HTC One A9 Review India

The Taiwanese smartphone maker launched the HTC One A9 smartphone in India earlier in December last year and now that we have spent some considerable time with this beautiful but similar looking smartphone we come with our HTC One A9 Review. HTC was the first company to build an Android-powered smartphone and it also built the first Nexus smartphone for Google. Now, with the HTC One A9, the company became the first Android smartphone maker who tried making something similar to the iPhone. Yes, the HTC One A9 is strikingly similar to the iPhone 6/6S, but is that a bad thing, to me it is not. We cannot deny the fact that the iPhones are among best-looking smartphones available, and to the Android fanboys, getting to use their favorite OS in an iPhoney body, does not sound like a bad idea.

DISPLAY: HTC has packed the HTC One A9 with a 5 inch AMOLED display on the front that has a high-quality resolution of 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441ppi. This is a great deal in terms of display for a mid-ranger. Though it might not be the best in terms of sheer numbers but they display is plenty good for real usage.  The AMOLED display offers good black levels and nice contrast, which provides brilliant picture quality, enhancing the movie watching experience. The HTC One A9 also provides great viewing angles.

HTC One A9 Display Review

HTC One A9 Review India, HTC One A9 Display Review

BUILD AND DESIGN: When sitting among your friends and swiping on your HTC One A9, it will not be a surprise if you hear things like ‘Is that an iPhone’ or ‘that looks like an iPhone’. The overall design does very much resemble the Apple device but if we look at the history of smartphone from HTC, we will understand that the latest One A9 is more of an evolution of the One series of smartphones from HTC, (If you remember, HTC was the first smartphone maker to come up with the metal unibody design and the straight antenna strips), the HTC One A9 is a thinner One M series smartphone featuring a flat back. With that, it has incorporated the 2.5D curved display on the front which gives it more iPhoney feel.

HTC One A9 Built and design

Leaving out the comparisons with the iPhone, the HTC One A9 is a gorgeous device and it feels premium in the hand. The front is a 5-inch display with a physical home button at the bottom that has a fingerprint scanner incorporated in it. I wish HTC did not use the branding on the front of the smartphone but they did and it looks misplaced, sandwiched between the display and the home button.

The 13MP camera on the back is centered and it bulges out from the body (just like on the iPhone), but that was unavoidable if you want to offer good camera specifications in a sleek body. The volume rocker keys and the power button are placed on the right side. The SIM slot and the microSD slot are on the left side and the Micro-USB and 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. HTC has done away with the boom sound speakers on the front and used the iPhone like speaker cut outs at the bottom of the smartphone. The HTC One A9 feels very premium in the hand but since it has an aluminum unibody, it is slippery and will be better of with an added protection on top.

HTC One A9 Full Phone SPECIFICATIONS:

Features HTC One A9
Dimensions 145.8 x 70.8 x 7.3 mm
Display 5.0 inches, AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 4  
Processor 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Storage 3GB RAM, 32GB Internal
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera HTC UltraPixel
Battery 2150mAh
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense
Price Rs. 29,990

HTC One A9 Review India

PROCESSOR: One thing to keep in mind is that the HTC One A9 is not a flagship smartphone but it rather falls in the upper mid-range category. This is the reason that we were not even expecting flagship results from the smartphone. The HTC One A9 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, which is an improved Snapdragon 615, it definitely doesn’t deliver very fast performance as the 800 chipsets. If you have used a flagship smartphone before, you will definitely notice the extra fraction of time that the smartphone takes to load the apps. The One A9 will ease through the daily tasks but it was at times slow enough to get noticed. Over all, with the HTC One A9, you will get a mid-range smartphone, the processing power though being impressive but due to the average GPU, the smartphone might struggle in the future high performing 3D games.

USER INTERFACE: The HTC One A9 became the first non-Nexus device to come running with the latest iteration of Android, the Android v6.0 Marshmallow with the familiar HTC Sense UI on top of it. The HTC One A9 smartphone supports features such as swipe up and double tap to unlock, this removes some load from the physical lock/unlock button.

The blink feed is there and HTC has included all the major features of the latest version of Android in the One A9 like Doze, new permissions system, and Google Now on Tap.

HTC One A9 Camera Review, HTC One A9 Battery Review

CAMERA: The HTC One A9 include a 13MP sensor on the rear side of the smartphone that captures very impressive photos, with nice sharpness and clarity. The camera of the smartphone also incorporates Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology, which enable the smartphone to click better pictures in low light conditions and record better videos. The pictures may not be the best that we have seen from a smartphone but it surely does justice to its price. The camera of the One A9 offers loads of other modes to offer a bit more  professional control to the user. The camera of the One A9 is what the camera of the One M9 must have been.

HTC One A9 Camera Review

The front of the HTC One A9 houses a 4MP UltraPixel camera, the picture from the front camera does miss some detail, but it is super wide and it will click very good group selfies.

BATTERY: The HTC One A9 houses just a small 2150mAh battery which makes it quite a tough task to make the smartphone last the entire day with one charge. The battery drains fast even when with moderate usage. The new Doze feature of Marshmallow does not seem to do much to improve that too. That said, the Snapdragon 617 manages the power consumption very well throughout the day. The phone also comes with Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility that will be updated to Quick Charge 3.0, this is definitely good news.

STORAGE: In India, the HTC One A9 comes with 32GB of internal storage and it also incorporates a microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage size of the One A9 up to 1TB.

PROS

  • Sleek and Looks Premium
  • AMOLED display
  • Quick Charge 3.0 coming
  • Fingerprint reader impressive
  • Good Camera
  • Marshmallow out of the box

CONS

  • Design looks familiar
  • Not the best AMOLED display
  • Slightly slow processor
  • No BoomSound speakers
  • Disappointing Battery

Final Word

The HTC One A9 comes as an experimental smartphone from HTC, which might be looking to find the stuff they did wrong in the past and find a better alternative to it. No matter the design is copied or original, the HTC One A9 seems to be a very impressive smartphone that might just change the fortunes of the company. At the current price of Rs. 29,990, the smartphone does seem a bit over priced, if the company slashes the price of the smartphone a bit, it will be the perfect smartphone in the range.

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