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The HTC One E9+ has the features of a flagship smartphone, with a mid-segment price tag.
twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: August 16, 2015
HTC One E9+
HTC One E9+

The HTC One flagship smartphones have simple yet elegant designs. The One E9+ is no different. The champagne gold metal chassis gives it a classy look. It is sleek at 7.9 mm and has a bright 5.5-inch 2K display (1,440x2,560 pixel) that offers crisp, clear text and great viewing angles. It comes with Gorilla Glass 4 protection for increased damage resistance. The speaker grills are at the top and bottom of the display. Instead of metal back, the E9+ has a matte plastic rear, which I am not really fond of. This is a dual SIM smartphone (both nano SIM support) and, along with the memory card slot, the SIM slots are also housed on a tray hidden under the plastic flap.

Being a mid-segment smartphone priced at Rs 36,790, the HTC One E9+ offers a powerful performance. Watching videos on the QHD screen was a treat, and the BoomSound stereo speakers only added to the experience. It has got an impressive 20 MP rear camera along with a 13 MP front facing one for capturing selfies. The touch focus works well. The images captured have great details and the colours look natural. It has got a few preset modes and one can explore imaging further using the manual mode.

One E9+ has got the 64-bit MediaTek octa-core processor clocked at 2 GHz, and is paired with 3 GB RAM. Even though it has got Android Lollipop, HTC has added its Sense UI 7 to this smartphone. The interface is neat and all the apps are stored in an app tray. The phone handles heavy graphic games, such as UFC, with ease. One can download apps, stream videos from YouTube, browse the web, and use camera for longer durations smoothly, and without any lag. Most importantly, when most smartphones heat up after a few minutes or hours of usage, the One E9+ does not heat up at all. It has got 32 GB internal storage, and can support up to 2TB memory card. The 2,800 mAh battery on board lasted a day with above-average usage.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Offers great value for its price

Rs 36,790

RATING: 4.5/5

PLUS: Display, camera, sound, performance

MINUS: Plastic rear

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