HTC unveils One A9 phone at IFA 2016
Taiwanese company unveils new mid-range handset at this year’s IFA, reveals Chris Martin
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.”
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.
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.