No one makes smartphones like HTC, the Taiwanese device maker. Yes, I have said this before and let me reiterate it—their phones have great build quality, they have great looks and are a power packed combination of innovative design and smooth functioning. For the past few days, I have been using their HTC One M9+ which truly stands out with its elegant looks and smooth performance. But will people shell out a whooping R52,500 for this device, especially at a time when there is a virtual glut in the market, let us find out.
As the name suggests, the M9+ is a larger phone to the M9 so it’s understandably heavier at 168g compared to 158g. It is around the same thickness at 9.6 mm, though. Out of the box, it becomes clear that the HTC One M9+ leverages HTC’s widely popular all-metal design and combines it with significant new enhancements, including a 13.20 cm (5.2 inch) 2K display with a new Fingerprint authentication, HTC BoomSound with 2Dolby Audio surround sound for a rich multimedia experience; HTC’s new and improved Duo Camera for professional-looking photos; and support for up to 2 TB microSD storage to store your life’s treasured memories and take them wherever you go. Distinct metal edges combine perfectly with graceful curves for a jewellery-grade look.
The HTC One M9+ comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB on-board storage version and expandable memory up to 2 TB via microSD storage. You’ll find the nano-SIM and microSD card slots located into the left and right edges. The lengthy volume rocker is split into two discrete buttons.
Switched on, I went straight to check its camera quality and believe me, I was completely amazed at its performance. The HTC One M9+’s cameras are designed to capture every moment in pretty good quality, allowing you to relive those moments again and again. The technology of the depth sensor captures detailed depth information from a scene and enables you to select the point of focus, thus allowing you to create professional-looking portraits with UFocus. Copy & Paste lets you paste a person from one photo to another and Dimension Plus presents a unique perspective on your photos by letting you view your photos from a different angle by simply tilting the screen, giving you a 3D experience much to the delight of your family and friends.
More on the camera front. The HTC One M9+ addresses low-light shots with the new and improved HTC UltraPixel front-facing selfie camera with dynamic auto exposure, delivering sharper, more natural and balanced self-portraits in any lighting conditions. The phone comes with a 20 megapixel camera that accentuates every intricate detail in
addition to a sapphire glass lens cover that protects it from scratches. For vivid video that looks like the latest blockbuster, the camera also shoots movies in 4K resolution.
HTC Sense 7 with HTC’s EYE Experience software makes taking creative pictures easy. A host of new editing effects, including Shapes, Prismatic and Elements, allows you to add a little bit of individual artistry into every shot. The Zoe app can then automatically create amazing home movies on the fly, adding your choice of music and letting friends remix it with their own shots to create a shared celebration from every moment.
On the audio front, the HTC One M9+ guarantees a larger-than-life soundtrack, courtesy of HTC BoomSound. The HTC One family’s popular dual front-facing speakers, now combined with 5.1 channel Dolby Audio surround sound simulation, get you even closer to the action, delivering extraordinary, cinematic listening. Uniting HTC BoomSound and Dolby Audio creates total audio immersion, so you can enjoy movies with theatre-like sound even without connecting headphones or external speakers.
In terms of actual usage, the phone’s 5.2-inch high-resolution screen looks pretty good and the device impresses in terms of its performance and specs. Call quality is excellent and multitasking is generally a good experience on this phone. The phone has a powerful processor to run pretty much any game or application. It packs a slightly larger battery (2840 mAh) than most phones this size would. At my end, I managed to get three to four days of mixed use. Quick charging works well too.
I am a long-time user of HTC devices and take my word, the HTC One M9+ is a very good phone. It offers great performance and has a great design too. It will surely appeal to those who like to flaunt a high-end phone with high-end specs.
Dimensions: 15.09 x 7.19 x 0.96 cm
Display: 13.20 cm (5.2 inch), WQHD (1440 x 2560)
Processor: MediaTek helio X10, Octa-Core (8 x 2.2 GHz)
Operating system: Android with HTC Sense
Camera: 20 MP main camera; HTC Ultrapxel front camera
Memory & storage: 32 GB ROM; 3 GB RAM, microSDXC card slot, up to 2 TB
SIM type: Nano SIM
Estimated street price: Rs 52,500