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Last year marked one of the most important milestones for HTC in terms of its popularity, thanks to the launch of its flagship – the M9. Packed with excellent hardware specifications and a super LCD3 screen for amazing picture clarity, the M9 managed to become what users had been craving for quite some time then – the perfect smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. A 20MP rear camera, premium design, and build and the Snapdragon 810 processor, all combined into one to help the device create the market that the company needed. Nevertheless, the M9 wasn’t very affordable, and for those who couldn’t lay their hands on it, here’s an alternative – the One E9.
The HTC One E9 was launched during the mid-2015 and is built on the same lines as the M9. In fact, it can be safely said that the E9 is a successor to the M9, manufactured under the One series. A powerful processor, beautiful design, and a sufficiently good camera unit make it ideal for purchase, especially given the price range it falls in. The Snapdragon 810 processor employed in the M9, although fast, has been in the news for heating issues. It changes with the E9, although both devices use the same number of cores. Moreover, the latter comes with a 5.5 inches screen and a 13MP main camera, and a better than before battery backup, making it a good companion if you spend some serious amount of time with your phone regularly.
The One E9 features a glossy, plastic body. While this is a setback when compared to the metal finished casing on the M9, the price difference justifies the compromise. The finishing, however, is not cheap, although it doesn’t give one the feeling of holding a premium handset. In terms of design, the E9 again features a slight difference. In contrast to the curved body featured in the M9, the E9 instead emits a flat design. It is no way looks weird, in fact, it complements the big screen that the phone adorns. Additionally, this adds a hint of camera bulge to the body, but that is hardly noticeable.
The HTC One E9’s display is fantastic a 5.5 inches capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, and a calculated pixel density of approximately 401ppi. The company employs Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, and the color reproduction looks amazing. Now, it would be unfair to compare the E9’s display to the M9, but in relative terms, the E9 does pretty well in keeping up with its predecessor. Text and multimedia are easy to read, even when using the device outdoors. With brightness levels set to auto, images and text appeared crisp, colorful and sharp.
The E9 packs powerful hardware, and it offers fluid performance when going through everyday tasks. The Qualcomm processor has been replaced by the one from MediaTek and is the same as has been deployed in the M9+, as well as in One X9. The move from Adreno 430 as the graphical processing unit (the component responsible for rendering smoother graphics in UI and games) to PowerVR G6200 personally does not make much sense to us, since the former has proven to be way better as per hardware test results. Additionally, the one used in E9 consumes more power. However, this is what we get, and with the 2GB RAM, it combines to give a seamless (in terms of switching between simultaneous apps and games) experience on the company’s proprietary Sense UI.
HTC has always taken pride in the picture quality of its handsets. The E9 is no different and gives excellent photo shots. However, in contrast to the M9’s 20MP unit, our handset in question sports a 13MP rear camera, with an aperture of f/2.2. The length of the lens is 28mm, and it allows sufficient amount of light in to give your photos the clarity and color, also reducing noise. LED flash and autofocus are standard features included herein, as well as touch focus and face detection. The front unit is a 4MP camera with an aperture of 2.0 and lens length of 27mm. One can record HD videos using the front camera too (1080p at 30 frames per second).
The E9 sports a big screen, and in addition to playing games, it offers an immersive experience when viewing videos. The phone supports a variety of multimedia files, allowing you to play audio and video files of almost any extension. The phone comes with pre-installed Dolby Audio technology, and the loudspeakers are equipped with stereo speakers. Low speaker volume had previously been an issue with earlier HTC devices, but the E9, along with most of the devices launched last year, seems to be doing okay in this part.
The HTC One E9 packs a 2800mAh battery unit to keep the mobile going on for a day, with moderate usage. It includes checking emails, making calls and sending text, listening to music for about 3 hours, and social messaging throughout the day. The Li-Po battery is non-removable though, although it shouldn’t come up as much of a surprise given the fact that the M9 also featured a non-removable back cover.
Connectivity features include almost all supported wireless bands (802.11 a/b/g/nac), WiFi Direct and hotspot. The device also comes with Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and MicroUSB 2.0.
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