BARCELONA, Spain — The Korean phone maker HTC finally raised the curtain on its much-hyped One M9 smartphone here at Mobile World Congress Sunday.
The first thing you notice about the M9 is the metal shell, which HTC describes as having a “two-tone metal finish.” The seamless piece of metal surrounds the the whole phone, outside the screen.
The phone is powered by a new Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The LTE modem is capable of 450 megabits per second download speeds.
The announcement took place in a large auditorium full of perhaps 1,000 phone geeks from all over the world.
The M9 phone gets a new 20-megapixel camera on the rear, which will soon be the norm in premium phones. The front camera also gets an upgrade for “better selfies in low light.”
A new HTC Sense Home widget places apps on the desktop dynamically, based on usage frequency or time of day. HTC Sense is a software overlay designed to add new interface features and run on top of stock Android.
Above: HTC plans to formally announce the M9 at a March 1 event in Barcelona, Spain.
Another Sense feature, called BlinkFeed, gives you suggested food ideas based on the time of day, according to the video.
The new phone also has Dolby surround sound built in, and a louder speaker.
Another new Sense feature called HTC Connect lets you three-finger swipe to stream music (and possibly video) to other audio/video hardware in the room.