[/blockquote]Today on a live stream via YouTube, HTC has announced the latest member of its premium HTC One family, the HTC One A9. The new phone strikes as balance between mid-level specs to an aluminum-bodied smartphone running the latest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow. It also has a fingerprint sensor just like Samsung and a 13-megapixel camera camera with OIS (optical image stabilization). Although the phone has several similarities with Apple’s most recent iPhone designs, HTC insists that it built the A9 with inspiration from its M8 and M9 design traits.
On the spec side of things the A9 is powered by Qualcomm’s recently-announced Snapdragon 617 CPU, a 64-bit octa-core processor with support for carrier-aggregated 4G LTE. The processor is coupled with 2 GB or 3GB of RAM depending on market, with the 2GB model coming with 16GB of internal storage versus 32GB in the 3GB model. There is also a microSD to help you expand the storage.
Just like the M series, the A9 will come with a 2150 mAh fixed battery, which is not as powerful but on the brightside, the phone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 with a compatible charger, while also being forwards-compatible with the upcoming QuickCharge 3.0 standard.
The screen is 5-inches and is 1080p built with AMOLED display technology just like in most Galaxy phones. There is also a single-touch fingerprint scanner that also doubles as a capacitive home key. Most of the time you’ll still be using on-screen keys though, as the A9 uses virtual buttons for back, home and task-switching.
Android of the A9 will be the latest version 6.0 Marshmallow blended with HTC’s Sense software, resulting in something that looks like a cross between the look and feel of the usual HTC Sense Skin and vanilla Android. This is still very much a Sense phone, though, and advancements in HTC’s software bring new camera controls, among other tweaks.
There is a 13-megapixel camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizatio) onto the back of its latest handset, while the front-facing camera is the same 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” unit used in the M9. The phone will arrive globally in November, with separate announcements expected from carriers and retailers soon.
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