Now that MWC is over, the gates have been opened on the hotly-anticipated flagships of 2015. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has listed the HTC One M9 for pre-order at £580, phone only.
You get a complete list of carrier and plan options as well, with prices starting at £30.50 per month for two years, but with a costly plan, of course. Buying the One M9 on contract will net you a free Dot View case, not so with the sim-free purchase.
The One M9 carries improvements over the predecessor in several departments which should justify the upgrade. Most notably, HTC abandoned the UltraPixel concept for the main camera, instead opting for a conventional 20.7MP unit. The specs are also brought to this year's standards with a Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3GB of RAM.
Otherwise, it's much the same smartphone with the design kept for a third generation in a row. The display remains at 5 inches and 1080p, contrary to popular trends of cramming QHD resolutions in flagships of late. You do get Android 5.0 of the box, but the One M8 has been receiving the updateglobally, so they're on level terms here as well.
The retailer's website lists an expected delivery date by March 31, so the One M9 will beat the Samsung Galaxy S6 to market, much to the delight of the Taiwanese company's fans.