HTC One M9 official, will launch at T-Mobile ‘later this spring’

Today HTC announced its new One M9 flagship smartphone, and right after, T-Mobile confirmed that it will carry HTC’s new device.

The HTC One M9 features a 5-inch 1920×1080 display on its face, octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor at its core, and a 2840mAh battery powering the whole package. Also included is 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that’ll support cards up to 128GB.

While the design of the One M9 may not differ much from the One (M8), its cameras do. HTC has ditched the Duo Camera setup found on the One (M8) and given the One M9 a more traditional single rear camera with a 20-megapixel sensor. HTC hasn’t dropped its UltraPixel technology, though, equipping the One M9 with a 4-megapixel UltraPixel shooter on its face.

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On the software side, the One M9 comes with Android 5.0 running beneath HTC Sense 7. The new version of Sense comes with a couple of notable new tweaks, including a new widget that’ll sense where you are and display apps that it thinks will be useful to you at that location. There’s also a new theme maker that’ll automatically create new themes for your One M9 based on the photos you take. It’ll even offer up new app icon packs.

The HTC One M9 will begin rolling out to retailers in mid-March, and it’ll be available in silver, gunmetal gray, pink, and gold. T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll sell the One M9, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since T-Mo has sold the One (M7) and One (M8) in the past. T-Mobile’s One M9 will come with Wi-Fi calling support out of the box.

Sources: HTC, T-Mobile

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  • benben

    What a joke

    • pops87

      Looks great to me. A few upgrades in the guts. Nothing wrong with the previous model, so if it ain’t broke why fix it?

      • Adrayven

        Agree.. looks good to me..

      • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

        Apple has been using the same design for the iPhone since 2007, and no one complains.

        • Matthew

          LMAO A LOT OF PEOPLE COMPLAIN. That’s why android is winning.

        • Zach Chadwick

          Incorrect. Apple has sold more iPhones the last quarter than any manufacturer. Also, samsung’s profits are shrinking, as iPhone is grabbing previous Android owners.

        • KingCobra

          Lol. Winning what? Apple has 90% of the industry’s profits while everyone else is struggling just to stay in business.

      • g2a5b0e

        With that logic, why ever upgrade? In fact, why don’t you just keep your M8 until the end of time?

    • Jay Holm

      Agree! Absolutely no mention of OIS for the camera, WTH HTC???

      • Adrayven

        Would be extremely surprised if it didn’t have OIS.. a must really for flagship phones. Even Apple has that now in the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Ashton3002

    But do it got band 12 tho??

  • Naruto44

    What about B12 and VoLTE??

    • Adrayven

      Very likely to have VoLTE, since it has WiFi calling, even if not enabled. T-Mo has tied them together on latest phones, technically uses the same backend for both.

      The reason is thats how they smoothly ‘switch’ from wifi over to cell service if you move out of range of the wifi..

    • besweeet

      It should have band 12, according to @askdes.

    • besweeet
  • Jerry Rich

    Does this mean that all the HTC fanboys will switch to Samsung?

    • Adrayven

      Why, looked great to me..

      • Matthew

        EXACTLY BETTER BATTERY LIFE. BETTER SOFTWARE UPGRADES…

  • YABD

    HTC’s One M9 is the world’s most beautiful disappointment

    The design is still gorgeous, the camera is still mediocre. By The VERGE.

    http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/1/8126431/htc-one-m9-hands-on-preview#comments

    • StankyChikin

      The camera would be stellar if it was the iM9

    • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

      Well, The Verge is run by Apple fanboys.

  • superg05

    more important https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVk3ZWrhHxc starts at 11:30

  • superg05

    Samsung announcement starts at 11:30 on Samsung mobiles YouTube page 15 minutes

  • StankyChikin

    Lesser of two evils.. HTC bar looks much better than that hideous button Samsung has on the front of their devices..

    • Rico Robinson

      I don’t care for the bar on my M8, didn’t care for it on the M7 and don’t like it on the M9. It takes up unnecessary space IMO. I wish it was functional and got rid of the on-screen buttons. That’s just me.

  • s10shane

    The screen size is a killer for me. That’s to small after having the note 4 and the nexus 6. I can’t go back to a small screen size like the m9. The nexus 6 screen size a little bit to big but i feel the note 4 is the perfect size. Please make a bigger screen m9 htc. lol

    • Spanky

      Not everyone wants a phablet. In fact, even the M9’s screen is already treading the “unusable with one hand” territory.

    • Andrew Singleton

      The smaller screen is my favorite part. I have a tablet. I don’t need 2.

      • skywalkr2

        But for those of us who just want a phone and no tablet… it’s needed.

        • Andrew Singleton

          Yes for those of you

    • Corey Harrell

      You should have to supported the HTC One Max lol

      • skywalkr2

        If only the Max didn’t get terrible reviews.

  • Luis Torres

    >LTE 1 bar inside building…. lel

    • besweeet

      It didn’t look like it was the T-Mobile variant, so it showed bars based on raw strength instead of quality like the GS6 edge video.

  • mac
    • Luis Torres

      it says varies by region so tmobile version might have band 12 we just need to wait for t mobile version specs.

    • monkeybutts

      That’s the international model you can tell cause it doesn’t have bands 2, 4, 13, or 17 either which are used by ATT Verizon and T-mobile.

    • Dew

      Hey Mac, according to PC Mag it will have Band 12. They gave a breakdown of all the bands by carrier….hope its right for T-Mobile:

      Direct from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2477484,00.asp

      “The AT&T version has bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/29/30, so it can run on the AT&T network, the T-Mobile network, or with Canadian or foreign GSM/LTE networks. I’m going to assume that the GSM versions don’t have an active CDMA radio, as well.
      The Sprint version just has 2/5/12/25/26/41. That means it’ll run very well on Sprint’s or T-Mobile’s networks if unlocked, but is at a disadvantage with AT&T or Verizon.
      The T-Mobile version has 2/4/12/17. That’s perfect for T-Mobile, and slightly less good for AT&T.
      Verizon’s version has 2/4/5/13. That’s great for Verizon but not good for Sprint at all”

  • Dark enV

    I don’t believe this will have band 12, not sure about the S6. To be honest I like the One better than the Galaxy S6. Yeah it’s pretty much the same design so nothing to crazy over on that end but the specs are solid overall and I’m glad they stuck with with the micro SD card slot unlike Samsung which I was in complete shock when I heard they got rid of it. Also I love the boom front facing speakers, to me that’s always been a huge plus. I love the materials of the phone, they finally upped the camera and hopefully it can produce great images. The materials on the S6 are a million times better than what they use to have as well but I’m not so sure how the S6 Edge will hold up if dropped. One thing I don’t like about the One is the fact that Sense 7 will take a chunk out of the 32GB on board storage. I believe it knocks it down to 21GB after all is said and done. Also the lack of a 4K screen may hurt them but to me I don’t really care, my TV can’t even play 4K and it certainly doesn’t bug me, a 1080p screen on a phone is more than fine. For the GS6, to me Samsung’s design and what they’re doing is mainly trying to mimic Apple. The design is very much like Apple to me and what they’re doing with the storage is very much like Apple as well. Though I give Samsung props for doing 32GB as the base model compared to Apple doing 16GB. Also against Samsung for me is TouchWiz. I absolutely hate TouchWiz, I like HTC Sense much better but that’s just me personally. All in all both phones will be great, I like the One better than the S6 but that’s just my preference. Of course I’m an Apple guy and have an iPhone 6 Plus but I love all tech and I’m glad we’re getting great new additions to the smartphone world. Curious to see what’s new at LG next.

    • taron19119

      This will have band 12 on it John said everything comeing to t-mobile will have band 12

      • monkeybutts

        He said that about wifi calling too, the HTC one m8 with windows doesn’t have that and it was released in November, the wifi calling announcement was made in September.

        • J-Hop2o6

          LTE Band 2/4/12 (1900/1700/700A) confirmed–> https://twitter.com/askdes/status/572088874412863488

        • Corey Harrell

          Why would they put it in an older phone that already has hardware set in stone, if the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has it an it is is the newest android phone Tmobile has, all new flagship phones will have it in 2015. I don’t care about the mid tier, if they do that’s a plus for the cheapies.

    • KingCobra

      It will have Band 12. They said every device released in 2015 will have Band 12.

    • J-Hop2o6

      LTE Band 2/4/12 (1900/1700/700A) confirmed: https://twitter.com/askdes/status/572088874412863488

    • g2a5b0e

      You mean a 2K screen. 4K screens don’t exist on smartphones as of yet.

      • Dark enV

        sorry I meant to say QuadHD display and for some reason put 4K down.

      • KingofPing

        What does the N6 have?

        • g2a5b0e

          A 2K screen. I don’t understand why you asked me that. Why didn’t you just look it up?

        • KingofPing

          Laziness. Plain and simple. :)

        • g2a5b0e

          Your honesty is refreshing. Thank you.

  • TechHog

    Good on HTC for not jumping on the QHD bandwagon.

  • Yawn

  • taron19119

    So the Snapdragon 810 is a octa core processor

  • lolz

    Snapdragon 810 is a octa core processor if this is true, with expandable memory . M9 beat samsung!!

    • Romdude

      Not for long, the new chip from Samsung is hadily beating the 810 in the tests though of course tests aren’t everything until we see them in actual apps testing.

  • Romdude

    I was hoping it was the slimlined version in other leaks, instead more of the same. I’ll keep my M7 (yes I like it that much) and maybe get a metal S6 double edge on my next jump if they have it.

    • monkeybutts

      Even if it is $800 for the lowest storage model? :P
      I really hope the edge isn’t that much more expensive would love to buy one, but can’t justify spending that much on an android phone that probably won’t retain it’s value very well.

    • Corey Harrell

      M7 has a faulty front camera that makes a pink to purplish hue on anything used with it. Sorry M7 I wouldn’t recommend it for that and that alone M8 if they fixed the issue, its the phone the M9 has to beat for me. Glad they went with the single camera.

      • Romdude

        Yes, I’ve had two that had pink and one purple but I have tmobile jump so I just swapped it, the one that I have has no tint at all so I guess I’m lucky. Way better at night shots than my brother’s iphone. The M9 sorry so say looks like the M8 and that’s not a good thing. I’m definitely switching to another brand, I just don’t know which. Maybe I can jump again if they finally get it right like the previous leaks with the slit speakers and minimal htc black bar.

    • KingofPing

      I agree completely. The M7 was a beautiful device. I wish they had kept that design instead of bumping it to the design they are using with the M8/9.

      We still have an M7 in the family and every time I see it I wish I could rip the guts out of my M8 and put it in the M7. Can you imagine it with the M9 guts?

      *sigh*

      Ah well, c’est la vie.

  • I’m buying it. I’m really just here for the functionality and features. A phone can look good, but that only last so long. After a while you start to really notice how much a smartphone lacks that you only primarily want it for its looks, and to me, the HTC One designs have already looked good. My only concern is the camera. I saw some camples from a few sites, like Phonearena,and they were meh. However, they did say that they’re warning everyone that these are pre-production model samples. But other than that, I don’t see me going with Samsung, especially with the lack of SD card, and the small battery. I know it’s an old phone, but it reminds me of the original Samsung Galaxy S. I had it, loved the features, but it was so irrelevant because you could barely use all the features because the phone just kept dying. At that point, I promised myself I would either A) never buy a Samsung or B) never buy a smartphone in general with a small and or really bad battery.

  • Justsomecommentor

    It will have band 12

    The One M9 will appear on all four major U.S. carriers. But being U.S. carriers, they had to ruin it a bit.

    HTC says the One M9 uses the latest Qualcomm modem, the one in the iPhone 6 and Nexus 6, which supports all the U.S. carriers. The modem can support up to 21 LTE bands, the company says. Combined with the new FCC rules requiring device unlocking, that might mean a phone you can easily move between carriers.

    However, the U.S. carriers have requested four different versions of the M9, presumably to prevent you from moving the phone to another carrier:

    The AT&T version has bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/29/30, so it can run on the AT&T network, the T-Mobile network, or with Canadian or foreign GSM/LTE networks. I’m going to assume that the GSM versions don’t have an active CDMA radio, as well.

    The Sprint version just has 2/5/12/25/26/41. That means it’ll run very well on Sprint’s or T-Mobile’s networks if unlocked, but is at a disadvantage with AT&T or Verizon.

    The T-Mobile version has 2/4/12/17. That’s perfect for T-Mobile, and slightly less good for AT&T.

    Verizon’s version has 2/4/5/13. That’s great for Verizon but not good for Sprint at all.

    All four One M9 models will come out this spring.

    from pcmag(dot)com

    • Cal

      what bands would a unlocked/developer edition have, if they presumably sold it from their website?

      • justsomecommenter

        Unknown at the moment.

  • Jason Crumbley

    Glad I got the Nexus 6 instead.

    • jaminman220

      Wife got the Nexus 6 the other day. I think the screen is just too big. I love the design and feel of the One series and will be upgrading to the M9 as soon as I can!