HTC has finally raised the curtains on its new devices for India.
We had been following the rumor mill closely for the M9+ and the E9+ over the last few weeks, and from the first impressions, it looks like HTC did not disappoint. Both the LTE devices are powerhouses, aimed to make serious waves in the top-end smartphone segment, while the Desire 326G is a budget device. The three phones will be available at all major retailers from May.
One M9+ (₹52,500)
The big daddy of them all, the One M9+ looks ready to take on the competition. The iconic all-metal body returns with a few new tricks up its sleeve, like a 5.2in 2K display, fingerprint authentication, HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio and support for upto 2TB microSD storage. 2TB expandable storage? 2K screens? Surely these are typos? Nope. This phone is a monster. It runs on an Octa-Core Mediatek processor and 3GB RAM. The front camera has been upgraded with the HTC Ultrapixel, while the rear camera features a 20MP Duo cam with a sapphire cover lens and 4K video recording.
One E9+ (₹TBA)
The E9+ is the first cousin of the M9+, once removed. It is a lighter, bigger and hopefully cheaper version of the M9+. It packs a 5.5in 2K display, an Octa-Core Mediatek processor and 3GB of RAM. The onboard storage is just 16GB, but it is expandable to an eye-watering 2TB. The E9+ also adds dual-SIM functionality to the excellent camera and sound of the M9+.
Desire 326G (₹TBA)
HTC has not left the budget Android user hanging. This is the phone with which HTC hopes to snag those upgrading to a smartphone for the first time. It even has an Easy Mode that simplifies the home screen and fills it only with the essential apps. The 326G features a 4.5in display with a Quad-Core processor to keep things chugging along smoothly. The phone is made out of ‘a polycarbonate material’, which translates to ‘plastic’. The dual-SIM Desire 326G has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage and 32GB expandable storage. It also packs a 2MP/8MP camera set and a 2000mAh battery that is touted to run all day.
The three phones will be available at all major retailers from May. We are curious how HTC will price the E9+ and the Desire 326G. The E9+ is a high end device but the plastic back might make a few people squirm. The Desire 326G on the other hand is an entry level smartphone and will definitely be under ₹10,000. We’ll update the prices and full reviews soon so hit us up at stuff.tv/in.