So, the iPhone 6S lookalike HTC One A9 is now official in India. The metal-clad Android smartphone inspires from Apple, and packs a plain metal shell with a responsive fingerprint sensor and some mind-boggling features.
It combines the latest iteration of Android with Sense UI and gives a premium feel in four magnificent colors.
On the outside, the One A9 looks a lot like iPhone 6S, but the innards tell a completely different story.
The new HTC smartphone packs some amazing features which make it stand out not only against the iPhone 6S but also against leading players in the high-end market.
So, let’s have a closer look on the top 5 features that come on board with the new and majestically crafted HTC One A9.
Stunning iPhone inspired Design Language
The fact cannot be denied that HTC One A9 is heavily inspired from the iPhone 6/6S. With some small but noticeable tweaks, HTC has incorporated a beautifully crafted metal body which gives reminiscence of the latest members of iPhone family. The new phone features an iPhone like solid metal shell with curved edges, and packs two antennas at the top and bottom of the rear panel with a slightly protruding centrallypositioned camera lens.
The front-panel of One A9incorporates a front-facing ultra-pixel camera and an oblong home button which looks similar to the one on OnePlus 2.Its 5-inch display withglass curving on the edges feels pretty compact and fits nicely in handwhile carrying the phone around.
The latest version of Android with Sense UI on the top
The HTC One A9 is probably one of the first non-Google smartphones that runs the latest and sweetest iteration of Android.The phone offers Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the box skinned with HTC’s extremely popular Sense 7.0 user interface. The custom interface from the company is not overloaded with new functionalities, but there are several visual enhancements in menus, app drawer, and default apps. Menus are animated nicely, and the number of pre-installed apps is reduced by HTC. So, on whole, the software of HTC One A9 looks pretty clean and easy to use.It supports themes and gives a nice look and feel with enhanced visual elements.
Responsive Fingerprint Scanner on the front-panel
As mentioned before, the “HTC One A9” features an oblong shaped non depressible capacitive button with an integrated fingerprint scanner at the bottom of its face. The sensor looks identical to the one on OnePlus 2, and delivers seamless performance with native support for fingerprint scanning on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It can store up to four fingerprints and can recognize them from any angle for switching on the phone from sleep mode and unlocking it as well. It seamless performance and effective integration with the capacitive home button is really cool.
Incredible rear and front-facing camera
One of the biggest highlights of HTC One A9 is its exemplary rear and front-facing camera. The main camera of the handset delivers surprisingly good shots in all environments and is evenly supported by several camera app features for manual settings and snapping RAW images.
It features a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and delivers crisp and vibrant images in 4:3 format.Features like optical image stabilization (OIS) and Hyper lapse take photography and ideograph to a whole new level, and the manual mode allows you to adjust color temperature, ISO speed, shutter speed, and exposure.
RAW image data produced by the main camera can be edited with the per-installed image editor or a professional image editing app. No matter how over or underexposed an image is, you can still tweak parameters like exposure, highlights, white balance, and shadows on this handset.
Moreover, the 4-megapixel front-facing snapper of the One A9 also looks quite impressive. It stands out in the crowd and delivers sharp group selfies with natural color tones and decent frames.
Top-Tier Hardware for Work and Play in HTC One A9
Last but not the least, the hardware configuration of HTC One A9 also makes up a great package. The metal-clad handset powers up by an Octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz, and other four running at 1.2GHz. It endows seamless performance with 64-bit capabilities, and packs a strong punch with 3GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. Whether you’re switching between apps or running a graphic intensive game, it offers top-tier performance without any lags, glitches or thermal issues.
Added to this, the One A9 offers 32GB of built-in-storage, expandable via micro-SD card. The device offers enormous space for keeping a humongous selection of apps, files, and docs, and also allows you to expand storage up to 200GB by popping in a memory card. While iPhone’s and Galaxy’s offer enhanced storage for $600-$700, HTC gives this pleasure at a tempting price bracket!
So, these were 5 amazing features that make HTC One A9 a perfect choice for high-end users. The metal-clad device looks a lot like iPhone 6S, but its innards are absolutely different.It looks extremely premium in all four colors, and you can definitely mark its name on the list of top meticulously crafted smartphones of 2015.
To sum up, we can say that the HTC One A9 is built for those users who want an Android phone with looks of an iPhone. The power-packed phone features a good camera with light software, and delivers top-tier performance just like a premium flagship.It’s not a flagship like the Galaxy S6 or LG G4, but it certainly packs enough power to cater all your needs seamlessly.
HTC plans on launching the HTC One A9 soon in the Indian market, and it’s just a matter of time, when we’ll see this phone hitting shelves across all offline and online retail channels.For pricing, there is no word from HTC, but considering its hefty price tag in global markets, you certainly expect a HTC One A9 Price around INR 30,000/- in India.