- Display: 5.5 inches (1,440x2,560)
- Processor: 2.0GHz Mediatek Helio X10
- Memory: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB (expandable to 128GB via MicroSD)
- Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Camera: 20MP rear-facing, UltraPixel front-facing
- Dimensions: 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.5 mm
- Weight: 150g
- Similar features to One M9+
- Size may not fit all
As Good As It Comes
Not long after announcing and launching its flagship M9+, HTC also introduced a brand new mid-range smartphone in the form of the HTC One E9+, for those who don’t necessarily need an expensive phone, but would still like to have some of the bells and whistles that are offered on said device.
Despite its polycarbonate back cover, the One E9+ takes a lot of design cues from its bigger brother, the HTC One M9+. The 5.5 inch display is matched together with metallic accents at the sides, and a chamfered bezel design that gives the One series its iconic look.
Powered by a 2.0GHz Mediatek Helio X10 octa-core processor, the One E9+ also sports 3GB of RAM and 32GBs of storage, which can be expanded up to 128GBs via a microSD card. Out of the box, it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes with HTC’s own Sense 7.0 UI which has seen more work put into it to fit into Android’s Material design scheme.
HTC has always been hard at work with its camera technology, and it shows in the E9+, as it features a 20MP rear-facing camera that captures some amazing shots in a variety of lighting conditions and creative manner, thanks to HTC’s Eye software that provides an excellent array of editing tools for your photography needs. The front-facing UltraPixel camera also does an excellent job at taking wide-angle photos, perfect for those who love taking group shots with their friends and family.
Performance-wise, the One E9+ performs as well as can be expected. For the most part, apps run smoothly with minimal lag, although that being said, run too many apps in the background, and some noticeable performance drops can still happen.
One great feature that got retained from the One M9+ is the HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers, which delivers the same rich audio experience from the flagship phone, right on the One E9+.
As for the phone itself, thanks to its 5.5 inch display size, it can feel wide and tall for people with smaller hands, making it a bit difficult to use. It has a relatively large 2,800mAh battery that is unfortunately not removable. At full charge, the phone is able to last you throughout most of the day on average use. To save more battery charge, we also recommend that you turn off LTE connectivity if you don’t need it.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The HTC One E9+ offers a set of features similar to that of the One M9+, but at a much lower entry fee. It’s design sense is not too far off that of the flagship, and its performance levels aren’t all too shabby either.
(previously published in issue October 2015)