HTC's recently launched One M9 flagship divided opinion, an extremely good handset for sure, but perhaps too close to the One M8 for comfort. In terms of some of the other flagships currently finding their way to the market, one could even argue that the One M9 is a little undercut in terms of specs and HTC could have gone one step further.
While it was replaced by the Desire 820, the HTC Desire 816 is a very good mid-range smartphone and even though it is nearly a year old, it is still worth considering. Indeed, the handset is going to become more enticing as it is about to receive its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The new version of HTC's Butterfly range has been rumored for the best part of a month, and we already know it will be a typically flagship bothering smartphone. The Japan exclusive (it will likely get a global roll out later under a different name) will be the first HTC handset to carry a Quad HD screen. Yes, not even the company?s recently announced One M9 flagship can boast that.
HTC held an even yesterday and the company's Americas president, Jason Mackenzie, detailed when the One M9 flagship will be launching in the United States, and indeed all of North and South America. He revealed that the handset will be rolling out on April 10th, meaning only three more weeks to wait for consumers in those regions who want to get their hands on the One M9.
While the HTC One M9 launch has been delayed in Taiwan, the handset is becoming available for pre-order around the world, the latest country being Turkey. The flagship smartphone is now available in the nation through carrier Turkcell, although it is not cheap. In fact, the One M9 is more expensive than its US and European list price and will costs the equivalent of $1060.
HTC's new One M9 flagship was widely expected to land before Samsung?s Galaxy S6, in fact the handset was due to be launched in Taiwan today. However, reports in HTC's home nation now suggest that the roll out date for the 32GB One M9 has been shelved, an issue with the software is being blamed for what will now be a delayed launch.
The HTC Desire EYE is a very good smartphone, it is very close to being a flagship device, while it has a very good camera experience with the EYE technology. Released last September, the EYE has yet to get the bump to Android 5.0 Lollipop, while the older HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 have. However, the HTC Desire EYE is going to be getting the bump to Google's new platform very soon.
HTC announced the One M9 flagship last week at the Mobile World Conference and the divided opinion right down the middle. HTC did not confirm the exact price or the exact launch date for the One M9, but it will of course be in line with flagship cost. A New York based retailer, B&H, may have just let the proverbial cat of the bag and listed the cost and US launch date.
HTC really didn't hit a home run with the One M9 flagship launched earlier in the week, but the company has been on a roll for some time now. The company's revenue continued to rise during February, while profits will likely increase through this quarter too.
I didn't hide my disappointment when I saw the HTC One M9 at the Mobile World Conference. It is a fantastic smartphone, as was the One M8, the problem is the M9 is just too much of the same and comes at a time when other companies (Samsung, LG, Xiaomi) are radically shaking up their flagship. HTC has now started selling its new flagship in Europe and if like me you are disappointed with the M9, you will probably be disappointed with the price of it too.