HTC is betting on its quad-HD devices — the One M9+ and One E9+ — to counter the Galaxy S6 in India, which is currently available in the country for ₹49,900.
The One M9+ is scheduled to go on sale in India from May 3, with pricing at ₹52,500. Considering that HTC isn't going to make the One M9+ available in Western markets, it makes sense for the Taiwanese vendor to launch the handset in several Asian countries. At this stage, there's no word as to when the standard One M9 will make its way to the country.
As for the One E9+, the phone will be available in the latter half of May, although an exact launch date or pricing was not divulged. The device will be available in Meteor Grey, Gold Sepia and Rose Gold color options.
Unveiled in China earlier this month, the One M9+ offers a 5.2-inch QHD display, octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6795T CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD card slot, Duo Camera setup consisting of a 20.7MP shooter along with a 2.1MP sensor at the back, 4MP camera up front, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE Category 6 connectivity and a 2,840mAh battery along with a fingerprint scanner.
The One E9+ also offers a QHD display, albeit on a 5.5-inch screen. The major differentiator between the two devices is that the One E9+ comes with a plastic body. The phone features a similar octa-core 64-bit SoC in the MT6795M, which is based on the chip vendor's latest Helio X10 architecture. Other specs include dual SIM connectivity, 3GB RAM, 16GB on-board storage, microSD slot that can accommodate microSDXC cards up to 2TB in size (One M9+ tops out at 128GB), 20MP camera, 4MP front shooter and a 2,800mAh battery. Both the One M9+ and One E9+ feature BoomSound stereo speakers at the front and HTC's Sense 7 atop Android 5.0 on the software front.
With Samsung deciding to go with Exynos in its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and HTC now opting to launch the MediaTek-based One M9+ in the country, there aren't a lot of options for customers looking for a phone with a Snapdragon CPU, with the G Flex 2 currently the only handset to offer the latest from Qualcomm.
With the One M9+ and One E9+ targeting the high-end segments in India, HTC has announced the Desire 326G in the budget segment, with the device offering a 4.5-inch display, quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 8MP camera at the back, 2MP front camera and a 2,000mAh battery. The Desire 326G will also be available in stores from mid-May.