HTC is not really doing well in terms of phone sales. HTC was once a powerhouse in the mobile phone market but Apple and stiff Android competition has pushed it down. Hard. Despite this, it is clear to everyone that the Taiwanese company is not about to call it a day and exit the mobile device business. HTC has so far done all things necessary to get itself out of irrelevance. It’s a good thing that HTC’s One line of Android phones is keeping the company afloat somehow.
The latest phone to come out of HTC’s design labs is, surprise, an iPhone look-alike. HTC is bold to copy most of the iPhone’s design elements that at certain angles, one could actually mistake one with the other. But who can blame HTC? It’s One phones were the first to sport that polycarbonate bands and Apple took that design and placed it on the iPhones. HTC could claim that it was just doing to Apple what Apple was doing to others. But I digress.
The HTC One A9, as HTC calls its latest flagship Android, is a 5-inch phone, a standard size nowadays. The screen is a 1080p AMOLED display and should do well for most users, but maybe not for those spoiled by the lushness of QHD phones. For the rest of the specs, the One A9 runs on an octa-core Snapdragon 617, four cores of which run at 1.5GHz and the other four at 1.2GHz. The speedy processor is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which, by the way, can be expanded up to a whopping 2TB through a microSD card slot.
For photography enthusiasts, you’ll be happy to know that the HTC One A9 packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and a Pro Mode. The phone takes RAW photos if you are into that serious photography stuff. The main camera uses an f/2.0 lens and shoots 1080p videos. The front camera, on the other hand, is an UltraPixel camera.
The HTC One A9 is powered by a 2,150mAh battery and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the home button, if you need to know.
An unlocked version of the HTC One A9 is priced at $399 and will be available in November. Said price is quite cheap but note that in the Philippines, prices for phones always have that tendency to shoot up to unreasonable levels. So in Philippine peso, expect the HTC One A9 to carry a price tag of about Php19,000 to Php23,000.
HTC One A9 Specs
5-inch 1080p AMOLED display
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Octa-core Snapdragon 617 at 1.5GHz and 1.2GHz
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage
expandable up to 2TB thorugh a microSD card slot
13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization
f/2.0 lens, BSI sensor, shoots 1080p videos
UltraPixel front camera, fixed focuse, 1080p videos
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense
Dimensions: 145.75 x 70.8. x 7.26 mm
Weight: 143 grams
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G sensor
Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Sensor Hub
For color options, the HTC One A9 will be available in Opal Silver, Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold.