HTC launches One A9, runs Android Marshmallow

HTC launched its latest One series device yesterday – HTC One A9. The device runs with Android Marshmallow. You can pre–order the device in the US now, priced at $399 (approximately ₹26,000). No update yet for release date in India, but the device will be available in the US by early November.

The device has a 5–inch Full HD Gorilla glass 4 display. Powered by a 64bit Octa–core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor along with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, expandable up to 2TB.

HTC One A9 comes with 2,150–mAh battery. According to HTC, you get 12 hours of HD video playback, up to 60 hours of audio playback, or 9 hours of internet usage on Wi–Fi with a single full charge. Also has an 18 days of standby time. In addition to that, the device also benefits from Android Marshmallow’s built–in battery saving features to improve battery life.

The rear camera is 13–megapixel with capability of recording 1080p video (sorry, no 4k), and HTC UltraPixel front camera.

HTC One A9 Carbon Gray
HTC One A9 Carbon Gray

HTC One A9’s camera has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology to avoid shooting blurry photos. The Pro mode, gives the ability to manually adjust focus and exposure values. Additionally, Pro mode allows you to save RAW photos, giving professional photographers flexibility when retouching in photo–editing software.

The device also delivers 24–bit high–resolution sound with Dolby Audio, providing better than CD sound quality. Comes in different colours such as Opal Silver, Deep Garnet, and Topaz Gold.

HTC One A9 runs Android’s latest version – Android Marshmallow. Aside from Nexus devices, HTC One A9 becomes the first device that comes with a pre–installed Android Marshmallow.

According to HTC, you will get Android updates within 15 days of Nexus devices getting the latest software updates.

In addition to that, HTC One A9 houses bunch of sensors like Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor – to detect nearby objects, Motion G sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor – to detect rotation, Magnetic sensor, Sensor Hub – for other sensor data processing, and Fingerprint sensor.

The device has few drawbacks like not able to shoot 4k video, and without a USB Type–C. New Nexus and iPhone devices have these capabilities, and missing these features from the device might make difficult for HTC to compete with other players in the field. Though the device has great specs compared to the $399 price tag.

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