HTC One A9 Review – Bringing Style With a Price

The HTC One A9 is one of the smartphones of late that already has the latest Android Marshmallow embedded into its system. It is a great midrange device but many are concerned about its astonishingly high retail value. While it is always exciting to see the new wave of mobile phones hit the market, many are still compelled to look away at the One A9 due to its high price tag.

HTC One A9 Review - Bringing Style With a Price

Can the HTC One A9 Justify its High Price Tag With its Specs and Features?

The price of the HTC One A9 is roughly similar to other high-end phones in the market, which include the LG G4. Based on the mobile phone’s specs and performance, HTC may want to reassess the price that they put into this device as many do want to get a hold of this smartphone but without the hefty price tag.

But can the HTC One A9 phone justify their price tag with its specs, performance, and features? For the design and display, it has a 5-inch full HD display with a pixel resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, it has a full-metal design, an expandable MicroSD card slot, and also a fingerprint sensor. With all these on paper, it is pretty much identical to that of the iPhone 6 (but the Apple contender has no expandable MicroSD card slot).

The metal body is flat on the back, and many wonder why the company did not stick with the more ergonomic design of the M9 (which has a curved back to make it easier to hold). There are also those similar lines that run across the top and bottom of the device, which is something that can be seen on the HTC One M7. Those who have the money to burn in getting this handset should know they can either get one with silver, dark gray, or gold colors.

The rear camera lens protrudes from the back and the physical home button (which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner) can be found at the front. The display also curves at the edges. Now, looking at all of these, it makes you wonder if the specs are not the only things that are almost copied from the iPhone 6 as the design and build quality looks pretty similar as well.

For performance, the mobile phone uses an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. It is a step down from the more powerful Snapdragon 810 chip in the higher-end phone which is the M9. Because of this, those who like to tinker with their phones a lot will find the mobile device to get sluggish over time. Even if the phone can shoot RAW images, the processing speed is subpar.

Those who have already purchased the HTC One A9 may feel that they have been ripped off as its high retail price does not constitute to good hardware and software capabilities. Those who are still interested in purchasing this handset may have to wait a bit for the price to depreciate on the market so that it won’t put a massive hole inside their wallets.


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