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HTC One M9

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HTC One M9

Originally reviewed by Evan Kypreos 23 March 2015

From £37.50 a month or £579.99 SIM-free

Key features:
  • 5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display
  • 20.7-megapixel camera
  • BoomSound stereo speakers with Dolby Audio
  • 2,840mAh battery
More evolution than revolution, the HTC One M9 improves on the M8 without straying too far from the template. What it does is remedy its predecessor’s shortcomings – the cameras and physical buttons being two of those.
 
Gone is the Duo camera of old, in favour of a more traditional 20.7-megapixel main sensor, which is capable of capturing a lot more detail. However, it’s inconsistent and struggles in the dark. On the front is a 4 UltraPixel camera that, as it goes, has excellent low-light credentials.

You’ll be able to admire those snaps on the same 5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display as before, though the M9 has slightly thinner bezels. Its front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers with Dolby Audio are clear, loud, and far better than anything else you’ll find on a smartphone.
 
Design is largely the same, though the power key has been moved from the top edge to the side, for easier access, and the volume buttons have been improved. The M9 is actually 0.02mm thicker than its older brother, but it still feels great in the hand, thanks to the curved, brushed metal back and slimmer bezels. There’s a new raised black square to house the camera too, but we could do without the tacky-looking two-tone trim around the sides.
 
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the operating system of choice, and the snappy new octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM mean the M9 blasts through complex 3D games and everyday tasks. The battery is a 2,840mAh number, which can just about keep it powered for two days. It’s a very quick charger though, going from flat to full in about an hour and a half.

Our Score

8/10
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