It’s out, the HTC One A9 hero phone that the company is hoping to revitalize the relevance of its One series in the smartphone market is here and it’s got a nice and refreshed design that according to HTC they have built and designed the thing from scratch. However in my perspective, there’s some familiar design elements found on the new One A9 and sure does have something in common with one competing product.
Following the trend in today’s premium package, the HTC One A9 looks to deliver the best premium feel with a full-metal unibody design with most of it covers the back with a small antenna strip similar to the One M7. Dominating on the front is the large 5-inch AMOLED full-HD display that is covered entirely of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against scratches. It also features a home button below the display and it doubles as a fingerprint scanner which will conveniently unlock the handset with your fingerprint as your security lock and for a more secure transactions on online purchases.
The new One A9 is one of the first devices in the market to run on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset which comes with an 8-core processors with four cores a Cortex A53 at 1.5 GHz and another four cores of Cortex A53 running at 1.2 GHz. It comes in two variants which defers in the amount RAM storage space with one features a 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage while the other should include 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space with both variants supporting microSD cards of up to 2 TB in capacity.
For image centric customers, the HTC One A9 sport a 13 Megapixel main camera on the back protected by Sapphire cover lens and features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Backside Illuminated (BSI) sensor, Auto Focus, a bright f/2.0 aperture and supports 1080p full-HD video recording. Up front is a 4 Megapixel HTC UltraPixel™ sensor however it has a fixed focus lens but includes a bright f/2.0 aperture and supports full-HD video recording.
Music lovers and audio enthusiasts should find the HTC One A9 a highly capable device as it includes a built-in DAC that converts 16-bit audio into 24-bit high-resolution audio for rich sound output plus it includes Dolby Audio™ Surround and an all-new enhanced high-output amplifier.
For Connectivity, the new One A9 supports most worldwide 4G/LTE bands and includes legacy network support including 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM/eGPRS wireless networks. For the common and standard connectivity options, the handset supports high-speed Wi-Fi 802.11ac and well as Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and its dual band, Bluetooth 4.1, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a microUSB 2.0 interface. It also comes with a built-in GPS antenna with A-GPS and GLONASS support.
The HTC One A9 will be one of the first handsets in the market to include Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box and will include Google’s Now on Tap features which uses the built-in fingerprint sensor to essentially allow you to unlock your phone even if the screen is turned off and be able to purchase items on Google Play in a more secure transactions, that’s all possible right from within the new built-in features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Keeping you up and running is the 2150 mAh embedded high-capacity battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology which charges the battery up to 40% faster that the usual. Added to that, HTC will also be support the upcoming Quick Charge 3.0 technology right on the One A9 with future software updates so you’ll get the best a fastest way to charge up your devices without getting a new one.
The HTC One A9 will be launching on the first week of November and will be available in the following color options: Opal Silver, Carbon Grey, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold. Though November is less than a couple of week away, the Taiwanese firm haven’t announce the prices of any variants of the One A9 but we’ll be getting one most presumable with the launch in the local markets.