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HTC officially introduces One M9+

HTC's One M9+ is now official
HTC's One M9+ is now official
So far, this Mediatek-powered smartphone with a QHD display and a fingerprint scanner is only available in China.

Following weeks of speculation, the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC finally unveiled its One M9+ smartphone. While using the same metal design as its flagship sibling One M9, it boasts a slightly larger 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD, 565 ppi). The amount of RAM remains unchanged at 3 GB but instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, a Mediatek MT6795T octa-core SoC is utilized. Another notable change is the rear camera: the Duo Camera is back with 20 MP to "provide a level of detail that even the most avid phoneographers will appreciate", quoting HTC. The manufacturer didn't feel the need to change the front 4 MP UltraPixel camera, however. Finally, the One M9+ includes a fingerprint sensor that works together with the popular Chinese wallet system Alipay.

Unfortunately, it looks like China is where the smartphone will stay. Here is what HTC had to say:

Currently, there are no plans to release the One M9+ in North America or Europe. We believe our flagship HTC One M9 is the best choice for these areas due to its fast performance, great sound, and network compatibility across the broadest range of operators.

The increasing tendency of the smartphone manufacturers to keep many interesting models to the Asian markets results in disappointment nearly every time, since many people end up being interested by the seemingly minor yet important adjustments. The factors behind this trend could range from logistics and software adaptation difficulties to economic inviability due to strong competition and will most likely never be clearly explained by the manufacturers themselves.


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Andrey Konstantinov, 2015-04- 8 (Update: 2015-04- 9)