HTC’s latest smartphone One E9+ comes with the largest QHD screen of the bunch (so, not to be confused with the E9, which is apparently a China-only 1080p 5.5-incher). It comes in a polycarbonated body with soft matte finish.It is powered with Mediatek MT6795M (Helio X10) chipset with a 2GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3GB of RAM that runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7 UI.
The 5.5″ 1440p capacitive touchscreen with 534 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 doesn’t compromise with the height of the phone which is in fact 3mm taller than the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It’s narrower though, and that helps its handling. An astonishing 20MP AF camera with a 1/2.3″ BSI sensor accompanied with a 27.8mm f/2.2 lens, single-LED flash & 2160p@30fps video capture of 720p@120fps slow motion acts as the cherry on the top of the cake. Also the 4MP fixed-focus UltraPixel front-facing camera with a BSI sensor, a 26.2mm f/2.0 lens, HDR and 1080p video recording cannot be ignored.
Other major specs include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.45 GHz); DLNA, WiFi direct, hotspot, 32GB of built-in memory, microSD card slot, 100GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years, Dual nanoSIM slots, LTE Cat.4, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio; microUSB 2.0 port, MHL, USB host, active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone, front-facing single speaker with BoomSound and Dolby Audio and last but not the least a 2,800mAh battery.
The HTC One E9+ has all the makings of a modern-day high-end device, though in a rather understated package. And it’s not like HTC hasn’t done it before, last generation’s E8 was just that – a flagship in disguise. The HTC One E9+ comes in a box, which imitates the look of the optional DotView case. Inside, there’s the usual set of accessories, including a USB cable, an A/C adapter rated at 5V/1.5A, and a set of high-quality in-ear headphones with a single-button remote & flat cords. The HTC One E9+ measures 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.5mm which is big enough. The only other major 5.5-inch smartphone which is larger than HTC One E9+ is the iPhone 6 Plus at 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm.
The smart phone weighs 150g which is in accordance to its screen size. The Samsung Galaxy A7 is tangibly lighter at 141g, but the iPhone 6 Plus and the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML both hover around the 170g mark. The E9+ actually feels light because you expect more heft from such a large device. Other than being tall the most striking features where the eye lands first is the enormous camera lens window on the back and the matte black finish sets it apart from any other smart phone presently in the market. A large part of the lens is exclusively for design purpose, as the real lens resides in the center of the 17mm circle. It does pick up prints and smudges, and although it’s not as obvious as a glossy finish, it does look greased when you hold it at an angle against the light.
The front presents a more traditional HTC styling which has become synonymous with stereo BoomSound and Dolby Audio speakers on either side. A slit that runs all around the device may lead you to believe the back cover is removable, but it is not. There’s a shiny chrome-looking outline on the front which serves as a nice accent. HTC’s newly adopted control layout with the Power button and volume rocker high up on the right is what actually has been featured in ONE E9+. On the left side there’s a 48mm long flap which is nicely slim and doesn’t spoil the overall looks. It also fits snuggly and it’s unlikely to be opened by chance. At the bottom there is only the microUSB port and even on the top it is clean with only a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
If we try to figure out the major disadvantages it actually hovers around its excessive height as compared to its length and the recent trend of HTC of having on-screen buttons eating away some of the screen estate. A mid-ranger chipset and a non-removable battery can also be counted in the list of disadvantages as far as HTC One E9+ is concerned.