Just over a week before a media event in Beijing, where HTC is expected to unveil the M9+, they have unveiled the E9+ on their Chinese website. The E9+ is a mashup of the form factor from the flagship One line, with the more affordable Desire series. This phone will most likely stay exclusive to the Asian markets and comes in “meteor grey,” “classic rose gold” and “gold sepia,” colors options with a two-tone style similar to the M9. The E9+ aims to bring the high-end specs of the M9 to a cheaper-to-make plastic bodied phone.
In at least one area, screen resolution, the E9+ actually packs a bigger punch than the M9. The E9+ has a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) screen, the first Quad HD screen from HTC. It is curious that HTC would choose to unveil their first higher resolution panel on a phone other than the flagship series, but perhaps they want to test the waters. Some features of the M9 this year seemed like HTC was trying to not mess up a good thing, rather than vastly improving their flagship over the M8. The processor is perhaps the biggest clue that this phone will stay in the Asian market, it is running a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek CPU, model number MT6795M. Other specs on the E9+ are similar to those on the M9, we get a 20 MP rear shooter, UltraPixel camera on the front, and the glorious BoomSound front-facing speakers. The software here is still Sense 7 with Lollipop. The HTC site does not offer any pricing or availability, but this phone probably won’t come to the US or Europe.
Overall this looks like a solid choice for HTC fans in Asian markets. If you don’t mind the plastic build, it is very similar to the One M9 series in other aspects. I would have loved to see a 5.5-inch display on the M9, and the Quad HD is nice too. Perhaps the screen on this phone will give us some indication of what HTC will do with the M10 next year.
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