HTC launched the One M9 Plus yesterday and while we loved the handset, we were scathing of the need to even release it. The device is going to be an exclusive in China and Asia, and HTC has confirmed that the One M9 will not be launched in Europe of the United States. That confirms what we already knew, putting an official stamp on the release of the smartphone flagship.
HTC really is on a high end blitz at the moment. The company has announced the One M9 Plus today, a handset that follows just a month after the reveal of the One M9 flagship, and a week after the high spec'd One E9 Plus. To top it off, HTC is also readying a Butterfly 3, which will also carry plenty of flagship hardware.
HTC has been turning around its financial outlook over the last year, a number of well-received smartphones and a change in strategy. The company has now reported an unaudited $11.6 million profit through the opening first quarter of this year. That's a big turnaround from the same time last year when the Taiwanese giant recorded a loss of $60 million.
HTC has gone high end crazy over the last few weeks. The company launched the One M9 flagship, followed it up with the One E9+ and is even working on a Butterfly 3. On top of that, HTC has even decided to update last year's flagship One M8 in the form of the almost identical One M8s. In this case, the differences are subtle.
AT&T's version of the HTC One M7 has received technical approval yesterday and is ready to be dealt Android 5.0 Lollipop. That?s the news according to HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, who says that the roll out of the upgrade will start on today. He also dished on when the newer HTC One M8 will be getting Lollipopped, April 8th.
A month after announcing its latest flagship, and even before it has hit stores, HTC has launched a superior smartphone. Sure, the One M9 landed last month at MWC and was much of the same, which meant a very stellar smartphone indeed, if a little disappointing for some. The Taiwanese company has now unveiled the One E9+, a handset that matches the One M9 in hardware and even betters it in some cases.
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.