HTC One E9+, Nec plus Ultra!

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The HTC One E9+ is the latest and almost greatest device released by the Taiwanese on the smartphone market, coming very close to a modern day flagship through its tempting internal specs. When I say “almost”, it’s because it lacks the chipset which is currently considered the best and also doesn’t feature the premium metallic finish found on HTC’s  flagships. Nevertheless, this fella is a great device to have if you’re looking for a big-screened, powerful smartphone, as it features a great design and its hardware capabilities are more than suitable for satisfying everyone’s needs. Follow the review that I’m about to write and find out, in detail, what’s hiding under the HTC One E9+’s hood.

Inside its retail box, the HTC One E9+ comes along with an AC adapter, a microUSB cable for making data transfers and recharging the handset and a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and flat cords.

Let’s check out its appearance. The One E9+ stands at 156.5 x 76.5 x 7.5 mm and has a weight of 150 grams, which is more than reasonable for a device that holds a 5.5 inches screen on board. Its slim profile offers a touch of elegance to its design and also makes it sit comfortable in your hands.
The handset is made from polycarbonate and features a matte finish on its back, which helps your hand grip, but doesn’t do a great job at rejecting fingerprints. Well, at least it’s not glossy. The smartphone looks sober, solid and reliable too.

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The HTC One E9+ comes with a large 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, having a pixel density of 534 ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. The display offers beautiful and accurate colors, a great contrast and some very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also more than decent.

At the software department, the HTC One E9+ comes packed with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which has been nicely polished by HTC with their proprietary Sense 7 UI. For unlocking the handset, you can either swipe up or double tap if you don’t want to use the dedicated key. The lockscreen displays the time, date, weather information, messages or missed calls and four shortcuts. Also here is Mealtime, a new feature relied on Blinkfeed, which gathers info about your meal times and suggests places to eat that are close by.
For customizing the interface, you have support for themes, wallpapers, styles and more. You can also customize your homescreens with widgets and links.
Another important feature is the Sense Home widget, which chooses six application shortcuts and also holds two folders that consists in recent documents and recommended apps which you might want to install.
Your applications are on board the App Drawer and can be sorted according to your preferences. The notification area is accessed by swiping down from the top with one finger, the second swipe will reveal the quick toggles. A two-finger swipe accesses the toggles menu.

In terms of hardware, the HTC One E9+ comes powered by a MediaTek MT6795 chipset, which is also advertised under the name of Helio X10 and consists in an octa-core 2 GHz processor, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset delivers a proper user experience, without lagging or freezing, but leaves something to be desired in terms of graphics performance.

For taking pictures, the HTC One E9+ has been packed with a 20.7 MP snapper with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5376 x 3744 pixels and has a 1/2.3” sensor. The camera application offers support for HDR, Panorama, Macro shots and manual settings for adjusting the exposure compensation, white balance, ISO and more.
The images produced reveal accurate and beautiful colors, a good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The handset is able to produce some decent 2160 @30 fps videos, but the narrow field of view might not be acceptable for some of you, in which case you can settle with the 1080p videos.
For snapping selfies or making video calls, you have a 13 or 4 MP (depending on the market) front facing camera on board.

Some other apps and features than come inside the HTC One E9+’s package are Google Chrome for browsing, the Polaris Office 5 for viewing and editing document files, some capable media players for audio and video playback, a GPS receiver with A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou support, Google Maps for navigation, an FM Radio and more.

The HTC One E9+ relies on a 2,800 mAh battery and will endure two days under a moderate usage.

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