First Impressions Roundup: Can The HTC One A9 Take On The iPhone 6s?

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HTC One A9

The HTC One A9 has been unveiled, and former rumors have been confirmed true. A number of reviewers have gotten their palms on the device, and it was instantly in comparison with the iPhone 6s. When it comes to aesthetics, consumers can select both Acid Gold, Forged Iron, Deep Garnet, Opal Silver and Carbon Grey as the colour scheme of their HTC One A9 .
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HTC has lastly debuted the One A9 and confirmed that speculations made previous to the discharge, together with a design that’s fairly just like that of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, have been principally correct. Setting the drained argument of who-copied-who apart, how does it stack up towards Cupertino’s satisfaction?

Earlier this week, it was reported that the HTC One A9 would have a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP Ultrapixel primary camera and 5MP front-facing shooter. With HTC’s debut of the device, all the talked about specs have been confirmed true, properly, kind of.

Due to the way it appears, the HTC One A9 has been dubbed the “iPhone operating on Android.” Though it is fairly foolish to match a mid-vary device to a premiere flagship, this time, it’s warranted. HTC is claiming that the One A9 will substitute the One M9 as its flagship device inside the USA, a very daring declare contemplating that the M9 is fitted with a Snapdragon 810 and positioned as a extremely-rated premium handheld.

Materials, Dimensions and Weight

The One A9 (one hundred forty five.75 mm x 70.8 mm x 7.26 mm) is barely greater than the iPhone 6s (138.3 mm x 76.1 mm x 7.1mm).

“[The One A9] feels for all of the world like the center youngster between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” says The Verge.

Each handhelds weigh in at 143g (roughly 5 ounces) courtesy of the light-weight brushed aluminum that makes up each chassis.

“Constructed out of metallic as soon as once more, brandishing a dual-tone end, the place it is a brushed aluminum casing with polished edges, the A9 is charming trying to say the least,” PhoneArena elaborates.


As introduced formally, the One A9 has a 5-inch display and a local decision of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p), which is greater than the 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 pixel display of the iPhone 6s.

“Neither phone can problem the likes of the QHD Samsung Galaxy S6 for decision, however they’re each pretty sharp,” TechRadar feedback. “It stays to be seen how good the A9’s [screen] is in apply, however hopefully it is brighter than the HTC One M9’s screen.”

Performance and Battery Life

Many doubt the efficiency that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, an octa-core (8x ARM Cortex A53) clocked at 1.5 GHz, can convey. Though it is too early to have an in depth breakdown of its efficiency, some who obtained their palms on the One A9 commented on the way it performs higher than the sum of its listed elements — very similar to the expertise of the iPhone 6s with its A9 SoC and 2GB RAM. This goes not just for the chipset and RAM however for the 2,one hundred fifty mAh battery as properly.

“The One A9 has a 2,150mAh battery, a Snapdragon 617 processor, and a 1080p display, however it makes absolutely the most of them,” writes The Verge. “Performance is delightfully fluid and fast.”

The battery capability is sort of small in comparison with different mid-vary choices on the Android market, however HTC claims that it might stay by means of 12 hours of video playback and 16 hours of speak time. If true, then it bests the iPhone 6s’s 2,915mAh battery pack that’s solely able to 11 hours of video playback and 14 hours of speak time.

Furthermore, it must be famous that the Snapdragon 617 helps Fast Cost 3.0, which expenses the device 4 occasions quicker than typical charging, in line with Qualcomm. Extra of that is defined within the video under.

Digital camera

The HTC One A9’s foremost shooter, the 13MP again camera, helps OIS (Optical Picture Stabilization) and may seize 1080p movies. On paper, it beats the 12MP on the iPhone 6s. Nevertheless, the 6s can seize 4K video, one thing that the One A9 just isn’t able to. Which of the 2 is best when taking stills is but to be decided, however the verdict ought to be obtainable within the coming days.

“HTC refuses to name this its best camera ever, however I can already inform you that it’s,” The Verge praises the One A9’s foremost snapper.


HTC is understood for equipping its units with an excellent DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). It did so with the One M9, which is praised for having one of many best audio techniques amongst handhelds. In reality, it holds its personal towards the ESS SABRE 9018 on the LG V10.

The One A9 helps high-res audio codecs and may have Dolby Encompass Sound for headphones. HTC claims that the One A9 may have a sign-to-noise that may sit atop different mobile units.

Nevertheless, the beloved front-facing audio system from earlier HTC handhelds will not be obtainable within the One A9 because of the “renewed design.”

Working System

For sure, the One A9 is operating on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with the Sense 7 custom pores and skin, whereas the iPhone 6s was shipped with iOS 9 on board. It’s also essential to note that Marshmallow, with its Doze mode, considerably extends the battery life.

“[Sense 7.0 experience] boasts the identical set of features and performance we see within the One M9 already — like these numerous Movement Launch gestures and the Sense Residence widget,” explains PhoneArena.


If there was something that the A9’s debut added, it was the price clarification. Orange S.A., the French telecommunications network that leaked the pictures and specs, clipped a $ 680 price tag to the One A9, which is ridiculous contemplating the specs.

Fortunately, the HTC One A9 (unlocked), with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (a microSD enlargement slot is obtainable if extra storage area is required), was formally introduced for $ 399 in america. Acid Gold, Forged Iron, Deep Garnet, Opal Silver and Carbon Grey are the out there shade schemes for the HTC One A9. In fact, shopping for from mobile carriers will value shoppers extra.

Though particulars for regional releases are but to be introduced, it’s believed that the UK will obtain the 2GB RAM/16GB variant for £429.99 ($ 665), which doesn’t make sense. It’s hoped that HTC clarifies this quickly.

If true, the HTC One A9 for the UK could have the identical price because the iPhone 6s, which additionally retails for $ 649 only for the 16GB version. Going for the 64GB 6s, which is right, will set the customer again by one other hundred bucks to $ 749.

Will the One A9 be the hero that saves HTC’s mobile units from sinking additional — or will it’s the ultimate nail that seals the coffin?

Under is a extra in-depth look into the HTC One A9.

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