Review: HTC One A9 for AT&T
The One A9 falls into an emerging category in today's mix of smartphones. It wants to be a flagship smartphone, but it doesn't quite have the specs to earn that moniker. Instead, it exists as an affordable flagship: a phone that features premium design and build quality with components that are high-end, but not quite cutting-edge.
In this class — which includes phones like the Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition — the One A9 competes well. All three of these phones cost $499, a bit less than the $650 commanded by flagships. I find the One A9 to be a great phone for everyday use and found I've been favoring it over the last couple of weeks. The design (though awfully familiar) is classy and the quality is superb.
The phone's software is light on its feet. Marshmallow runs well on the phone and HTC's customizations give owners lots of room to make the phone their own. Call quality, data speeds, and battery life are at competitive levels.
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If you're worried about the camera because of HTC's shaky track record in that area, don't be. The A9 has a decent camera on board. While it won't match the iPhone 6s or Galaxy Note 5, you'll probably be happy enough with the results.
HTC did a good job with the One A9, and I'd recommend it to anyone seeking a mid-sized handset.
The One A9 is HTC’s new flagship for late 2015. It replaces the One M9 in HTC’s current U.S.
Oct 26, 2015
HTC today issued a statement clarifying that the announced $400 price for its One A9 in the U.S. is only a limited-time introductory sale price.
Oct 20, 2015
HTC today announced the One A9, a stylish handset that offers top-notch build quality and is among the first to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The A9 takes HTC's design in a slightly different direction when compared to the One M9 and M8.
Oct 20, 2015
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Jan 16, 2017
HTC's Mo Versi today announced via Twitter that the late-2015 One A9 smartphone will be updated to Android 7 Nougat. HTC is pushing the system update to the unlocked variant of the phone first.