Although the new design of the One A9 may have been the focus of HTC’s efforts these past couple of months, we have also heard numerous rumors about a One M9e handset this year too, which today has been quietly made official over in China.
The HTC One M9e is another handset that attempts to bridge the gap between the mid and high-end segments of the market. It features a 5-inch 1080p display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6795T processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot that will accept up to 2TB of extra space. The phone also includes a 2,840mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with HTC Sense.
HTC seems to be making up for its previously questionable efforts in the camera department, having thrown in optical image stabilization alongside the One M9’s 13 megapixel, f/2.2 aperture rear camera. In typical HTC style, the phone also features an Ultrapixel sensor on the front with an f/2.0 aperture.
Overall, the HTC One M9e doesn’t quite keep up with the other One M9 variants that HTC has shipped this year. But that’s no bad thing if you’re looking for a more affordable handset, and the smartphone’s price reflects these specifications.
The One M9e is available through China’s TMall for 2,699 Yuan (~$425). However, there’s no indication if or when the handset will go on sale outside of China.