It's the One we were waiting for: a Quad-HD HTC One M9+ with a fingerprint scanner. Here we reveal the HTC One M9+ UK release date, price and specifications. Updated on 16/7/15.
The second variant of the HTC One M9 to be announced, the HTC One M9+ is a premium phone with a slightly larger Quad-HD screen and a fingerprint sensor, while the HTC One E9+ is a plastic phablet with a larger Quad-HD screen. Also see: Best smartphones 2015, best new phones 2015 and best phablets 2015.
HTC One M9+ UK release date, price: When is the HTC One M9+ coming out? How to get an HTC One M9+ in the UK
HTC on 8 April announced the HTC One M9+ in China. HTC has now confirmed that the One M9+ is officially not coming to the UK but is coming to Europe in the coming weeks. However, if you're desperate to get your hands on it there will always be ways and means of getting hold of it, and right now the HTC One M9+ is listed on Simply Electronics and eBay - first read our advice on buying grey-market tech.
Earlier this week our friends at Mobile Fun began taking pre-orders on the 32GB silver HTC One M9+ for £600. However, following HTC's confirmation it has removed the One M9+ from its site.
HTC One M9+ specifications
The HTC One M9+ was rumoured to come with a 5.5in Quad HD screen, front-facing BoomSound speakers, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core 810 chip with Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM, pus 32GB of storage. At the rear of the phone there would be a 20Mp camera, and at the front a 4Mp Ultrapixel model. A 3000mAh battery would keep it all going, and HTC Sense 7.0 would be installed alongside Android Lollipop.
Only some of those rumours were true, it would appear. HTC has indeed placed a larger Quad-HD (2560x1440) screen at the front, but it's 5.2in, not 5.5in. There is also a touch-based fingerprint sensor built into the Home button, but inside is not a Snapdragon 810 but a MediaTek Helio X10 processor, another 64-bit chip with eight Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2.2GHz.
As expected the HTC One M9+ features BoomSound front-facing speakers and a 20Mp rear camera. This is a Duo Camera, like that seen on the HTC One M8, with a secondary sensor for depth. An UltraPixel camera is found at the front camera, as is the case with the HTC One M9.
There's also 3GB of RAM and a 2840mAh battery.
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