HTC One M9(s) looks to be better deal-on-paper than One A9, is Taiwan-exclusive
Update 2: We can now confirm that the screen is Gorilla Glass, not sapphire.
— Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) November 19, 2015
The One M9(s) is still looks like an interesting One M9 refresh that could go line-to-line with the recently released One A9 on paper. Which do you think you would buy at this time, given the chance to do so?
Update: We’re getting word from HTC’s Jeff Gordon that only the camera lens is made of sapphire, which would be the case as on the original One M9. In the interest of transparency, here is his tweet to us.
If and when we get further clarification, we’ll pass it along to you.
Our original story is below.
Is HTC subverting its own current device philosophy after some questionable preliminary results from the One A9? Or is it just hedging the bets as best it can and as best as it needs to? Is HTC insecure about its home turf as ASUS keeps the pressure on as number one global brand in Taiwan as well as some extra ZenFone 2 models that probably don’t need to exist?
You’ve got us beat. But someone at HTC thought that Taiwan needed the One M9(s), so the country will get it starting November 21.
Unlike the Frankenstein act we saw earlier this year with the One M9+, the One M9e, the One ME and others we can’t bother naming right now, the One M9(s) will be take essentially the same build from the original model. One (heh) big difference? No Gorilla Glass, but a sapphire screen that brings close-to-incomparable scratch resistance.
Those parentheses might look pretentious, but that “s” is definitely a special one, given how many parallels we’ve drawn between HTC and Apple. Especially regarding sapphire. It might make sense that the limited availability of the One M9(s) would owe to testing out the material.
The specs will see a switch-off, though:
|Screen size||5 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Pixel density||441 ppi|
|SoC||MediaTek Helio X10|
|Speed||8 x 2.2GHz|
|Camera||13-megapixel f/2.0 BSI rear with OIS & sapphire lens / 4-UltraPixel f/2.0 front|
|OS||Unknown version of Android|
|SIM type||Single nano-SIM|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)|
|Sensors||Ambient light / proximity / accelerometer / compass / gyroscope / magnetometer / "sensor hub"|
|Build||Dual-layer double-anodized aluminium|
|Dimensions||144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm / 158g|
Interestingly enough, we see a so-called “sensor hub” that was mentioned in both of this year’s Nexus devices. Given this — HTC has not confirmed it on its product splash page for the One M9(s) — but it could be that the device may be the second device from the company to sport Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The details that we are more sure about come down to the chipset change from Qualcomm to MediaTek and a rear camera unit that may end up being similar to the one found on the One A9.
Pre-orders are currently on until November 20 with regular sales starting the day after for NT$12,900 (US$393 as of this post). You can access them on the first page.
Is this is the One A9 we didn’t deserve? Or is Gotham sinking and we’re just strangling a bad reference?