HTC One A9 Review – Moderate midranger for a premium price





HTC focuses on the A9 more on design than on specifications and that is reflected in the components used. It amoledscherm is always read well and looks nice, the fingerprint scanner is handy and the device looks cared for, though it is undeniable that the design is reminiscent of something. However, the battery is small, and that leads to a moderate battery life. The camera sensor is relatively old and the photos are also below average. The processor and memory are not exactly top and that is evident in the speed of the software. HTC calls to release against 600 for the device and that is just way, way too much.

Groomed design
Good screen
Micro SD slot


Moderate battery life
Camera performs below average
Software sometimes falters
List price too high

Final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 5
Price at time of publication: € 570, –
Available from: € 533, –
Tested version: HTC One A9 Gray

There was once a leading smartphone manufacturer was undoubtedly in the field of Android smartphones. When Samsung still with his first Galaxy i7500 started doubting with Android, HTC came with his third model Hero. The Legend and even more, with the first Desire, there was no doubt about it: with Android HTC would be one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world.

What went wrong? There are many possible explanations for this. With locking the bootloader of the HTC Sensation in 2011 made no friends and the limited storage of the Desire proved a stumbling block for updates. Meanwhile, Samsung made headlines with his Galaxy S II and S III, and put competitors like Sony Ericsson, later without Ericsson, Huawei and LG in full on Android.

In recent years, there was little good news to report about HTC and that last spring reached a nadir with the technical One M9. That phone appeared in many respects the same as its predecessor One M8 and some key questions, such as screen and battery life even less. HTC then came up with numerous variations on the M9, like the M9 +, E9, E9 +, ME and M9 + Supreme Camera. The director of HTC, Peter Chou, stepped up and the new director, co-founder Cher Wang, this fall promised to come up with a spectacular new device with a new design.

This is it: the One A9. With a different design, different camera, another processor and another screen HTC takes a different direction. Tweakers take the choices that HTC has made this unit in this review under the microscope.

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Design and fingerprint scanner


1. Introduction
2. Design and fingerprint scanner
3. Battery life and screen
4. Camera

5. Software and hardware
6. Specifications and photo gallery
7. Alternatives
8. Conclusion
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