8 features that could've made the HTC One A9 a better smartphone

8 features that could've made the HTC One A9 a better smartphone
After all the leaks and rumors, the HTC One A9 is now official. And it certainly has come out to be something entirely different from the Aero we first heard about some months ago. It doesn't shock with a deca-core MediaTek Helio, and it doesn't rock HTC's signature stereo speakers. It does, however, look shiny and smooth in its refined metal construction, not to mention that it comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Basically, at least on paper, the HTC One A9 is a phone that has its own upsides and downsides. We dug in to find the things that would've made this smartphone a smidgen better for us, and came up with a list of 9 gripes. Check them out and let us know what else you would've liked to see in the HTC One A9 that is just not there.

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One A9
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    HTC Sense UI



18. Saafa

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I don't care about bezels or logo's position. For me IR blaster is a "need", and lack of this, for me, is a "No". As long as you make phones without IR blaster, I'm not buying anything! Even if it will be the best mid-range or flagship phone.

17. srgonu

Posts: 574; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Battery is dud

14. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Look they couldnt add the boom speakers bc they needed the precious room for the logo OK!

15. rishav20193

Posts: 243; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

i seriously feel, having logo in front is a waste of space or makes the body large unnecessarily !! all companies should remove logo from the front of their phones...one logo at back is enough !!

20. ProjectD

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I seriously feel having the logo has nothing to do with the lack of speaker.

13. onlyclarity

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2015

Getting really sick of people making this silly claim that HTC cloned Apple's iPhone 6 design. Do your research. HTC released the One M7 (Apr. 2013) and M8 (Mar. 2014) long before Apple announced the iPhone 6 (Sept 2014). Go Google images of the M7 and M8 next to an iPhone 6 and if you aren't blind you'll see my point. If anyone copied someone, it was Apple who copied HTC, not the other way around. They copied the solid metal unibody design and the antennae strips on top and bottom.

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

How about an original desgin? This iPhone clone stuff ain't cute.

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

but they are priced at 400 USD.... thats a major pointer there!

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This will be the sequel to the HTC First in terms of flopness.

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

#9, it not being made by HTC.

3. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

Xperia m5 is better alternative

2. rsiders

Posts: 2068; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Is the 617 better or more powerful than the 808/810? Otherwise why HTC?

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

617 is a slight upgrade over the 615, and nowhere near the 808. let alone 810 v3, which is overheat-free.

16. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

To keep the device under the price $ 399.

1. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Wireless charging is impossible when you got all-metal body. Learn about it,but with others i agree

4. paul.k

Posts: 306; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Qualcomm claims to have solved the problem

8. tywanjames

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Qualcomm Becomes First Company to Enable Wireless Charging for Mobile Devices with Metal Cases, July 28th 2015. Just search cause it wouldn't let me post the link

9. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Sure i know about this technology,but no one has ever used it,no one. So its irrelevant to take it as disadvantage when its not even available. Same goes to that new wire fingerprint sensor,its here since CES and no one used it,but you are not mentioning it as disadvantage in any phone.

19. ProjectD

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Dude, you said wireless charging is impossible with an all-metal body. paul.k and tywanjames both disproved your statement. Whether it's been implemented or not is irrelevant, Qualcomm has devised how to do it, so your statement that it's impossible is wrong.

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