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HTC One A9: Pros and Cons

Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952
Adreno 405
2 GB / 16 GB
5 inch (1080 x 1920 px)
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, optical image stabilization, autofocus

HTC announced the launch of the One A9 smartphone in 2015. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5 inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 SoC, and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box, and a Li-Ion 2150 mAh, non-removable battery. The 5 inch AMOLED displays has fast response times. This smartphone has a single camera on the back (13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, optical image stabilization, autofocus). Is this phone a good value for its price? My review aims to answer that question by the end.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the HTC One A9 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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HTC One A9 specifications

BrandHTC
NameOne A9
ModelONEA9
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.04 oz
Dimensions5.74 x 2.79 x 0.29 inch
Colorsacid gold, carbon gray, cast iron, deep garnet, opal silver, rose gold
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of HTC One A9 is about 5.04 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a small chipcard for a subscriber identity module (SIM).

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v6.0 (Marshmallow)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 405

The HTC One A9 comes with Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. It's a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 octa-core processor. It can handle complex tasks and run many applications. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeAMOLED
Screen size5 inch
Resolution1080 x 1920 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5 inch phone comes with AMOLED display. Smartphones use the AMOLED, which is a type of OLED display. The 5 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM2 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 2 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The One A9 has only 16 GB. You can expand the internal storage (16 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

Cameras, flash

Main camera13 MP, 4128 x 3096 px, optical image stabilization, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera4 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of One A9 has optical image stabilization (OIS). It counters camera shake.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
NFCyes
FM radiono
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The HTC One A9 supports 4G/LTE networks. This phone like all modern smartphones, is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The One A9 smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2150 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 2150 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The battery of One A9 isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, proximity
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 4, Ultrapixel selfie camera, HTC Sense

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). The One A9 phone has a fingerprint scanner. Gorilla Glass is very scratch resistant. It reduces the likelihood of everyday scratches and abrasions.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this HTC phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • AMOLED display
  • microSD slot
  • optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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