External Build Specs
|SIZE||144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm|
|SCREEN||Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4|
|BODY||Dual-tone metal unibody|
This is an HTC One device, so you better expect to see the iconic aluminum build with the Corning® Gorilla® Glass face. The M9 indeed receives a facelift, as the screen is now upgraded to a tougher next-gen Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The metal on the HTC One M9 is a product of a specific CNC milling process which is anodized twice. You can google and wiki yourself silly to understand how intricate that is, but you just have to know that it leads to an even more tempered aluminum body that’s even easier on the eyes and stronger than before.
The M9‘s rear and side corners, while still rounded, are sharper this time around. You’ll notice that the front of the phone is sort of sectioned-off with even sharper sides that seem to drop into the rest of the phone. Definitely a different approach from the HTC One M8, whose sides curve and wrap around from the back of the phone up to the screen.
See here, with the M8 on the left and the M9 on the right.
The new HTC One M9 build is easier to hold than that of its predecessor. The texture of the M9 feels closer to that of the M7, sporting a rougher and less-slippery skin than the HTC One M8‘s. With the curvature of the M9 terminating a little more abruptly on the sides, this now made the phone easier to grasp. The way that the front of the phone is sectioned off helped combat the accidental screen-side pressing that may happen naturally with larger hands grasping the phone.
Overall, the handling of the phone definitely improved while keeping the HTC One M9‘s overall beauty at “HTC One” standard. If you were one of the HTC One M8 users that grunted about the power button’s placement on the top of the phone, you might rejoice in the new left-side placement. The snag for me here is that the M9‘s power button so closely resembles shape and size the volume buttons near it. It is also pretty close to those very buttons. Sure there’s a significant texture difference between the power and volume buttons. However, if you put a phone case on the M9 that covers those buttons, it may take you some time to get used to that button placement.
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