India is one of the few markets where HTC has been doing reasonably well in the past couple of years. Their success has been mostly because their mid-range phones offer a premium experience to customers while not costing that much. However, HTC has always been a premium brand, charging a bit more than its rivals for the style quotient it offers. Soon, after bringing its top-end HTC One M9+ to the Indian market, the company is offering the HTC One E9+ with top-end specs, but a lower price point. Here we look at whether this is a better option that the M9+
HTC One E9+
The HTC One E8 was one of my favourite phones last year. It had a really snappy camera and good features overall. The HTC One E9+ carries this legacy forwards. It has a stylish body that will give you some brownie points in any gathering. The phone also sports a really large lens at the back, in a suggesting that it means business with the camera. The matte finish makes it easy to hold and keep it free of smudges.
Specs: 5.5-inch QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels, ~534 ppi) display with Corning Glass 4 | Octa-core 2 GHz Mediatek MT6795M processor with 3GB RAM | 32GB storage expandable up to 128GB | 20MP rear camera + 13MP front camera | Android 5.0 with Sense UI 7 | 2800 mAh battery
Price: Rs 36,790
What is good?
As I said, the style factor has to be the best thing about the phone. I got a Meteor Gray review unit that was as stylish as any Android phone, maybe with the exception of the HTC One M9. The extra-large rear lens makes it rather unique too.
I would ask people to buy this phone just for its camera. It is the fastest clicker you will see in an Android. In fact, every touch on the button results in a click and a good one at that. The sort of detail captured it really great, especially since this is not a top-end phone. There are a handful of preset options that should have you well covered.
My only issue is that this phone is not great with macro shots, but then no smartphone is. Also, the full manual mode lets users take better advantage of this camera.
The QHD display is really good and it is rare to find this resolutions in a phone that is not top end. For those who love to consume videos on their smaller screen, the HTC Boom Sound on the front dual speakers is a real value-add. There are not many smartphones that sound as good before the headphones are plugged in.
And, this is a cool phone. The MediaTek processor seems to be able to keep its tempers down while at high performance tasks. Even while downloadings the first set of apps and running benchmark tests, the phone stayed reasonably cool. That is a big factor for me these days, considering most phones are really hot.
The Sense UI version 7 is a very customisable cover for Android. It is also intuitive and has features suggested apps that you will actually use. The battery life should be able to last you close to 12 hours if you are not up to heavy browsing and the phone is able to get a stable network.
What is not that good?
Couldn’t find major flaws with the phone and I am not going to nitpick just to add lines in this section.
So M9+ or E9+?
Of course the E9+. My argument is that if you don’t need a full metal body or a fingerprint sensor, then this is a much better buy. In India, this phone gives you the advantage of dual SIM. Plus, this camera seems to perform better than the M9+, though on specs they are almost the same. Plus there is Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on this one and that is a must-have for any phone that costs above Rs 10,000.
Yes, the phone has a slightly underpowered processor, but you will never miss the 0.2 GHz extra the M9+ is giving you. And at the end of the day, you are paying over Rs 10,000 less. That should seal this deal.
Skip the flagship and go for this one. In my books, the HTC One E9+ is the best phone in the HTC stables at the moment and makes better sense for the Indian user. Go ahead.