HTC One A9
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, be it a habit, personality, or even a product design. It's an act that many of us commit whenever we discover something that would most definitely pique the interest of the masses. In the case of the HTC One A9, the general consensus is that the phone's physical style and design pays homage to that of one of the most popular smartphones in the world.
So then, HTC has gotten the looks of the phone down pat, but does its performance match its beauty? During our synthetic benchmarks of Quadrant, PCMark, and 3DMark, the One A9 managed to attain a score of 24,138 on Quadrant, 3,981 on PCMark's work performance test, and a score of 381 on 3DMark's new Slingshot 3.1 test, which is pretty impressive. You're probably wondering why AnTuTu isn't on this list, and we've actually got a relatively simple answer to that: the phone just wouldn't let us run the benchmark, no matter how many times we tried to bypass the built-in feature that's preventing us from doing so.
Using this phone as our daily driver, it was fun to whip out the One A9 during conversations with friends or in public, only for people to glance twice at our direction, almost as if they were trying to reassure themselves of the model and brand of the phone we were using.
Its real-time performance was fast, albeit there being a slight lag between each swipe and activation of the apps. Just like the One M9, the rear camera of the One A9 isn't fitted with HTC's UltraPixel sensor (which is only 4MP). Instead, the UltraPixel sensor has been moved to the front of phone, which makes a lot more sense for a camera sensor that was ultimately designed for the photogenic selfie-lover.
Despite not having the BoomSound presence at the front of the phone (it's been redesigned to only function with earphones), the speakers were still loud enough that we could still hear the sound of our videos playing in an open and relatively noisy public area.
Alas, one major problem with the One A9 is the battery life. The phone tends to be quite power hungry, and by our observation, it drains a little more than 25 percent of the battery within a few hours, and that's only with us using it to check our mail, watch the occasional YouTube video, and checking our Facebook notifications.
The fact that its SlingShot score is more than 100 points is already very good.