HTC has just unveiled its latest Android device, the One A9, a device the company claims will be “good enough to replace the iPhone”.
The HTC One A9 is essentially the company’s latest upper mid-range offering. For this device, HTC has upped its mid-range design game, going for an aluminium design on the rear, something that has become synonymous with the HTC One name.The front of the device features a large Gorilla Glass 4 panel that houses the display, along with a fingerprint scanner underneath. The rear of the device features a design that is near identical to that of the iPhones, with the same brushed aluminium look, along with the two antenna strips, the protruding camera and the company’s logo in the middle. The device itself is just 7.26mm thick and weighs in at 143g. The One A9 will be available in four colour options: Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet.
Moving on to the specs, the One A9 is equipped with a 5-inch display, just like the M9, with the same 1080x1920p resolution (Full-HD) and a pixel density of 441ppi. On the inside, the 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 is powering the device, which is coupled with the Adreno 405 GPU and a generous 3GB of RAM. The smartphone will be available with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via micro-SD. Other features include Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, 4G LTE connectivity, a stereo speaker, a fingerprint scanner, which allows you to take advantage of Android Pay, and a 2150mAh battery.
Camera wise, the device features a 13MP sensor on the rear coupled with an LED flash and phase detection autofocus. Also supported is RAW image capture, as well as a hyperlapse video mode. On the front, a 4MP Ultrapixel sensor is featured, the same sensor featured on the rear of last years flagship, and on the front of this years one.
Finally, the device comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow straight out of the box and HTC will update the device with every Android update within 15 days of Google releasing it. Along with the latest version of Android, HTC’s Sense overlay is featured on top. The HTC One A9 will go on sale starting the first week of November and will be available globally. In the US, the device will be available unlocked on htc.com as well as on major carriers and HTC is also allowing the bootloader to be unlocked without voiding the warranty or HTC Uh Oh protection.
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