HTC One A9 news: Unlocked version now available

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HTC’s newest smartphone, the HTC One A9, is now available online and via major carriers in the U.S. Rolled out on Nov. 6, this latest addition to the HTC One line is one of the first devices to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest iteration of Google’s propriety operating system.

Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, said in a press release, “With the launch of the HTC One A9, we made sure that we’re not only delivering the most beautiful phone super lightweight, all metal, rich colors with a dual-finish that feels amazing in your hand but also a powerful product that is simple, uncomplicated and easy to use.”

The handset is, likewise, available at HTC’s online store, with the special SIM Unlocked edition being sold for $499.99. With this option, consumers can switch networks whenever they want by simply changing the SIM card. The unlocked version can be utilized using SIMs from carriers T-Mobile and AT&T. Sprint, however, needs separate hardware, while Verizon LTE compatibility, according to the press release, will be made available later on.

Furthermore, an HTC One A9 unit purchased from HTC’s website comes with what the company calls UH OH Protection. With this package, buyers can choose from all four colors: Opal Silver, Carbon Gray, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold. They can also enjoy six months of unlimited music via Google Play Music; and they can have their handset replaced within a year of purchase in case of water damage, carrier switch or cracked screen.

The HTC One A9 houses a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM, with its 32 GB internal storage expandable to up to 2 TB using an external microSD card. Its 5.0-inch screen boasts an AMOLED display that delivers images in full HD 1080p resolution, suitable for viewing photos and videos taken via the handset’s cameras. The device uses a 13-megapixel main shooter while the front-facing camera is HTC’s Ultra Pixel unit, and both are capable of recording 1080p videos.

Apart from featuring Dolby Audio with Hi-Res Audio for the user’s listening pleasure, the HTC One A9 also has multiple sensors including a fingerprint sensor, compass, gyro, magnetic, among others.

The 2150 mAh battery pack, according to HTC’s website, can support up to: 12 hours of HD video playback; 60 hours of audio listening; 9 hours of Internet usage via Wi-FI; or 16 hours of talk time on a 3G network. When on standby while on 3G, the battery can last up to 18 days.