The rumoured plastic HTC One M9 phablet - the HTC One E9+ - was today confirmed by HTC's Chinese site. Here's everything we know about the HTC One E9+ UK release date, price and specs. Also see: Best smartphones 2015best new phones 2015 and best phablets 2015.

There is also thought to be an HTC One E9 on its way, as well as an HTC One M9 Plus.

HTC One E9+ UK release date, price: When is the HTC One E9+ coming out?

Although the HTC One E9+ has appeared on HTC's Chinese site, it won't be officially unveiled until 8 April 2015. There is no guarantee that this phone will officially come to the UK. You'll still be able to buy it through unofficial channels, but read up on our advice on buying grey-market tech first.

We'll bring you full details of pricing and availability as it emerges, but in the meantime you can expect this plastic HTC One E9+ to be at least £50- to £100 cheaper than the HTC One M9, which goes on sale in the UK tomorrow from £569 SIM-free.

HTC One E9+ UK release date, price & specs: Plastic HTC One confirmed

HTC One E9+ specifications  

Standout features in the HTC One E9+ include a 5.5in Quad-HD display with 534ppi density, and great sound with Dolby Audio and HTC BoomSound speakers.

Inside the HTC One E9+ is a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795M octa-core chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There's a 2800mAh battery to keep it all going, and the E9+ still weighs only 150g.

Connectivity-wise there's dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1and NFC. The E9+ is also a 4G phone, with support for FDD-LTE and TD-LTE bands. The fact it is also a dual-SIM phone suggests to us that it won't be officially released in the UK.

According to the Chinese site the HTC One E9+ matches the One M9 with a 20Mp rear camera and HTC's UltraPixel camera at the front, but this has been reported to be an error, and the E9+ will actually feature a 13Mp rear camera.

The HTC One E9+ will run Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7.0 out of the box. It will be available in meteor grey, gold sepia and rose gold two-tone colour options.

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