The HTC One M9 was expected to go on sale starting Monday in Taiwan; though the company has confirmed the delay via an email to Central News Agency (CNA), the state news agency of China. The company however didn't specify any reason for the delay; though the handset is said to be hit by software issues, which has led to delay in launch.
Focus Taiwan reports that HTC has suggested it is still working to provide the "latest version of software" for the One flagship and will be releasing it in local markets "as soon as possible." The Taiwanese company however is yet to reveal an exact release date for the HTC One M9 in Taiwan.
The report cites some potential HTC One M9 buyers who pre-ordered the handset and received text messages from HTC stores saying that shipments of the 32GB model have been postponed from Monday to Friday. The 64GB variant of the HTC One M9 is said to be delayed further and is expected to launch by the end of this month.
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The report also adds that the software issues affecting the HTC One M9 could lead the handset to boot failures.
HTC at MWC, without revealing price of the new One flagship, had confirmed that the handset would be available globally starting mid-March. Unfortunately, there is still no further word on availability in other regions yet.
Last week, HTC reportedly confirmed Taiwanese pricing of the One M9 flagship - the 32GB model is said to be priced at TWD 21,900 (approximately Rs. 43,400), while the 64GB variant to be available at TWD 23,900 (approximately Rs. 47,400).
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Some of the highlight features of the HTC One M9 include an all-metal unibody design running Android 5.0 Lollipop with the company's brand new Sense 7 UI on top. Under the hood, it is backed by the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core (quad-core 2GHz + quad-core 1.5GHz) processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The new flagship sports a 20-megapixel autofocus rear camera that comes with sapphire cover lens, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording. The One M9 packs a 4-UltraPixel front-camera.