing camera. Gone is the gimmicky dual-focusing camera featured on the One M8. In its place is a 20-megapixel camera with a practically indestructible sapphire-glass lens. The camera is capable of shooting 4K video, too, which is simultaneously insane and an increasingly important feature for selling smartphones. Built-in software also allows photographers to merge two pictures together, like a double-exposure shot, and search image libraries with facial recognition technology.
At first glance, the HTC One M9 seems like a solid choice. Its hardware and software are capable of handling most situations any smartphone user, let alone photography nut, might encounter. But will the image quality of the new, impressive-sounding camera hold up against that of the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6? That remains to be seen.
- Android™ 5.0 (Lollipop) with HTC Sense
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU
- 4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
- 64-bit processing
- Total storage: 32GB minimum
- RAM: 3GB
- Expandable: microSD™ expansion supports additional memory cards up to 128GB
- HTC BoomSound™ with Dolby Audio
- 20MP with sapphire cover lens
- Auto-focus, BSI sensor
- f/2.2, 27.8mm lens, 4K video recording
- 5MP HTC UltraPixel™
- BSI sensor
- f/2.0, 26.8mm lens, 1080p video recording
- Ambient Light Sensor
- Proximity Sensor
- Compass Sensor
- Gyro Sensor
- Magnetic Sensor
- Sensor Hub