If you think back to November of last year, you may remember that HTC quietly launched its iPhone-like mid-range smartphone, the One A9, in Canada with no carrier support. At the time, the device was only available to purchase from the manufacturer’s online store in either gray or silver. However, the Taiwanese company has today introduced two new colorways. Both hues look great in pictures, but look even better in the flesh due to their matte finish.
The latest gold and red variants of the One A9 pack exactly the same internals as the gray and white models, which means they continue to sport a 5-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 octal-core processor, an Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a 4-megapixel front-facing shooter, a biometric scanner and a 2,150mAh non-removable battery.
The handsets still carry the same price tag of $649 CAD, which we think is pretty steep for a mid-range device. For an extra $100, you could pick up Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 in the region. However, by selling the handset direct to consumers, HTC can ensure timely software updates — something its competitors won’t be able to do as their firmware will have to pass through carrier authentication.
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