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HTC have just announced the HTC One A9 at their online launch event. The 5" phone with a strikingly familiar design will be the first non-Nexus device to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and includes a new 13 Megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, all powered by the Snapdragon 615 processor. We have posted our initial hands on in this post and you can read the full press release and specs below too.

Let us know your thoughts on the new device!


The specs...


SIZE: 145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26 mm
WEIGHT: 143g
DISPLAY: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p, Corning Gorilla Glass4


Android 6.0 with HTC Sense


Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, octa-core 64-bit, 4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz

MEMORY (Available configurations vary by market)

Configuration 1:

ROM: 32GB / RAM: 3GB
Expandable: microSD up to 2TB Configuration 

Configuration 2 (this will be the UK variant):

ROM: 16GB / RAM: 2GB
Expandable: microSD up to 2TB Configuration 


2G/2.5G-GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G UMTS (Varies by market): 850/900/AWS/1900/2100MHz
EMEA/Asia 4G LTE: FDD Bands 1,3,5,7,8,20,28, TDD Bands 38,40,41
Americas 4GLTE with Voice LTE (VoLTE): FDD Bands 2,3,4,5,7,12,13,17,29


Fingerprint sensor
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Motion G sensor
Compass sensor
Gyro sensor
Magnetic sensor
Sensor Hub


Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS


Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
3.5mm stereo audio jack
micro-USB 2.0 (5 pin) port


Dolby Audio and Hi-Res Audio Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories


Main camera

13MP with sapphire cover lens
f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, BSI sensor
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
1080p video recording

Front camera

HTC UltraPixel
f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
1080p video recording


Support for 24-bit, 192KHz high-resolution audio

Audio supported formats:

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .flac, ac3, ec3, eac3
Recording: .aac

Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .avi, .mkv
Recording: .mp4


Capacity: 2150mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 support (forward compatible with Quick Charge 3.0)
Video playback: up to 12 hours
Audio playback: up to 60 hours
Internet use on WiFi: up to 9 hours
Talk time on 3G: up to 16 hours
Stand by time: up to 18 days


Premium all-metal unibody
Fingerprint-based security
RAW image capture
Hyperlapse video creation
High-resolution audio

And the press release...



HTC delivers a bold new choice for people who want stunning design without compromising on style, performance or personalization: the HTC One A9

NEW YORK – October 20, 2015 – HTC today unveiled the latest addition to the award-winning HTC One family, the HTC One A9. Melding the best of HTC’s acclaimed design and innovation with the latest from Google’s Android, this is a stunning, no-compromise smartphone that stands out from the crowd. Built for people who want a better choice, the HTC One A9 is a smartphone that combines striking design on the outside with the newest features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense on the inside to create an unrivaled smartphone experience.

“HTC is a smartphone pioneer, having delivered the first Android smartphone, the first Windows smartphone, the first 4G smartphone, and the first all-metal smartphone,” said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “Today we’re taking that heritage of innovation to the next level, unveiling a phone that stands apart in a market increasingly dominated by a company which controls every aspect of your phone. The HTC One A9 breaks from this trend by offering an incredible design, fantastic performance, cutting-edge software features and the freedom to take full control of your smartphone experience.“

Metalmorphics: A new standard of all-metal design excellence

An evolution of the iconic HTC One family design, the HTC One A9 draws on the natural beauty around us, by using rich, striking colors and unique finishes – an approach called “metalmorphics.” New curves, refined edges, and precision-cut ridges on the power button flawlessly combine with the super-thin metal frame giving the phone a natural and lightweight feel. The elegant dual finish, available in a Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet1, is painstakingly brushed with hairline detail and bead-blasted before the sides are polished, giving additional depth and richness that is unique to the smartphone market. Finally, in a stunning fusion of metal and glass, a 5-inch, edge-to-edge, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Full HD AMOLED screen cascades into the metal frame, giving you brighter and more vivid colors for brilliant graphics and gaming, even in direct sunlight.

Unleash your inner photographer

Your best camera is the one you use whenever the moment strikes, so it should be able to capture stunning shots in any situation. The HTC One A9’s front and rear cameras, coupled with powerful yet simple editing tools, mean epic photos and videos are only a tap away. Its main 13MP rear camera features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which automatically minimises hand shake and corrects vibrations to give you a crystal-clear picture every time. Meanwhile, the front UltraPixel camera delivers the best self-portraits in any lighting condition, using HTC’s UltraPixel sensor to capture 300% more light than conventional smartphone cameras.

With the HTC One A9, no detail is too small. Offering an optional Pro mode to capture the perfect photo without being a photography expert, you can also save photos using RAW capture – a tool used by professional photographers – for an unmatched level of detail and post-shot editing flexibility. Or you can keep things simple with Photo Editor’s one-button enhancement feature, which automatically brightens colors and sharpens edges for unbelievably clear and crisp photos. 

Sometimes a still photo just isn’t enough. With the HTC One A9’s Hyperlapse editing tool you can speed up your videos to 12 times as fast for a dramatic time-lapse effect, creating an immersive video that perfectly captures the moments that matter. Speed through your video or use capture mode to edit in slow motion, highlighting those unforgettable memories. Or use HTC Zoe to easily and automatically mix your best shots and videos into one professional-looking highlight reel that can be shared with friends and family to tell the story of any moment from every angle. 

Awesome audio: music the way it’s supposed to sound

Game changing audio has always been core to the HTC One family - the HTC One A9 delivers amazing sound quality, with HTC BoomSound integrated into the headset combined with Dolby Audio surround technology, delivering immersive, vibrant sound that matches a live experience in your headphones by taking high resolution audio to the next level . With a built-in DAC that delivers audio at 24-bit, 192KHz quality – better than CD quality – it provides a richness and depth like you’ve never before heard from your music collection. A powerful high-output headphone amplifier, with double the output of other handsets, provides more power and dynamic range so you can hear every nuance of your favorite music, videos and games. Optional high-resolution audio certified HTC Pro Studio Earphones deliver both noise isolation and truly immersive sound.

Cutting-edge software: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The first non-Nexus smartphone powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the HTC One A9 brings Google’s latest innovations and the simplicity of HTC Sense right out of the box. Combined with a multi-directional fingerprint scanner, Android Pay makes purchasing items as secure and as easy as “tap, pay, done.” Google’s Now on Tap feature also intuitively provides contextual information about whatever is on your screen – look up reviews for a movie from a text, hear a song mentioned in a blog post, or book seats at a restaurant from an email, all at the press of the home button. With so many new features, the HTC One A9 has also been designed with all new power-saving capabilities to maximize battery life. Doze automatically turns off power hungry applications when your phone is left idle, such as when charging overnight, while App Standby knows when an app open in the background isn’t being used and shuts it down until you need it again. In addition, the phone’s new processor, AMOLED screen and support for the optional HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, for up to 75% faster charging are all optimized to maximize battery life throughout the day. In real terms this means, for example, that you can play 12 hours of HD video on one charge.

Performance designed for the way YOU use your phone

Featuring the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with integrated X8 LTE and 64-bit octa-core CPUs, the HTC One A9 is designed to deliver a perfect balance of powerful performance, fast connectivity and better battery life. With support for epic LTE wireless speeds through next-generation carrier aggregation technology, it delivers more high-definition streaming videos, more pulse-pounding high-resolution audio and more storage in the cloud to hold everything your heart desires. The phone is available in both 16 and 32GB configurations and features expandable memory, supporting up to 2TB in SD card storage, perfect for storing all your apps, games, photos, music and videos.

To protect your smartphone, pair it with the HTC Dot View II case, available in Obsidian, Deep Garnet, Sea Coral and Turquoise Blue. Its retro-inspired dot matrix cover reveals instant notifications, weather updates, caller ID and more, even while closed, and simple gesture controls bring music, flashlight, radio and voice recording tools closer than ever. 

The HTC One A9 and accessories will be available worldwide, both at retailers and at htc.com, beginning November 2015.


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 So sad to see HTC reduced to this. Its obvious from this that they have serious management problems. Whoever green lighted this is completely out of touch. They took away all the subtle design cues (the back curve, the camera sensor shape, the antenna band shapes, the front speakers, the side curves etc etc) of the M7/M8/M9 design and replaced them with a straight iPhone clone design. You don't have to be a designer like me, anyone can see this is not an evolution of their design language it is a lazy clone of the iPhone. Really sad to see a company of HTC's calibre so brazenly plagiarise a design rather than actually build on your own solid design foundation. Why did they feel they needed to do this? All the biggest tech sites in the world talking about the fact this looks exactly like an iphone clone, instead of its new features, unique design or innovative function. How is being seen as unoriginal good for publicity when we all know this phone will not stack up to the iphone both in public perception or in real world performance? Then they add a whole load of bezel on the front above the fingerprint sensor for the logo. That is what is known as wasteful sloppy design. I would really like to see HTC return to focussing on product design and acting like the pioneer and innovator it once was rather than acting like a desperate underdog which lacks the design talent or ideas to produce interesting and innovative products any more.

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This is a REALLY nice mid range phone. Shame no one told the HTC pricing team. Yikes!

Think I'll stick to my moto X play

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