Finally. Finally we have confirmed dates for when the HTC One M9 will be available for those in the US. HTC has just passed word that the HTC One M9 will be available beginning at 12:01am EDT on March 27th, that's midnight tonight. It'll be available at carriers and major retailers beginning April 10th. The Unlocked HTC One M9 will retail at about $649. Which seems to be the normal asking price for a flagship smartphone these days. The Galaxy S6 will likely come in at about the same price.
"The craftsmanship of our new HTC One M9 resembles that of a fine watch. We've retained our iconic design but made it even better while not compromising on what is important to our customers," said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America.
The HTC One M9 will be available in Gunmetal Gray as well as Silver/Gold. We got hands on with both colors at Mobile World Congress earlier this month. HTC believes that the design and make of the HTC One M9 in silver with the gold trim is "jewelry-like", we'll let you be the judge of that when you get your hands on it, shortly. HTC has a 5-inch 1080p display on the One M9. Along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage along with a microSD card slot, and a very capable 20MP camera on the back. HTC has taken the UltraPixel camera from the back and brought it to the front of the device. So you have an excellent front-facing UltraPixel camera. HTC also has some pretty amazing front-facing speakers which are using Dolby's software this time around, along with Qualcomm's immersive sound. Which we also got to demo at MWC.
On the software side, the HTC One M9 is now running Android 5.0.2. along with Sense 7. Sense 7 brings some changes, but not a ton. One of the bigger changes is the addition of themes. Which allows you to change the wallpaper, sounds, icons, fonts and much more. You can change them individually or as part of the theme. One of the cooler features, that I really like, is that you can get a picture from your gallery and create a theme from that picture. To make your HTC One M9 super customizable and personal.
In addition to all of that, HTC also launched their "Uh Oh" protection program last week. This protection program will replace your device in the first 12 months if you crack the screen or damage the device at all. That includes water damage. If you don't get a replacement, then you will get a $100 rebate on your next HTC One purchase after those 12 months. This protection program does not include stolen or lost smartphones, unfortunately. It does also protect the HTC One M8, in addition to the new HTC One M9.