The New HTC Flagship: HTC One A9

HTC One A9

Even though HTC has not been a giant brand like Samsung and Apple, it has produced some really good phones and satisfied many users. This time, HTC comes back on the scene with their new One A9 model that doesn’t seem to stay behind the best phones on the market right now. Let’s check what HTC has to offer!


The Features

The HTC One A9 has a sleek, curvy and minimalistic design. Some say that it very much resembles the iPhone. The scree is AMOLED Display with 452 PPI.

The phones is powered by Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, and comes in variants with 2 or 3 GB of RAM.

The problems with the HTC phones ever since they appeared on the market have been their displays and the cameras. I have used several HTC phones and even though I am very satisfied with the hardware and performance, the visual factors always seem like they fall into second plan for HTC. It looks like HTC finally decided to change something about this matter. The back camera of 13-megapixels is nothing like the cameras on their other phones – in a good sense. This type they even improved the display, yet still it is not what you would call a jaw dropping dispay, like I have seen, for example at the Sony Z line. Check out the full specifications bellow.


The Specifications

BODY Dimensions 145.8 x 70.8 x 7.3 mm (5.74 x 2.79 x 0.29 in)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz)


DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~66.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  – HTC Sense


PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 405


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
32 GB, 3 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 4 MP, 1080p


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Dolby Audio
– Hi-Res Audio


COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, apt-X
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0


FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Java No
  – Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0, 3.0)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor


BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 432 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 16 h (3G)
Music play Up to 60 h


The Verdict

The HTC One A9 has some really decent specifications, alright. It even has a fingerprint scanner if that means anything to you. Yet, for a price of $499, there are better phones out there. There’s no doubt that HTC phones are durable, and that this phone has made a great overall impression on me, but I wouldn’t go for it simply because of the price. Still, if you are an HTC fan, keep in mind that the HTC One A9 is probably the best HTC phone so far.


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