HTC un­veils One A9 phone at IFA 2016

Tai­wanese com­pany un­veils new mid-range hand­set at this year’s IFA, re­veals Chris Martin

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As ex­pected, HTC has launched the new One A9s smart­phone at IFA 2016 in Berlin. A com­pany spokesman said: “Draw­ing on HTC’s iconic de­sign pedi­gree and world-renowned tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion, the One A9s is cre­ated to in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of phones that of­fers im­pec­ca­ble pre­ci­sion crafts­man­ship and qual­ity at re­mark­ably af­ford­able value.”

Avail­abil­ity

We’ve not heard from any re­tail­ers on the One A9s price just yet but it’s not go­ing to be a bud­get phone. The orig­i­nal One A9 launched with prices as high as £479, so we’re hop­ing that HTC will be able to un­der­cut this.

Fea­tures

Al­though the screen re­mains at 5in, the res­o­lu­tion drops from 1080p to 720p and the tech is now Su­per LCD in­stead of Su­per AMOLED. Mainly, this means a fall from 441- to 294ppi in the pixel den­sity depart­ment.

In the en­gine room is a Me­di­aTek MT6755 He­lio P10 octa-core pro­ces­sor and a Mali-T860MP2, which means a move away from Qual­comm with the One A9 fea­tur­ing a Snap­dragon 617.

One thing that has stayed the same is the com­bi­na­tion of 16GB stor­age with 2GB of RAM and 32GB with 3GB. There’s still a mi­croSD card slot for adding up to 256GB more with a mem­ory card.

Other down­grades in­clude a lack of 11ac Wi-Fi and even though the cam­era re­mains at 13Mp, it has lower specs such as an f/2.2 aper­ture and no op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion (OIS). The front cam­era switches from 4Mp Ul­traPixel to a reg­u­lar 5Mp cam­era with smaller 1.12μm pix­els and f/2.8 aper­ture. It’s also worth not­ing the phone doesn’t sup­port 24-bit/192kHz audio play­back.

Not ev­ery­thing is down­graded, though, with Blue­tooth 4.2 and a larger bat­tery at 2300mAh – a small in­crease of 150mAh. The One A9s still fea­tures Mi­cro-USB, NFC and the fin­ger­print scan­ner on the front.

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