HTC on Tuesday officially announced the One A9, the company’s new smartphone that will take the reins from the One M9 as the new flagship from HTC in the United States. The One A9 was built with a focus on premium design and performance, while also keeping the off-contract price affordable.
You’ll find what might seem like mostly mid-range specs, though during a brief-hands on with the phone we found it to perform rather well. The phone packs Qualcomm’s latest silicon, the Snapdragon 617 processor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a new 13MP camera with a sapphire cover lens and f/2.0 aperture, a 4MP front-facing Ultrapixel camera, and a 5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass 4 display. In the U.S., the phone will be sold with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with support for up to 2TB microSD cards. In other markets, including Europe, HTC will also sell a model with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.
Pre-orders for the One A9 will open for U.S. customers online today. The $399.99 purchase price will net you an opal silver or carbon gray A9 — garnet red and topaz gold colors are due in the “coming weeks” — 6 months of Google Play Music for new customers and 12 months of UH OH Protection.