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HTC One M9 vs. HTC One (M8) comparison: more of the same?

Be careful - this could get confusing. At first glance, the HTC One M9 looks no different to its predecessor, the HTC One (M8), but looks aren't everything. Where the differences between the two devices lie, or whether an upgrade is worth it, we'll show you in our HTC One M9 vs HTC One (M8) comparison.

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Which is which? The HTC M9 (right), next to the One (M8) (left) / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC One M9 vs. HTC One (M8): Design

Visually, both devices are almost identical twins, but the devil is always in the details: The power button on the M9 has moved to the right side, and there is no volume rocker. Instead, it has two single buttons to change the volume. On the back you'll immediately notice the new camera, which is now square-shaped and protruding slightly on the M9. Sapphire crystal also protects the single lens, as there is only one camera on the back - not two, as on the M8.

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Comparing HTC One M9 and HTC One (M8) from the front, it is noticeable that the front of the M9 is more compact. This makes for a design with a striking edge.

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If it wasn't for the camera on the M9 (right), you wouldn't be able to tell these devices apart. / © ANDROIDPIT

As for the dimensions, the M9 is slightly thicker and shorter than its predecessor.

HTC One M9 vs. HTC One (M8): Technical Specifications

Technically, the M9 is, of course, superior in almost all areas. However, there are many similarities between the displays, as the screens are identical. Both HTC One M9 and HTC One (M8) use a 5-inch display with full HD resolution.

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The HTC One M9 (above) is slightly more compact than its predecessor. / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC One M9 vs. HTC One (M8) specs

  HTC One M9 HTC One (M8)
System Android 5.0.2 Lollipop + HTC Sense 7 Android 5.0.1 Lollipop + HTC Sense 6
Display 5 inch, LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 441 ppi 5 inche, LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 441 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-Core, 4 x 2.0 GHz + 4 x 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-Core, 4 x 2.3 GHz
Internal memory 32 GB + microSD 16 GB + microSD
Battery 2,840 mAh 2,600 mAh
Camera 20 MP (back), HTC UltraPixel (front) 4 MP (back), 5 MP (front)
Connectivity USB 2.0, WLAN, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, CIR, HDMI MHL 3.0 USB 2.0, WLAN, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, CIR, HDMI MHL 3.0
Dimensions 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm
Weight 157 grams 160 grams
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The back of the HTC One (M8) is more curved than the M9 (below). / © ANDROIDPIT

HTC One M9 vs. HTC One (M8): First impression

For owners of the M8, HTC has made it hard to choose upgrading to the M9. On the software side there are plenty of improvements, especially the theme feature. But visually there are almost no differences between them.

Will the HTC One M9 be your next smartphone? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.


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  • Stay with m8..might switch to the galaxy s6, looks bad ass!

  • The only problem (for me) with M9 is lack of OIS on camera lens, an 8MP UltraPixel sensor with OIS will make M9 Perfect. but anyway I will upgrade for sure.