In a very unusual press event held earlier today at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where any minute now the Tidal X charity concert begins (Jay Z, Beyonce, etc), HTC announced its latest smartphone, the One A9. The device bares uncanny resemblance to iPhone 6 and many would agree with that, but lets not forget from whom Apple borrowed its designs in the first place, after being criticized a few years in a row by its fans for launching iPhones with such a small form factor (Samsung even poked fun at Apple for that in several occasions).
HTC One A9 is very sleek (143 grams) and slim at its only 7.2mm thickness. The latest HTC smartphone is the first outside Nexus series to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It features a 5-inch Full HD display covered and protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass 4, packs the new Snapdragon 617 chipset equipped with a 64-bt processor (four-cores clocked at 1.5GHz + four cores clocked at 1.2GHz), 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on which model one chooses: with 16 or 32GB of internal storage expandable for up to 1TB via a microSD card slot.
The One A9 also comes with Ultrapixel front-facing camera and a 13MP main camera on the back with OIS with anti-shake, a 2,150 mAh battery which HTC claims to offer up to 16 hours of talk time via a nano SIM card slot (4G LTE included). comes with Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, headphone jack 3.5mm, micro USB 2.0 port and Dolby Sound (stereo speakers).
Aside from all these hardware features, the One A9 will receive software updates 15 days after Google Nexus phones start receiving it, said the President of HTC Americas, Jason Mackenzie, on the live feed earlier. And to top all this HTC will not ask for a deductible fee in case of accidents like other manufacturers do. pointing towards those “living in their shiny glass houses.”
The HTC One A9 will be available globally from the first week of November, but no information was giving about its price tag. We will get back to you on this one.