Verizon Wireless have announced that they are to be selling the new HTC One M9, which was unveiled today. However, whereas HTC announced that the One M9 is to be available from the middle of this month, Verizon Wireless have said it will be available at the start of the second quarter; this means April rather than March.
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The new HTC One M9 represents an improvement compared with the outgoing One M8 in almost every respect although the two appear to share a very similar screen, at least on paper. Both are based around a 5.0-inch, 1080p resolution, third generation SLCD (Super Liquid Crystal Display). However, whereas the outgoing One M8 is based around a 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the new One M9 is based on a 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is a big.LITTLE design. The newer One also contains more RAM, at 3 GB compared with 2 GB for the older model. HTC have increased the battery size and the newer One has a 20 MP rear camera for significantly sharper photography. There’s a 4 MP UltraPixel front facing camera and 32 GB of onboard storage, plus a MicroSD that supports cards of up to 128 GB capacity. BoomSound has been upgraded to support Dolby Surround Sound 5.1. Finally, when it comes to networking the new One M9 has higher performance 4G LTE technology as it supports Category 9, which provides devices with a theoretical download speed of 450 Mbps.
At this time, there is no reason given for the delay but it could be associated with Verizon’s extensive testing methodology, which has been recently showcased by the carrier. Verizon’s testing process is often blamed for delays in software updates as the carrier spends time fine tuning the manufacturer’s code and testing devices under a number of conditions. We’ve also seen Verizon reject software updates and request changes to the software, too; perhaps the delay has been caused by Verizon Wireless requesting changes to the code. Are you excited by the new HTC One M9? Do you use Verizon? If so, how do you feel about having to wait a few weeks longer than many other carriers before getting your hands on the M9? Let us know in the comments below.