HTC has unveiled the newest phone for its mid-range series, dubbed One A9s. HTC One A9s is the successor to the company’s One A9 that was launched last year. The metal body phone is powered by a 1GHz Octa-core, MediaTek Helio P10 processor.
HTC One A9s features a 5-inch (1280×720 pixels) HD display with a pixel density of 294 ppi. The phone either comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, or with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. The storage capacity of the device is expandable to 2GB via microSD. It will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and supports connectivity through NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and Miracast.
The primary camera on the One A9s is a 13MP BSI sensor with a f/2.2 aperture, while the front camera is a 5MP shooter. The camera is capable of recording Full HD 1080o video (1932×1080 pixels) at 30fps. The pro mode with manual control supports 12-bit RAW format images. The device also features a Hyperlapse mode and a Panorama mode.
The phone is backed by a 2,300 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging capability. The company claims a 13.11 hours standby talk time with the phone on a 3G network. The phone weighs 150gms. The sensor package on the device includes a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass sensor, fingerprint reader, motion G-sensor and a magnetic sensor.
The phone supports Nano SIM, and has gesture controls like flip to mute ringtone, reduce volume on pick up and HTC connect.
HTC One A9s has a closer resemblance to the Apple iPhone 6 than the One A9, considering that HTC has moved the rear camera sensor from center to the left side, just like on the iPhone. The antenna lines running horizontally on the back of the device also look inspired from the iPhone 6.
HTC One A9 was launched in India in December last year at Rs 29,990. In our review of the device, we liked the build quality of the phone, and the camera was delightful as well – with natural colour reproduction in images. We were, however, unimpressed with the sound quality of the dual front facing speakers.