HTC One A9 Smartphone, Hands On (Video)

HTC's latest handset, the HTC One A9, is a midrange device that closely resembles the iPhone 6. (You can read more about why that actually might be acceptable, or not, in our detailed writeup of the device.)

The One A9 runs on the new Snapdragon 617 SoC and offers a 5-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB or 32 GB of onboard eMMC storage. This less-than-demanding hardware should help extend the battery life of the otherwise relatively weak 2,150 mAh (non-removable) battery. We have few details about the camera, outside of the fact that HTC has bailed on UltraPixel for the rear-facing camera but kept it for the 8MP front cam.

Also gone are HTC's trademark front-facing speakers, a compromise the company said was necessitated by the presence of a fingerprint reader on the home button.

Still, there's plenty to like about the HTC One A9. Watch the video above for more.

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  • thundervore
    Leave it up to HTC to put that much bezel on the bottom of the phone for their logo but forget to add stereo speakers. Good job HTC good job.

    I wonder how Google crapware will be preinstalled that customers will not be able to remove. Knowing HTC they will force Facebook and Twitter on the phone.

    My S6 came with so much crap from Google, Samsung and Verizon that it took up 2 pages in the app drawer and none of it could be uninstalled, only disabled.

    If I wanted all this crapware below I would have installed it from the app store myself:

    Amazon app suite
    Amazon Kindle
    Amazon Music
    ANT radio service
    ANT+ service
    Amazon Appstore
    Google Play Books
    Google Play Movies & TV
    Google music
    Google Play Newsstand
    Message +
    Milk Video
    My InfoZone
    NFL Mobile
    Peel Smart Remote
    S Health
    S Voice
    Samsung Print service plugin
    Slacker Radio
    Support and protection
    Verizon Location Agent
    Verizon Login
    VZ navigator