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HTC One M9 smartphone launch date, pricing and plans announced

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HTC has announced pricing and the release date for its new hero smartphone – the One M9 – which will be available through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile who are all taking pre-orders for the device from today.

The HTC One M9, which will be available on March 24, is being marketed as a high-end and high-quality device thanks to its precision craftsmanship, all-metal construction and two-tone finish.

And that is reflected in the outright purchase price of $1099.

The device has a full high definition 5-inch screen and a 20 megapixel camera that can take excellent pictures and shoot 4K video.

One of the most impressive features about the HTC One M9 is the Dolby-enhanced front-facing Boom speakers.

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Under the hood, the One M9 has 32GB of storage built-in along with a microSD card slot that will one day be able to expand the memory by a further 2TB when the memory card technology becomes available.

The HTC One M9 will be offered through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and pre-orders have already begun.

Telstra customers who pre-order the HTC One M9 will receive a free pair of Monster DNA headphones. Telstra’s plans start at $82 a month ($70 Mobile Accelerate plan + $12 handset payment).

Over at Optus the HTC One M9 plans have a heavy focus on data with users able to enjoy 5GB a month for 24 months for $83 a month ($80 plan + $3 handset payment).

Vodafone’s plans for the HTC One M9 start at $70 a month on its Red plan with an additional $10 handset payment and that includes 3GB data per month.

If Vodafone customers pre-order the device they can enjoy unlimited data for the first two months on a 24 month plan.

Pre-orders have also opened with Virgin Mobile with the HTC One M9 available for $73 a month ($60 plan + $13 handset payment) and that comes with 2GB of data and unlimited calls.

Stay tuned to Tech Guide for a full review of the HTC One M9 next week.