Not to be forgotten about ahead of the busiest portion of the year, HTC has officially revealed its phone for the festive period - unveiling the One A9 this week.
Being the first phone outside of the Nexus family to come with Android Marshmallow, the A9 could well prove to be a hit this winter, especially for Google smartphone fans after a new device.
The A9 is quite the performer behind the scenes, with its 5” 1080p AMOLED display backed by a Snapdragon 617 chipset and an octa-core processor. You can even pick up two different versions of the new HTC handset to meet whichever power needs you require, with both a 2GB and 3GB RAM version of the device up for grabs – obviously varying in price.
You can grab either a 16GB or 32GB version of either phone, with all kinds of storage completely expandable via MicroSD card, so you should never be cramped with the A9 in your pocket.
Battery life is handled by a 2150mAh battery, which should be more than enough to provide a day’s worth of life following a full charge – as long as you don’t go overboard with location based apps or CPU intensive games.
Camera fans also get a great set of lenses to work with, with a 13 megapixel rear facing snapper working alongside HTC’s own UltraPixel 4mp selfie snapper.
It’s pretty clear just where the inspiration for the HTC One A9 has come from, with HTC’s new handset looking like a near carbon copy of the iPhone 6s which was launched in September.
The full metallic construction is pretty much identical to that on the latest iPhone, with even the rear plastic strips for the antenna looking like those on the iPhone.
Weighing in at 143g, the A9 isn’t heavy handed by any stretch, and with a slim 7.2mm profile you won’t be wrestling it out of your pocket either. View prices on the HTC One M9
The only noticeable difference on the front of the device to that of the iPhone 6s is the physical home button, which has a narrow feel to it, although it also sports a fingerprint scanner like Touch ID on the Apple device.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is set to feature right out of the box, making it the first non-Nexus phone to pack the OS right away – although both Nexus phones will be hitting the market first.
The HTC device will be available in the first week of November in four colours; Opal Silver, Carbon Grey, Deep Garnet and Topaz Gold. Pricing details will be make available close to their release.
Written by Luke Hatfield