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.
- 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
In the press release, the HTC One E9+ was lauded as having a slim form factor, and it does shave off thickness of 24% when compared to the OnePlus2. However, the rear camera on the E9+ does protrude quite a fair bit. Means you can’t rest the phone flat on a table.
In addition, the HTC One E9+ does not sport the same metal body or the overall build quality of the flagship One M9. Only the frame and front of the One E9+ is metal. It was good to see that the Singapore launch of the One E9+ would be updated to Android 5.1, as sometimes the worry with the use of the Mediatek platform is Android updates.
Overall, the corresponding price point of $698 isn’t too bad, and would go heads up this weekend against the Sony Xperia M5 (or soon, depending on Sony).
In a quick comparison, the Xperia M5 uses the same Helios X10, same 3GB RAM, but has only 16GB storage, a smaller full HD screen, and single SIM support. The official RRP is $648 and should be available this weekend as well.
As always, there are rumours of a new HTC One A9 (Aero) that is on the horizon, but till then, the HTC One E9+ looks to be decent value.
Price and Availability
The HTC One E9+ dual sim will be available in Gold Sepia and Rose Gold in Singapore from August 29, 2015 at M1 and major retailers at a recommended retail price of $698 (without contract).