As for the display itself, we’re looking at a 5-inch, 1080p IPS display. Pretty much same as in the M8, though this one’s definitely got a little more of a greenish tint to it. It’s one of those things you’re more likely to notice side by side with another phone. It’s also worth noting that this one’s got a different polarization than the M8, so I can actually see the display when wearing sunglasses. No sunnies? It’s still really good in directly sunlight. But it does feel like the auto-brightness tends to keep things a little dark. The back of the M9 retains that gorgeous curve. We normally don’t pay too much attention to how a manufacturer puts its logo onto the phone, but that’s changed from the M8 to the M9 as well. One to the side effects of Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge technology — which lets you juice up your phone much more quickly — is heat. And that led to the HTC letters coming loose on some M8 models (including ours). This time around, the letters are a part of the metal itself. Cool little upgrade. The bigger change out back, of course, is the removal of the secondary camera and a switch to a single, 20-megapixel shooter. We’ll get to that in a bit, but the physical difference is obvious — and in fact the camera mount does extend from the body just a tad. And it’s gone from a circular shape to a square with rounded corners. That’s all covered by sapphire glass. But why squarish when the lens itself — the really important part — is round? HTC says it’s to better approximate the actual shape of the camera sensor. So, for aesthetics. (And probably also because it’s just a cool design, stands out more than a single circular module and definitely doesn’t look like the M8.)
HTC One M9 Display and Internals and specs
It’s tempting to say the hardware almost feels a little boring this time around, because it really is so close to the look and feel of the M8. That’s not to say there hasn’t been a lot of work done. Look closer. Such is the conundrum of someone who uses phones for a living, I suppose. But what if there’d been no M8? On its own, the hardware of the M9 stands up against anything else we can think to put beside it. Don’t downplay all the little changes. The slightly smaller size. The shelf on the edges. The new finish. The moving of the power button. All of those things make the M9 much more enjoyable to hold.
Storage & RAM
The M9’s 32 gigabytes of on-board storage is (at the time of this writing) the only option you have. And of that, you start with about 22GB available. HTC’s left the SD card slot intact, and you’ll get some free Google Drive space, too. So there’s that. The HTC M9 comes with 3GB of RAM. And as has been the case with the last couple of generations of Android smartphones, we’ve not once been tempted to worry about what’s in memory at all.
HTC One M9 software
The HTC One M9 is running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop — as close to the source code version (that’s Android 5.1 at the time of this writing) as you could expect at this point. And along with that comes Sense 7. Really, though, it’s more like Sense 6.5 — while there are a few new and important features, it’s not a total revamp, and you’re not going to really have anything to relearn. (And that’s not a bad thing.) The lock screen is still the lock screen. You’ve got the Lollipop-style notifications, of course, as well as HTC M9’s customization shortcuts flanking the unlock button. Biggest change here is that the clock is now in italics, which is a great change if you’re really into italics. BlinkFeed is back, of course, at the far left position in the launcher. And in addition to serving up heaping helpings of news and social updates, it’ll also serve up suggestions for places to eat nearby thanks to a new integration with Yelp. (I haven’t seen those yet, either due to a non-final software thing, or the fact that my phone believes I should, perhaps, lay off the grub. Supposedly they’ll appear on the lock screen, too.) Regardless, BlinkFeed is as excellent as ever. If you loved it before, you’ll love it now. If you’ve yet to try it, definitely give it a go.