Although the HTC One M9 is considered the company’s latest “flagship” device, HTC has decided not to offer it in India. Instead, HTC will only be making its slightly larger version, the HTC One M9+, available to customers in India. HTC says the device will be available starting in early May at a price of ₹52,500 (≈ $842 USD). Many think this is a move by HTC to provide a device that can compete more favorably with the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The HTC One M9+ is equipped with a 5.2-inch 2K display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD, a fingerprint scanner, and a 20MP dual camera. Unlike the One M9, the One M9+ is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 processor.
India is the second major market to see the One M9+ after HTC released it to China last week. HTC South Asia president Faisal Siddiqui says the company has not decided on whether the model will be made available to markets outside of China and India, the two markets HTC targeted early on in the company’s planned release cycle.
In addition to the One M9+, HTC also revealed they will be releasing the HTC One E9+ to the market in India. The One E9+ comes with a 5.5-inch 2K screen, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable to 2TB and the same Helio X10 processor. The One E9+ also has a 20MP rear-facing camera. The One E9+ is dual-sim capable. HTC has not announced pricing for the device, but it is expected to be available from major retailers in the second half of May.
Finally, for consumers who may not need a top-tier device, HTC is also making the HTC Desire 326G available in May as well. The Desire 326G has a 4.5-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage expandable to 32GB, an 8MP rear camera, and is dual-sim capable. HTC did not announce pricing for this device either.