HTC has introduced the One M9+, an improvement to its flagship phone, the One M9. After multiple rumors and leaks, the One M9+ has become official, bearing some boosted specs and a tag of exclusivity to China. What does the One M9+ bring to the table over the standard One M9? Well, we’re looking at a larger 5.2-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, 2.2GHz octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 processor, fingerprint scanner and the addition of a second rear camera to allow for Duo Camera software effects.
Other specs include 3GB of RAM, a 2840mAh battery, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7, front-facing BoomSound speakers and support for its own Dot View case. The phone is slightly larger than the One M9 and has a few tweaked details on its appearance. The rear camera has been switched from a square to a more attractive circle and the bottom front-facing speaker is now split into two pieces to allow for the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner.
Speaking of that fingerprint scanner, it can be used to quickly unlock the phone or to make NFC payments. While past Android phones have had fingerprint scanners, it’s becoming more of a common feature now that Apple has adopted the technology. There’s no guarantee that HTC’s will be great; we won’t know until it’s actually tested out in the real world.
As a whole, our interest is piqued by the One M9+. It seems like what the One M9 should have been, and we’re left to wonder why HTC is releasing this one exclusively in China (at least for now), rather than bringing it globally. If you are interested in it, there’s no price or release date, but HTC says that it has no plans to bring the One M9+ to Europe or North America.