The new HTC One A9 might not have grabbed as many headlines as the iPhone6s or Nexus 6P, but it does seem to have the best of both worlds in one device.
It’s certainly got an “if you can’t beat them join them” feel to it; it runs Google’s latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, whilst being remarkably similar, visually at least, to the iPhone6s. Presumably on a mission to trap those who can’t decide which to go with, we thought it was worth taking a closer look.
Described as “an evolution of the iconic HTC One family”, the phone has an all-metal body, slim 7.26mm profile, with rounded edges and a glass screen. The fingerprint sensor under the home button and bottom-mounted headphones port make it feel slightly more like an “evolution of the iconic Apple family”, but so far so good.
On to the slightly more techy stuff, the HTC One A9 contains Qualcomm’s new mid-range Snapdragon 617 processor, 16 or 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot. For budding photographers, it also comes with a 13 megapixel camera, with optical image stabilisation, full HD video recording and a new hyperlapse video feature.
The full HD resolution screen is pretty impressive too, moving from the LCD3 technology used in the M9 to an AMOLED panel in the One A9, helping to make the colours more vibrant.
And of course, you’ll also benefit from the latest android update, which means that you can enjoy the intuition of Now on Tap, as well as the extended battery life of Doze. Available in early November, it will set you back £429.99 SIM free, but we’ve seen enough so far to believe that there’s probably enough about it to warrant the price tag.
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