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HTC One M9 Makes its Official Debut at Mobile World Congress

HTC’s One M9 was official unveiled today during an HTC press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Consumers will be able to get their hands on the phone when it’s released worldwide later this month, but for now they’ll have to be satisifed with the hands-on impressions that a few outlets were able to get.

The HTC One M9 is very similiar to its predecessor, the M8, at least from a design standpoint. It’s slightly taller thanks to the integrated BoomSound speakers. Internally it offers an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of internal storage (with almost 9GB reserved for Android 5.0 Lollipop). It’s got a 5-inch, 1080p display.

Early impressions of the HTC One M9 focus on just how little has improved since the M8. It’s definitely a step up, but not a big enough step to justify an entirely new phone. It strikes me as a phone that was designed to sound good on paper. The added megapixels don’t necessarily make for a better camera and the integrated BoomSound speakers don’t justify the added size in a world filled with headsets and Bluetooth speakers.

Claude Zellweger, the leader of HTC’s industrial design team, said they want their “lineup to be the most luxurious in the world,” but it sounds like the HTC One M9 is luxurious to a fault. The Verge goes pretty in-depth with their hands-on impressions and we’ll have a formal review round-up with the reviews start hitting the web.

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