HTC One A9 makes its official debut – now available for pre-order
After numerous leaked images, renders, and specs, HTC has finally lifted the lid on its new smartphone – the HTC One A9. Read on to know more about the new device.
Say hello to the HTC One A9
The HTC One A9 is constructed out of metal. It measures 145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm and weighs in at 143 g. The home button is also a fingerprint scanner, but there are no hardware navigational keys. However, the device still uses Android’s virtual buttons. Its bezels are rather thick, with its screen-to-body ratio at 67%.
The HTC One A9 features a smooth body with rounded corners. It has a slightly arched back, which is said to offer a better grip. It also comes with a single speaker on the bottom, unlike a lot of higher-end or higher-mid-range smartphones made by the Taiwanese phone maker.
Colour options include Carbon Grey, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold, and Deep Garnet, with other markets rumoured to get Rose Gold and Cast Iron.
The display is a 5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This works out to a pixel density of 440 ppi. A layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 protects the screen.
Processor and memory
Don’t expect the HTC One A9 to feature a high-end processor. A mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 64-bit octa-core processor with 4 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and 4 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz is found under the hood. Two versions of the smartphone will be available – one with 32 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM; the other with 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM.
Since the CPU is made by Qualcomm, it supports Quick Charge 3.0. This allows users to enjoy more from ultra-fast charging, if they opt to get HTC’s Rapid Charger.
In the photography department the HTC One A9 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS. A feature called Pro mode is pre-installed, which gives more experienced users more control over ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. RAW images are also supported. A Photo Editor is also pre-installed, which enhances and auto-corrects RAW images. On the front is the infamous 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera.
Unfortunately, the HTC One A9 does not come with stereo front-facing speakers like a lot of today’s One series smartphones, but it does feature BoomSound combined with Dolby Audio surround technology, which is on board the headsets for the device. HTC says the these headsets come with an amplifier that offers “double the output.” The accessory will be sold separately to users who want to experience the quality of sound offered by the headsets, but do not want to purchase the One A9.
Price and release date
In the UK, the HTC One A9 is now available for pre-order via HTC’s UK partners. The SIM free version is available for £419.99 (inclusive of Vat). It will be released in the UK on the 6th of November.
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