The HTC One A9 will be the company’s latest smartphone and the first non-Nexus hardware to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC is betterly prefered for a new attractively priced smartphone in the market, which can handle your needs and it did again with the iteration of the new One A9. Serves-up an extremely satisfying set of technical specs within an attractive price range. First impression on you hand would, it looks very similar to Apple’s iPhone 6/6s with the camera on the back moved into the center.
It’s not exactly a secret that HTC continually produces extremely aesthetically appealing hardware that packs in premium specifications. This was evident with the HTC One M7, the ne M8, and the One M9. HTC, is one of those, like many other companies, simply can’t compete with the current “big players” in the smartphone market, which have had a difficult time designing and developing hardware that is capable of penetrating the market in order to compete one the same level as Apple and Samsung.
With the introduction of the new One A9, HTC hasn’t tried to hide the fact that it’s in trouble and it could be the device to kickstart a resurgence back to the top, out of the red.
HTC One A9 looks to be walking a different path by producing a midrange device that swaps out a premium components for a little more budgety. Affordably the 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display is accompained by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory. But wait! If you’re in the United States. European consumers will only get a 2GB version with 16GB of on-board storage.
The HTC One A9 camera goes with a 13-megapixel on its back sports OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) but there’s no 4K video recording support, and forward-facing 4-megapixel UltraPixel cam. Battery capacity is 2150mAh and it suppprts quick charging, and for your sake there’s no option to expand the built-in space via microSD, afterall.
Design-wise, the HTC One A9 doesn’t take a genius to guess that it looks a lot familiar to Apple’s iPhone 6s and also appears to be named after the chip that powers Apple’s latest iPhone devices, which although hinted back in September. Now that with One A9 – gone is HTC’s signature curved aluminum back with BoomSound stereo speakers in the front. You can now get a flat back with rounded edges, a circular two-tone flash and a camera sensor that is protuding, just like what you find on the iPhone. Instead, you now get a capacitive home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button for secured lock and Android Pay, and comes with 4G LTE connectivity with support for FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28 and TDD: Bands 38, 40, 41 in the Asian version. It has powerful speakers on the bottom and has built-in DAC that delivers 192kHz / 24bit studio-quality audio.
Don’t forget about the software, HTC One A9 is powered by Android Marshmallow version 6.0 with HTC Sense interface on top. HTC promises latest Android updates only 15 days after they are available for Google’s Nexus devices.
Four color options HTC is offering in purchase of One A9: opal silver, carbon gray, deep garnet and topaz gold and no rose-Gold.
HTC One A9 Specifications [iPhone 6s Clone]
- 5.0-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD AMOLED display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 protection
- Octa-Core Snapdragon 617 (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz) processor with Adreno 405 GPU
- 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage / 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI
- 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor, OIS, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
- Ultrapixel front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
- Dimensions: 145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26mm; Weight: 143g
- Multi-directional fingerprint sensor
- 24-bit, 192kHz supported by Hi-Fi DAC, Dolby Audio
- 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS
- 2150mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0
Pre-orders for HTC One A9 began already. Prices in the United States start from $399.99 – fully Unlocked. It also includes HTC’s Uh Oh Protection which will allow you for one free replacement incase you break your phone or want to switch carriers.
HTC will be offering a compatible Dot View II case for the One A9 with enhanced gesture controls, plus you can opt for HTC Pro Studio In-Ear headphones for the best BoomSound experience.