HTC lifted the lid on a fresh addition to the One range of higher-end smartphones today, teaming lawyer-baiting iPhone 6S-style looks with the newest version of Android and a beefy processor.
The HTC One A9 is the first HTC phone to run Android 6.0, aka Marshmallow, out of the box and boasts a five-inch full HD 1080S screen fashioned from robust Gorilla Glass 4.
It also features an all-metal build and a striped back panel, rounded edges and button positioning that makes it a dead-ringer for the iPhone 6S.
Under the bonnet, the A9 is home to a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, hyperlapse video creation for impressive time-lapse clips and RAW image capture for professional snapping. Around the front, there’s an HTC UltraPixel camera. Both offer 1080 video recording.
Dolby Audio tech is on board too, as is a beefy Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, fingerprint security and 4G LTE support and a disappointing sounding 2150mAh battery.
However, there is a power-saving mode, which automatically turns off power-hungry apps when the phone is left idle. And, as is now de rigeur, there’s fast-charging via the HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, which it’s claimed provides up to 75% faster charging.
Available in 16GB and 32GB storage options, the handset features expandable memory of up to2 Terrabytes.
It’s due to go on sale early November on EE, Vodafone and O2.