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HTC One M9s launched, yet another One

Thursday, November 19, 2015

HTC’s One-series just got even more confusing to the prospective buyer. The One M9s has been launched in Taiwan with proper One M9 looks and a few notable changes in hardware.

The new model comes with a 5-inch Full HD LCD display, much like its namesake. One of the chief differences between the two is the Mediatek Helio X10 chip, but it’s not exactly a first for the company - it can be found in a lot of this year’s Ones.

Budget cuts can quickly be spotted once you go further down the specsheet. Similar to the One E9 and E9s, the One M9s comes with just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The smartphone does take microSD cards for expansion by up to 2TB, though such cards are less common than unicorns.

The primary camera is a blend of existing models too. On the one hand it uses a 13MP sensor, like the two E models above, but adds optical image stabilization, so far only found on the Supreme Camera edition of the M9+ - quite logical, right?

Other than that, the rear cam has a 27.8mm-equivalent lens with an f/2.0 aperture and a sapphire crystal front element. The front shooter is the familiar UltraPixel affair with 4MP resolution and an f/2.0 26.8mm-equivalent lens.

The HTC One M9s comes in virtually the same all-metal unibody as the non-S One M9 and measures 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6mm. Oddly enough, at 158g it weighs a gram more. Battery capacity is the same at 2,840mAh.

The smartphone comes with the usual wide range of connectivity options including quad-band 2G/3G and LTE over a multitude of bands. There’s Bluetooth v4.1, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou.

The smartphone can be pre-ordered right now in Taiwan for TWD 12,900 ($390) and it’ll start shipping on November 21. There’s no word on worldwide availability.


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