Inside the HTC One M9

If you're not interested in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, then how about the HTC One M9?

If you're not interested in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, then how about the HTC One M9?

The One M9 is an updated version of the M9, and it brings to the table the following tech specs:

  • 5.0-inch, 1920 x 1080 display
  • 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (4 x 2.0 GHz + 4 x 1.5 GHz)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 20 MP rear-facing camera with 4K video capability
  • HTC UltraPixel front-facing camera with 1080p support
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • 32 GB of on-board storagewith microSD card support adding up to 2 TB of additional storage
  • 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, NFC, HDMI MHL 3.0, and IR blaster

The team at iFixit have managed to get ahold of a One M9 and have done to it what they do best - take it apart.

Before taking it apart, iFixit noticed that their handset not only had a dead pixel in the middle of the display, but it also sported a huge scratch right out of the box. Not a great advert for quality control.

The teardown uncovered the following hardware components inside the One M9:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU
  • Samsung K3RG3G30MM-MGCH 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Samsung KLMBG4GEND-B031 32 GB eMMC NAND flash
  • Qualcomm PM8994 PMIC
  • Broadcom BCM4356 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution with Bluetooth 4.1 support
  • Qualcomm WTR3925 28 nm RF transceiver
  • Avago ACPM-7800 multimode, multiband power amplifier module
  • Silicon Image SIL8620 MHL 3.0 transmitter
  • NXP 47803 NFC controller
  • Qualcomm QFE2550 antenna tuner
  • Maxim Integrated MAXQ614 16-bit microcontroller with infrared module
  • Synaptics S3351B touchscreen controller

On the repairability front, things aren't so good. While getting into the case is relatively easy, getting to the battery involves taking out the motherboard and dealing with globs of adhesive. Replacing a broken display also involves extensive stripping down of the handset.


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