HTC One A9 available for pre-order for $399.99, comes with Android 6.0 pre-installed


UPDATE: Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, says that the One A9 supports both Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE on T-Mobile.


The HTC One A9 is now officially official, boasting a metal unibody construction that houses a 5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED display that’s covered with Gorilla Glass 4 and a fingerprint sensor on its face, as well as 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus for speedier focusing, and RAW support, which’ll let you capture uncompressed images if that’s your thing.

Another big feature of the HTC One A9 is its software. The phone comes preloaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, making it one of the first phones to do so. On top of that, HTC says that it’ll push Android OS updates to the One A9 within 15 days of Google sending them to Nexus devices. Typically it can take a while for Android updates to be pushed to devices running customized user interfaces, so it’ll be extremely impressive if HTC can follow through on its promise.

The HTC One A9’s spec list also includes an UltraPixel front camera, octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that’ll support cards up to 2TB in size. The battery powering this whole package is a 2150mAh juice pack that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, meaning you should be able to fill that battery back up relatively quickly.


One other detail to note is that it looks like the One A9 doesn’t have front-facing BoomSound speakers, a feature found on many other HTC One phones. HTC says that the One A9 still offers solid audio quality, though, including Dolby Audio Surround technology, Hi-Res Audio, and a high-output headphone amp.

The HTC One A9 is being sold unlocked through HTC’s store for $399.99. You can pre-order a unit right now, and orders are expected to ship on November 6. The unlocked model supports LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, and 29, and HTC’s spec list says that the Americas version of the One A9 includes “4G LTE with Voice LTE (VoLTE).” That said, I’ve pinged T-Mobile for confirmation from them on the One A9’s VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling capabilities, but I’m still waiting to hear back.

A couple other details worth noting about the unlocked One A9 being sold by HTC. Not only is it SIM-unlocked, but it also features an unlockable bootloader that you can use to load custom ROMs if you’re into that sort of thing. HTC says that unlocking the bootloader won’t void the warranty. Also included is 6 months of Google Play Music and HTC Uh-Oh Protection, which offers 1 free replacement if you crack the screen or suffer water damage within the first year of ownership.


Sources: HTC Blog, HTC One A9 pre-order

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  • Jonathan Shaw

    Thanks for checking in with T-Mobile on the WFC availability. I’ll be looking for your update!

    Any word from T-Mobile yet on whether they’ll support the Lumia 950 and 950 XL’s VoWiFi capabilities on their network?

  • PC_Tool

    Any word on whether it’ll join JoD?

    • Alex Wagner

      I haven’t seen any announcements from T-Mobile saying that it’ll offer the One A9 itself, but that could change in the next few weeks.

  • Ascertion

    What’s with these phone manufacturers reducing battery size in favor of thinness?? Another phone that HTC won’t be able to sell, even at the $400 price tag. 2100mAh battery on an Android phone is a joke.

    • BKPhil

      Strange, right?
      With the advent of ‘phablets’, everybody seems to be OK with laying on the inches in the heights and width, but god forbid they add 2mm or 1/16″ to the thickness and give us livable batteries!

  • Trulo911

    I am looking for a 5″ phone and this sound great except for the battery 2150mAh, why ?

  • CDavisUnlimited

    Maybe TMo will say diff, but I asked HTC on Twitter if the A9 will support Band 12 on T-Mobile’s network and they said “Yes”.

    • voip

      VoWiFi too?

      • Chad Vincent

        Mo Versi (HTC Software Guy) said VoWiFi and VoLTE on T-Mobile both, for T-Mobile and Unlocked models. Des at T-Mobile favorited the tweet.

      • jonzey231

        VoWifi is now standard in aosp for carriers that support it. So I don’t see why it wouldn’t unless HTC didn’t get it provisioned.

  • David

    No good. Why use 617 processor? I think an 808 processor should be minimum unless you’re building low cost phones that sell for $250 or less. Battery capacity is horrible. If they were to change the cpu and put a bigger battery in there and sell for $300, I bet it’ll fly off the shelf like crazy.

    • AS118

      Hell, if they did any 2 of the things you suggested, it’d sell better, imho. Honestly, with the specs and price this thing has, I don’t know why people wouldn’t just buy a Samsung phone.

  • David

    No 4K video neither. because cpu does not support it. cpu only supports 1080p video and 1080p display.

  • Steve Griffin

    Looks like a crappie Samsung product! Egg, ugh, yuck!

  • williejackbrainer

    Every time I look at this phone I think of an iPhone. When I saw leaked images months ago I was hoping it was untrue. I just do not see innovation or quietly brilliant.

    • Andrew Singleton

      24 bit high amperage headphones will make your quality on-ear headphones sound pretty amazing. other than that, same old buttery smoothe performance i guess. im concerned about the camera…

  • AS118

    Looks nice, but for me personally, no stereo speakers = no sale.

    • Andrew Singleton

      i will miss those dual grills. stunning sound.

  • Francisco Macias

    Basically the Samsung galaxy S with metal body.

  • guest

    I think of HTC’s as solid built with crappy software, what is your experiences?
    I’ll wait and see the reviews on these one.
    I like LG’s and LGBackup is my favorite LG app.

    • Andrew Singleton

      id argue the opposite. sense is by far the smoothest of the android overlays. i wish the doors on my m9 were more flush but cant complain about the build quality at all.

    • Ordeith

      Well, it runs Android. Crappy software is kind of a given.

      • Chilehead

        Please elaborate.

    • George

      I’ve owned my one M7 for over two years and it’s still runs Android and sense ui extremely well. Better then LG, Samsung and the rest, beleive me.

  • Zach B.

    It’s worth noting that while this device is quick charge 2.0 compatible, it is also quick charge 3.0 compatible. It just won’t ship with a 3.0 compatible cord as they’re not available in mass quantities just yet. This will solve any and all “small battery” complaints in this mid range device. On another note, HTC is promising to release updates in 15 days of them hitting a Nexus device, down from their current 90 day self imposed timeline they’ve always hit. (Minus the weeks long carrier bloat the **** out of updates phase) This should be another major selling point of the device!

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      iPhones has small ass batteries hopefully 6.0 can turn that 2000mah into 6hr sor

  • This is a sweet looking phone!

  • steven berson

    Nice phone but overpriced. Those specs justify a $299 price point. At $399 I aspect snapdragon 808, 2700mah+ battery.

  • ummduh

    Argh… I’d give it a try, but same as the Nexus phones, and Moto phones, can’t buy them through Tmo.. This is starting to get annoying.

  • Richard Darrington

    I remember in 2012 it was talked about that in the future battery life was a priority for Android. I saw alot of positive changes after that from software and hardware. Now this year seems the

    • PiCASSiMO

      My POS Nexus 5, regardless of going from KitKat, to Lollipop, and now Marshmallow, battery continues to suck-az. I even purchased a new battery and replaced it hoping that it will make a difference, but usually 4-6 hours is my up time before I’ve got to plug in to recharge.

      • JayMo86

        Maybe the OEMs are right in that efficient CPUs are the best way to prolong battery life…

        • PiCASSiMO

          Yes… I’d rather have a slower clock CPU and longer battery life, then the opposite.

        • JayMo86

          You missed my point. Efficient does not mean faster clock. It’s more like increasing your MPG rather than increasing the size of the gas tank

  • Kit Pogi

    wow HTC not only going desperate, they also went to copy iCrap design…. so sad to see a great company gone down hill.

    • taxandspend

      Actually they copied their own design. Apple copied HTC

    • AS118

      To be fair, it looks more like a Galaxy to me. That said, I agree that they do seem to be getting at least a little desperate.

      They need to make cheaper stereo speaker phones and market them better.

    • Bighorner

      Down hill? Their phones never become that popular because they became hideous. Simplicity and elegance is something they never got right, until the A9.

  • Philip

    WOW. A dream come true. Bootloader unlock (would not void warranty? WOW )and carrier unlock. HTC is trying very hard. It even copy iphone look alike. Hey, they got nothing to loose now. I hope they win this time! Price is great too.

  • Philip

    HTC could have taken it one step further to have off screen button.


    This looks like a very nice phone. It has a mid range price and most of the features I care about. In the past, I had to by high end phones to get the features I want. If I was in the market for a phone now it would be very high on my list.

  • Angel

    If they were gonna put a fingerprint sensor on the front they might as well make it a home button and have off screen buttons, and be more efficient with the screen and bezels spacing. They really do sucks at sizing the screen/lower bezels ration. It would at least justify the lack of stereo front facing speaker. something a standard on their mid and high phones, and 399.99 isn’t a budget phone. Otherwise they should have move the sensor to the back or put it on the unlock button. I don’t know, I honestly believe they could have do a better body/design.

    • AS118

      You have good points, and I agree. It seems like this design is a result of them throwing random stuff out to see what sticks.

      It’s like they seriously didn’t think about what people really want and expect, particularly from their phones.

      • Angel

        Just what I was thinking, like “Hey this is a trend now, lets slap one here” I don’t know what happened to HTC but they should change their design entirely. Now every phone except for LGs and Sony look the same or really close. Developing a dislike to this uni-body design. If they gotta have those strips for the antenna they might as well make them look different. Like I don’t know two parallel on the top that goes around a centered camera aditionally to the one on the bottom or few turns her an there Tron like style. (Visual reference, not cause I’m a fan, I just don’t know how to explain the turns)
        I miss designs like the HTC Sensation, hell the Desire 326G have a more attractive design. HTC needs a complete overhaul on their build-a-phone department. It almost feel like they’re not even trying to compete anymore.

  • Marsupial

    Finally a non-TMO phone that fully supports TMO network. Yay….!

  • taxandspend

    With a teeny weeny battery. Will it last as long as an iPhone?