It's busy times for the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. After launching the new flagship device One M9 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona it announced the One M8s, an updated version of last year's One M8, a few weeks later. Today it introduced the One M9+ at an event in China.

The M9+ is essentially a supercharged version of the M9 and will, at least initially, only be available in China. The manufacturer says there are currently no plans to launch the device in Europe or North America but hasn't ruled it out either. At 5.2 inches the M9 Plus' screen is a touch larger than the display used in its sister device M9 and comes with a Quad-HD resolution instead of 1080p Full-HD. It also offers 3GB of RAM and an octa-core MediaTek MT6795T processor. A fingerprint scanner has been added for mobile payment functionality.

In the camera department the return of the Duo Cam system is somewhat of a surprise. The secondary camera for capturing depth information that is used to simulate a range of bokeh effects was first introduced on the 4MP One M8 but dropped on the M9, which comes with a conventional 20MP camera. The M9+ now combines the M9's 20MP sensor with the M8's Duo Cam features. Both models use the same ultrapixel front camera and have to make do without optical image stabilization.

On paper the HTC One M9+ currently looks like one of the most powerful devices out there and we'd be interested to see how the Duo Cam works in combination with a 20MP sensor. Let's hope HTC decides at some point to release the phone in Western markets as well. 

Source: HTC Blog