The HTC One M9 hasn’t made things easy for itself. For starters, it intentionally launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, but could do little to match the intrigue surrounding the S6’s brand new glass-and-metal design, not to mention the unorthodox S6 edge variant. The One M9, comparatively, had little to shout about.
Taiwanese consumers were expecting the HTC One M9 to land earlier this week, but after dealing with an unspecified "software bug", it’ll finally land tomorrow.
HTC makes the announcement on its Taiwanese Facebook page: The 32GB HTC One M9 will arrive tomorrow, March 21, with the 64GB model following one week from today, specifically March 27.
Of course, there’s no HTC One M9 Plus variant to speak of just yet, though eastern territories are tipped to get a QHD One E9 in due course. Bah.
So! Obvious question: If it doesn’t have a QHD display, what’s the difference between the HTC One M9 and One M8?
Well, the new One M9 does away with UltraPixels and Duo Lens tech on the back, opting instead for a plain old Toshiba-made 20MP rear camera. It also has the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (fingers crossed it doesn’t really make the phone hot enough to cook an egg), and a larger 2,840mAh battery.
Not much of an upgrade for One M8 owners, perhaps, but if you’ve been rocking a One M7 on a 24-month contract, this might be the logical upgrade for you.
In the UK, Carphone Warehouse is asking for £579.99 for the SIM free HTC One M9, with expected delivery on March 31.