HTC’s One M9 is official at last.
The Taiwanese company may not have done a very good job at keeping all the details under wraps, with a swathe of leaks in recent weeks giving us pointers on what to expect.
But that’s not to say that this isn’t one of 2015’s most promising new devices.
The One M9 baits Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 with a raft of killer new features, many of which should make it the Android phone of choice for many.
Want to know more?
Read on and we’ll reveal all in our five things you need to know about the HTC One M9.
1 Camera boost
As expected, HTC has ditched its largely unloved Ultra Pixel camera (round the back at least) and replaced it with a 20 megapixel monster.
HTC reckons its new snapper will work particularly well in low light, with a slew of new features to make the camera stand out from the crowd.
The on board Eye Experience software lets you reel off Split Captures and take something called a ‘Voice Selfie’. No, us neither.
The sapphire lens cover is far more interesting. It means greater scratch resistance so you don’t get nasty marks on your pics.
The front–facing snapper is last year’s Ultra Pixel peeper repurposed, with the promise of more detailed self–portraits.
2 Updated HTC Sense
HTC isn’t giving up on its Android custom skin. In fact, it’s made it even fancier, now that it’s committed to bringing the latest Android software to devices within 90 days of Google handing it new code.
It takes its cues from Google Now, with location specific apps and tips.
So that means you get TV remote control apps when you’re in the living room and recipe tips in the kitchen.
It even tweaks the colour of the device’s menus depending on the colours in the pic you choose for the home screen.
3 Same, all–metal design
HTC has kept the same metal unibody design which served it so well last year with the M8 and the year before with the M7.
That’s no hardship. HTC’s design team is second only to Apple when it comes to top end smartphones.
The tapered edges make it easy to handle and the dual tone metal looks the part too.
Samsung’s impressive Galaxy S6, however, is likely to give it a run for its money when both phones hit shelves.
4 BoomSound with Dolby Audio
HTC has always made a big deal of how good its phones sound.
The M9 takes things up a notch, with its usual BoomSound tech being supplemented by Dolby Audio.
HTC reckons this recreates 5.1 surround sound, either from the front facing speakers or via the headphone jack.
This is great news if you like sticking on your cans and watching movies or listening to tunes on the move.
Not so if you value peace and quiet on public transport and those around you are packing a One M9 and aren’t au fait with the concept of personal space.
5 Out March 31st
Up for pre-order now, the One M9 actually hits stores on March 31st.
That’s ten whole days earlier than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, making it a worthwhile bet for those desperate for the latest, greatest device.