HTC One M9e launches in China as confusing cross between One M9, M9+, and A9
Just because HTC likely plans to change the disorienting branding of its flagship devices at last early next year, and the recently launched upper mid-range One A9 already tweaks the done-to-death iconic design of the series, it doesn’t mean there’s no place under the sun for one final derivative M9 model.
At least we’re hoping this is the last one, as things are getting arguably ridiculous. The HTC One M9e (e for economy?) looks exactly the same as the “standard” M9 on the outside, borrowing internals from both the M9+ and A9 in addition to the M9.
Don’t try to understand the “strategy”, just go with it. At 5 inches in screen diagonal and Full HD resolution, the M9e is clearly no M9 Plus-grade powerhouse. It’s got the Quad HD 5.2-incher’s octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor inside, but only paired with One A9’s 2GB RAM, and capable of accommodating 16 gigs of data internally.
Good thing there’s microSD support, and the 2,840 mAh battery isn’t bad… considering, tying the cell capacity of the M9 and M9+. On the not so bright side, the HTC One M9e clones A9’s middling (by high-end standards) 13MP rear-facing camera, also running an older iteration of Android as far as software is concerned, namely 5.0 Lollipop, with Sense UI atop.
For selfies, you get a decent 4 “Ultrapixel” front shooter, and the BoomSound stereo speakers the One A9 inexplicably does without are back in the spotlight. Overall, a decidedly confusing but not terrible set of specs, priced at a slightly too extravagant $425 (CNY 2,700) in China. No words on availability outside the world’s largest smartphone market for the moment.