HTC One M9 Review

Score: 9.3/10
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HTC One M9 is a top-level Android cellphone released back in the year 2015, provisioned with a quite big 5 inches multi touch display, a great 64 bit Octa-Core processing unit (formed by a Quad-Core clocking at 2 GHz and a Quad-Core running at 1.5 GHz), and 2 cameras, a 20 MP back facing camera and a 4 mega-pixels front side camera.

This cellphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 chip, backed up by an extremely powerful 64-bit Octa-Core processor (as a matter of fact they are really a Quad-Core running at 2 gigahertz and an additional Quad-Core running at 1500 megahertz) with a large 3 GB of RAM memory. Graphic rendering generally consume a lot of processing time, so this cellphone counts with a 600 MHz Adreno 430 GPU to help the CPU with those tasks. An excellent feature of this device is its large 32 GB internal storage and an external SD slot, allowing the user to store lots of applications, games, songs, photos and videos without worrying about how much memory is left.

The HTC One M9 is sold in a wide range of color options like black, gray, pink and gold. This cellphone doesn't feel very lightweight for a phone of this size, with a weight of 5.54 oz. Talking about its design materials, this phone is mainly manufactured with Aluminium, giving this phone a premium design and high resistance. Whereas this phone is only 5.69 inches long, it is able to fit a a 5" display. This cellphone is just 0.38 inches thick, making it one of the thinnest phones currently available.

This phone features two cameras, a 20 megapixels back side camera and a 4 megapixels front-facing camera. this phone's back side camera lens has a maximum f/2.2 aperture so it can take excellent photos even in poor lighting environments. It also films videos in 3840x2160 (4K) at 30 fps. To complete the camera, it also features multiple interesting features like auto-focus, flash, digital image stabilization, smile detection shooting, face detection shooting, HDR mode and geo tagging.

HTC designed the HTC One M9 with a high-tech 5" display, and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), making everything look absolutely great. Its display uses S-LCD 3 capacitive technology, and can detect multiple fingers at the same time.

This phone uses a 2840 mAh high capacity Li-Polymer non-replaceable battery, which is not really enough for a demanding device like this. According to HTC, this cellphone has an aproximate 391 hours stand by time and a 25.4 hours talk time. A big issue to evaluate is that the HTC One M9's battery is not replaceable so you can't buy a new battery when it begins to get older, making it necessary to change the whole cellphone.

The HTC One M9 includes wifi connectivity (and it can provide it to other devices around, acting as a modem), LTE-A 4G , the fastest internet connection and 3G fast connectivity, over HSPA, HSUPA and EDGE technologies. This phone works with a Nano SIM card for GSM connection.

This phone also features many useful characteristics such as NFC, Infrared Transmitter, Bluetooth (4.1), GPS and Radio, and plenty of sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass.

This phone is being sold for around 269 dollars, quite high for a device this level. If you need a phone for work, you love taking photographs, will use it as a social phone or are looking for a gamer phone, you will probably love this device.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Android 5.0
Dimensions:5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inchesMetric14.45 x 6.96 x 0.97 cmImperial
Weight:5.54 ouncesMetric157.06 gImperial
Colors:Black, Gold, Gray and Pink
Release date:2015-03-01
Price:$ 269.00


Screen Type:S-LCD 3 (16M colors)
Size:5 inchesMetric12.7 cmImperial
Resolution:1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD)
Pixel density:441 pixels per inchMetric173.62 pixels per cmImperial
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Processor:ARM Cortex-A57 (Quad-Core 2000 MHz + Quad-Core 1500 MHz)
RAM Memory:3 GB (800 MHz)
Graphics Processor:Adreno 430 (600 MHz)
Internal Memory:32 GB
SD Card Slot:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)


Battery type:Li-Polymer
Capacity:2840 mAh
Stand-by Time:391 hours
Talk Time:25.4 hours


Back camera:20 megapixels
    Focal length:27.8mm (35mm equivalence)
    Sensor size:0.42 inches (1/2.4")
Front camera:4 megapixels
Max video resolution:3840 x 2160 (30 fps) (4K)
Camera features:Auto-Focus, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection Shooting, Geo Tagging, HDR Mode and Smile Detection Shooting


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Nano SIM
LTE (4G) Bands:700 (band 28), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7)
UMTS Bands:850, 2100
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
Technologies:LTE-A (4G), LTE (4G), HSPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS and GSM

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 4.1
NFC (Near Field Communication):Yes
Radio:FM Radio
Sensors:Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor