With not many phones around that unwrap the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow, HTC has just announced a new phone that will be among the very few phones sporting Marshmallow, the new HTC One A9. It’s not a flagship phone like the M9, mind you, so, don’t expect any stand-out features from this one.
It was announced on sometime in September and will be launched globally on first weeks of November for around US $400 or $399 to be precise. This certainly is an affordable option than the HTC One M9, but considering that it doesn’t have any stand-out specs, is it worth it? Stick with us to find out what it’s got in store for you and then decide; HTC One A9: Is it worth $400?
Now, HTC desperately needs something new but by looking at it, you can say it’s got heaping portions of similarity. Starting with its design that looks almost same to the iPhone 6 / 6S, which has been pointed out so much. With aluminium body and curved edges like the iPhone, the only difference you’ll find is the “hTC” logo and size from the back. Even in the front, it has a fingerprint sensor button that unlocks the screen just like the iPhone.
The camera is a big step forward for this phone in terms of specs from the M9, maybe not entirely better. It features a 13 MP with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and many other modes that help take pictures with great sharpness and clarity and capable of recording 1080p videos @ 30fps. The front camera is the same Ultra Pixel camera with WideAngle and tuned lens.
And the images look good on it’s 5″ Full HD AMOLED display screen corned with Gorilla Glass 4, which is another step forward than the M9. It’s not a QHD display though but still, the display is very good and vibrant.
HTC has tried to experiment on this phone by using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 as processor, not the 808 or 810 as in other leading Android phones. Supported by its Octa-Core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 CPU and Adreno 405 GPU, it’s still powerful though. Of course it runs on Android 6.0, but it’s user-interface has totally changed. It’s all more Google-based and screams Android 6.0 more than HTC. Sure it’s more “slicker” and has some better features, but, HTC fans are not going to be pleased with it.
It possesses 3 GB of RAM, which will ensure pleasant phone experience and offers 32 GB internal storage with a microSD card slot that can add up to 200 GB additional storage. So, no need to worry about storage space.
The battery pack is smaller compared to M9. It packs a Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery which is small for an Android 5″ phone. It still boasts upto 16 hrs talk time and supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 which will be made better when 3.0 comes out but the battery becoming smaller has been criticized a lot. A lot of criticism about the One A9 poor battery life can be read here.
Also, with this new phone, you can say goodbye to the “Boom Speakers” that HTC used to have. Instead, there’s a fingerprint sensor home button in the front below the display. The fingerprint sensor allows for a biometric security to your phone plus the process of setting up the fingerprint is nice and simple.
The fingerprint sensor is nice and all but the loss of the Boom Speakers in the front is going to be another disappointment to HTC fans. Instead, it has now got a single speaker at the bottom near the charger port but still gives high-resolution audio and sounds great. HTC said that they had to lose the front speakers as they couldn’t add the fingerprint sensor with them without making the phone larger.
The phone has some added better features, though. It’s got a new designed power button on the side which is gridded and is well below the volume buttons so that you don’t confuse them like in the earlier models.
The HTC One A9 is a overall, a very good phone. None of its specs are class leading pr special yet it performs with great fluidity and speed and pretty much does everything you’d expect a smartphone to do. It has put user-experience first and is really fun to use as well.
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To sum it up, HTC has designed a brilliant phone but it appears as though in its need for new innovation, it has lost many of its Identity features. Still, the phone is very good, combines the iPhone design with Android experience and is cost-efficient than the M9. Pretty good for a non-flagship phone. Now, about the $400: is it worth it? For me, Definitely. You can get most of the specs and features of leading Android phones in this one for cheaper price. The only flaw for me was the battery pack but or that amount of money, I think you can’t get a better phone than this. But hey, it’s up to you to decide. If you liked the phone too much, you can pre-order One A9 by clicking here.
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