It’s Spring time again, which can only mean one thing to fans of HTC smart phones … a new One!
Yes, HTC haven’t let us down, they’ve just released their upgrade to the flagship One M8 with the predictably named HTC One M9.
We take a look at the main differences between the new One M9 and the previous M8.
HTC One M8 vs M9
Design and dimensions
First off, the new One M9 is a smaller and lighter handset shedding 3g from the previous M8 now weighing 157g. The dimensions of the new phone make for a slimmer and shorter device at 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6mm versus the M8 at 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm but the keen eyed among you will have noticed it’s gained 0.2mm in depth.
The exterior of the M9 is a very different story with a new dual-tone finish leaving the surrounding edges with a mirrored finish that gives you a real sense of premium craftsmanship, the phone is available in gunmetal grey and gold on silver colour schemes as well as an EE network exclusive gold on gold variant.
You may not be surprised to learn that the M8 was so far ahead of the game that HTC have continued with the same screen in their new M9, that means an eye popping 441 pixels per inch from its 5 inch Super LCD3 display offering 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.
What has changed is the ‘screen to body ratio’ which thanks to the slightly smaller dimensions of the M9 is now 68.4% opposed to 66.7% of the M8.
The screen has however been upgraded from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to 4 in the new phone which significantly improves durability and scratch resistance plus twice as strong as any other glass on the market.
User Interface and Operating System
HTC has pre-installed their new Sense UI 7.0 into the One M9 upgrading the UI 6.0 of the M8, although their are not so many significant changes there are a lot of materialistic overhauls and it looks even more polished.
The One M9 comes with the new Android Lollipop version 5.0 pre-installed (the M8 had v4.4.2 Kitkat) which offers a lot of changes of the look and feel, larger icons and animations. It’s altogether easier to understand, bolder and extremely smooth to use.
The M8 introduced users to quad-core CPU technology with its Quallcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset running at 2.3GHz, well the new M9 has upped the game by offering octa-core processing power using 4 x 2GHz plus 4 x 1.5Ghz Snapdragon 810 for super-smooth operation.
The graphics chipset has also been upgraded from Adreno 330 to 430 giving a serious performance boost for those that love mobile gaming.
Users of the One M8 were stuck with 16GB of onboard memory (expandable with MicroSD cards) in the standard model whereas the base model of the M9 offers double at 32GB, RAM has also been boosted from 2GB to 3GB for an even better mobile experience.
The dual ‘Ultrapixel’ set-up offered in the M8 confused a lot of consumers who were used to mega pixels when it came smart phone cameras, although more mega pixels does not mean better quality pictures but size of image.
Well, HTC have gone back to mega pixels with their rear facing M9 camera with a 20.7 mega pixel lens offering a 5376 x 3752 pixels resolution, this compares to 2688х1520 pixels of the previous model.
This high quality camera can now capture 4K video at 2160p at 30fps (frames per second), 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps, the M8 could only manage 1080p at 60fps.
When it comes to the front facing lens things are pretty much as they were, instead of a 5 mega pixel unit in the M8, HTC have replaced this with an Ultrapixel camera with both offering full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps.
Things have gotten even louder and clearer in the new M9 with the front facing stereo speakers now using Dolby Surround Sound technology for an even crisper more immersive experience.
The M9 has a larger battery than the M8 with a 2840mAh unit versus the previous 2600mAh, this increases the standby time from 271 hours to 391 and talktime from 14 hours up to 25 hours and 20 minutes, as before the battery is non-removable.
HTC have included their new Homescreen Widget with the M9 which uses location data to provide apps based on your preferences, also onboard is the new Themes App which allows you to choose a favourite wallpaper which it will then colour match to saturate your entire experience.
BlinkFeed is also now able to provide information based on your location offering recommendations and links depending on your area.
Find out more about the new One M9…
One M9Gold on Gold
One M9 Gold on Silver