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HTC launches ‘Supreme Camera’ One M9+ version, don’t call it Plus Plus

Coincidentally or not, HTC decided to host an event of its own mere hours before Google unveils the next pair of Nexus phones. That timing in itself sets the stage for some quick-to-be-forgotten announcements and from the looks of things HTC itself hasn’t prepared anything really groundbreaking to begin with.

The company debuted a new variant of the One M9+, dubbed the “Supreme Camera”. It is a camera update for the existing model, with nothing else really changed. The phone is now equipped with a 21MP camera with OIS and laser auto focus. The phone still retains its signature dual-lens design, but the upper bit is no longer a secondary camera, but a laser AF system instead. Together with phase detection, it is said to deliver focus speeds as fast as 0.1 seconds.

Other that the camera upgrade the specs on the new One M9+ variant are unchanged. It still has a 5.2-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and runs on the octa-core MediaTek MT6795T Helio X10 SoC. The 2,840 mAh battery is also present and so are the front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers and the fingerprint scanner inside the home button.

The big accent with the new One M9+ is understandably the camera and HTC is expected to launch the device along with an upgraded camera app. Speaking of which, the device should be available in Taiwan starting October 6 with a price tag of about $630.