HTC announced the new One A9 for Indian market on Wednesday. The company has told us almost everything about the device except the price they have fixed for this offering and the availability. As far as we thing HTC is planning to keep the pricing a bit aggressive and surprise the consumers to regain its standing in the market.

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HTC One A9 Pros

  • Good rear and front camera
  • Gorilla Glass Screen protection
  • Smooth performance
  • Quick charging and good battery backup
  • Premium looks
  • FHD AMOLED display with 2.5 D curved edges
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Android Marshmallow out of the box

HTC One A9 Cons

  • No 4K video recording
  • Battery not user replaceable
  • Single SIM

 [stbpro id=”grey”]Also Read: HTC One A9 Camera Review[/stbpro]

HTC One A9 Quick Specifications

Key SpecsHTC One A9
Display5 inches AMOLED
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad-Core
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617
Memory3 GB RAM (32 GB Variant)
2 GB RAM (16 GB Variant)
Inbuilt Storage 16/32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 200 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera4 Ultra Pixels
Battery 2150 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeNano SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight143 gms
Price INR 29,990

HTC One A9 India Hands On, Quick Review, First Impressions [Video]

Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- The HTC One A9 has looks similar to the Apple iPhone 6, it comes with an all metal unibody structure. It has a smaller body than the previously released HTC One family phones. It has rounded sides and corners, along with a Gorilla Glass 4 protection for the display, it has a 2.5D glass on the front that make this device a treat to hold. The 5 inch display size also makes it perfect for one hand usage. The bottom has microUSB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, speaker and the mic. SIM and microSD card slots are on the left, each have a seperate slot. It looks premium and the look and feel is also good. HTC says it hasn’t derived from Apple and have continued the old design with a slight change.

HTC One A9 Photo Gallery

 

Question- Does the HTC One A9 Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- No, it has only one nano-SIM slot.

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Question- Does the HTC One A9 Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, the HTC One A9 has a microSD slot, it can support up to 200 GB microSD.

Question- Does HTC One A9 Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- The HTC One A9 has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.

Question- How is the Display of the HTC One A9?

Answer- It boasts a Full HD AMOLED display measuring 5 inches; pixels are packed at 441 ppi density. The display looks vibrant, colourful and the FHD content looks amazing on this display. Viewing angles are also good, colour output is pretty accurate and punchy, and outdoor visibility is fair.

Question- Does HTC One A9 Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

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Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlid?

Answer- The physical capacitive navigation buttons are not present; on-screen navigation keys can be used to navigate through the phone.

Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- It comes with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

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Question- Is there any Finger Print Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- Yes, it comes with a fingerprint sensor on the front.

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Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in HTC One A9?

Answer- Yes, it supports fast charging.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- Out of 32 GB of internal storage, around 23.5 GB is available at user end.

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Question- Can Apps be Moved to SD card on HTC One A9?

Answer- No, apps cannot be moved to SD card.

 Question- How Much Bloatware Apps are Pre-installed, Are They Removable?

Answer- Around 650 MB of bloatware apps are pre-installed, it cannot be removed.

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

Answer- Out of 3 GB RAM, 1.6 GB was free on the first boot.

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Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, it has a LED notification light.

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Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question- How is the User Interface on the HTC One A9?

Answer- It features the completely changed HTC Sense 7.0 UI on top of Android Marshmallow. There are many changes in the UI, the Blink feed service is reserved for the left screen like before. HTC sense is now smarter; it records your activities and places your icons on the home screen using that. Wallpapers, lock-screen styles, notifications and ringtones can be customized using the dedicated menu. There is a separate app dedicated to themes, which allow you to configure the app according to your wish. The app switcher also looks neat with a card type animation, and settings menu is fully skinned and feels a lot different from the stock Android Marshmallow.

Question- Does HTC One A9 offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- Yes, it has few pre loaded themes and you can also download more theme options from the My themes store.

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Question- How Loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- The loudspeaker quality is pretty impressive, the speaker is placed on bottom of the display and produce good quality sound.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality was good and we had no issues during the calls.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of The HTC One A9?

Answer- The 13 MP rear primary cameras performs quite well in almost all the condition and the OIS technology makes it more capable to capture good lights and great pictures in various conditions. The details are captured pretty well and colours are properly saturated. Even the low light performance is above average and does impress us with the results.

The front camera is 4 MP with UltraPixel technology also performs pretty well, offers a lot of shooting modes and effects to enjoy photography on this phone. Pictures are vibrant and clear, captures good details and colours.

HTC One A9 Camera Samples

 

Question- Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on HTC One A9?

Answer- Yes, it is capable of recording and playing Full HD videos, though the quality will only be HD on this panel.

Question- Can HTC One A9 record slow motion videos?

Answer- Yes, it can record slow motion videos.

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Question- How is Battery Backup on HTC One A9?

Answer- It comes with a 2150 mAh battery, which sounds less than required but it can keep hold of the charge for a full day until you are an aggressive user.

Question- What Color Variants Available for HTC One A9?

Answer– Opal Silver, Carbon Grey, Deep Garnet, Topaz Gold variants are available for HTC One A9.

Question- Can we set the display colour temperature on HTC One A9?

Answer- You can set the colour profile from AMOLED to sRGB in display and settings.

Question- Is there any in-built power saver in the HTC One A9?

Answer- Yes, it offers power saving modes in the battery settings.

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Question- Which Sensors are available on HTC One A9?

Answer- It has Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, orientation sensor, magnetometer and light sensor.

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Question- What is the Weight of HTC One A9?

Answer- It weighs 144 grams.

Question- What is the SAR Value of HTC One A9?

Answer- SAR values are 0.415 W/kg@1 g at Head

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer- Yes, it supports tap to wake up command.

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Question- Does It Support Voice Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support voice wake up commands.

Question- Does HTC One A9 Have Heating Issues?

Answer- We did not face any initial heating issues with the device; there was no heating while browsing, shooting or playing music. Normal heating was noticed while playing Asphalt 8.

Question- Can HTC One A9 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- What are the benchmark scores?

Answer- Benchmark scores are:

Antutu (64-bit) – 36994

Quadrant- 27691

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Nenamark- 59.2 fps

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Question- How is the Gaming Performance?

Answer- HTC One A9 offers a good gaming experience, we were able to play high end games with an ease and there was no issue the gameplay, the display was handling the HD content very impressively.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, you can create and share internet from this device.

Conclusion

Since we are unaware of the price, we can expect it to be launched around the upper-mid segment of phones. There is nothing odd about this handset, but if we look at the overall offerings it includes good quality camera, good display, powerful SoC, fingerprint security, enough memory and a lot of other positives. It does not offer anything great but still convincing, if HTC keeps it under a reasonable price tag. If it is launched at a price which reaches close to the leading phones in present market, then it might have to face some criticism.