There's been a lot of hype around the HTC's latest flagship device - the HTC One M9. It's being hailed as the biggest upgrade since the first-generation handset under the company's One made its debut.
The newly launched HTC One M9 might look like its predecessor, but it has got an improved hardware internals, and of course, a better camera. Despite this, many are wondering if the upgrades that come with the new HTC One M9 are enough to convince users to throw their old-generation HTC One M8.
HTC has released the One M9, but how does it differ from the HTC One M8? Here are some of the major differences between the two devices.
|Device||HTC One M9||HTC One M8|
|Display||5-inch SLCD3 1920x1080p 440ppi||5-inch SLCD3 1920x1080p 440ppi|
|Dimensions||44.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm, 157g||146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm, 160g|
|Camera||20MP 1080p/4K video, dual-LED flash||dual-4MP 1080p video, dual-LED flash|
|Storage||32/64GB, microSD up to 128GB||16GB, microSD up to 128GB|
|Processor, RAM and Storage||2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM, Adreno 430 GPU||2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, Adreno 330GPU|
|Operating System||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 4.4 KitKat|
|User Interface (UI)||Sense 7||Sense 6 ( upgradable to Sense 7)|
|Connectivity||microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,GPS,4G LTE,Wi-Fi Hotspot||microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,GPS,4G LTE,Wi-Fi Hotspot|
|Battery||2,840mAh ( non-removable)||2,600mAh ( non-removable)|
|Price||Expected To Cost Over Rs. 50,000||Rs. 35,000|
Does Design Matters?
One M9: 9.5mm thick, aluminium construction
One M8: 9.4mm thick, aluminium construction
The newly introduced HTC One M9 is largely same as the One M8. The One M9 is more durable than its predecessor just because it has a scratch-resistant coating to the metal chassis. That said the dimensions and weight of both device are almost same. For many HTC users these cosmetic features won't make the HTC One M9 a must have device. We'd rather say you to stick to your HTC One M8.
Is Screen Size Important To You?
One M9: 5-inch SLCD3 1920x1080p 440ppi
One M8: 5-inch SLCD3 1920x1080p 440ppi
We get a similar feelings from the HTC One M9's 5-inch FHD screen. While the HTC One M8 has a 5-inch FHD screen, HTC hasn't really stepped up its game with the One 9, now offering the same 5-inch panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Powerful Processor is a Concern?
One M9: 2 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, Adreno 430 GPU
One M8: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330GPU
The HTC One M8 has a Snapdragon 801 processor, and you've guessed it right, the One M9 comes with a Snapdragon 810 processor. The HTC One M9 is definitely more powerful than the One M8 in processing output, RAM and memory. For users who would expect to run multiple apps, it'd be logical to buy the HTC One M9. Otherwise, for an average users, the HTC One M8 still boast a very fast processor.
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Will You Pay Extra For More Storage?
One M9: 32GB, 64GB, microSD card support (up to 128GB)
One M8: 16GB, microSD support (up to 128GB)
The HTC One M8 offered users the choice of 16GB of storage. This time around, the HTC One M9 is being offered in 32GB and 64GB options. As usual, both devices have an expandable internal storage (up to 128GB). On one hand you're getting more storage, but on the other hand the entry-level HTC One M9 would also become slightly expensive.
How Important Is Your Smartphone Camera?
One M9: 20MP 1080p/4K video, dual-LED flash
One M8: dual-4MP 1080p video, dual-LED flash
The biggest hardware change comes in the camera department. No more you'll find an UltraPixel back camera. Instead, there is a 20-megapixel camera with duo flash. The front-facing camera has been upgraded to an UltraPixel shooter, which promises better performance. The HTC One M8, on the other hand, had the worst rear-facing camera amongst the then flagship devices.
How Long Are You Willing To Wait?
HTC will probably release the One M9 in India next month, as it has done in previous years. If you're struggling with a broken M8 and need to upgrade immediately, then you should until next month when the HTC One M9 goes on sale in the country.
Well, the decision is totally based on what matters most to you. If you're still using the HTC One M7, then upgrading to the HTC One M9 isn't a bad idea. The HTC One M8 is still a fantastic phone despite being running on an older chipset. But if you're using the HTC One M8, and are looking to upgrade, you'll probably need to have a solid reason to upgrade to the One M9.