HTC One M9s is a serious mid-range challenger!

HTC One M9s arrives in Taiwan as a near identical twin of the popular flagship One M9, except that it sports a MediaTek processor in place of the Snapdragon 810 and holds just 16GB of internal storage along with not-so-impressive cameras.

Despite being named like it is a variant of the One M9, HTC's One M9s is more in line with the specifications of the recently launched One A9. A look at the specifications and its capabilities will suggest it is perfect for those who love the One M9's design but cannot quite afford it.

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HTC One M9s: Display

HTC does not seem too intent on experimenting with the display quality in its phones, continuing with the 5-inch Full HD display in the One M9s just like it did with the One M9 and the One A9.

The display is protected by a top drawer Gorilla Glass 4 which is highly resistant to scratches and heavy contacts.

Cameras on the HTC One M9s

The cameras are carbon copies of the ones that feature in the One A9. The rear camera is a 13MP one and comes with a f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, HD video recording, optical image stabilization and auto-focus capability. The front camera is an UltraPixel one with HD video recording.

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How good is the battery on the HTC One M9s

The battery in the One M9s is non-removable and packs a punch of 2,840 mAh. This weilds far more power and longer life than the one in the One A9 or in the One M9.

What processor does the HTC One M9s sport?

HTC One M9s runs a MediaTek MT6795T Helio X10 processor  which combines with 2GB of RAM to power the phone. The maximum internal storage is 16GB but you can always add a lot more stuff through a MicroSD slot which offers storage of up to 2TB. The fact that the processor can cough up 2.2GHz means the phone won't falter under persistent usage.

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Pricing and availability

HTC One M9s will start shipping in Taiwan come Saturday and is already available for pre-orders. The phone is currently priced at TWD 12,900 which is equivalent to £258 and thus fits perfectly in the mid-range slot.

As of now, we have no indications on whether the One M9s will enter the UK, but if you're looking for a similar phone, albeit a slightly different design, you can go for the One A9.


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