HTC One M9 – First look ahead of UK release (Wired UK)


Katie Collins


HTC showed off its
latest and greatest flagship phone, the One M9, at Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona today.

Leaks have been dripping all over the internet in recent weeks
about what to expect from the successor to the HTC One M8, and we can now confirm they are all pretty much
spot on. WIRED.co.uk went hands-on with the device ahead of its
official unveiling and were glad to see that once again, HTC has
pulled it out of the bag in terms of design.

Critics will complain that the One M9 doesn’t look different
enough from the One M8, but let’s remember that HTC has
consistently produced the best-looking Android flagship phones for
several years now, so this is no bad thing. In fact, the M9
combines the best design elements from the previous two HTC Ones –
the silhouette of the M7 and the ergonomic, curved back of the M8.
On the front is a 5-inch full HD screen, and the camera lens on the
back of the phone is coated in sapphire glass to keep it from
damage.


Katie Collins


A new design feature is a two-tone casing, which will be
available in silver and gold; brushed grey and shiny grey, and gold
and matte gold. We took a look at the silver and gold, which sports
a silver brushed metal back and gold sides that run seamlessly into
one another. In the right light this creates a reflective, all-gold
effect that runs around the entire body. HTC claims that it
borrowed this idea from looking at luxury watches created by the
likes of Rolex and Mont Blanc, and indeed the device does look and
feel similarly luxurious.

HTC has tried to continue this sleek design language on the
latest version of its Android software, Sense 7. There are plenty
of options for personalisation as the phone will borrow colours
from any photograph you choose to use as your wallpaper and
customise a bespoke theme from it. We saw this in action, and
perhaps obviously it works better with more colourful shots, but we
were also pleased to be able to adjust the icon styles and fonts
too.

The other standout feature of Sense 7 is that it helps your
phone understand where it is, and deliver you relevant content
accordingly. This means that you can set three different
combinations of apps to appear on your homescreen when you are at
home, work or about and out. It also means that Blinkfeed will
start to deliver you local recommendations.


Katie Collins


Perhaps one of the most interesting moves by HTC is to
transplant the camera from the back of the M8 onto the front face
of the M9, in recognition of the world’s growing love of self
portraiture. On the back of the phone, however, is a 20-megapixel
camera with duo flash. HTC is keen to stress the low-light
performance of its cameras thanks to its re-engineered dynamic auto
exposure algorithm — this is the one of the factors we’ll be
looking at in some depth when the time comes to review the
phone.

The One Gallery feature of Sense 7 allows photographers to sync
photos from multiple source, including Flickr, Dropbox and
Facebook, so that they are all displayed (as thumbnails) in a
single place). Editing tools have also been improved apparently, as
has Boomsound, which now comes with added Dolby for added
depth.


Katie Collins


As for the internal specifications, the HTC One offers a fine
lineup including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core
processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There are
no other storage options available, but the phone does come with a
microSD slot and 100GB of free Google Drive storage for two years.
Powering it all is a 2,480 mAh, which will hopefully give this
prettily packaged phone enough juice to make it another star
Android device.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the HTC One M9, and will
likely vary by region, but we do know that it should hit the
shelves in the UK on 31 March.

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1 March 2015 | 3:45 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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