A Brief Look At The Brand New HTC – HTC have had a pretty rough year but they plan on getting back into the game with the introduction of the new HTC One A9. The phone has gained popularity because of its outward look being similar to an iPhone, but there is a lot more to it than that. The A9 tends to feel like it has a strong combination of everything that HTC did when they were releasing the original HTC One (M7). HTC have come from far and they show this in this new phone.
The phone has a similar look to the iPhone. It has 5 inches making it slightly bigger than the iPhone 6 and slightly smaller than the iPhone 6 plus. It also has the same basic form factor, shape and antenna lines as the common iPhone 6. However, some of the notable differences include; the edges being squared off a bit more, the home button has an oval shape instead of a round one, the rear camera has been placed at the center as opposed to being on the side, the volume button are on the same sides as the lock button, and it is slightly bulkier than the iPhone.
The phone comes with the latest version of the android operating system, commonly referred to as Marshmallow, and it is the first phone besides the nexus to get the update. Other phones will also get the update eventually, but the A9 enjoys a fast unique update schedule. The new Marshmallow OS has helpful improvements app permissions that can be customized and Google Now On Tap which recommends what you can do based on what is on your screen.
In the past, HTC phones have lacked the innovation of the finger print reader. The HTC One A9 changes this by introducing a fingerprint reader on its home button. The sensor equipped is an excellent one and is much faster than the one found on an iPhone 6. This also makes it better than the HTC One M9 as the M9 lacks both a fingerprint scanner and a home button.
Its camera consists of a 13-pixel rear camera that takes pictures quite well in places that have low light or places that are well lit. It is also slightly better than the M9’s 20-megapixel camera. However, if you are still comparing it to an iPhone, it is not as sharp or as versatile. It also has a 4 ultra-pixel front camera that comes with a BSI sensor and is capable of recording videos at 1080p resolution.
The A9 has been equipped with a brand new 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 Octa-core processor that should make it run faster than the iPhone 6’s 1.4 GHz A8 chip. Despite this, the A9 is noticeably slower and more prone to episodes of lag than the iPhone 6. Benchmark tests also reveal that the A9 will under-perform when compared to an iPhone 6S. This is especially noticed on apps and games that use heavy graphics.
The battery of the A9 is probably the most disappointing side of the phone as it comes with a non-removable battery that has a poor life. It may require frequent charging if you are planning on using it for long hours as it can lose up-to 75% of its battery life fewer than 5 hours. The good news is that the A9 comes with Quick Charge 2.0 support and will soon have Quick Charge 3.0. A normal charger can take around 3 hours to fully charge the phone and it is highly recommended to use a Qualcomm Quick Charger.
– CPU: 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon 617, 64-Bit octa-core
– Ram: 3GB
– Storage: 32 GB of in-built memory.
– Camera: 13 megapixel rear camera and 4 ultra-pixel front camera
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Screen: 5-inch 1080p AMOLED
– Battery: 2,150 mAh