New features offered by the HTC One A9

HTC recently lifted the lid on the new HTC One A9. Here’s are the smartphone’s new features.

New features

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New metal design

Although it doesn’t take a design expert to figure out that the new HTC One A9 looks a lot like the new iPhone 6S, it does look good. It is clad in smooth aluminium and is available in the following colour options: Opal Silver, Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet, and Topaz Gold colors.

First non-Nexus smartphone to run Marshmallow out of the box

The first devices to run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box are the LG Nexus 5X smartphone and the Huawei Nexus 6P phablet. The HTC One A9 is the first non-Nexus smartphone to run the latest version of Android.

5-inch 1080p 2.5 D screen protected by Gorilla Glass 4

The HTC One A9 sports a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which works out to a pixel density of 441 ppi. This, however, is no ordinary 1080p screen. It features a 2.5 D screen, which means it is slightly curved towards the edges making it flow seamlessly with the metal frame. Additionally, the screen is protected by a thin but tough layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.

13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and sapphire lens cover

The HTC One A9 rocks a 13-megapixel rear-facing BSI sensor with OIS and a sapphire lens cover (f/2.0). This is not a 16- or 20-megapixel sensor found on most high-end devices, but it does offer a better experience when photography comes to mind.

High quality audio

On board the HTC One A9 is 24-bit, 192 KHz high-resolution audio and a dedicated headphone amp that offers twice the volume offered by most smartphones.

MicroSD card slot

A lot of high-end devices these days do not feature a microSD card slot. The HTC One A9 does. This means that you can enjoy more from additional storage options offered by a microSD card when you need it.

New Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 CPU

The new Snapdragon 617 SoC is a mid-range CPU, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t powerful. It is a 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and four power-efficient cores clocked at 1.2 GHz.

Fingerprint sensor integrated into the home key

Like a number of high-end smartphones these days, the HTC One A9’s home key has a fingerprint sensor on board. This means that you can unlock the smartphone by simply allowing the device to rear your fingerprint. Since Marshmallow is pre-installed, you can be assured that your fingerprints are securely stored.

Support for RAW images

With RAW images, the original data from the sensor are preserved. This feature is needed mostly by professional photographers, which grants them more freedom when editing photos come to mind.

Rapid Charger

The HTC One A9 supports the Taiwanese firm’s Rapid Charger 2.0. The 15 W travel charger charges the battery 75% faster than standard 1A chargers.

The HTC One A9 is now available for pre-order in the UK via HTC’s partners. The SIM free version is available for £419.99 (Vat included). It will launch in the UK on the 6th of November.

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