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Chinese manufacturer HTC have made huge strides on the UK market thanks to their powerful flagship phones, readily competing with the likes of Samsung and Apple. But their lower budget phones are less well known. Last year’s One A9 was a bit of a flop, deemed too expensive for its specs. Thankfully, this year’s One A9S has had a steep price cut, making it far more affordable. Could this be the budget phone that HTC have been waiting for?
Why should you want one? There’s plenty of power thanks to an octo core processing unit and tons of RAM, there are some decent cameras on board as well, plus extras like a fingerprint scanner. But most of all, the One A9S is a stunningly good looking phone, and is sure to turn heads. Fancy an HTC but on a budget? Then the One A9S is going to be the choice for you.
The One A9S has a metal wrapped chassis and a full glass front plate. Unlike last year’s brushed metal version, the back plate on the A9S is matte, repelling fingerprints and sitting firmly in your hand. Edges and corners are gently rounded, and the A9S has a definite premium look and feel to it, though it’s not one of the lightest phones around, weighing in at almost 150 grams.
Looks are a big selling point here, but there are some solid internals as well. Octo core processing power, a massive 3 GB of RAM, and some very nice cameras as well. Plus there are some extras, like a fingerprint scanner too.
Given the price point here it’s truly surprising that the A9S still looks and feels like a top end flagship HTC phone. Throw in some great performance specs, and you’ve got a real winner of a budget mobile.
Even with a more wallet friendly phone, the one thing that you can’t compromise on is performance. Thankfully, with the A9S, you don’t have to. There’s octo core processing power here (made up a a quad core 1.8 GHz unit and a quad core 1.0 GHz unit), plus a massive 3 GB of RAM. That means it’s fast, responsive, and a dream at multi tasking.
You’re getting an Android device here. Out of the box you’ll be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but a 7.0 Nougat update is expected. This gives you the intuitive and easily customisable interface that you know and love, and that new version with throw in a few new tricks, as well as added stability.
Performance is one thing that no user should have issues with on the A9S, it’s simply wonderful. Fast, immediately responsive to input, and far better performing than most phones at this price point. What else could you want from a phone?
If there’s one area where a few small sacrifices have been made on the A9S, it’s the display. You are getting a full five inch display, which is fairly standard these days. This gives you enough room to type on screen comfortably, but means that the A9S is still conveniently portable, sliding easily into pockets.
However, resolution isn’t great, this isn’t an HD phone. You’re getting 720 x 1280 pixels, and on a five inch display that amounts to a mere 294 PPI. In practice though, things aren’t as bad as they may seem. This is a Super LCD display, and images are actually quite sharp, and colour reproduction is very good as well.
This isn’t the best display we’ve seen, though it is more or less standard for mobiles at this price point. However, it’s still fairly good, and if you’re not watching HD videos or playing high end games, then you’re unlikely to notice any difference at all.
Moving on to the camera set, and you’re getting some very nice picture taking abilities here. At the front there’s a 5 MP cam (and that’s f/2.8 aperture, 33.7 mm, if you’re a pro), which should be more than good enough for your selfies, and even for video calling.
At the back there’s a very nice 13 MP affair (and again, if you’re a pro, that’s f/2.2 aperture, 28 mm). You’re getting LED flash, plus the usual stock of extras like HDR recording, touch focus, auto focus, geo tagging, face detection, panorama mode and the like.
Bottom line? Pictures taken on the A9S look great. From action shots to nature stills, you’ll be more than satisfied with your HTC snaps.
Coming in at just a tad under £300, we don’t expect to see a wide range of extra features here, but there are a couple of things that need to be mentioned. Firstly, there is a fingerprint scanner (front facing), so you get added security, and can use online payment services that require fingerprint authentication.
Secondly, there is excellent battery life here too. The non removable 2300 Li-Ion battery offers up to 13 hours of active talk time per charge, which should be more than enough to get you through the day. And when it’s time to charge, the One A9S does offer fast charging tech, so you’ll be full of juice far more quickly than you might be used to.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||146.5 x 71.5 x 8 mm (5.77 x 2.81 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||149.8 g (5.29 oz)|
|Type||Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches (~65.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)|
|- HTC Sense UI|
|OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, f/2.2, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP, f/2.8, 33.7 mm, 1.12 µm pixel size|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|NFC||Yes (payments only)|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|- Fast battery charging|
|- MP4/H.264 player|
|- MP3/eAAC+/WAV player|
|- Document viewer|
|- Photo/video editor|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 432 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 13 h (3G)|
The HTC One A9S is a fantastic looking and performing phone that just happens to have a low budget price tag. Excellent performance specs, great cameras, and even extras like a fingerprint scanner, all combined in one of the best looking phones at this price range. If you’re shopping on a budget, then the One A9S is a fantastic choice.
When it comes to connectivity, you’re getting the usual suspects: 3G, 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Internally, you’re getting 32 GB of memory on the 3 GB of RAM model, or 16 GB of memory on the smaller 2 GB of RAM model. However, both models feature and SD card slot for up to 256 GB of extra space.
Right, so, what don’t we like? We would like to see higher screen resolution here, to really do the A9S justice (and to match those awesome performance specs), however the current resolution is standard for the price, and really doesn’t look that bad at all. And that’s really our only problem with this device. On the whole, we love it, and we definitely love its looks. If you want a great looking, great performing mobile at a great price, then check out the HTC One A9S.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.