It seems as though HTC isn’t done with phones for the year, and ahead of next year’s Mobile World Congress, the smartphone maker is showing off one more phone that will arriving in November.
It’s been a busy year for phones, and if you’ve been in the market for one, there’s certainly no shortage of selection out there.
In November, there will be at least one more, and HTC will be responsible for it.
Announced this week, it’s coming from the same brand responsible for kickstarting the metal chassis revolution in smartphones, with HTC’s daring unibody aluminium case first appearing in the HTC Legend five years ago, before eventually making its way to more handsets from the company.
We’ve seen it in many of the “One” phones from HTC over the years, and this week’s HTC One A9 is no different, relying on an approach HTC calls “metalmorphics” which relies on refined edges, curves, and a metal body that doesn’t offer the heft that we saw in the One M9 but a more natural feeling.
For materials, HTC is turning to metal and glass, relying on a 5 inch edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass 4-protected AMOLED display capable of delivering the Full HD resolution of 1920×1080.
Under the hood, HTC has gone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 716, an eight core processor that will work with with up to 32GB storage, while keeping a microSD in the body allowing support for up to 2TB if you can find the cards that big.
Connections are pretty standard for a flagship, with 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and a microUSB port (no USB Type C, sadly).
Cameras are also here, with a 13 megapixel rear camera offering RAW support and Full HD video, while the front camera is one HTC’s “UltraPixel” 4 megapixel cameras. You’ll also find support for 24-bit 192kHz audio like we’ve seen in Sony, LG, and Samsung devices before it.
Oh, and there’s one other important bit, with HTC loading Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” on this phone, and given that the new operating system supports a fingerprint sensor, that is here, too, under the home button under the display.
“HTC is a smartphone pioneer, having delivered the first Android smartphone, the first Windows smartphone, the first 4G smartphone, and the first all-metal smartphone,” said Cher Wang, CEO of HTC.