The HTC One M9+ and the HTC One E9+ are listed among the manufacturer’s range of medium budget smartphones released in the first half of 2015.
The M9+ rolled out in April and the E9+ followed soon, a month later. Both gadgets house non-removable batteries and accommodate nano SIMs. While you can use only one SIM with the former device, the latter is quite helpful if you plan to have two cellular connections at a time. With similar sounding names, do these two gadgets also have the same specifications as one another? While HTC has by and large satisfied a large section of people, read on to know more about these handsets and check out if either of them have the features you would like to have in your smartphone.
Dimensions, Weight and Body Material
The above factors determine which device is better looking and easy to hold in hand or to put in pocket. Both the HTC One M9+ and HTC One E9+ find their names in the big size set of smartphones and have slightly rounded corners. The M9+ has a size of 5.94 x 2.83 x 0.38” whereas the E9+ sizes up at 6.16 x 3.01 x 0.30”. Talking about how bulky the smartphones are, they weigh 168 and 150g respectively. The M device encases a full metal aluminum alloy body, compared to the E device that is constructed using both plastic and aluminum alloy.
Verdict: The HTC One M9+ is smaller than the HTC One E9+ with respect to all dimensions giving it a sleeker look. However, it is the heavier smartphone. This is because of its all metal construction. The sleeker look and full metal body give the M9+ a classy and elegant look resulting in this gadget getting an extra point.
Screen Display and Pixel Resolution & Density
The M9+ sports a 5.2-inch Quad HD Super LCD3 screen in contrast to the E9+ that features a Quad HD 5.5-inch LCD screen. Both of them share the same pixel resolution of 1440 x 2560 although there is a slight difference in their pixel densities. The former smartphone features a pixel density of 565ppi, whilst the latter smartphone has a 534ppi pixel density. Apart from incorporating proximity and light sensors, the two screens use Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for their displays that make them scratch-resistant.
Verdict: The HTC One M9+ emerges the winner in this regard for two reasons. Firstly, the Super LCD3 technology results in brighter displays. Secondly, the smaller screen with a more enriched pixel density for the same pixel resolution of a bigger screen of the HTC One E9+ delivers clearer and crisper texts and images.
The two smartphones support 20MP rear shooters each, with 5384 x 3752 image resolution and 3840 x 2160 video resolution. However, the M9+ is a dual camera with dual LED flash whereas the corresponding camera in the E9+ is the normal single camera with just LED flash. Yet, these two cameras render many common features. One striking difference is in their video recording capabilities. While each camera records 1080p and 720p videos, the HTC One E9+ camera also records 4K videos. There is a big difference in the front snappers. The HTC One M9+ comes with a 4MP camera depicting 2688 x 1520 image resolution and 1920 x 1080 video resolution. This is replaced by the 13MP camera with 4160 x 3120 image resolution and 1920 x 1080 video resolution in the E9+.
Verdict: The dual camera and dual LED flash gives the M9+ an extra point. But the HTC One E9+ has its own advantages of rendering 4K videos and encompassing a better secondary shooter for improved selfie and video calling experiences.
Hardware, Memory and Software Configuration
Things are once again almost identical with regard to the configuration details. Both HTC One gadgets comprise 64-bit octa core processors with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM as internal storage. With memory cards, you can hike up the storage limit in both devices to 128GB. The clocking frequencies however show a slight disparity. The HTC One M9+ clocks at 2.2GHz as against the E9+ that portrays 2GHz clocking frequency.
Like almost all other HTC smartphones, these two handsets also use Android as their operating system. They come with Lollipop preinstalled and also integrate the HTC Sense UI 7 for customization.
Verdict: Although the M9+ has a tad higher clocking frequency, this does not actually make it superior over the HTC One E9+ in terms of performance. Both gadgets can be considered to be at par.