Written by Staff Writer
21 Oct, 2015 | 9:35 am
The HTC One M9 introduced earlier this year was a disappointment, both to fans of high-end smartphones and, consequently, to HTC itself. Stung by criticism of that device’s camera and feeling an ever-greater urgency to change its ways, the Taiwanese company introduced its second hero handset of the year in the One A9.
This 5-inch smartphone will be among the first to ship with the latest Android Marshmallow software on board, and it will be available to buy unlocked for an attractive price of $399.99. It’s also the most blatant and highest-profile iPhone ripoff since Samsung’s original Galaxy S.
Having spent the past two years cultivating a signature aluminum unibody look with its One series, HTC has now abandoned much of that heritage in favor of some unabashed iPhone cloning. Gone are the prominent BoomSound stereo speakers on the front, replaced by a capacitive home button with an integrated fingerprint reader. Gone is the subtle curve spanning the rear of the phone, replaced by a flat back that’s punctuated only by a pair of antenna lines, a circular two-tone flash, and a slightly protruding camera module. The resemblance to the iPhone is only extended once you pick up the One A9, which feels for all the world like the middle child between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
HTC US president chimed in at the end of the phone’s live unveiling to mention that the unlocked version of the A9 will get the “every” Android update “within 15 days” of when it first gets pushed to Google’s own Nexus devices. The A9 already runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, making it one of the first non-Nexus phones to ship with the new software.
It also packs a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset, Andreno 405 GPU, a 13 mega-pixel camera. The handset comes with two versions of 16gb and 32gb. Users will also have the choice of choosing between the colours of Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet.
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