BORROWEDBEAUTY

HTC One A9

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - UNLOCKED - By John Law

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.

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