HTC One M9+ takes on Samsung, Motorola and Apple1 min read . Updated: 17 Apr 2015, 05:45 PM IST
HTC's latest flagship smartphone in India goes up against established rivals
HTC has always had multiple variants of mid-range Android phones, but the flagship products has usually remained exclusive. Not anymore because the One M9 has been spun off into the One M9+ and launched in India last week with a bigger screen and slightly different specifications. It is priced at ₹ 52,500, and competes with the Samsung Galaxy S6 (32GB ₹ 49,900), Motorola Moto Turbo ( ₹ 41,999) and the iPhone 6 (16GB ₹ 53,500).
The One M9+ runs on a Mediatek octa-core processor. These processors are popular in mid-range phones, but have never been used in flagship phones, which are usually priced beyond ₹ 30,000.
Motorola’s Turbo runs on a quad-core Qualcomm 805 processor, which is currently Qualcomm’s top-line chip. The Apple iPhone 6 runs on Apple’s own dual-core processor. While we do not doubt MediaTek’s credentials in terms of performance, Qualcomm’s record of reliability is something we cannot discount. Apple’s own chips are tightly locked with their software, and provides a very smooth user experience.
Battery and memory
In terms of battery capacity, the Moto Turbo has the biggest battery with 3,900mAh capacity. The One M9+ (2840mAh) and Galaxy S6 (2550mAh) are smaller in capacity but because of different screen technologies and software optimisations, they are not inferior in terms of backup times. The iPhone 6 has a 1,800mAh battery, which seems really low in comparison, but iOS is optimised extremely well and the battery lasts a day with ease, and even a bit more if you are careful. In terms of storage, which is another critical area, they all are good.
Both Galaxy S6 (32GB, 64GB and 128GB) and iPhone 6 (16GB, 64GB and 128GB) are available in three variants. HTC M9+ has 32GB internal memory and supports upto 128GB memory cards.
Software & UI
The One M9+ (20-megapixel) and Moto Turbo (21-megapixel) are the more powerful cameras in terms of the pixel count. The One M9+ also has a 2-megapixel second rear camera which takes shots separately and then combines it with the 20 megapixel camera to give superior shots. The Galaxy S6’s camera is 16.0 megapixels, but is perhaps the best of the lot in terms of hardware quality, image capture and the number of useful features. The iPhone 6 has 8.0 megapixel camera, but don’t get fooled by the numbers, because it can capture some really good photographs.