HTC has announced a new mid-range Android smartphone called One M9s. Joining the One family, the new smartphone is an affordable variant of this year’s flagship, the One M9. Also Read - HTC Desire 20+ launched with 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup
Besides the One M9s, there is another variant called the One M9+, which is equipped with slightly amped up hardware. However, this is not the first time that HTC has launched variant of its popular smartphone. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite smartphone design leaks online
Earlier, it had also launched two variants for last year’s One M8 – the One (M8 Eye) with a 13-megapxiel rear camera instead of an ultrapixel sensor, and the One M8s equipped with Snapdragon 615 processor instead of Snapdragon 801. Also Read - HTC Wildfire E Lite listed on Google Play Console
HTC One M9s specifications and features: The One M9s is essentially the same phone as the One M9, except some small notable changes in the hardware. For starters, the screen size is the same 5-inch full HD (1080p) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The handset is powered by MediaTek’s MT6795 Helio X10 64-bit octa-core 2.1GHz SoC, paired with PowerVR G6200 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The One M9 sports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.
On the storage front, the M9s comes with 16GB of onboard storage with microSD card slot, whereas the One M9 has 32GB of onboard storage. The One M9 sports a 20-megapixel rear camera, whereas the One M9s comes with a slightly lower resolution 13-megapixel sensor. However, the optical image stabilization that was absent in the One M9 is now present in the One M9s. The front-facing selfie camera is still the same ultrapixel unit.
Battery capacity of 2,840 mAh and connectivity features such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and GPS are the same on both smartphones. While the design, front facing BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio and weight of both handsets also remain the same, the M9s runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS wrapped under HTC’s Sense UI 7 out-of-the-box.
The One M9s will be available in Taiwan starting November 21 and will be priced at TWD 12,900, which roughly translates to Rs 25,500. However, there is no word on whether HTC plans to launch the smartphone in India and other worldwide markets, yet.
A detailed comparison table follows:
|Features||HTC One M9s||HTC One M9||HTC One M9+|
|Display||5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels)||5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels)||5.2-inch WQHD (1440×2560 pixels)|
|Processor||MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10, Octa-core 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A53 processor||Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 processor||MediaTek MT6795T Helio X10, Octa-core 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A53 processor|
|Storage||16GB (expandable)||32GB (expandable)||32GB (expandable)|
|Rear Camera||13-megapixel dual-LED flash, optical image stabilization||20-megapixel dual-LED flash||20-megapixel dual-LED flash, duo-camera setup|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth||4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth|
|Software||Android 5.1 Lollipop with Sense UI 7||Android 5.1 Lollipop with Sense UI 7||Android 5.1 Lollipop with Sense UI 7|