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HTC One A9 is HTC’s is a High-End Phone but Spec Junkies will not be satisfied

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The HTC One A9 comes in two versions, one with 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM, with the other having 32 GB storage and 3 GB RAM.

The phone cannot be categorized as a mid range one or a premium one, as it fits somewhere between. Off contract, the price ranges from $400 to $500.

Resembling the iPhone

The device looks a lot like the iPhone, with a large display combined with thecurved metallic unibody. It offers a minimalist look and combines great looks with ergonomics as well as easy handling. The Gorilla Glass 3 has been used, and it has a One M9+ type of fingerprint scanner. The scanner can be used for locking the screen and performing many other tasks mainly due to the use of Android 6.0 version. It also doubles as the home button.

Display and Screen 

The resolution of the screen display is 1920 x 1080 and the screen is 5 inches with an AMOLED panel. The screen is bright even in daylight, with two profiles, the standard AMOLED offering vivid color and the sRGB offering accuracy.

Hardware and Performance

Though the phone can be called a high-end one, it compromises on the hardware specifications. The A9 runs on the Qualcomm, Snapdragon, and 617 processor. Four ARM Cortex A53s clock at the speed of 1.5 GHz, while the other four A53s clock at a lower speed of 1.2 GHz. This is combined with a graphics card of Adreno, GPU 405 and RAM of 2 GB or 3 GB.

The specs are enough for usual tasks, but the device does stagger if you play demanding games, as the GPU does not possess the required punch for smooth play needed on the 1080 pixels display. Otherwise, the device is as fast as other flagship devices.

Battery

The battery is powered at 2150 mAh, but the power is not enough for this device, with battery power being compromised for the sake of slimness. However, the saving grace is that the QuickCharge 2 can fill the battery of the A9 very quickly. However, the plug that is bundled with the phone is not capable of QuickCharge.

Camera – Major Weak Point

This is another weak point of the HTC A9, with the A9 making use of a 13 MP sensor along with optical image stabilization features combined with a f/2.0 aperture. The camera software has been improved, and the photos are good. As for selfies, there is a 4 MP Ultrapixel sensor camera.

A9 Software

The Sense user interface comes with some new features as usual, but it is as close to vanilla Android as possible. Some sophisticated features of Sense have been cut out in the new Sense 7.0 G. The default color pattern is more like stock Android OS, influenced by Material Design. The layout with its card deck type and notification tray is implemented similarly to stock Android.

Verdict

The HTC One A9 looks great and feels great, with an excellent software design and acapable camera. However, the price is rather inflated, and the battery is rather small. It has a speedy performance and good display combined with a solid build. It also sports the best camera on HTC phones so far, and the fingerprint scanner is quick and accurate.