We’ve known it’s been coming for what feels like an age, but the HTC One A9 is finally official.
It’s the Taiwanese company’s latest smartphone, and fits into the mid-range market alongside Samsung’s Galaxy A-series handsets.
The device, which was codenamed both ‘Hima’ and ‘Aero’ prior to launch, runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 chipset.
That’s a new mid-tier chip with eight processor cores and 64-bit architecture.
It doesn’t quite broach phablet territory, boasting a 5-inch display with a Full HD 1080p resolution – protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
The handset is svelte at 7.26mm – that’s just thicker than the 7.1mm iPhone 6 – and weighs 143g, which is 5g heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S6.
It’s got an all-metal body with a prominent antenna band – also like the iPhone 6 – and features a fingerprint sensor built into the home button on the front.
The entry-level version of the device has 16GB of storage built-in, with 2GB of RAM also on board. A microSD slot also features, which is good for a theoretical 2TB storage expansion – good luck finding a microSD card that big.
It’s worth noting that in some markets, a 32GB storage/3GB RAM version of the device will be sold. However, this variant isn’t available for the UK launch.
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The HTC One A9 is equipped with a 13-megapixel image sensor with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, a back-side illuminated sensor, optical image stabilisation, and support for 1080p video recording.
The front-facing camera, meanwhile, will snap your selfies using a HTC UltraPixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and fixed focus.
You’ll be pleased to hear that the HTC One A9 supports 4G/LTE networks, and also ships with Dolby Audio.
The battery is relatively small at a 2,150mAh capacity, but drain shouldn’t be too intense thanks to the smaller display and mid-range processor.
It also supports Quick Charge 2.0, and is forward compatible with Quick Charge 3.0.
The UK release date is set for November, pricing at £429.99. It's worth noting that the US will receive the higher-spec variant at a significantly lower $399.99 price point – what gives, HTC?
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Check out our HTC One A9 hands-on video: