THE HTC ONE M9 launched in Barcelona on Sunday 1 March as the sequel to last year's One M8, and was perhaps the worst kept secret of this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) - although it's Vive VR headset also launched at the show was a total surprise.
We've gathered all the details about the handset's official release date, price and specifications, so be sure to keep it bookmarked.
You can also check out our HTC One M9 review.
The device became available in the UK on 31 March in gold on silver, gloss gun metal grey on gun metal grey, and gloss gold on gold.
Price and availability
The HTC One M9 is available to order on the HTC website, priced at £579.99 SIM free.
EE has been in touch to confirm the HTC One M9 is now available to buy on a range of 4GEE price plans. Getting your mitts on the latest HTC flagship will set you back £199.99 plus £31.99 per month for 500MB data.
If you're willing to shell out £41.99 on a 24-month contract, you can get the One M9 for £49.99 with 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB data a month. Existing customers who upgrade to the same plan also get unlimited calls and 2GB data per month.
EE said it will offer the HTC Dot View II case as soon as it is available.
O2 is taking orders for the One M9 on both pay as you go and pay monthly tariffs. On pay as you go, it has priced the smartphone at £609, while it can be picked up for £49.99 on a £38 per month contract with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB data.For those after more data, the HTC One M9 is available for £9.99 on a £48 tariff that comes with 20GB data.
Three too has started offering the HTC One M9, and has it in both silver and grey models. The handset's available for £19 on a choice of three contracts, £39, £42 or £47, which come with 1GB, 2GB or unlimited data, respectively.
Giving the One M9 a clean sweep of the major UK networks, Vodafone is also selling the HTC One M9. It can be pre-ordered on the Vodafone website now, and is available from £43.50 per month with a £19 upfront cost on a Vodafone Red 4G Price Plan, which includes unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data.
MVNO GiffGaff is selling the smartphone, too. It can be picked up for £569 upfront, and the firm is selling the One M9 from £24.91 per month with a £25 cost for the handset. However, you'll have to add a Goody Bag to this, with prices ranging from £5 to £20 per month.
Carphone Warehouse has become the first retailer to offer the HTC One M9 for pre-order on contract. It's available to pick up on O2, Vodafone and EE, with prices starting from £43.50 per month. This two-year-long Vodafone tariff comes with unlimited minutes and texts, 4GB data and a free One M9 handset.
The HTC One M9's specs leaked out pretty much in full ahead of its MWC reveal, along with some official looking images of the smartphone. HTC also confirmed the handset's name on its own website, as spotted by TechTastic.
The next-generation HTC One retains the metal body of the HTC One M8, as expected, but adds a new two-tone unibody case that the firm says "silhouettes seamlessly". The scratch-proof case also comes with new "mechanical" physical keys, which are intended to enhance the device's "crafted" design.
As expected, the HTC One M9 packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and runs Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop software out the box. Qualcomm claims the processor will equip the smartphone with improved performance, lower power consumption and support for Cat 6 LTE speeds.
The processor is also 64-bit, meaning it is optimised for the One M9's Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
Google's software comes in an updated version of HTC's custom skin, Sense 7.0, and HTC has added a new feature called HTC Themes. This allows the handset to be personalised with a pre-loaded or custom-made Theme.
It also includes Sense Home, a feature that adjusts icons on the home screen depending on the user's location. For example, when a One M9 owner arrives home the infra-red remote control app is placed front and centre on the screen.
The HTC One M9 also has a 5in Full HD Super LCD 3 display, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage (with room to expand by an additional 128GB) and a 2,840mAh battery.
The rumour via BGR's unnamed sources that the smartphone would feature a 2560x1440 QHD display turns out not to be true.
The handset is likely to see an upgrade in the camera department, as the leaked specs point to a 20.7MP rear-facing shooter, with a 4MP front-facing camera.
The rumour that HTC would launch its flagship in two versions also turned out to be a fake, although the firm has since unveiled the mooted HTC One M9+. This features a 5.2in QHD screen, a dual 20MP rear-facing camera and a fingerprint scanner baked into its home button. µ
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