The HTC One M9 will be introduced to the South African market on 8 April 2015, according to an invitation to the local launch event that the smartphone maker sent out.
“You’re invited to the launch of the new HTC One, the number One designer smartphone in the world,” the invitation reads.
This is just two days before the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are set to launch in the country.
The HTC One M9 was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 1 March 2015, where HTC said the device would be available from the middle of March in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and North America.
In addition to a number of hardware improvements, the HTC One M9 will also feature Sense 7, an updated version of HTC’s software “skin” for Android.
Among the new features of Sense 7 are a number of photography-related additions:
- A cloud gallery that pulls photos from various cloud storage sources, such as Google and Facebook
- Image match search for your gallery to find all photos of a particular person
- A new photo editor
The key specifications of the device are detailed below.
|Specifications||HTC One M9|
|Dimensions||144.6 x 96.7 x 9.61mm|
|Operating system||Android 5.0|
|Display||5-inch 1080p (1080×1920)|
|Front camera||4MP “UltraPixel”|
|Processor||2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810|
|Cellular data||LTE, HSPA+|
Update: A spokesperson for HTC has said that 8 April 2015 is just the date of the launch event for the HTC One M9, and not necessarily the day the device will go on sale in South Africa.