Update: Jan 11, 2016 – The recently launched HTC One A9 is the only smartphone from HTC that got some attention from smartphone world. A little success of One A9 is also responsible for the jump in company’s revenues. Till date the device is available only in four colors – Opal Silver, Carbon Grey, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold. Now the company has exclusively launched a new Pink colored One A9 in Taiwan, but in future we can expect this new Pink colored device to be made available in other markets.
Earlier: Oct 20, 2015 – HTC has made its One A9 official today. The device is first non-Nexus phone to come out of the box with Android Marshmallow 6.0. Keeping the design language same, the Taiwanese manufacturer is currently conducting its launch event live. It is surprising, as this is HTC’s first live webcast based launch. The device is available for pre-order with a 30 day trial period in the United States on company’s website. It goes on sale early November at a price of $399.
Company touts the 13-megapixel rear camera that will ship with a Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and RAW support. The other highlights of the device are less bloatware, faster software update (within 15 days of when first Nexus device receiving the update) and unlocked bootloader
Earlier: Oct 15, 2015 – HTC One A9, which is expected to be launched in the upcoming HTC event on October 20th. Though the company hasn’t confirmed the device; Orange, the French telecom network operator has listed the device on their website as ‘Coming Soon.’ Apart from the Nexus smartphones, the One A9 will be the world’s first smartphone to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.
It sports a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display and supports 4G+ along with 4G LTE. The device comes with a 13MP rear camera and 4MP ultra pixel camera on the front. On the front, we can find the physical home button that might come integrated with a fingerprint sensor. The design of the device mostly resembles with the recently launched iPhone 6S. It is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor along with 2GB of RAM.
As per the listing, the device comes with a price tag of 599 Euros (approx Rs.44,700) which seems to be over priced seeing the specifications of the device. Earlier HTC had also announced the list of devices to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The HTC One M9 and One M8 will be the first to receive the Android Marshmallow OTA update in early 2016. Since the expected launch is just a few days away, stay tuned to for more latest information regarding the One A9.
Earlier: Sep 16, 2015 – HTC Aero A9 that was earlier rumored to be unveiled at the September 29th event along with Butterfly 3 smartphone is now confirmed to be called ‘HTC One A9.’ The device was expected to be launched with some flagship specification, but the recent leak confirms the device will not be a flagship for the company.
According to the famous leakster Evan Blass, the HTC One A9 codenamed as Hima Aero comes with a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) AMOLED display instead of earlier rumored 5.5-inch Quad HD display. It comes powered by the recently launched 64-bit Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
There will be 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot for storage expansion. Talking about the camera, it has a 13MP rear camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and LED flash, on the front is a 4MP UltraPixel camera that can give click great selfies.
The company might also include a Fingerprint sensor to secure the device. It has a battery of 2,150mAh capacity and expected to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. The device comes with metal build body giving a premium look and high strength to the device. With all those features, the device will be less than 7mm thick and will be available in 6 colors.
As per the leak, the device will be available starting from November. Since all this specifications are based on the rumors and leaks, take this with a pinch of salt until we have official details from the company. Since the expected launch event is less than two weeks away, stay tuned for more updates on the device.