Leading UK-based wireless carrier Vodafone has announced that HTC’s latest smartphone, the One A9, is now available for pre-order on its network. The carrier has also revealed a number of postpaid plans for the smartphone on its network, all of which come with a 24-month contract. With a £9 upfront payment, monthly plans start at £35, which gives users 1,000 minutes of talk-time, along with 1 GB of LTE data and unlimited texts. For those wanting more talk-time and a larger data bucket, £40 will get you 2 GB of data along with unlimited talk and texts. Heavy data users are also being catered to by Vodafone, as it is offering 15 GB of data along with the obligatory unlimited talk and text for only £55 per month. There’s also a plan in place with 25 GB of data allowance per month, but that would cost users as much as £75, with an initial down payment of £119. There are a bunch of other plans available as well, some of which come with extra bells and whistles including subscriptions to Netflix, Spotify, Now TV or Sky Sports Mobile.
The One A9 is HTC’s latest premium smartphone and was unveiled by the Taiwanese company last month. As for the hardware specifications of the device, it comes with a 5.0-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 1080p display resolution, giving it a pixel density of 441 dpi. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 SoC, which comes with an integrated 64-bit octa-core CPU with eight Cortex-A53 cores. While four of the cores are clocked at a maximum of 1.5 GHz each, four others are clocked at a frequency of 1.2 GHz. The embedded GPU within the SoC happens to be the Adreno 405. The One A9 smartphone comes in two different variants, with one sporting 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, while the other one comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage out of the box.
Imaging options include a 13-megapixel rear-facing primary camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization and a dual tone, dual-LED flash; along with a 4-megapixel front-facing selfie-cam. Sensors include a fingerprint scanner, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a proximity sensor, a compass, A-GPS and GLONASS, while connectivity options include dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.1. The phone also comes with Android 6.0 Lollipop out of the box with HTC’s proprietary Sense UI laid on top, and carries a rather small 2,150 mAh Li-Ion battery.