HTC One A9: 10 viable alternatives to HTC's new hero phone

The HTC One A9 is the latest smartphone that's supposed to entice users and save the company from peril. With an affordable price tag, attractive (if all too familiar) design, and a fluid interface, HTC's new hero phone certainly has a lot going for it. But even these qualities are tough to stand out with in a world where at least 10 viable alternatives that run Android are positioned in the same $400 price segment.

Not each and every of them is an exact match for HTC's new American flagship, but each has something of its own to bring forth, spark your interest, and possibly sway you away from buying a brand new A9! Such is the nature of competition, fellas, so check out these 10 alternatives choices. Meanwhile, we're wishing all the best to HTC, for as you can see, the company will need a lot of luck to survive in the so aggressively competitive Android market!



4. AU-1999

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

It might have been one of the fastest articles to create ;)

8. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Probably hard to go through all the better phones to narrow it down to 10.

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

But still costs about twice the price of Xiaomi's Mi Note. Wonder if HTC will make it

6. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Xperia Z3.

19. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Phone of the forever, seriously!

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

10. iPhone 6 128 GB 9. iPhone 6 64 GB 8. iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB 7. iPhone 6 Plus 64 GB 6. iPhone 6S Plus 16 GB 5. iPhone 6S Plus 128 GB 4. iPhone 6S Plus 64 GB 3. iPhone 6S 16 GB 2. iPhone 6S 128 GB And the #1 alternative to the alternative to the iPhone 6S is...

10. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

HTC was all aluminum before icrap so who copied who.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's not the aluminum, it's the design. That there is no One M8. Where are the dual front speakers? The gently curved back? Gone and gone.

17. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

iPhone 6 is an iPod Touch 5 with antenna bands. even the iPad Mini has the same design language. Xperia Z line and iPhone 4 doesn't look similar with the same design language. this HTC A9 looks like a chinese iPhone rip-off with that square home button, complete with a protruding camera and the exact rounded corners.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The G Flex 2 is one of the top budget phones, only $339 in the UK

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

GFLex2 price drop drastically because overheat issue.. wish they do well with GFlex3 + SD820

22. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Hopefully Qualcom makes the next generation SD to run a bit cooler.

12. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Would have branded desire series, one series just can't fit in

14. ryansc375

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Why would anyone want this underpowered midranged smartphone? Yuck. I don't understand why this is getting so much coverage.

27. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The term "underpowered" is relative. This phone is obviously pitched at the users who only call, text, email... Maybe some YouTube.. But at this point even an "underpowered" processor is enough to get basic day to day tasks for the average working individual. I hope htc survives long enough to revive the original one series because this is not my style at all, however they did need to do something to appease the average user who has no idea what a snapdragon is.

18. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Please stop listing "bigger screen" as an advantage. Many of us see it as a disadvantage. List it as neutral differentiator.

25. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I was just about to comment that.. I actually refuse to get a phone larger than the 5.2" xperia series... And even that will be giving more than I want. The nexus 5 (2013) is the sweet spot in size for me.

20. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

so this will be HTC's last smartphone before they bankrupt

21. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

+ pretty much any of last year's flagships. M8, Z3, Moto X(2014), Nexus 6, all retail for lower now.

26. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Retail? Show me where I can get a brand new m8, z3, moto x, or nexus 6 for 399 from the official oem website. All the phones you listed are in different classes anyway.. Plus none of them support quick charge. I'm not really a fan of the a9 by any means but this comment is reaching.

23. Xchris

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

Clone or not it is better looking than any of those other phones and to a lot of people that is what counts.

24. thariq

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

Where is xperia m5

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