HTC One A9 will get an update to Android 6.0.1 very very soon. This is the luckiest single Android device on the market at the moment because it is getting an update that only Nexus devices are enjoying at the moment. This smartphone is hooked up to Google somehow because it is getting updates sooner than most other OEM devices and it is receiving the monthly security patches well ahead of other flagships.
HTC One A9 unlocked was the first to get Android 6.0.1 at the end of 2015, and now the Sprint carrier version is getting the same treatment.
This brings A9 to version 1.57.651.1, which brings about the new Android 6.0.1 emojis with some improvements and the following enhancements:
Marshmallow 6.0.1 update
Battery life improvements
addition of Wi-Fi Calling functionality
camera feature improvements
The OTA should already be on route to HTC One A9 devices. Just in case you’re not seeing the notification on your device yet, you should be patient because the release could be somewhat slow. Of course, you can grab the 1.86GB RUU file and flash it manually. If you do this you will lose your data forever, so be cautious. Or you can just wait for the update to reach you.
HTC One A9 was announced and officially showed up today and it may very well just be the company’s last attempt at salvation. We all know HTC is not doing so well financially speaking lately, and this new flagship is aiming to change that. But, over the past few weeks, leaks after leaks kept sprouting and A9 became the mockery of the Internet because of its uncanny resemblance to an iPhone device. But is this the truth about the smartphone or is there more to it than looks?
Starting today, you can pre-order an HTC One A9 starting at $399 as the device itself launches in the first week of November. Could this two-flagships a year shtick actually save HTC’s remaining hold on the market, considering that One M9 was received with mixed credits this spring?
HTC One A9 – details, specs and marshmallows
This smartphone is branded as a flagship even though most of the specs don’t scream flagship to the market. HTC skipped the Snapdragon 800+ turmoil and instead chose a Snapdragon 617 octa-core clocked in tandem at 1.5/1.2 GHz. The processor is accompanied by 2/3GB of RAM and variable internal storage from 16 GB to 32 GB. The storage can be upgraded though, thanks to the microSD card slot on the left edge of the device. You can even format the card to act as an extension of the internal storage thanks to the Android 6.0 OS version the phone rolls out with.
HTC One A9 has a fingerprint scanner just below the screen, which makes authentication and payments easy. The device is powered by a 2,150 mAh battery that lasts pretty much, according to first views of the smartphone. There is also word of a cleaner and more improved custom Sense interface on some models where users can uninstall pre-installed apps if they don’t find them useful.
When it comes to its screen, One A9 sports a 5-inch , 1080p screen with AMOLED protection – one of the first for HTC in a long time – which can be set in a bright setting for consumer appeal or in a sRGB mode. There is no Quad HD screen on this “flagship” but, at this price, chances were quasi-existent.
One important feature missing from HTC One A9 are the front-facing Boomsound speakers that are replaced by a single grill on the bottom edge. When you use headphones you will be able to enjoy the Dolby amplifier that intensifies tracks.
When it comes to photography potency, we are talking about a 13MP primary camera situated on the top middle of the device, accompanied by optical image stabilization and a Pro Mode complete with RAW image capture. Add a front-facing Ultra-Pixel unit and we’re set.
The One A9 supports Rapid Charge 2.0 and it will supposedly get Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 in the future, when standard accessories become available. You also get NFC which should make Android Pay easy as pie.
HTC design choices
When it comes to design, HTC One A9 is reminiscent of an iPhone, no wonder it became known as an iPhone copy. The similarities include an all-metal chassis, one speaker, the round camera setup at the back plus the two polycarbonate antenna bands that, in all fairness, were first used by HTC even if most of the world forgot all about it. On the front you will also find the home button, very similar to a Samsung device detail. Overall, the device does not look that much like a different device because the great fit and finish manage to distinguish it from a bunch of similar smartphones.
HTC One A9 is trying to sell as a flagship and the company is strongly pushing towards it. But will it succeed or is it too late? We shall see. The device will be available in four colors: topaz gold, carbon gray, opal silver and deep garnet, at least according to images and press releases.
You can already pre-order the device in the US, Germany, UK and other countries, but prices and models differ greatly. Some even say that other flagship devices offer much better specs at similar prices. Will you consider buying one of HTC’s most recent flagships this year?
HTC One A9 could launch in November, and there’s word of possible specs floating around too. It all goes back to @evleaks, of course, who revealed new information regarding HTC’s newest family member.
The device will reportedly have a 5-inch FHD AMOLED display and it willl be powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor plus 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 13MP rear camera plus a 4MP Ultra-Pixel front camera. Other specs include a 2,150 mAh battery, a microSD slot and the fingerprint reader every device on the market seems to want now.
The metal build found in HTC flagships will also clad the HTC One A9.
The device will also be known as Hima Aero and it should launch sometime in November. It will be available in six different colors you can choose from. It all differs according to carriers as there will be color-exclusive devices to different US carriers at launch.
Even if we know it is not a flagship device, could the One A9 be HTC’s final gift to its fans before the launch of its One “M” for 2016? We will have to wait and see.