It is official -- HTC’s newest smartphone, the One A9, is finally coming to stores in the United States in November of this year. And at a price of $400, the One A9 smartphone appears to be one of the less expensive premium smartphone options currently (or about to be) available in the market today.
First, a review of the device’s specifications. HTC’s One A9 handset comes with a 5 inch AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1,080 pixels. For years, customers have been clamoring for better camera specs in HTC devices, and this time, the Taiwanese phone maker has opted to give its One A9 device a 13 megapixel camera (with optical image stabilization) on the rear side, and a 4 megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera on the front side. Inside, the One A9 smartphone sports a 64 bit eight core Snapdragon 617 chip, with 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes of internal memory, plus a micro SD card slot for expanding storage space. The device has a nonremovable 2,150 mAh battery, and will be powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system.
To date, HTC has already started accepting preorders for the One A9 smartphone, especially for the silver and grey editions, at a price of $400 unlocked. For subscribers of Verizon Wireless though, they should remember that HTC is offering a couple of editions -- one to be used on Sprint’s network, and the other is a standard AT&T and T-Mobile compatible version, which will work on Verizon’s network without having to be CDMA compatible. While the unlocked GSM compatible handset is expected to work on Verizon’s LTE network (although not on the Big Red’s 3G or 2G network), it will require a yet to be released software update, which will likely be out after the One A9 hits stores everywhere. This means that waiting for the update to arrive may be a sound decision before making a move to purchase the device. As stated by HTC, Verizon Wireless SIMs that were previously activated will work with the One A9 after the rollout of the software update, but users will not be able to activate a brand new SIM on the handset. As for subscribers AT&T and T-Mobile, they will be able to use the handset immediately.
Moreover, HTC is offerings its free Uh-Oh device protection for those preordering the One A9, which means that buyers are eligible for a free replacement One A9 unit within the first full year of use in case their smartphones get damaged, or they decide to switch to another wireless carrier. Lastly, preordering customers will also receive a free subscription to Google Play Music for a period of six months.
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