The HTC One M9 is the Taiwanese company’s flagship offering for 2015. A more refined version of the M8, this device’s design is its strongest selling point – upmarket and elegant. It can safely give the iPhone 6 some stiff competition.
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The phone’s practical design places it ahead of its competitors. Excellent button placement makes it simple to use. A 3.5mm audio jack can be found at the bottom of the device, next to the micro USB charging and data port. At the top you will find the infrared blaster for controlling compatible television sets.
The device has stereo speakers on the front, which provides excellent audio quality.
You won’t have to worry too much about the screen, as it’s made of tough Gorilla Glass 4. It also has a 1080p resolution – the highest available in a smartphone.
Powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset with two Cortex quad core processors, the M9 also has 3GB of RAM, while running on 5.0 Android.
In addition to the 32GB of flash storage, the SD card slot can accommodate additional space of up to 128GB.
Assisted GPS and Glonass support (the Russian equivalent of GPS) are included in the model, along with Wi-Fi and 4G/LTE.
The single, front-facing 20 megapixel camera is a disappointing factor. The lack of optical image stabilisation and autofocus means that it takes longer to focus on a subject. It also performs poorly in low light conditions – which for between R10 000 and R12 000 a phone, is a major let-down. On the plus, it shoots video in 4K and charges quickly. The poor battery life is another factor it’s hoped HTC will improve on their next model. The M9 has mediocre battery life, which is something the company should work on improving quickly. Its great performance mostly makes up for these negatives though, so with the M9 you will still have a quality phone.