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HTC One M9 unveiled: A fresh metal Android powerhouse

HTC on Sunday unveiled the One M9 during its press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device features plenty of upgrades over last year’s model, both on the software and hardware side, but doesn’t stray too far from the industrial design that we’ve come to know and love in HTC’s One-branded flagship smartphones.

The One M9, set to launch in markets around the globe beginning in mid-March, features a brand new 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. Four cores are clocked at 2GHz while an additional four cores at clocked at 1.5Ghz. You’ll also find 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage that can be expanded with up to a 128GB microSD card, an IR blaster for controlling your TV, BoomSound speakers with new Dolby Audio surround-sound support, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash, and a front-facing UltraPixel camera for improved selfies.

The One M9 also includes a brand new Sense 7 user interface, which runs on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop and offers plenty of tweaks. The main focus is on presenting users with plenty of customization options, and that means a brand new area where you can download and apply themes, backgrounds, custom icon sets and more. Really, it seems like you can tweak the phone to your desire, and it’s awesome to see HTC take this track.

Sense 7 is also more intelligent. You might see a recommendation powered by Yelp on your lockscreen for a nearby restaurant, for example. Likewise, there’s a new Sense Home folder that allows you to swap between different folders of apps based on your location — whether that’s work, home, or somewhere else. HTC also added two folders into this area of the home screen, which is really a widget; one shows your most recent downloaded apps while the other shows recommended apps.

The One M9 is set to launch across several carriers in the United States including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, though exact dates and pricing has not yet been revealed. Stay tuned for our hands-on shortly.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...