While HTC might not be doing all that well when it comes to the high-end smartphone market, the company is far from through trying their best to stay relevant in the mid-range and lower-end. Today, the company announced the HTC One A9, a device for everyone that offers up the best of HTC and Google in the same smartphone, and HTC have made some interesting announcements besides yet another HTC One device for 2015. Right out of the gate, HTC is happy to announce that this will be the first device to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the company will be offering up the device through their website directly, starting today.
The HTC One A9 is a smaller device than others, with a 5.0-inch Full HD AMOLED display, a full-metal build and a fingerprint reader built-in. Just as the leaks suggested, the One A9 will be available in a gold color, Topaz Gold to be precise. This joins Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet and Opal Silver as the colors the One A9 will be available in at launch. Joining that rare AMOLED display on the inside of the One A9 is an octa-core Snapdragon 617 CPU, which is a lower-clocked 64-bit CPU with the higher-power cores only running at 1.5 Ghz a core. Different models will launch in different countries, but North America will be seeing an option with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. There is a microSD card slot here as well, which will support up to 2TB of storage, but a 200GB card is the most you an buy right now.
One thing that HTC has undeniably become known for is sound, and the One A9 both delivers and disappoints in equal measure. First of all, there's an "advanced DAC" here, coupled with a headphone amp that HTC says delivers "twice the voltage" of their competitors and should drive even the most demanding headphones with reasonable results. However, there's just the one speaker here, there's no BoomSound here, and this could be down to the fact that there's little room for them, but this is a strange omission from a firm that could do with all their features and gimmicks at this point. The One A9 will however, support 24-bit sound files, which are higher than the 16-bit files used in CDs as well as everyday streaming services.
There's a 13-megapixel camera here as well, but there doesn't appear to be any extra features here, unfortunately. It does however feature the now-standard Optical Image Stabilisation as well as RAW capture that other device have launched this year.
HTC have said that the One A9 will go on sale across the globe starting November 1st, but here in the US it's available to pre-order in a special guise. This option will be unlocked for any carrier you like, and will come with less pre-installed software and get updates 15-days after Google issues them to their own devices. This model will cost $399 or £429 and is available for pre-order right now, but this is just a promotional price.