HTC One A9 Review: Release Date, Spec & Design

If you do not look carefully, you might mistake it for an iPhone; HTC’s latest smartphone – HTC One A9 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has a fingerprint scanner and a 13MP rear camera.


Taiwan tech giants, HTC has unveiled a new flagship smartphone – HTC A9 – Codenamed ‘Aero’. As the year gradually winds up, most smartphone companies have already shown off what they have to offer but HTC has a new one for you to contemplate this Christmas period. Here’s all we know about the HTC One A9 ‘Aero’.

The HTC One A9 is supposed to be a more affordable option with competing specs of its flagship smartphone the HTC One M9. Information so far suggests that its release date is ‘beginning November’ and HTC is yet to announce a price.

HTC One A9 Review: Design

There is a very similar look between the HTC One A9 and the iPhone 6/6S and that’s something that shouldn’t be argued. We’re not trying to say HTC copied Apple or not here. HTC rightly stated that it started its uni-body aluminium design back in 2013 with the original HTC One – when the iPhone was more of a square shape.

Available in Carbon Grey, Opal Silver, Deep Garnet, Topaz Gold colours, the One A9 has a very lovely shape, nice and thin at 7.26mm. At 143g the HTC One A9 is a light weight.


The major addition to the HTC One A9 is the button below the screen, which is a fingerprint scanner. It has a similar function as the OnePlus 2‘s in that you can use it to unlock the phone and as a home key.

HTC One A9 Review: Hardware and specs

The One A9 keeps has a 5in and Full HD display. Many thanks to AMOLED technology, the screen has an excellent contrast, offers good viewing angles and provides really high quality colours.

The rear camera is a 13Mp Sony sensor with a dual-tone LED flash This camera offers great quality and also supports optical image stabilization. The front camera is an UltraPixel Camera and also offers very good quality. The Camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and support for shooting in RAW.

The HTC One A9 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 2GB and 16GB of internal storage. Its feels good to know that there’s a Micro-SD card slot which HTC claims can to support up to 2TB.

Another wonderful spec is the fingerprint scanner. It works very quickly and accurately. The HTC One A9 also supports High Resolution 24bit audio including upscaling and a DAC (digital to analogue converter).

Hyperlapse video as a key feature can be applied to any video in your video library. HTC boasts of this and indeed it is a very welcomed feature.

With connectivity that includes 4G LTE, NFC, the phone supports Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging of its 2150mAh battery.

HTC One A9 Review: Software

HTC announced that the HTC One A9 would be coming with a preloaded version of the latest Android Operating System – Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC One A9 would be the first non-Nexus device to run the Android the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Even though the HTC One A9 would be coming with Android 6.0 Marshmallow O.S, it would still support HTC Sense. Users would be able to have the same experience as it is with Sense on the HTC One M9.

The adoptable storage is one advantage of running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The SD Card used in the HTC One A9 can be viewed as an internal storage; this feature is only made possible by running Android’s latest operating system which supports adoptable storage.

HTC One A9 Review: Specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor
  • 5in AMOLED Full HD
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Micro-SD card slot (up to 2TB)
  • UltraPixel front camera
  • 13Mp camera with OIS and dual-tone LED flash
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE support
  • 2150mAh non-removable battery
  • Thickness – 7.26mm
  • Weight – 143g



The One A9 is a wonderful new device from HTC. The thin design and light weight makes it hand-friendly. The addition of a fingerprint scanner, a 13MP camera, Memory card slot that supports up to 2TB and Android 6.0 Marshmallow O.S is enough reason why you should love this phone. As at the time of writing, the price of the HTC One A9 was unknown.


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