MWC 2015: HTC One M9 is a fine-tuning of a classic Android phone

The third HTC One is a deliberate case of evolution over revolution

We've been seeing leaks about it for what seems like a full 12 months now, but finally HTC’s new flagship phone is here. And it's a stunner.

The HTC One M9 takes one of the best phones of last year, the HTC One M8, and tweaks away its very few bad bits.

At first glance, the HTC One M9 looks familiar. The smooth curvy design, the metal body and the BoomSound speakers have all been nicked from the HTC One M8 - and why not, seeing as it was universally recognised as a great design.

Its screen is similar too: the HTC One M9 has a 5in, 1080p display that laughs in the face of the companies currently obsessed with 2K phones, including Samsung and LG. It's not into pixel overkill.

There are differences, though. The power button has moved from the top to the side, within easier reach, and the camera approach has changed completely.

The low-res, high-sensitivity 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera of the HTC One M8 has moved from the back to the front, where it’s now in charge of selfies.

On the back you get a much, much more pixel-packed 20-megapixel sensor, which’ll (theoretically) let you take snaps as sharp as those on any phone out there.

Fresh for 2015, the HTC One M9 also gets the very top Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU of the moment, the Snapdragon 810. It’s an octo-core processor that’s a healthy upgrade over last year’s models. Plus it's 64-bit.

The legendary BoomSound speakers are back too, but this time there’s a new Dolby surround mode, which jazzes up the sound for both headphones and the speakers.

Want to know the boring bits too? You get 32GB storage plus a microSD slot that’ll take cards up to 128GB, there’s naturally 4G on-board and the version we saw has a two-tone silver-finish. 

We’ll be on the hunt for full India pricing and release details soon and you can also check out our hands-on review of the HTC One M9 right now.