We really liked HTC's One M9. While doing a hands-on review, we swooned over its bold looks, the overall design, the Dolby Boom sound and the intuitive HTC Sense suite, giving the phone a 'very rare' five out of five rating.
However, the phone didn't create much of a hype, if we consider the business side of it. HTC sensed it too. So came the Jourdan Dunn-inspired premium M9 and so did a revamped One M9+.
Launched in China in April, the new One M9+ is set to enter Europe, if Engadget is to be believed. However, we aren't really sure when and where the release will take place.
With the M9+, HTC have finally broken the 5 inch barrier with a new 5.2 inch display and with a much better QHD panel with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The One M9, launched at Mobile World Congress this year, had stuck to the Full HD display like its predecessor.
HTC have also traded Qualcomm with MediaTek as the preferred chipset for the new phone. Known as the MediaTek MT6795T, the new 64-bit chipset is beginning to shape up as a rival to the Snapdragon 810 chip but given that its superiority is yet to be proven in the smartphone market, we smell the overall cost could have played a role given its Taiwanese origin.
Another first for the One series is the introduction of a physical home button. This also performs the role of an integrated fingerprint scanner. The camera, though, has been a slight disappointment. The much fancied 20.7 MP primary camera in the M9 has given way to a slightly less powerful 20MP camera in the M9+.
To be available in silver, gold and gunmetal colour options, the phone, like the M9, packs features like HTC's Sense 7.0 user interface, Boomsound speakers and runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
While we knew about the M9+ as early as in April when the phone was launched in China, we also came across certain leaks that suggested HTC had more plans on its sleeves.
Reputed rumour source @upleaks had recently unveiled a new HTC smartphone in the works that features the powerful Snapdragon 810 chip, an Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, a 20MP primary camera and an impressive 2,840mAh battery. The specs suggest a new flagship which is no less, maybe superior, to the M9 which was marketed so aggressively.
Yet another source @evleaks has suggested that a new HTC phone named Aero will set sail as early as the last quarter of the year, suggesting that HTC hardly trusts the M9 to last till March next year. HTC have not so long ago stated that work is on to produce a 'hero' phone, so we feel this must be it.
HTCViet, a Vietnamese site covering HTC phones, also claimed that the Aero will be armed with a QHD display, metal and glass body and Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
If it does get launched in October, which we think is the case, Aero will surely be a phone you'll find hard to look away from. While the M9 is in no way a metal junk, Samsung's new dual-curved S sto6 Edge stole the limelight at MWC. A Q4 launch means HTC won't have to contend with too many rival launches, apart from iPhones, and this would place it in good stead by the end of the year.