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Analysis and opinions of Android 6.0 disguised as iPhone 6S


When writing the history of Android, there is no doubt that HTC will be remembered as one of the first to innovate, not only on the platform but in the design and functionalities of this type of mobile. This Taiwanese company it was the one that built the first Android mobile, as well as the first Nexus, but …How to be remembered your new device: HTC One A9?

There are those who will say that HTC could also be classified as the pioneer in trying to build an Android 6.0 disguised as an Apple phone … And it is that the great resemblance between the HTC One A9 and the iPhone 6Shan left more than one a little discouraged. It is not a bad design, on the contrary, however, being a model already seen, the emotion is little.

HTC's design line has evolved and now flirts with Apple'sHTC's design line has evolved and now flirts with Apple's

However, it is also not correct to ensure that the HTC One A9 is a copy of the iPhone, since part of the design of the One A9 is simply an evolution of HTC equipment. Since the One M7, launched in 2013, the company has manufactured full-body equipment made of aluminum, characterized by a particular mixture of subtle curves and precise straight lines, so it can be said that this equipment is, in part, inheritance of his brothers … Although, everything is said, when faced with the One M9 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it is worthwhile that every five draw their own conclusions:

The HTC One A9 is more similar (in design) with the iPhone 6 than with the HTC One M9The HTC One A9 is more similar (in design) with the iPhone 6 than with the HTC One M9

However, beyond making comparisons between the new One A9 and the iPhone, this new HTC terminal offers great design and interesting specifications. To discover it thoroughly, let's take a look in detail,So after trying it for a couple of days, then our impressions and opinions on the HTC ONE A9.


Over time each manufacturer has established its own screen size, thanks to which customers can identify each brand. While Sony has opted for 5.2 inches with its Z5, Apple has stayed at 4.7 with the iPhone 6, Samsung with 5.1 on the Galaxy S6 and LG G4 with 5.5 inches . The HTC, meanwhile, seems to have set his pattern at 5 inches, size that we observe in the One A9.

htc a9 screen

The screen of this equipment incorporates AMOLED technology. Although this type of screens makes us think of the Lumia and especially the Samsung, the HTC One A9 an panel may not be at the level of the panels of these two manufacturers, especially if we compare it with the Korean SuperAMOLED. However, the combination of this panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels seems to be sufficient for the screen size and the pixel density does not fall far below in comparison with other equipment (more than 440 dpi).

With a height of 145.75 mm and a width of 70.8 mm, the HTC One A9 has a fairly balanced weight for the size of your screen. While it is true that the design of this equipment is very similar to that of the iPhone 6, especially in regard to the metal body and rounded edges, in addition to a part of the glass front and the integration of the antennas in the back of the mobile, HTC has added other interesting details.

HTC One A9 Vs iPhone 6S

One of these details is found on the back of the device, in which we can see a pattern of polished lines, an effect that does not have its lateral edges, which are brighter and resemble those of the HTC One M9, although the latter does not have the curvature that now incorporates the One A9.

HTC One A9 rear

The power button, located on the right side, has a laminated finish to differentiate itself from the volume buttons. On the other side we found the slots for the SIM cards and the microSD, a feature that remains in this device, unlike the more recent models that have been released.

The HTC One A9It also has a capacitive button at the bottom of the front, which not only serves to unlock the mobile easily but also integrates the fingerprint reader that works very well to the touch.

HTC One A9 fingerprint reader

On the back of the device there is both the main camera and the dual flash. Finally, at the bottom of the device is where we can find the microUSB connection and the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Software & Hardware

The HTC One A9 features an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 64-bit architecture and an Adreno 405 GPU, with a 2GB or 3GB RAM depending on the model, since the equipment is offered in two versions of internal storage: one of 16GB and another of 32GB.

This equipment incorporates the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thanks to which the user can benefit from good options such as being able to use microSD cards as internal storage, in addition to Google 'Now on Tap', contextual searches , better battery life thanks to the Doze function, and Android Pay, which for now is only available in the US.

As for the cameras, the HTC One A9 It has a main 13 MP, with aperture of f / 2.0 and optical image stabilization. The equipment includes an application that offers a professional mode, which allows the user to take photographs in RAW format. It also has the Panorama, Slow Motion and Hyperlapse camera modes, which are video by intervals, in addition to the HDR option, although not in automatic mode like other terminals. The Ultrapixel front camera is 5MP and is capable of capturing images with good colors and sufficient details.

HTC One A9 camera

The HTC One A9 incorporates the usual connections to access the Internet and use location services. Terminal connectivity includes an LTE chip, dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi port, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with Glonass and MicroUSB connector. With regard to the autonomy of the device, it incorporates a non-removable 2,150mAh battery with the option of fast charging (Quick Charge 2.0). This capacity may seem insufficient if we compare it with other equipment on the market, in addition to the heavy use of insurance, the user will need to recharge it before the end of the day.

User experience

The design of the HTC One A9 has virtually no fault. It is a resistant, elegant and with a good finish. In the case of the screen, which is AMOLED, it offers good intensity and contrast, which makes it look natural without being saturated. Although this screen does not offer very high brightness levels, outdoor visibility is quite good.

As for its performance, although it is true that the Snapdragon 617 processor that includes the equipment is below the 800 series – which offers better performance and power – does not mean that the HTC One A9 does not have a good performance. On the contrary, this equipment moves quickly, much better than some Android phones that are on the market. All animations and transitions are done very well and there are no delays.

The camera of the team is, at first glance, quite good. Is It is able to offer good brightness in low light scenes and in night scenes it also offers good images, although excessive processing is still perceived in them. Although in general, the images captured in good light are good, both the color, the exposure and the level of detail, the camera of the HTC One A9 falls short compared to other equipment on the market.


Although the HTC One A9 reminds some teams that we have already seen in the market, such as the iPhone 6, that does not mean that the design is not attractive. In terms of construction, there is no doubt that This terminal is an excellent team, with an elegant and resistant finish capable of attracting anyone's attention.

However, for many the performance of this terminal may be insufficient. The HTC One A9 does not have the power expected in a flagship HTC device, however, its performance is good enough to have a good mobile experience.

It can be said that the HTC One A9 is a team with high-end claims, thanks to its design and its screen, but the rest of the elements remind us that it is indeed a mid-range. While it is true that it has quite positive aspects such as including Android 6.0, or an improved camera (although it is not the best), aspects such as performance or price, make it falter.

htc one a9 opinion

What is the price of HTC One A9?This is key to give an in-depth opinion and give a clear verdict, but we still have no precision in this regard. If it is a mid-range we can think of not spending 450 euros … And if it does, then it loses attractiveness, because for that amount of money or perhaps for a little more it is possible to find other teams with better performance and camera, such as the Nexus 6P, the OnePlus 2, the LG G4 or even the Samsung Galaxy S6.

We cannot say that the HTC One A9 is not a good mobile, however, it is not exactly a terminal that stands out too much to make a difference between HTC devices and much less between the competition. But it gives hope about the resurgence of a manufacturer that still can offer much to the Android world. Hopefully so.

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