T-Mobile Offers Up the Stunning HTC One M9 Before Public Availability

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HTC One M9 Pre-Orders Begin March 27.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 26, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The new HTC One® M9 will be available for shipment from all Sprint S, +0.63% sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and www.sprint.com, beginning Friday, March 27. HTC’s One M9 is a beautifully-crafted smartphone with a unibody zero-gap aluminum shell and with a dual-tone colour feature to stand out from the crowd, but it isn’t a drastic overhaul from M8.The latest iteration of HTC’s One handset sports an all-metal unibody design, with a new scratch-resistant, dual finish and two color options—gunmetal gray and dual-tone silver (with subtle gold mirror-polished sides).

The smartphone, which was launched to good reviews at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month, will initially be sold through the company’s website. As you would expect, building from such a solid base, the One M8 also received a good reaction, cementing HTC’s place as a leading player in the highly competitive smartphone market. Widely considered smartphone of the year for the past two years, the third generation of the HTC One ups the ante in the smartphone category with the most personal, intuitive and powerful smartphone from HTC yet while continuing the design heritage for which the HTC One is known. “The craftsmanship of our new HTC One M9 resembles that of a fine watch. After all, it would have to be exceptionally good to convince fans who had upgraded within the past 12 months to part with potentially hundreds more euro to get the newest version.

We’ve retained our iconic design but made it even better while not compromising on what is important to our customers,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America. At the end of 24 months, customers in good standing currently have the following options1: Sprint will pay whatever it costs to switch, including early termination fees and remaining payments on the phone installment plans – no matter what is owed. The power button has moved to the right side of the device rather from the top, just below the volume buttons and has given some texture to differentiate by touch alone.

HTC claims that the back cover is a 70-step process of coating, machining, beveling and re-beveling to make it scratch resistant and give it a jewelry-esque premium look. HTC’s chairwoman Cher Wang took on the role of CEO last week, while former CEO Peter Chou was given a new position within the company to lead the “Future Development Lab.” Samsung will also start shipping its Galaxy S6 smartphone—which was also unveiled at MWC—very soon. The five-inch Full HD IPS device (441 pixel per inch density) is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, with four cores clocked at 2GHz and four at 1.5GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage capacity. HTC Themes offers a unique customizable home screen either by selecting from the theme collection or by creating a custom theme from a favorite photo. With the Themes app, users can change the colours, textures, icons, sounds and fonts while the Sense Home provides users with news, stories, recommendations about apps tailored to their needs.

The screen remains the same as on the M8 – it’s 5 inches in size with a Full HD 1080p resolution, which is arguably a missed opportunity when so many other manufacturers are moving to Quad HD. It is contextually aware of location, time of day and what apps are preferred at home, work or on the go and will intelligently recommend apps and nearby restaurants with ratings from friends and followers. Users will also find a 20-megapixel rear camera (protected by a sapphire lens cover) and a 13-megapixel front shooter, plus a host of editing effects. The LTE smartphone has a 64-bit Qualcomm eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor, which is considered among the most advanced mobile processors for smartphones. If the user is in the office, the Sense shows, Microsoft mail, Calendar, Scribble, Drive, Goggle apps folder, play store and apps suggestions while out, it shows Music, Calendar, Maps, Car Navigation, Google apps and Play Store, and shows Music, calendar, YouTube, Twitter, Google apps and Play Store while at home.

The M9 retains the microSD slot, but increases capacity to 2TB, “because you want your content with you,” HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said in a statement. Also, the addition of Dolby Audio to HTC BoomSound means a surround-sound experience. “We are not only delivering the best-looking, best-performing smartphone on the market, we are ensuring it stays that way with UH OH Protection,” Mackenzie said. “We are the only smartphone company that has your back if something unfortunate happens or if you need to change carriers.” The new insurance feature includes one free replacement within the first 12 months after purchase, if your device incurs a cracked screen or water damage.

The front-facing UltraPixel™ camera captures more light than most 13 megapixel cameras ensuring sharper, more natural and balanced self-portraits in any lighting conditions. Up, down, left and right swipes will unlock, turn on voice dialling, launch the widget panel and open BlinkFeed respectively – all with the screen off. Sprint served nearly 56 million connections as of Dec. 31, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. However, camera purists seem disappointed that HTC, which has a reputation for innovative developments in camera technology, has changed direction back towards what its competitors have been doing for some time. The app is simple as it has camera, selfie and panorama but users can add effects like Bokeh for capturing with depth of field; Split captures photos taken with both the front and the back camera on and photo booth captures four photos in a grid.

If service or lease is cancelled early, the remaining lease payments become due immediately and customer must return the device or pay the purchase option. 2Most improved network claim based upon Sprint’s relative increase in first-place or tied for first place awards across all award categories combined as noted in the RootMetrics 2nd Half 2014 Mobile Network Performance Review Report, published Feb. 10, 2015, of four mobile networks across all available network types comparing the second half of 2014 to the first half of 2014. When it comes to storage, HTC has gone with a fixed 32GB ROM in the M9, which can be extended by another 2TB via the microSD, which is impressive for those who store their life’s work on their phones.

The One Gallery feature is really useful for people like me as I take lot of photos on my camera and later find it difficult to search for a particular picture when needed. The Harman Kardon’s Blackfire protocol in HTC Connect feature lets users use a three-finger swipe to send different songs to different multi-room speakers from the same phone while a reverse gesture will bring it back. It does not have fingerprint scanner, wireless charging or heart-rate monitor and HTC just focused on improving its existing hardware and software segments.

As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com ** Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. **UH OH Protection valid in the U.S./D.C. only.

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