HTC just relaunched the One M9+, upgrading it in the process to what might turn out to be its best phone ever. How about the same beautiful brushed aluminum chassis in two-tone color options, but with an vastly improved camera area, the only place where the One M9+ was lacking before?You got it, as HTC equipped the new One M9+ with a 21 MP camera (up from a 20 MP shooter before), indicating that this may be a different sensor than the Toshiba one found in the M9 versions so far. Not only that, but for the first time HTC is offering optical image stabilization to the 21 MP sensor, and added ultrafast 0.1s phase-detection autofocus plus laser AF to boot, making it one of the best-equipped camera in the Android world.The rest of the specs stay the same, which is to say a great all-around package with a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution display, giving it a density of 565 pixels per inch, and a 64-bit MediaTek 2.2 GHz octa-core Helio X10 chipset. We will also get 3 GB of RAM, a 4 MP UltraPixel selfie cam in the front, and a 2,840 mAh battery to back it all up. Naturally, you will also receive two BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, and a finger scanner embedded in the elliptical home key.Read more here:
HTC has just announced the Butterfly 3 smartphone to succeed last year’s flagship in polycarbonate attire, the Butterfly 2. And before you asked – yes, it is essentially the same phone as the J Butterfly which has been official in Japan since May.So the new HTC Butterfly 3 comes with a 5.2-inch QHD LCD display, Snapdragon 810 chipset, and 3GB of RAM. Internal storage is quoted at 32GB and could be expanded by up to 2TB via microSD – theoretically, that is, as we’re yet to see a card beyond 200GB.It’s all about imaging with this one, rocking a 20.2MP primary camera on the back, with a secondary sensor to capture distance information. This results in what HTC calls a Duo setup, allowing for post-shot autofocusing and a few other creative effects. The lens is a Sapphire crystal-protected f/2.2 27.8mm-equivalent, and has a dual-tone dual-LED flash to help in the dark. Naturally, it supports 4K video recording.On the front you’ll find a 13MP selfie shooter, again with a BSI sensor. The lens has a faster f/2.0 aperture, though it’s a smidge narrower 28.2mm equivalent. The front cam can shoot videos up to 1080p.The smartphone measures 150.99 x 72.99 x 9.99mm, according to HTC’s specsheet, but we’d go ahead and drop those 9s for a much neater 151 x 73 x 10mm. It weighs 161g, while packing a 2,700mAh battery, but most importantly carries an IP57 rating for dust and water protection.The HTC Butterfly 3 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 on top. It will be launched in Taiwan on October 20, priced at TWD 19,900, or roughly $600. Global availability and pricing is yet to be revealed.