Earlier this year, HTC released the One M9+ in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. The One M9+ is visually similar to the normal One M9, but with significant differences to the hardware specifications. It swaps the Qualcomm SoC in the M9 for a MediaTek chip, and moves to a larger and higher resolution display. Today HTC is bringing the One M9+ to various markets in Europe. To see how the One M9+ compares to the standard One M9 you can check out the spec comparison in the chart below.

  HTC One M9+ HTC One M9
SoC MT6795 2.2GHz 8xA53 MediaTek Helio X10 MSM8994 2/1.5 GHz A57/A53 Snapdragon 810
32GB NAND + microSD
32GB NAND + microSD
Display 5.2” 1440p IPS LCD 5” 1080p IPS LCD
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (MediaTek Category 4 LTE) 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Qualcomm UE Category 7/9 LTE)
Dimensions 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.61mm 168g 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61mm 157g
Camera 20MP Rear Facing w/ 1.12 µm pixels, 1/2.4" CMOS size, f/2.2, 27.8mm (35mm effective)
2MP Duo cam

4MP Front Facing, 2.0 µm pixels, f/2.0 26.8mm (35mm effective
20MP Rear Facing w/ 1.12 µm pixels, 1/2.4" CMOS size, f/2.2, 27.8mm (35mm effective)

4MP Front Facing, 2.0 µm pixels, f/2.0 26.8mm (35mm effective)
Battery 2840 mAh (10.79 Whr) 2840 mAh (10.79 Whr)
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, GNSS, NFC, DLNA, microUSB 2.0 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, GNSS, NFC, DLNA, microUSB 2.0
SIM Size NanoSIM NanoSIM

The One M9+ shares a number of specifications with the normal HTC One M9. However, it resembles the HTC One ME even more closely. The SoC, RAM, storage, connectivity, and battery capacity are all the same as the HTC One ME. It also sports the fingerprint sensor beneath the display. The big difference between the One ME and the One M9+ is that the latter sports an aluminum unibody design instead of plastic, and also brings back HTC's secondary duo-cam camera. The 20MP camera of the M9+ is still the Toshiba sensor shared with the M9.

While the One M9+ is already available in India, the expansion to Europe means that consumers have more options for smartphones from HTC. It's also a big win for MediaTek to have a device with their Helio X10 SoC shipping. In Europe, the One M9+ will be released in silver, grey, and gold colors. Pricing is currently unknown but one can make an educated guess based on the pricing in India and China. Availability for specific markets in Europe will be announced as time goes on.

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  • LiverpoolFC5903 - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    The m9 plus is priced horribly high in India, close to almost 500 GBP and more than rivals like S6 and G4. Good phone but priced way above the market which is pretty much typical for HTC. When will they learn that the only direction smartphone prices are going to go is downwards along with margins (with the exception of Apple). The real innovation would be to reduce the BOM and manufacturing costs and bring such devices to the market at competitive prices.

    Coming back to the phone, i am interested in how the MT6795T is going to perform in the real world, considering its basically a high clocked A53 based design and fairly similar to the Kirin 930/935 being used in the P7. That SOC underwhelmed (Anandtech review) in terms of performance despite the hype about the enhanced A53 cores.

    There is only so much you can do with a simple in order core like the A53 and I am not sure what are the power implications of clocking it as high as MTK have done, especially considering ARM reccomends 1.2-1.5 GHZ for the standard A53.

    And I am also interested in seeing how an A53 based chipset with a Powervrg6200 gpu and about 12GB memory bandwidth is able to handle a 2K screen with ease as claimed by MTK. That GPU does about 80 gflps which is in Adreno 320 (S600) territory. And that GPU just about managed to handle a 1080P display.

    Looking forward to an Anandtech performance review of the Mt6795M/T. Very little data available online.
  • Freaky_Angelus - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link


    The MediaTek won't perform much different in the M9+ as it does in the E9... So, crap?

    It's reported to run rather warm but on pure CPU power much stronger than M9 and S6 competitors... The second you want some GPU power it's horrible, which with a 2k screen is a bad bad choice.

    I do agree I would really want to see a review from Anandtech on this SoC as I really love the depth we get here.
  • LiverpoolFC5903 - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    I believe the cpu performance is great for multiple cores while single threaded performance is about the level of Snapdragon 800/801, which is not bad by any means (much less than the A57 based chips though).

    The GPU seems to be the achilles heel, I agree. Its supposed to run 2K smoothly as well as do 1080p recordings at 120 FPS, which is strange given the gpu configuration. Perhaps they have used some sort of a custom setup for the G6200?
  • close - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    Bump up CPU (cores, frequency), diagonal, resolution, keep battery the same. Recipe for success if you ask me...
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    You want even more than 8 cores in your phone? What for? anything that doesn't run well enough on 8 is hardly going to be saved by 12 or more. And higher frequency? A53 is an efficeint low-frequency design. Pushing it to 2.2 GHz is already borderline and probably already starts to trail bigger lower clocked cores in performance per watt.
  • Refuge - Thursday, July 23, 2015 - link

    you completely missed it didn't you? Like a mute bat.
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    There's no way an A53 can match the single threaded performance of the mature Krait in SD800/801! Not even at the same clock speed (SD800/801 has the advantage here).
  • LiverpoolFC5903 - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    Remember seeing a geekbench comparison between the mtk 6795 and the sd 810. The mtk was clocked at 2.2 and the 810 had its a57 cluster clocked to 2.0 ghz.

    The single core result for the mtk was around 950, which is in the same ballpark as a Krait 400. The a57 based 810 scored around 1200 in the same test.
  • toyotabedzrock - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - link

    The a53 can't out perform a 800 snapdragon. It should use less power and stay at max speed due to reduced heat output.
  • Freaky_Angelus - Friday, July 17, 2015 - link

    Apparently in multi-thread it does.. It runs horrible on GPU side, but the earlier posted link does show that 8 cores can do a lot of work.

    Hence, why a nice deep investigation would be interesting. In this case, more than ever, a real-world analysis would need to look into what use a multi-thread benchmark still holds. Rumors of lagging interface have been reported and it doesn't look very good as a combination. Indeed close's remark is very valid as this seems to be a recipe for disappointment ;)

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