HTC on Tuesday launched the HTC One A9 smartphone in India, after announcing it back in November. Priced at Rs. 29,990, it will be available to buy from Snapdeal from December 15. Registrations for the sale will open from Wednesday, and go on till Monday.
While HTC had announced the Desire 828 Dual SIM for India as well, the company has not yet clarified its pricing or availability in the country.
Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the HTC Sense UI skin on top, the HTC One A9 is the company's first Marshmallow-based handset. The company has announced only the 32GB inbuilt storage and 3GB of RAM variant of the One A9 for India, and has eschewed bringing the cheaper 16GB storage and 2GB of RAM variant. This may change in the future however, it added at the New Delhi event last month.
One of the most notable features of HTC's new One A9 smartphone is the guarantee for Android updates. At the global launch late last month, HTC America President, Jason Mackenzie, promised that the unlocked HTC One A9 will receive every Android OS update within 15 days of the Nexus range.
The One A9 is powered by an all-new 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 1.5GHz quad-core and 1.2GHz quad-core modules. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB).
Featuring a 5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display, the One A9 also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with sapphire cover lens. It comes with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS (optical image stabilisation), support for 1080p video recording, and a LED flash module. The smartphone will sport a 4-megapixel UltraPixel front-facing fixed-focus camera.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Micro-USB. Other notable features include fingerprint sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyro, and magnetic sensor. It is powered by a 2150mAh battery. The smartphone will be available in its Carbon Grey and Pearl Silver colours in the country.
To recall, HTC One A9 has been much in the news for the much-reported similarity of its design to the iPhone 6. The Taiwanese manufacturer however has refuted these claims, and said that is in fact Apple that had copied HTC, not the other way around.
HTC later went on to say that it will be bringing the design philosophy of the One A9 to future handsets in its One M and Desire range.