After being announced earlier on this year, many smartphone fans outside of Asia had consigned themselves to never seeing the HTC One M9 Plus. However, it seems that HTC could be extending its gated community for the improved M9 phone to Europe soon, bringing joy to many HTC fans across the planet.
Previously, HTC had said that the improved version of the One M9, which is obviously available in many markets, wouldn’t be coming anywhere outside of Asia. However, it seems that it’s pulled quite a U-turn on that idea.
The phone itself will be released in numerous European countries on varying dates in the near future, all of which are yet to be confirmed. We’re also under the impression that pricing details will also be different between markets, so here’s to the UK’s version being nice and cheap.
The device will offer a bit more bite from HTC on the UK market, especially against the likes of the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6 and even the Galaxy Note 5. It’s also been confirmed that the phone we’ve seen in Asia will be identical to the one we get here, so you can expect to see all of the same specs.
Unlike the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the difference in size between the standard M9 and M9 Plus isn’t as pronounced in terms of size, with the larger HTC rocking a 5.2” display, just one fifth of an inch bigger than the M9.
The real difference comes behind the scenes, where the One M9 Plus rocks a QHD resolution instead of the One M9’s 1080p effort. Along with this we also get an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and a MediaTek chipset.
The camera packs the same 20 megapixel quality, but also keeps the dual set-up on the rear side from the One M8, whilst the regular M9 only boasts one lens. The same UltraPixel front facing camera makes the cut, so don’t expect much difference if you’re a serial selfie fan.
One thing which is definitely different on the M9 Plus is the inclusion of a physical home button at the bottom of the handset. Whilst allowing fast access to the homes screen, it also doubles as a fingerprint scanner as well, putting it in touch with the biometric crowd.
Topping things off is the very same 2840mAh battery as found in the One M9, so overall you can expect a similar performance.
HTC is likely to confirm pricing details in the near future for different markets, so you should be keeping your eyes and ears open for more info if you’re thinking of picking it up!
Written by Luke Hatfield