HTC’s mighty One M9 may have just landed, but already people are talking about the One E9 and One E9 Plus, affordable-but-sexy phones that HTC should be launching imminently. Here’s our ‘in a nutshell’ guide.
Why should I care about the HTC One E9 and E9 Plus?
The HTC One E9 smartphone is expected to be a notch down from the company’s One M9 flagship, which means it should still be a sleek slab of sexiness – despite sporting a slightly lower-end chassis. It’s likely to pack many of the same internal features, as well as a cheaper price tag than the rather-expensive One M9 too.
The E9 Plus is HTC’s latest stab at a phablet, so well worth watching if you demand an enormous screen for enjoying apps and movies.
What specs will the One E9 and One E9 Plus pack?
The One E9 is rumoured to feature a 5-inch 1080p display, just like the flagship One M9. Packed inside you’ll likely find an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 processor, clocked at 2.2GHz and backed up by a hefty 3GB RAM, along with 32GB of internal storage. You can also expect the One M9’s 20-megapixel camera to be cut back to a 13-megapixel primary snapper, along with a 4-megapixel secondary shooter.
The One E9 Plus is expected to boost the screen to a 5.5-inch QHD display. Inside you’ll find the same MediaTek MT6795 SoC and 3GB RAM, along with the same 20-megapixel camera as the top-tier One M9.
One big question is, will we still get a metallic frame, or a cheaper plastic chassis? Rumours point to the latter, but we’re sure they’ll still be a step up from the cheaper Desire handsets. Also, the devices will likely feature HTC’s BoomSound speakers.
Both phones will run the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI (7.0), which gives users access to geographically aware options like auto-updating home screens, which change depending on where you’re hanging out.
When will the devices launch in the UK and what will they cost?
The One E9 and One E9 Plus were expected to launch in March, but the month has nearly passed and there’s still no sign of them. All current estimates have now shifted to April.
While they’re both cheaper versions of their respective top-tier counterparts, that doesn’t mean they’ll be cheap per se. The One E9 is expected to retail for around $480 (£322) and the E9 Plus will likely sell for around $599 (£400) but, given the fact that we live in the wonderful land of Great Britain, you can realistically expect those prices to be higher if and when they fetch up on our sunny shores.