Anyone remember the HTC One M9? Anyone still interested in purchasing the spring 2015, yes, 2015-released 5-inch Android high-ender? Before you answer, take a moment to consider the dual-tone all-metal body handheld’s new price on its manufacturer’s official US e-store.
That’s $300, down from $499, which you’ll probably agree is not so much to ask for such a handsome Marshmallow-powered device, guaranteed a Nougat update shortly after the HTC 10 receives it over-the-air. By the way, the Taiwanese OEM’s latest flagship model continues to cost $550 instead of its prohibitive $699 MSRP.
Of course, there’s no comparing the two, but given its advanced age and revised tag, the HTC One M9 might feel like a solid nostalgic bargain for some. You get front-facing stereo speakers for your three Benjamins, BoomSound and Dolby Audio enhancements, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, a respectable 20MP rear-facing camera (with no OIS, alas), UltraPixel selfie shooter, 4G LTE support on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, as well as a fast-charging 2,840 mAh battery.
Sure, the Snapdragon 810 processor inside is archaic and still haunted by overheating controversies. But reportedly, that’s the same chip the looming HTC Bolt, aka 10 evo, intends to use. Meanwhile, the One M9 does at least come with a traditional headphone jack in tow.