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Nexus 6P vs. HTC One A9 – What’s The Best Choice in 2015?

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Believe it or not, the Nexus 6P flagship has the same price as the HTC One A9, which falls into the category of mid-range smartphones. If you don’t know which phone to buy, we’ll help you make the right decision based on their specs and features.

Designs and Displays

HTC has been accused of cloning the Apple’s iPhones, because the One A9 is very similar to the iPhone 6 in terms of design, as it features an aluminum back which is curved on the edges and has two horizontal lines at the top and bottom, and the rear camera sits above the first strip, but it’s placed in the center, and this doesn’t make the One A9 a total rip off. Also, the home button is oval, not circular, but it has also a fingerprint scanner hidden inside. The options of colors for the back are Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet, the device weights 143 grams, but it’s also smaller than the Nexus 6P, measuring 145.8×70.8×7.3mm. As for the screen, it has a diagonal of 5-inch, it uses Samsung’s AMOLED technology and the resolution is limited to 1080x1920pixels at 441ppi. Some fans complained that sometimes, the screen is unable to make reds and oranges appear saturated.

The Nexus 6P has a more premium aspect, being inspired by the Huawei Ascend P8, but the black band at the top is slightly protruding and has a glossy effect. The rest of the body is made of aluminum, it’s curved on the sides and has three variants of colors: Aluminum, Graphite and Frost. But the device is much taller, sporting a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with a higher resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 518 ppi. Also, the device feels quite heavy in your hand, as it weights 178 grams, but that’s because it measures 159.3×77.8×7.3mm. However, its fingerprint is positioned on the back, just below the rear camera which is located on the upper left corner. Nexus 6P’s fingerprint scanner has been branded Nexus Imprint and with it, you can make online payments.

Both devices have the power and volume rocker on the right side, with this order on the 6P and inversely on the A9.

Hardware

Both devices came loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the One A9 has HTC Sense on top of it, while the Nexus 6P is more powerful, because it houses the newer Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor clocked at 2GHz, which is backed by Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The One A9 uses the previous Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset with two quad core processors running at 1.5GHz and 1.2GHz, along with Adreno 405 graphics and 2GB of RAM / 16GB of internal storage or 3GB of RAM for the model with 32GB of storage, and HTC provided a microSD card slot for both variants, allowing you to expand their capacities up to 200GB. The Nexus 6P has fixed storage and there are three options to choose from: 32/64/128 GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The One A9 has a small battery of only 2150 mAh battery, offering only 16 hours of talk time, while the Nexus 6P lasts 23 hours with its 3450 mAh unit. The camera of the One A9 has a resolution of 13MP and it supports OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, autofocus and optical image stabilization, performing admirably in good light and ok in low light, just like the 12.3MP main camera of the Nexus 6P, which offers laser autofocus for a faster autofocus. Also, both devices support HDR and offer a variety of settings and functions such as panorama, slow motion videos etc. The front camera of the One A9 has a resolution of 4MP (Ultra pixel), which is half the resolution supported by the Nexus 6P’s secondary camera.