Not content with the One M8s or the One M9++ which were launched in quick succession earlier this year, HTC today launched its new One A9, a mid-range phone that may pose a serious challenge in the mid-range smartphone space.
While we got wind of the new phone back in August, the leaks back then have now turned out to be heavily off the mark. The real One A9 is comparatively not so rich in terms of specs and capability, but the fact that it isn't really an upgrade to the One M9, which we thought it was, should sober things down.
HTC’s intent behind creating the One A9 is to diversify the One family and to let it sit alongside the M9 to cater to a specific audience and to give shape to inspiration and designs.
The One A9 is the first HTC phone that will run Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This brings with it an octa-core CPU, new battery saving features, revamped app permissions and increased stability.
Along with Marshmallow, the One A9 will also run HTC Sense™ user interface which brings in more app shortcuts in the home screen, brighter app windows and slight changes in folders in terms of colour and positioning of menus.
Look and feel
Weighing at just 143g, One A9 carried a 5-inch display and measures 145.75 x 70.8. x 7.26 mm which makes it quite thin and easy to hold. The phone also features an all-metal unibody design which gives it a premium appearance. You will be able to choose from Carbon Grey, Opal Silver and Topaz Gold colour options.
The Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p is protected by a Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 screen which is known to be among the toughest in the industry.
The One A9 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon™ 617 processor which may not be as powerful as the 808 or 810 but can help with multi-tasking and gaming in a mid-range phone. An impressive internal memory of 32GB should help avoid performance lags and the 32GB internal storage is enough for your storage needs. The micro USB 2.0 helps add up to 2TB of additional storage to the phone.
Apart from an internal GPS antenna, One A9 carries a range of sensors like a fingerprint sensor, Motion G sensor, compass, ambient light, proximity, magnetic and Gyro sensors.
The battery isn't very impressive at just 2,150 mAh but we won't write it off just yet. The phone is compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 3.0 battery saving features along with several other features which will come with Marshmallow. However, only a real hands-on experience will let us determine how powerful and long lasting the battery is.
One A9 carries a 13MP rear camera which comes with enhancements like a BSI sensor, HD video recording, optical image stabilization, auto-focus capability and a f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is an UltraPixel one with HD video recording and it's clarity is equivalent to an 8MP lens.
Pricing and availability
HTC has so far not revealed how the One A9 will be priced for the 16GB and 32GB variants yet. What has been revealed today is the One A9 will be available from the beginning of November.
You will be able to order the phone from a range of operators and retailers like EE, O2, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis, Amazon, Mobile Phones Direct, Very.co.uk, Argos and Buymobiles.net.