The HTC One M9 flagship smartphone for 2015 was a bit of a disappointment, not doing much to move on the line from 2014's impressive HTC One M8. It seems however that HTC is keeping all the good stuff for the Asian markets -- today sees it unveil the HTC One ME, a phone that would likely do very nicely indeed over here, if it ever got the chance.
Similar to the recently-revealed HTC One M9+, it drops the Duo Camera and opts for a plastic frame for a more cost-focussed effort. It's polycarbonate body houses a 5.2-inch quad HD display (2560 x 1440), giving it a pixel density of 565 ppi, making it HTC's sharpest phone yet.
A MediaTek Helio X10 eight core processor runs at 2.2GHz, backed by 3GB of RAM to push all those pixels, while its 32GB built in storage is expandable up to a whopping 2TB with the right microSDXC cards. Impressive stuff.
Dual-SIM card slots, a 2,840mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and 20MP rear and front cameras round off proceedings, with the latest HTC Sense overlay placed on top of stock Android.
No word yet on a UK release, and I wouldn't hold my breath given HTC's track record for churning out tempting Asian-only models. Still, it shows HTC has still got it when it wants to. If this were to land in the UK at a reasonably lower price point than the HTC One M9 (given its plastic casing) this could really give this year's big guns a run for their money. [HTC]