HTC debuts the HTC One M9 in the Utopia in Progress event in Barcelona. Not only that, HTC also introduces the HTC Grip, a wearable sports band tracker that is powered by Under Armour Record. And surprisingly, they showcased a futuristic headset, HTC RE Vive powered by SteamVR.
HTC One M9
Not surprisingly, HTC did not change their winning formula of their premium flagship model. From M7 to M9, HTC did not change much on the shape of the HTC One series of mobile phones.
It is not a bad move since HTC One series had been given good reviews, usually. With HTC One M9, HTC has improved the processor to a Snapdragon 810 and the camera to 20 MPX but ditching away the second camera. I did not see an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) which is a little disappointing. The front camera is now the 4 MPX Ultrapixel camera.
HTC seems to pride themselves on the use of material on the HTC One M9. Unfortunately, I think most consumers will not detect or appreciate that. Nevertheless, it is good that HTC did not stop exploring every inch of the phone.
As for the screen, HTC has make it more “borderless” but HTC is still having those artificial black borders around it. The BoomSound is now with Dolby Audio 3. The device will come with 32GB on board and a 3 GB RAM (finally), and thankfully, HTC did not ditch away the external MicroSD card slot.
With its bigger battery capacity (2,840mAh), more innovative DotView cover, we shall see how HTC can survive (or excel) in the challenging mobile world.
Some interesting colors from HTC, especially the pink one.
Here is the specs.
Specifications of HTC One M9
- 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm
- 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810, octa core
- 64-bit, 4 x 2.0GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
- Android™ with HTC Sense™
SIM Card Type
- nano SIM
- ROM: 32GB / RAM: 3GB
- Extended memory: microSD™ up to 128 GB
- 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- 3G UMTS: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- 4G LTE: FDD: Bands 1,3,5,7,8,20,28, TDD: Bands 38, 40, 41
- Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
- Ambient light sensor
- Proximity sensor
- Compass sensor
- Gyro sensor
- Magnetic sensor
- Sensor Hub
- Main camera: 20MP with sapphire cover lens, auto-focus, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 27.8mm lens, 4K video recording
- Front camera: HTC UltraPixel™, BSI sensor, f/2.0, 26.8mm lens, 1080p video recording
- HTC BoomSound™ with Dolby Audio™
- Capacity: 2840 mAh
- Talk time: Up to 25.4 hours for 2G/ 21.7 hours for 3G
- Standby time: Up to 391 hours for 2G/ 402hours for 3G
- Bluetooth® 4.1
- Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
- HDMI MHL 3.0
- 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
- micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
- Audio supported formats:
- Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac
- Recording: .aac
- Video supported formats:
- Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv
- Recording: .mp4
- Dual-tone metal unibody
- HTC Sense™ Home
- One Gallery
- Photo Editor
Based on the event, the HTC One M9 will be available this month in many countries. Hopefully, Singapore will be one of them. BTW, did you realize that all the leaks about HTC One M9 is accurate?
HTC decided to get a share of the pie in the health, fitness tracker market but they are not doing it alone. The HTC Grip is powered by Under Armour Record. It does not look like the typical tracker from most companies. I think HTC is trying to portray this band as a serious sports band.
However, HTC did not incorporate a heart rate monitor, which I think is something important if they are going into this market. Maybe pricing will be a big concern if they added the heart rate monitor in.
This band will be available later this year. Here is the intro video.
HTC RE Vive
Well, this is a surprise product to me and to many (I believe). Did not expect HTC to do a Samsung (Samsung Gear VR) by introducing a VR headset. Thankfully, they did not do it alone. With the partnership of Valve, I hope that this will not be a wasted project.
Here is the intro video
The Developer edition will be available in Spring 2015 while the commercial product will be available this year 2015. Based on BGR, this device could look promising.
The Vive features two 1200 x 1080 displays in front of each eye at a blazing 90 frames per second. A headphone jack sits on the side of the Developer Edition so that you can plug in your favorite earplugs or headphones. A gyrosensor, accelerometer, and laser position sensor are all contained within the device as well.
In addition to the Vive, Valve and HTC are also working on base stations to track your physical location and allow you to actually get up and explore the virtual environment.
Are you excited over HTC products? I am waiting for their official Press Release and to have a feel about them before further comments 🙂