It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 humming with 4 of its cores clocking at 1.5 GHz, and the other 4 – at 1.2 GHz. The phone will be available in two variants – one with 32 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM, while the second will have 16 GB of storage and just 2 GB of RAM. Both variants will accept microSD cards for expansion purposes.
The HTC One A9 is a beautiful, all-metal piece of tech, The One's A9 metal body has smooth, non-aggressive shapes, with rounded-off corners. Its front is entirely covered by a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 slab and its back is slightly arched towards its ends to ensure an easier grip. Unlike other HTC flagships or higher-end midrangers, the A9 has one speaker, nested on its bottom. Hardcore Android fans will be happy to know that despite the phone looking like a sealed, all-metal handset, it actually has a microSD card slot, which can accept theoretical cards of up to 2 TB.
It seems that HTC has finally steered away from the idea of using the UltraPixel tech for its main cameras for good – the One A9 rocks a 13 MP sensor for its rear camera, assisted by optical image stabilization for those dynamic or low-light scenarios. The camera app does not fall behind the competition and offers a Pro mode, granting the user control over ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. The One A9's camera can also capture RAW images, allowing those who are a bit more knowledgeable edit their own photos post-shot. Alternatively, one can use the the phone's own Photo Editor, which has a one-tap enhancer that auto-corrects RAW images.
The UltraPixel tech can be found on the front - the phone's selfie snapper employs HTC's signature tech to provide superior performance in low-light scenarios. The company is currently keeping mum about the resolution of the frontal snapper, but we would assume that it's the equivalent of 4 MP – just like it's on the HTC One M9's front camera.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box
"Meet the new Marshmallow from HTC on 10/20" the invitation for today's virtual event stated. And indeed, the HTC One A9's Sense is built on top of Android 6.0, making it the first non-Google handset to bear the brand-new Android version. This means granular app permissions, native fingerprint support, Google Now on Tap, and Doze mode, which will hopefully mean more battery life out of that 2,150 mAh juicer. Android Pay works with the phone's fingerprint sensor out of the box. HTC's Sense UI is known to be a pretty light reskin over stock Android, so if the manufacturer continues this trend with the One A9, we should expect a snappy, nearly unaltered functionality, with HTC's visual themes slapped over it.
The HTC One A9 doesn't have stereo front-firing speakers like the One Mx series used to have, however, BoomSound has still found its way to the new phone. This time around, its incorporated with the headset that comes with the phone, combined with Dolby Audio surround tech. The A9's headphone amplifier is said to deliver “double the output” of other handsets, which should give users more headroom for superior dynamics.
- HTC One A9 Handset
- User manual
- Display Size Type : 5" AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Processor : Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
- Camera : 13MP Rear Camera, 4MP Front Camera
- Memory: 16GB Internal Memory, 2GB RAM
- OS : Android 5.1.1
- Fingerprint scanner
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