HTC One M9

HTC’s One X9 has one interesting camera “visor”


HTC is going through a rough patch lately. Not only did their flagship device lose out to high-end flagships from other manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, it was also plagued with controversy as its Snapdragon 810 was running way too hot, all of which led to plummeting sales. Then in hopes of pulling more sales, they launched the One A9 which has been accused of looking like a carbon copy of the iPhone 6/6s, though was rather well received by critics. On paper, the One A9’s specs were far from being a world beater, with only a Snapdragon 617 processor mated with 2GB of RAM, so it left many HTC fans who desired a worthy flagship wanting more.

Then, the Taiwanese company gave fans another glimmer of hope when the HTC One X9 leaked online with what looked to be promising specifications. Now, more pictures of the device have also been leaked and it looks…different to say the least.

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Does it matter who came first? The story of the HTC One A9


In a nutshell, lawsuits between tech giants are not uncommon and Apple isn’t a first-timer in the ring. They’ve butt heads with Samsung before, in a long-drawn-out battle of ping pong, each taking turns to sue each other. When the first leaks of the HTC One A9 came around, we too thought it was an iPhone clone but lets take a look closer at how Apple “innovates”; methods that haven’t settled well with their Taiwanese counterparts, causing one of HTC’s regional chiefs to share his two cents on the subject.

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HTC rolls out One M9 update to fix camera and battery issues


As promised previously, HTC is rolling out fix to improve the camera performance of its One M9 flagship. The One M9 was launched with a larger 20MP shooter but it pales in comparison to other flagships like the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 that uses a lower pixel count camera.

With the new software update carrying the version 1.40.401.5 (still based on Android 5.0.2), it has a greater auto-exposure balance to improve overexposure and it also claims to have reduce noise and blur levels in low light conditions. Photos should get true to life colours as the update reduces the yellow and green hues that were apparent in extreme lighting conditions.

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HTC One ME9 gets additional image leak and launch info

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We reported yesterday that the HTC One ME9 was on it’s way, having achieved TENAA certification not too long ago. But now we have a tentative launch date as well as new press images of the phone, showcasing not only how thin it is but also it’s somewhat metallic looking outer shell.

The HTC One ME9, also known as the Hima Ace, is essentially a down scaled HTC One M9+ with only one camera at the back and a plastic shell instead of the metal the HTC One series is known for.

The ME9 will be sporting a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 processor under the hood, alongside 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage which can be bumped up to 128GB. The phones screen would be a 5.2 inch LCD-3 display with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution with 565ppi. Under the hood you will also find a 2900mAh battery along with Android 5.0 running the show with Sense 7.0 plastered on top.

The HTC One ME9 is expected to be arriving in July for the Hong Kong, India and Thai markets. It has an estimated price of $563 USD (about RM 2006) which is a fair bit cheaper than the RM 2,599 retail price for the One M9+. The phone will be available in Classic Rose Gold, Gold Sepia and Meteor Gray colour options.


The cheaper, plastic version of the HTC One M9+ is coming


Word has gotten out recently that the HTC One ME9 (basically the plastic version of the One M9+) is on the way, as leaked by twitter tipster @upleaks and the phone has already been certified in China by TENAA. The HTC One ME9 is essentially HTC’s answer to a more budget variant of the One M9+ that has roughly the same specs but not-so-premium build for the sake of making it more affordable, much like the HTC One E8 before it.

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Maxis offers the HTC One M9+ from RM1,699


The HTC One M9+ has arrived in Malaysia at RM2,599 and if you want to get it on contract, you can get on contract with the MaxisOne Plan.

The One M9+ is a different variant of the original One M9 and it features a higher resolution Quad HD 5.2″ display with a MediaTek 2.2GHz Octa-Core processor underneath. It also comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. At the back, it gets a 20MP main camera that comes with a secondary camera for a Duo camera set up. Meanwhile its Ultrapixel 4MP camera is moved to the front for selfie duties.

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HTC One M9+ comes to Malaysia end of this week. Is this the One you’ve been waiting for?

HTC One M9+ Malaysia

HTC is finally bringing its latest flagship smart phone into Malaysia but it may not be the One that you’ve been waiting for. The HTC One M9 was announced during MWC 2015 and it offers a 5.0″ Full HD display with Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM. However the One that’s coming to Malaysia is the HTC One M9+ that was launched in China earlier this month. As teased a while back, we are getting just the One M9+ and HTC isn’t bringing the 5″ One M9 into local market.

Is the M9+ better since it has the + sign? Well it all depends on what you’re looking for.

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