HTC Launches One A9 and Desire 828 Dual SIM in India
HTC on Wednesday launched its One A9 phone in India. The device, which looks remarkably similar to the iPhone 6S, is, according to HTC, one of its best smartphone ever as it comes with new state-of-the-art camera, audio and screen features.
At its launch event, the One A9 was accompanied by the Desire 828, a phone that the company claims is targeted at users who love to click the selfies because despite its mass market and mainstream focus, it has a 4-megapixel “ultrapixel” camera on the front. The Desire 828 supports dual-SIM functionality.
On Wednesday HTC did not announce the price of its phones. The company said that the price would be revealed closer to the availability of the devices in the market. “Stay tuned. We will reveal the price soon…We will finalise the prices closer to the availability because there are lots of factors like fluctuating exchange rate etc,” said HTC India chief Faisal Siddiqui.
The One A9, which was unveiled globally a few weeks ago, is a phone that has polarised the world of phone enthusiasts. Reason? It looks very similar to the Apple’s iPhone 6S. Although argument can be made that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S themselves seem to have drawn some inspiration from the design of earlier HTC phones.
The A9, which weighs just a little bit over 140 grams, has the familiar rounded corners and a metal body that may look similar to the one used in the iPhone 6S but is the one that can also be called the evolution of the HTC One M9 body.
While the phone sure has extremely good looks, its hardware is more mainstream. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 617 processor, has 3GB Ram and 32GB internal storage. It has a 5-inch screen with 1080P resolution. However, in a diversion from the norm, HTC is using an AMOLED screen in the A9 instead of LCD screens that it usually puts in the One series phones. Depending on the quality of the screen, it could be a good thing because AMOLED screens show richer colours.
The A9 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation. On the front, the phone sports a 4-megapixel camera with extra large pixels. HTC calls the technology “ultrapixel” and says that it helps users click better images in low light. The A9 uses Android Marshmallow, customised with HTC’s own Sense users interface.
The Desire 828, meanwhile, is a more regular affair. It uses MediaTek’s MT 6753T processor and has 2GB RAM inside it. The phone has 16GB internal storage. The Desire 828 also has a body made of plastic and more or less shares the design with the earlier Desire series phones. The phone has a 5.5-inch LCD screen with 1080p resolution. The Desire 828 uses Android Lollipop, customised with HTC‘s Sense user interface.
The dual-SIM (both Nano-SIM cards) dual-4G HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC (clocked at 1.5GHz) and 2GB of RAM. The 16GB inbuilt storage on the smartphone is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the handset include Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, 3G, Micro-USB and 4G LTE connectivity with support for Indian networks.
The HTC Desire 828 Dual SIM is backed by a 2800mAh battery, and 157.7×78.8×7.9mm. Much like other recently launched HTC Desire smartphones, the Desire 828 Dual SIM features HTC BoomSound technology, which is complemented by Dolby Audio as well. The handset packs ambient light, accelerometer, compass, and magnetic sensors.