Today the HTC One ME was officially announced in China. While it's not likely that this device will ever be sold in other markets, it's worth taking a look at to see what differences there are from the devices that HTC ships globally. Below you can see the specifications of the new HTC One ME.

SoC MediaTek Helio X10, 4 x Cortex A53 at 2.2GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 at 2.2GHz,
PowerVR G6200 GPU at 700MHz
Memory and Storage 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB NAND + MicroSDXC
Display 5.2" 2560x1440 IPS LCD
Cellular Connectivity 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (MediaTek Category 4 LTE)
Dimensions 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.75 mm, 155g
Cameras 20MP Rear Facing w/ 1.12 µm pixels, 1/2.4" CMOS size, f/2.2, 27.8mm (35mm effective)

4MP Front Facing, 2.0 µm pixels, f/2.0 26.8mm (35mm effective)
Battery 2840 mAh (10.79Wh)
Other Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1, GNSS, NFC, DLNA
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with HTC Sense
SIM Dual NanoSIM

As you can see, this is definitely positioned as a high end device. As far as HTC's overall lineup goes, the HTC One M9 is probably the best device to make comparisons to. The most obvious difference is with the SoC. While the One M9 uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, the One ME uses MediaTek's Helio X10 SoC. This is one of MediaTek's high end chips, and it's really only second to the recently launched Helio X20. I wouldn't want to judge how the One ME's performance compares to the One M9 based on spec sheets, but I'm very interested in seeing comparisons of the two phones once the One ME gets into the hands of users.

Moving on from the SoC, we see specs that mostly mirror those of the One M9. The battery capacity, cameras, RAM, and NAND are all exactly the same. The biggest specification change is to the display. While the One M9 sports a 5" 1920x1080 panel, the One ME has a higher resolution 5.2" 2560x1440 panel. This means that the One ME is also slightly larger and thicker than the One M9, and ever so slightly lighter.

For me the most interesting thing about the HTC One ME is probably the fingerprint scanner on the bottom. Whether it's a swipe style sensor like the HTC One Max or a touch and hold sensor like the iPhone is currently unknown, but having a fingerprint scanner at all when the One M9 doesn't is notable to say the least. I also like the design where it's set between two speaker grilles.

There's currently no indication of what the HTC One ME will cost, or when it will begin shipping in China. When it does go on sale, it'll be available in rose gold, gold sepia, and black. It's doubtful that it'll ever be seen on North American shores, although I would love to get my hands on one. 

Source: HTC via GSMArena

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  • djvita - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - link

    4 x Cortex A53 at 2.2GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 at 2.2GHz,

    so 8 x Cortex A53 at 2.2GHz

    or is it A57 and A53?
  • djvita - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link


    "The first cluster contains four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz, the medium gear is another quartet of A53s but clocked at 2GHz and finally two Cortex-A72 cores at 2.5GHz for the steepest hills. All ten cores are 64-bit enabled."
  • djvita - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    ah that is X20
  • Kvaern2 - Thursday, June 4, 2015 - link

    MediaTek one up, Qualcomm one down.
  • Silentorange18 - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    More Core on Android BIG WASTE for me i prefer to have more Powerfull Quad Core than pumping Multiweakcore i don't understand than theory more core = better performance if android cannot multitask
  • ruano23 - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    For me a smartphone should : have a good battery, future upgrades allowed in every version, bloatware free. Highlight REAL space for apps. Higlight, that that limit space often can't be overpass with SDCard. Should evolve in reducing hardware by optimizing software. Finish with MPixels centric in screen & camera.
    And make it, Usefull. Productive. Now, we can't dictate to a phone correctly, so we don't use it. Texting is good, but not as a keyboard. Put a good physical keyboard in more models.
    Why we want a high performance GPU, if we don't have a good joystick. If it exists it is not standard.

    It's difficult for me to say what's wrong, but Google should, must, make those gadgets so productive, that we don't need a laptop. If google doesn't achieve it, someday, another company, say, Microsoft will do it, and Android will begin to fall, if it isn't yet.
  • ruano23 - Friday, June 5, 2015 - link

    And, please apps permissions are just a failure. You must be a security software in mobile to know how to deal with the phones now. Our privacy left us years ago, and despite some actions to fix it, the damage it is not recoverable. We are all filed at some places, and goverments, youngsters hackers in Rusia, China or any other place will keep very important data of us, to be used sometime in the future if they wish.
  • tabascosauz - Sunday, June 7, 2015 - link 1440p on a GPU that provides less than 80 GFLOPs @ 600MHz? Is Mediatek sure about this? If Adreno 330 struggles at 1440p, then this one is going to be a slideshow.
  • Daniel Egger - Sunday, June 7, 2015 - link

    "As you can see, this is definitely positioned as a high end device." Interesting statement as it seems to contradict the general internet opinion that Cortex-A53 is the new low end/entry level 64bit implementation.
  • mortimerr - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    Doesn't the Huawei P8 have 8 Cortex A53 at different clock speeds? I'm pretty sure that didn't really perform really well, especially with anything load intensive.

    Also, are there any good comparisons between the M9+ and the regular M9

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