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This month's #1 best HTC phone is the One M9, an Android smartphone. HTC makes only smartphones, essentially Android and Windows models, so Phonerated periodically gathers review scores for each HTC phone and computes the average rating each one gets to sort this list of the very best HTC phones 2015, updated at least once a month.
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Unveiled a day before the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, HTC's 5-inch One M9 is bound to be of flagship stature with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor, 20-megapixel sapphire-protected 4K-recording camera, and Sense UI v7.0. Its premium-class specs also include an UltraPixel selfie cam, a 3GB RAM, as well as a blend of HTC BoomSound and Dolby 5.1 on the audio front.
We found a 32GB on-board memory and a 2840mAh battery on this ultra high-end Android, which is crafted with a dual-tone metal (single colors are also available) unibody design. The One M9 is the first HTC phone to wear the second edition of the brand's Dot View Smart flip case.
Adding more enhancements to its well-known BoomSound speakers, HTC claims that the One M8 Harman Kardon edition sounds better than its standard One M8 twin. Aside from the included pair of AE earbuds, this audio-focused smartphone also features Harman's Clari-Fi and LiveStage audio processing technologies, promising studio-quality sound. Simply put, Clari-Fi claims to improve sound by restoring the quality of compressed audio files, while LiveStage adds dimension to music to create a more life-like earphone listening experience. What is not clear, however, is whether these two features come with some hardware enhancements or if they are purely software-based tweaks to make music sound different, like what we have seen in some devices.
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The Desire Eye is a 5.2-inch Android from HTC primed to be a tough contender in the selfie and audio department. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an equally capable 13-megapixel front-facing one up front. It complements the cameras with the HTC Eye Experience, which is HTC's version of photo- and video-enhancement tools. Behind its two-toned finish is a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB worth of RAM, and a 2400mAh battery. The Eye also comes with 3 mics, as well as HTC's trademark BoomSound audio technology.
Windows fans now have the option of an HTC flagship, as this variant of the One M8 packs nearly identical features -- leave its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Along with this is the customizable Live Tile home screen that allows you to pin your favorite apps onto a single frame. Cortana is also in the mix, with HTC's Ultrapixel camera and BoomSound audio to boot. Just like the Android version, this model boasts a 2.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM as well as a 2600mAh battery. Its internal memory caps off at 32GB, while its microSD support caps off at 128GB.
HTC's Asia-based Butterfly's sequel runs on high-end hardware, headlined by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, and a 2700mAh battery. It comes with a pretty hefty 16GB internal memory, with support for up to 128GB of microSD expansion. Its features are outfitted with a Dot View jacket, allowing you to view alerts and functions while the protective cover is closed. The Butterfly 2 sports two 1080p-recording cameras at 13 megapixels (rear) and 5 megapixels (selfie cam) respectively. HTC's classic BoomSound audio technology finds itself in the mix as well.
A more affordable version of the One M8 due to its plastic casing, but still retaining most of the flagship's high-end features. The E8 is designed for dual-SIM use, which was not offered by the M8. The quad-core 2.5GHz processor and up-to-128GB memory expansion slot also reserve its place among other top-line smartphones. While the M8 featured an Ultrapixel snapper, the E8 only features a 13-megapixel BSI camera (still capable of 1080p capture), which is probably another factor that contributes to its cheaper price tag.
HTC's flagship phone for 2014 bets on a new kind of camera called Duo Camera, which records capture depth information to allow focus change (and other tune ups) even after the picture is shot. Its memory expansion limit is a hefty 128GB and it promises a talk time of 20 hours and on-board memory can be up to 32GB.
This 4.5-inch model is an LTE-capable offshoot of HTC's One flagship, coming with signature specs like BoomSound audio and the customizable BlinkFeed home screen. Fitted with a similar curved frame as the original HTC One, it sports 13- and 5-megapixel Full HD cameras on either side of its body. Inside its shell, we found a 16GB internal memory, a 1.5GB RAM, and a quad-core processor humming at 1.2GHz. The Remix's 2100mAh battery also supports NFC, DLNA, and Bluetooth v4.0 with aptX.
The HTC Desire 816 flaunts its 13-megapixel camera (joined by a 5-megapixel front-facer) and its 5.5-inch main display (among the largest main displays for camera phones).
It is equipped with an impressive 2600 mAh battery (up to 1260 minutes of talk time), a respectable 1.6 Ghz quad-core processor, a 1.5GB RAM and 8GB of storage space (additional storage is up to 128GB). It is also 4G-capable and it comes with HTC's BoomSound system (dual front speakers and a built-in amplifiers) allowing users to view a lot more content with supposedly good quality audio.
Verizon's HTC-made Desire 612 is a low-budget Android that gives access to the carrier's 4G XLTE network. This 4.7-inch model comes with the classic HTC mix, including BoomSound for audio and the personalized BlinkFeed news feed feature. It also comes with the Zoe photo and video editing app, which might make making highlights for your captures more convenient. The Desire 612 sports 8- and a 1.3-megapixel cameras, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor under the hood. Its 2040mAh battery and 8GB internal memory are quite decent for a budget HTC model.
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