HTC One A9 looks like an iPhone, runs on Android Marshmallow

The HTC One A9 has been launched and true to previous rumors features a similar design to the Apple iPhone. The handset is up for pre-orders in the US and will be available globally starting from November.

The all-metal HTC One A9 is priced at $399.99 only for pre-bookings. The company is offering the handset with a free subscription of Google Play Music for 6 months, along with its Uh-Oh protection plan. Under the scheme, customers can get a replacement phone in case of water damage, a cracked screen or a carrier switch.

HTC is hoping to entice potential buyers by promising to deliver Android updates within 15 days of Nexus phones receiving them. The One A9 is notably the first device to run Marshmallow 6.0 out-of-the box, other than the aforementioned Google handsets. The smartphone is set to be sold in two different memory variants.

HTC One A9

One will have 16GB of ROM and 2GB of RAM, while the other sports 32GB of ROM and 3GB of RAM. Both have been granted a microSD card to expand its capacity up to 2TB. The manufacturer cautioned that the versions vary by market, so it’s possible a country may not get both models of the One A9.

Taking a closer look at its other specs, the 4G-ready HTC handset carries a 5-inch full HD screen, protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4. It’s powered by a 64-bit octa-core (four 1.5GHz cores + four 1.2GHz cores) Snapdragon 617 processor. The company has equipped the device’s home button with an integrated fingerprint scanner.

A quick look at the specifications of the HTC One A9:

– Display: 5-inch, 1080 x 1980 pixels
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based HTC Sense
– Storage: 16GB/32GB, expandable till 2TB
– RAM: 2GB/3GB
– CPU: 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 617
– Camera: 13MP rear, 4MP front
– Battery: 2150mAh
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth, microUSB 2.0, NFC

The built-in DAC converts 16-bit sound to 24-bit high-resolution audio. The One A9 additionally comes with Dolby Audio Surround technology for an enhanced speaker output. The handset’s 2150mAh battery can be powered 40% faster through Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0, with the latter coming soon in a software upgrade for the phone.

Coming to its camera department, HTC has endowed the device with a 13MP autofocus primary shooter with a BSI sensor, sapphire cover lens, OIS, an aperture of f/2.0 and LED flash. Selfies and video calls are taken care of with a 4MP UltraPixel front-facing fixed-focus snapper, which can record 1080p resolution videos.

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The HTC One A9 can be bought in topaz gold, opal silver, deep garnet and carbon grey. Like we stated above, it’s open for pre-orders at $399.99 in the US.

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