The HTC One M9 is officially out. It has a newer processor, and a slightly beefier battery than its predecessor. It has stereo speakers boosted with Dolby Digital simulation, and finally a 20.7 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. So, HTC has learnt its lesson and ditched that silly Ultra-Pixel mess. Awesome.
But guess what? The freaking thing looks almost 100% exactly like the M8!!! It has the same display size, almost exact same dimensions, and almost a carbon copy of the M8. Check the full specifications here.
Look, you don’t do that when you are looking to dramatically improve sales of a device series. You do that if a device is already on a winning streak. The M7 didn’t sell as much as HTC wanted (and it looked almost like the M7). The M8 didn’t either. And now, you have a 3rd iteration that looks almost like the previous two products that failed to hit?
I know HTC is trying to keep expenses down, but this is a lazy design job, and it will cost HTC. Have a look at the two phones displayed above. Can you tell which is which? What HTC needs is a flagship that looks distinctly different from the two previous ones and with a strong selling point. I now that is hard these days in which smartphones have become commoditized. But still…
Bad move, HTC.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.