The power button is jagged and much nicer to hit, the volume key is on the right-hand side of the phone and the headphone jack is in a easier to use place at the bottom of the phone.
The smooth back of the phone is still really nice, no matter what it looks like, and invokes the smooth ceramic nature of the HTC One S from a few years ago. However, it’s flatter and the corners far more rounded.
Overall, I think the One A9 is a phone that still shows HTC knows how to make a decent-looking phone, irrespective of how it looks compared to other brands. It’s certainly slim line: 7.3mm compared to the 9.6mm of the One M9.
The One A9 is very, very well made though. It feels like a dream in the hand and certainly won’t be subject to claims of bending any time soon – this thing is amazingly rigid and feels premium.
I’m still not entirely sure what this phone is all about. It’s a well-crafted device that’s almost a flagship in many ways, and yet goes in a completely different design direction to the M line-up.
Yes, it looks like an iPhone, and HTC should have done more to avoid that if cries that it’s a mere coincidence are to be believed. That said, there are those that want the iFrame and Android together at last – this is that phone.
It’s a good tag that the One A9 is one of the first non-Nexus phones to come with Android Marshmallow, but that’s a title that won’t last very long and soon other brands will come with better variants.
The size of the phone is one of its big selling points though. Combined with a decent finish, this is a very tactile and usable handset, and the lower-spec chipset doesn’t really harm it most of the time.
HTC screamingly needs a win, but despite trying to go back to basics here it hasn’t quite managed it in a way that’s going to make the One A9 stand out on the shop shelves.
Back Camera: 13MP
Front Camera: 4 UltraPixel
HD camera: Yes
Video Capture: Yes
Music Player: Yes
FM Radio: Yes
Data Connectivity: Yes
Stereo Bluetooth: Yes
Type of Audio Connector: 3.5mm
Splash proof: No
Talk Time: Up to 15.3 hours
Standby Time: Up to 330 hours
Dimensions: 145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26mm
Screen Size: 5 inch
Internal Phone Memory: 16GB
External Memory Card Type: MicroSDXC™ card up to 2TB
Email Capability@ Yes
Operating System: Android™ 6.0 with HTC Sense™
Removable battery: No