Today the HTC One M9 release date was just announced moments ago live in Barcelona, Spain, and buyers are likely looking for more details regarding the release, price, and carrier information. And while HTC didn’t share the exact details, they did confirm the HTC One M9 release date, and Best Buy has already spilled the beans on the price.
This morning HTC announced the new HTC One M9 smartphone, the HTC Grip fitness device, and a new HTC Vibe Augmented Reality headset and more. However, it’s the new HTC One M9 smartphone that many are interested in, so read on for what we know so far, and what you need to know about the price.
Last year the popular HTC One M8 was announced and released on the same day, although Verizon was the only carrier in the United States to make it available on day one. It was released for $599-$649 depending on the carrier, and we’re seeing the same thing in 2015 for the new HTC One M9. Below is what you need to know.
The first rumors started emerging around September of last year with concepts and other light news, but that was all put to rest here this morning as everything is now official. And while the new HTC One M9 smartphone doesn’t have a radical new design, it does feature many key changes that should make it an excellent smartphone in 2015 worth the high price tag.
HTC One M9 Details
HTC’s new One M9 smartphone didn’t get a crazy new design like some of the leaked concept renders and photos, but it did get a major overhaul in terms of specs and fixed a few key complaints from last years model. Along with a new two-tone color design to the all aluminum frame, we now have an improved 20.7 megapixel camera, better battery life, and an 8-core processor. Here’s the full rundown:
HTC One M9 Specs
- 5-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD IPS Display
- 2.0 GHz 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor (Two four core processors)
- 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage
- Micro-SD Slot
- Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 UI
- 20.7 Megapixel camera with sapphire glass, 4 Ultrapixel front camera
- Two-tone Zero-Gap All Aluminum Design
- Dual HTC Boomsound Speakers with Dolby Audio
- 2,900 mAh Battery
- 5.68 x 2.73 x 0.38 in size, and just 4.96 ounces
As expected and reported from countless leaks the HTC One M9 is very similar to last years smartphone, but it was an award winning design so why change it. Instead, they’ve improved the design by changing the buttons and adding a beautiful two-tone color design to the brushed aluminum frame.
So how much will it cost?
HTC One M9 Price
While HTC didn’t announce the new HTC One M9 price today, they did confirm the release date will start in mid-march around the globe and in the United States. No specific carrier details were revealed, but Best Buy has already leaked the AT&T HTC One M9, along with the price. There’s only one 32GB option (with a micro-SD slot for expansion) so there’s only one model and pricing to be aware of.
The HTC One M9 will be $649 outright from AT&T in potentially four color options: Silver, Gunmetal Grey, Pink and Gold. We’re not sure if all carriers will offer all colors, but those were what were announced today.
According to Best Buy the new HTC One M9 will be headed to AT&T in at least one color, that being the stunning Gunmetal Grey shown in the image above. They list the device at $649, which was the same price they asked for the HTC One M8 in 2014. However, it’s worth noting that Verizon only asked $599 off contract, so that’s one thing to be aware of as carriers start making announcements in the following days or weeks.
If the contract pricing is the same as the regular price, buyers can look forward to all major carriers in the United States asking $199 with a new 2-year contract for the new HTC One M9. Then of course T-Mobile along with AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and Sprint Easy Pay will all have $0 down, monthly payment plans likely starting around $27 a month for the new device.
The HTC One M9 will be available from all major carriers in the United States, but we’ll have to wait for more details from each respective carrier regarding the release date, price, color options and more. Stay tuned.