HTC One M9 Plus Announced in China


We have been hearing rumors of a larger version of the HTC One M9, dubbed the M9 Plus or M9+, today those rumors finally become a reality. HTC just held a media event in Beijing where they unveiled the M9 Plus, a slightly bigger phone than the M9, with a few different specs and upgrades. The M9 Plus will be offered in the same three color configurations as the M9, silver with gold trim, gunmetal grey, and gold. One of the most striking additions on the M9 Plus is the fingerprint sensor built into a physical home button on the front of the phone. The physical home button looks very similar to the one found on Samsung flagships and looks a bit out of place in the middle of the speaker grill of the M9 Plus. Here is a quick list of specs on the M9 Plus:

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7
  • Dimensions: 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61mm
  • 5.2-inch LCD display with 1440 x 2560-pixel (Quad HD) resolution
  • MediaTek MT6795T octa-core chip clocked at up to 2.2GHz
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 20MP main camera, ‘UltraPixel’ front cam

The duo camera also makes a return on the M9 Plus, which we all remember well from the M8 last year. The popular Boom Sound speakers will also be included in the M9 Plus. HTC incorporated the fingerprint sensor into the new home button mainly so that Asia AliPay can be used by Chinese consumers. At this point the M9 Plus is scheduled to be released only in China, so it appears a US release is not planned at this point. There are some rumors that HTC may eventually release a version of this phone in the US with a Snapdragon 810 replacing the MediaTek processor, but only time will tell.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"