HTC One A9 smartphone is a dramatic upgrade in features and hardware
Earlier this morning HTC unveiled the latest addition to the popular HTC One family, the HTC One A9. The new 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,” the company explained in today’s announcements.
“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.”
As the latest installment to the HTC One family design, the HTC One A9 offers rich colors and unique finishes in an approach called “metalmorphics.” New curves, refined edges, and precision-cut ridges on the power button combine with the super-thin metal frame giving the phone a natural and lightweight feel.
The dual finish, available in a Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet1, is brushed with hairline detail and bead-blasted before the sides are polished, “giving additional depth and richness that is unique in the smartphone market,” HTC explains. 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.
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 minimizes 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 will offer an optional Pro mode to capture the perfect photo without being a photography expert, you can also save photos using RAW capture. Customers can also choose to keep things simple using Photo Editor’s one-button enhancement feature, which automatically brightens colors and sharpens edges.
HTC One A9’s will also offer the Hyperlapse editing too, so 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 your favorite 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.
The HTC One A9 offers some impressive sound quality as well, bringing back the popular HTC BoomSound that is integrated into the headset combined with Dolby Audio surround technology. With a built-in DAC that delivers audio at 24-bit, 192KHz quality – better than CD quality – HTC states, “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.
This will also be the first non-Nexus smartphone powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device will also feature a multi-directional fingerprint scanner, Android Pay and Google’s Now on Tap feature. 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 charging6 are all optimized to maximize battery life throughout the day7. In real terms this means, for example, that you can play 12 hours of HD video on one charge.
The phone will run on the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with integrated X8 LTE and 64-bit oct-core CPUs. 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.
In the U.S., the HTC One A9 will be available across multiple carriers and retailers. They will announce colors, availability and pricing for their respective channels.
In addition, HTC will be making a special Unlocked edition available on HTC.com. This edition will be SIM Unlocked and will also allow you to unlock the bootloader without voiding your warranty, giving our customers an even greater level of freedom. And, in order for customers to experience our best-in-class sound quality, this version will come with 6 months of unlimited music on Google Play Music and UH OH Protection, which includes one free replacement within the first 12 months of ownership for a cracked screen, water damage or carrier switch.
You can pre-order the HTC One A9 on htc.com today for a special, limited time promotional price of $399.99 and it will be available in Opal Silver and Carbon Gray initially. Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold will be made available in the coming weeks.