HTC announces the One A9 – Full Specs, Where to Buy Now in the UK, iPhone Rip-Off and more

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HTC announced last night the HTC One A9, its iPhone clone. It resembles the iPhone 6S so much it wouldn’t surprise me if Apple launch a lawsuit which ends up wiping HTC out of business.

Now in the US you can pre-order the One A9 for $399 or buy it from an HTC approved partner for £459.(http://www.mobilephonesdirect.co.uk/contract-mobile-phones/htc-one-a9) Hmmm now that seems like HTC are ripping off UK buyers. Mobilephones Direct say the spec is 3gb/32gb storage and this may be a typo as HTC stated the UK was getting the 2gb/16gb storage version. EE is also confirmed as stocking the One A9 with the 2gb/16gb storage configuration.

Specs

– Networks – GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, LTE
– PHYSICAL 145.7mm x 70.8mm x 7.26mm mm, 143g
– OS Android, Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
– DISPLAY 5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
– PROCESSOR Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617
– INTERNAL MEMORY 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
– EXTERNAL MEMORY microSD, up to 128 GB
– DATA SPEED HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
– CAMERA 13 mega pixel (optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash )
– FRONT CAMERA 4 mega pixel (Front flash), Ultra pixel
– BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery
– SENSORS – Fingerprint sensor, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Sensor Hub
– Connectivity Bluetooth 4.1, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4+5GHz), 3.5mm stereo audio jack, microUSB 2.0 port
– Audio – Dolby Audio and Hi-Res Audio
Now the battery is just 2,150mAh, support for Quick Charge 2 and v3.
– EXTRAS – Fingerprint-based security, RAW image capture, Hyperlapse video creation

Based on my initial tests, android v6.0 has excellent battery life, but I am concerned the One A9 only has a 2,150mAh battery.

However, note the following –

– The headphone output is very loud and is further improved by outputting at 1 Volt
– The rear camera sensor is covered by sapphire glass
– In Pro mode raw capture is possible AND the One A9 allows you to edit the RAW photos
– 1080p at 30fps is max video setting, so no 4K. Longest shutter is 2 seconds.
– The Unibody design is well built
– At £459 it is only £20 more expensive than the new Nexus 6P

So what do you think? Is this good enough to save HTC? Is it too much like an iPhone? OR is the fact it was inspired by the iPhone a good thing?

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5 thoughts on “HTC announces the One A9 – Full Specs, Where to Buy Now in the UK, iPhone Rip-Off and more

  1. Nice, if unremarkable phone. I just can’t get past the price and spec disparity with the US. I hope they sell none in the UK tbh.

    Such a pity, the m7 was such a brilliant device to build on but whoever is calling the shots at HTC keeps making catastrophic decisions to scuttle the chances with each and everything new they release.

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  2. What no Boomsound? That was their USP.
    An Apple lawsuit would be interesting. I was asked on a number of occasions if my M7 was an iPhone 6. Maybe HTC are provoking Apple deliberately.

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  3. No boomsound yet still huuuuge bezels 😦 Tiny battery also – I guess we’ll see if the ‘tiny’ processor still has enough juice for it at the end of the day? IMO – HTC have completely lost the plot which is a shame as a few years ago they had something to build on – a well constructed and expensive feeling Android which was pretty unique at the time.

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