HTC One E9+ debuts as company’s first 2K smartphone, rocks impressive specs

A new HTC One E9+ phablet quietly made its debut without any fanfare, arriving as the company's very first 2K smartphone.

Rumors and leaks have been flying high recently in regards to an HTC One E9 smartphone expected to launch soon, packing high-end specs and a polycarbonate body to make it more accessible.

Last year, HTC launched its One M8 flagship and later released a plastic variant called the One E8, which featured nearly identical hardware specifications. This year, however, leaks have indicated that the purported HTC One E9 may come with notably different specs compared to the One M9 flagship, including a higher-resolution screen.

Nothing has been confirmed yet regarding the One E9 smartphone, but a brand new HTC One E9+ just surfaced on the company's official Chinese website. HTC didn't make any official announcement or issued a press release, but the listing on its website does reveal the design and specifications of the new One E9+.

Boasting a larger screen and a higher resolution than the flagship One M9, the HTC One E9+ apparently comes as the company's first 2K smartphone. The device rocks a 5.5-inch display with an impressive 2K resolution at 534 pixels per inch (ppi), which is the highest screen yet on an HTC.

Other specs of the new HTC One E9+ (not to be confused with the rumored One M9+) include an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT679M processor clocked at 2GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage capacity, microSD support for additional memory of up to 128GB, a 20-megapixel rear camera, an UltraPixel front shooter, and a 2,800 mAh battery. The HTC One E9+ will also have dual SIM support.

In terms of appearance, the HTC One E9+ retains the highly-acclaimed design language of the HTC One series, but doesn't have a full-metal body - just the frame. Color options include Meteor Gray, Classic Rose Gold, and Gold Sepia.

HTC is also expected to launch a One E9 model with a full HD display (likely 5 inches), a 13-megapixel rear camera, an UltraPixel front shooter, and 2GB of RAM.

For more information about the new HTC One E9+, head over to the company's Chinese website at this link (translation here). It remains unclear at this point just how much the device will cost, or which other markets it will reach, but HTC should offer more information shortly.

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