HTC One E9+ Available in Singapore

The HTC One E9+ dual sim will be available this weekend in Singapore (29th August 2015). The bigger sibling to the HTC One E9 offers the same sleek, sophistication with a 5.5″ 2K large display, paired with good specs, at a mid-range level price.

Tech Specs

  • Mediatek Helio X10 Octa-core 2 GHz
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Dimensions 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.5 mm (6.16 x 3.01 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight 150 g (5.29 oz)
  • 2K (2560 x 1440) 5.5″ Display
  • Front facing ultrapixel camera
  • 20 MP rear facing camera, 4K video recording
  • BoomSound with Dolby Audio Surround
  • 32GB Internal Storage, with microSD slot

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Review: The Beautifully Crafted HTC One M9

HTC One M9 goes on sale in Singapore this weekend. Described as a classic yet timeless celebration of beauty and elegance that combines high end style and performance, the HTC One M9 is quite the head turner. While it looks largely similar to its predecessor, that’s not a bad thing as the HTC One series ranks highly due to it’s crafted, all metal body design. There are still a number of hardware and software updates compared to last year version, and in this review, we will cover the new features introduced for the One M9.

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[MWC15] The HTC One M9 Ain't that Bad

The HTC One M9 was announced yesterday, the successor to the HTC One M8. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the mantra adopted once again. While a significant majority are complaining that the design is stale, I think that’s harsh as the One M8 was one of the nicest looking Android phones last year and the M9 retains the similar looks, with minor improvements all around. It may not warrant an upgrade if you are holding on to a current gen HTC One M8, especially if you are satisfied with the camera, but otherwise the One M9 should be in contention as one of the better phones in 2015.

The HTC One M9 Retains the Same Good Looks

The design on the One M8 was excellent, and HTC chose to continue with it. Many people are upset with HTC’s lack of change, but the fact of the matter is that the design is still good. Perhaps, a phone is as much a fashion statement as a tech gadget, and for the design to remain largely the same after two seasons is a serious fashion faux pas.

One interesting feature on the design consideration is from The Verge, who did an interview with HTC chief designer.

From the front, you might be hard pressed to distinguish between the two phones. The One M9 is just slightly slimmer and lighter. The back is a little more obvious, with the squarish camera lens, and a less aggressive curve on the back for better ergonomics. The power button is now relocated from the top to the right for easier activation. This was an improvement that HTC did on the Desire Eye as well. Other improvements also see the separation of the volume button into two separate buttons, textured surface on the power button, and dual finish color tones.

The main gripe of the HTC One M8 remains. That is the waste of the bezel space with the HTC logo. That’s a lot of front surface territory that is not utilized, but it is due to the screen electronics and also the BoomSound speakers. But I much prefer the inclusion of BoomSound over the additional bezel space required. It is a pity that the HTC One M7 (two generations ago) actually utilised the space better as hardware capacitive buttons instead.

Another disappointment in terms of design was the continued use of the Dot Case. I think it’s quite the ugly accessory for a sleek phone. It just doesn’t match. One improvement is the transparent back that protects your phone without hiding it from the world.

Four reasons to pick the HTC One M9 over the Samsung Galaxy S6

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HTC & PHUNK Limited Edition One M8

Want to own a creative art piece?

HTC has teamed up with design power house PHUNK, Singapore-based contemporary art and design collective, to create a limited edition version of the award-winning HTC One (M8) handset.

These 64 limited edition handsets would be exclusively launched across Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. The HTC One M8 won numerous accolades for its design and creative folks may like the PHUNK art which is featured extensively on the back of the M8. Personally, not my cup of tea :) The artwork resembles twin snakes circling around a crown. It is a sharp contrast to the quality and luxurious image the M8 originally portrays.

Part of HTC’s design collaboration programme ‘Here’s to Creativity’ (kudos on the play on the name), HTC will partner and showcase the best design talent from across the globe to create original and innovative designs.

Get more details from HTC on obtaining this limited edition

Review of the HTC One E8 – Great Value

The HTC One E8 is strikingly similar to the HTC One M8 – the number one phone from HTC. The resemblance is purposeful – offering an affordable alternative for those who crave the HTC One M8. The HTC One M8 previously earned top marks for its bold, stylish design. If you found it too expensive, the E8 is the right solution for you. The HTC One E8 offers similar looks with just slightly less polish.

3 Key Differences Between the HTC One M8 and E8

Basically the E8 retains the same powerful internals (SnapDragon 801, 2GB Ram, Full HD Screen) to ensure no trade off in performance, uses a 99% similar casing mould (why break a winning formula right?). There are just a few differences to take note off.

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HTC One M8 Dot View Case Just Became Smarter

HTC has introduced more functionalities to the HTC One M8 Dot View case. The new update allows for wallpaper customization and easier access to notifications. 18 wallpaper default themes and the option to select a photo from your gallery or camera, to create your own Dot View wallpaper to reflect your mood, personality and style. The ‘redial’ function is now activated with a simple upwards swipe, allowing swift connection to the three most recent calls, and left/right swipes navigate smoothly through email, text, voicemail and call notifications. Settings can also be tailored to individual preference, allowing you to decide whether to display the last three calls or opt to ‘skip security’ completely for quick access.

Download the update from the Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.htc.dotmatrix&hl=en)

HTC One M8 GPE (Google Play Edition) Users & Dot View App

Seems like the app doesn’t support wallpaper change if you are using the GPE edition on HTC One M8. There is no Personalization Menu on the Google Pay Edition of the device to access these features. You would have to use a third party launcher like Nova launcher to call the menu activity inside the Dot View App. This will bring you to the customization options. This is a workaround for now.

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HTC One M8 First Thoughts & Singapore Launch April 2014?

The HTC One (M8) will be available soon as part of a global launch, with target for North America markets set as 10th April. It is pretty likely the phone would also be made available in Singapore at around the same time, with all three major telcos, Singtel, Starhub, M1 part of the Asia Pacific group listed. The HTC One has embraced its coding moniker M8 as part of the name. Quick opinion of the phone is that it is a close sibling to last year’s model with subtle improvements all around.

To me, one of the plus of the HTC One was the sleek metal body last year, and that helped the M7 garner a few fans as opposed to the all conquering Samsung. In comparison, Samsung has continued on with the plastic feel and users who are looking for a more premium look to the phone to rival the iPhones, should seriously consider the HTC One M8. This year’s model comes in a darker gun metal hue, which coupled with the aluminium body, excudes a sense of class as compared to the other Android competitors. The redesigned curved edges and back also makes it easier to grip and hold. It’s a little more rounder, less sharp, with with softer curves for a smooth, more natural grip.
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