First Impression :
The 2015 flagship from Taiwanese giants HTC comes to India in a slightly modified avatar to its global cousin. Whereas the West gets the Snapdragon 810 variant, the one released in India comes with an octa-core Mediatek chipset, a slightly larger screen and one with more pixels 2560×1440 compared to the Full HD 1920×1080
resolution on the One M9. Why this decision was made is still a little unclear, but pushing all those extra pixels is the same 2840mAh battery found on the global cousin. Does that mean HTC has made a false move? We explored.
-Design & Build :
Sometimes, the most minimal of changes are the most beautiful. HTC had a stunning design in their One flagship devices right from the start and every iteration has the most minor improvements. The same is true with the One M9+, with a newly designed ˜fingerprint scanner\’ button doubling up as the home button, placed at the bottom, right in the center of the speakers. The ˜lock/power\’ button on the right is lower and nicely placed for one-handed use, with the volume buttons right above them. The IR port takes up the entire top area whereas the bottom is left for the microUSB charging port and the 3.5mm audio jack. The 2 slots on the left is the Nano SIM slot and the right side houses the microSD card slot. The rear has a more rounded camera than before and the edges have a slightly different colour to the back and front. Overall, the phone feels about the same in hand a little taller than most flagships, and not as broad. Not great for one-handed use, but great for watching videos. The 2K display on the device is great too, but we wished outdoor sunlight legibility was better.
HTC have rightly ditched the ultrapixel camera in favour of a higher resolution sensor, while the One M9+ still retains the duo camera idea. The idea is to focus/defocus objects in the foreground and background, with relative ease. The overall performance is good, with great details captured and good colour contrast. In low light, though, things are not as good with more noise than what we\’d like and loss of contrast. 4K video is nicer, as is capturing video in Full HD and slow-mo too. The front camera retains the ultrapixel tech and produces pleasing images. There are nifty editing and fun apps that add more personality to your boring ˜still\’ images and although not all are useful or particularly great, they are still pretty creative.
Sense UI 7.0 is much snappier than most customized Android Skins, and with Lollipop features being integrated for the first time on an HTC device, things run pretty darn smooth. Not buttery smooth, though, there is sometimes a weird stutter and some apps tend to crash more often than others. Scrolling down, for some reason, is not the smoothest experience with sudden stops as the phone detects the slightest feather touch on the screen. Benchmark tests revealed it closer to flagships of last year, but that doesn\’t really give a true picture. You can certainly enjoy games in highest graphic settings and the 64-bit octa-core SoC from MediaTek certainly is able to push as much as it can to deliver a good experience, without lag and without major concerns. The trouble is, there are minor niggles like heating while playing intensive games and discharging something that will bother all
users. The fingerprint scanner has been implemented really well and works like a charm, without the need to swipe up or down.
¢ 5.2 QHD Super LCD3 display
¢ 2.2 GHz Octa-core MT6795T CPU
¢ Android OS v5.0.2 Lollipop w/ HTC Sense UI 7.0
¢ 32GB ROM | 3GB RAM
¢ 20.7MP rear cam with dual LED flash, 2160p video
¢ 4MP Ultrapixel front cam, 1080p video
¢ Fingerprint Sensor
¢ Non-removable Li-Po 2840 mAh battery
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