It seems HTC isn’t quite done yet with its One M9 lineup. Joining the One M9 and M9+ is the M9s, which has just been launched in Taiwan. Essentially, the M9s is a combination of the two former devices with several downgrades here and there in terms of hardware.
Just like the One M9+, the M9s is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. The M9s’ display, on the other hand, is a 5-inch 1080p panel; similar to the original M9. Other specifications of the M9s include a metal body, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable with a microSD card up to 2TB), a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation, a 4MP UltraPixel front-facing shooter, and a 2,840mAh battery.
Hardware-wise, the M9s is actually pretty well-equipped, aside from the rather small 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. That being said, its rear camera has optical image stabilisation, a feature that is not found on the M9 and standard variant of the M9+. Those who do a lot of photography with their smartphones will be interested in the M9s.
At the time of writing, the HTC One M9s has only been launched in Taiwan. Pre-order of the device is now ongoing in the country for 12,900 New Taiwan dollar (about RM1,725). The M9s will be shipped on the 21st of November 2015.