HTC One A9 review

If you have been searching for the latest Android smartphone then the HTC One A9 is that phone and it brings with it the Android Marshmallow operating system, previously only seen on the Google Nexus branded handsets.

 

HTC One A9 design

 

The design of the HTC One A9 includes a super-thin metal frame that is accentuated with highly shined edges. The 5” display with Full HD is extremely efficient and stretches from edge-to-edge, while being protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass.

 

 

HTC One A9 design

 

A 1.5GHz octa-core processor has been used to ensure that everything from streaming to high-end gaming can be handled and the 16GB internal memory can be boosted with a microSD card. The HTC One A9 is 7mm thick and isn’t overly weighty at 143 grams.

 

The 2150mAh battery is on the small size but the efficiency of the screen helps to give very good results. These include being able to browse over Wi-Fi for up to 9 hours or play music for up to 60 hours.

HTC One A9 camera

 

The 13MP camera on the HTC One A9 is protected behind scratch resistant sapphire glass and can be operated in either Auto or Pro modes. In Pro mode images can be saved as RAW images and these keep the original image data so that it can be manipulated in photo editing software, in the same way that professional photographers do.

 

HTC One A9 camera

 

For selfies the 4MP UltraPixel camera uses large pixels on the camera’s sensor to capture more light in low-light situations. Video can be recorded at 1080p and can be later edited to slow scenes down or speed them up with the Hyperlapse feature.

 

HTC One A9 Pro mode

HTC One A9 features

 

A fingerprint sensor is built in to the HTC One A9 and this can be used to wake-up and unlock the phone in one motion. As previously mentioned, the HTC One A9 has the Marshmallow OS and this includes the innovative Now on Tap feature.

 

Fingerprint sensor

 

Now on Tap is activated with a long press on the home key and it then scans the content on the visible page to prompt the user with a next action. This could be a link to a review if a hotel has been mentioned, a link to book seats in a restaurant mentioned or a link to begin GPS navigation if an address has been mentioned.

 

Now on Tap

 

Music once again is an important part of this HTC smartphone and this is up-scaled from 16-bit to 24-bit, using DAC technology, to deliver music with a richness not heard on a smartphone before. Dolby Audio Surround is also working in the background and even the components on the circuit board have placed to ensure that there is no interference or distortion.

 

The HTC One A9 has everything going for it and as one of only three phones powered by Android Marshmallow, it should catch the eye of anyone updating their old Android smartphone.

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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