HTC One M9+ Review

“A classy phone with smart upgrades”

HTC is a producer with tradition and history, and lately they show signs that their models are prepared to turn the world of smartphones upside down. The HTC One M9+ is their latest release and it is an embodiment of elegance and finesse; a version that wants to be better than the M9 model by introducing an improved design and hardware configuration. The M9+ surprised the whole world through looks and power.

Anyone can tell that the HTC One M9+ is a high-quality product just by taking a peak at the device. The exquisite combination between the full metal casing, simple design and beautiful display manage to offer a fantastic user experience. HTC managed to create a phone that actually feels to be one well designed piece and not a combination of chips, circuits and other mini components.  The user only feels the phone, with its evenly distributed weight and a curved back that allows the device to fit perfectly in anyone’s hand.

The asking price for this beautiful device is placed somewhere around $500, but in comparison with the current giants of the smartphone industry (Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S), it is quite affordable.

Display

The display is definitely one of the elements that got improved (when compared with the M9 model). This device comes with a 5.2 inch Super LCD3 capacitive Touchscreen, with a WQHD resolution (1440×2560 pixels) and 565ppi density. The display supports 16M colors and delivers some of the sharpest and most vivid images and videos in HTC history.

The high pixel density places the HTC One M9+ on the same level with the Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4. Still, this feature only looks good on paper as for the human eye it is already unnoticeable.

In conclusion, this device promotes a display that is more vivid, brighter and offers a better contrast than its predecessor. Also, the viewing angle is still just as good as with the M9.

Performance

There is a definite improvement on the hardware configuration as the M9+ implements a MediaTek Helio X10 chipset on 64-bit architecture which supports an Octa Core processor that can run at 2.2 GHz speed.  The 3GB or RAM memory is enough to support a continuous work load with demanding apps and processes without allowing the user to feel that the phone is working hard.

The phone comes with 32GB of internal storage space, but thanks to the integrated microSD slot, it can be upgraded to a maximum of 128GB. The PowerVR G6200 GPU completes the hardware configuration offering users a fantastic video experience by easily displaying high-quality images and videos.

For a fast connectivity and data transfers, the device is equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS, and a microUSB port. To show users that old technologies are still attractive, HTC kept the Stereo FM radio with RDS feature.

Battery life

The battery hasn’t changed and the M9+ uses the same 2,840 mAh battery as the M9. The great part is that it seems to last longer than it did on the M9, due to a better power management. Just like any of its main competitors, the battery won’t last more than a day (on average use).

Design

This is where HTC outdid themselves with an all-metal body and polished edges. The beautiful metal finish is completed by three options of color: Amber Gold, Gunmetal Gray, and Silver Gold, thus allowing users the possibility to choose their favorite.

The M9+ is slightly bigger than its predecessor, but it is only 11g heavier which represents a huge advantage considering the complaints Apple received for their heavier iPhone 6S.

Camera & Features

The M9+ is equipped with a whapping 20MP primary camera that supports a resolution of 5376 x 3752 pixels with autofocus and dual-LED. The secondary camera only has 4MP but it can support 1080p at 30fps and HDR functionalities.

The standard features like touch focus, smile detection, geo-tagging, and panorama are also available on the new HTC One M9+.

Final thoughts

PROS:
  • All-metal body
  • Slim shape and curved back that feels great in the hand
  • 20MP primary camera
  • great hardware configuration
CONS:
  • It behaves under standard with demanding games
  • It doesn’t charge fast

Even if it doesn’t beat its competitors (yet), the HTC One M9+ is a wonderful device that says a lot about the owner taste and preferences. It is an elegant phone, with lean features and amazing design that moves fast and supports running multiple demanding apps quite well.

8.4 Total Score
Very Good!

Design
9
Performance
8.4
Camera
8.7
Battery life
8.6
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