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HTC unveiled today the One A9, and it’s an interesting device. Not because it looks nothing like its siblings in the One series, but because it doesn’t really try to compete on specs with the elite of Android. The $400 A9 certainly looks like a flagship, with its smooth metallic unibody. But judging from the way HTC is selling it, the phone looks like it’s designed to compete with the iPhone, rather than other Android devices.

HTC’s intentions aside, people will inevitably compare the A9 with Android phones in its price range. That said, just how good is the A9, on paper? How does it stand up to the Nexus 5X, the Moto X Style or the ZTE Axon? Let’s find out.

 HTC One A9Google Nexus 5XMotorola Moto X Style (Pure Edition)ZTE Axon
Display5.0-inch AMOLED
1920 x 1080
5.2-inch LCD
1920 x 1080
5.7-inch LCD
2560 x 1440
5.5 inch LCD
2560 x 1440
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 617Qualcomm Snapdragon 808Qualcomm Snapdragon 808Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
MicroSDYes, up to 2TBNoYes, up to 128GBNo
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 Lollipop
Cameras13MP rear
UltraPixel front
12.3MP rear
5MP front
21MP rear
5MP front
13MP and 2MP dual rear
8MP front
BatteryNon-removable, 2,150mAhNon-removable 2,700mAhNon-removable 3,000mAhNon-removable 3,000mAh
Fast ChargingYesYesYesYes
Wireless ChargingNoNoNoNo
Fingerprint ScannerYesYesNoYes
Dimensions145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26mm
147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9mm
153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1mm
154 x 75 x 9.3mm
Price (Unlocked)$400$379$400$499


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The HTC One A9 is the only device in this comparison that features a full metallic unibody (the thin antenna lines on the back not considered). Featuring a brushed metal texture and available in gray, silver, gold, and red, the A9 is a little over 7-mm in thickness and comes with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 on the front.

The 5.2-inch Nexus 5X is a little thicker, but lighter at 136 grams, and that’s probably due to the plastic unibody. Google’s phone comes in black, white, and ice blue, and features Gorilla Glass 3.

The larger Moto X Style combines a metallic frame with backs of plastic, wood, or leather, and is definitely the most customizable device you can get right now, thanks to the Moto Maker program.

Finally, ZTE’s Axon combines a metallic body with plastic inserts at the top and bottom. The Axon’s most distinctive design elements are the geometric grilles from the front facing speakers and the rear camera module.


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The One A9 is surprisingly the only device on the list with an AMOLED display, measuring 5.0 inches and featuring a Full HD resolution. No, this isn’t the most vibrant display on the market, but the compact screen size and battery-saving AMOLED qualities should make for a pretty great display experience overall.

Google’s Nexus 5X also features a relatively small Full HD 5.2-inch display, only this one is of the LCD variety. This display is similar to what 2013’s Nexus 5 brought us. It’s not bad by any means, but we certainly would have liked to see the addition of an AMOLED panel, especially considering the 5X’s handy Ambient Display feature.

The Moto X Style features the largest display out of the bunch, coming in at 5.7 inches. It also has a higher resolution than both the 5X and A9. The Moto X Style also comes with Moto Display, similar to what’s seen on the Nexus 5X, so again, it’s odd that Motorola decided to choose an LCD panel over AMOLED this time  around.

Last but not least, ZTE’s Axon comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD LCD display. The Moto X Style is the Axon’s closest competitor when it comes to both screen size and resolution.


Processing power is where the One A9 falls behind its three competitors, at least on paper. The Snapdragon 617 processor inside the A9 has eight Cortex A53 cores that run at up to 1.5GHz, coupled with an Adreno 405 GPU. This recently announced processor is entirely mid-range, and we expect to see it in many more affordable phones over the next year.

The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM (for the base, $400 model) or 3GB of RAM, which is on par with the Moto X Style, better than the Nexus 5X, but weaker than the Axon. RAM is important for multi-tasking, but 2GB should be fine for general usage, as our recent Nexus 5X impressions show.

See also:

HTC One A9 officially announced: everything you need to know

October 20, 2015


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There are two One A9 models: the cheaper model, with 2GB of RAM, comes with a paltry 16GB of storage; the 3GB RAM model features 32GB of storage. Storage on both models can be supplemented via microSD.

The Nexus 5X famously lacks microSD, which makes Google’s choice to start it from 16GB that much harder to swallow. The Axon also lacks a microSD port, though it thankfully comes with 32GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Moto X Play stars from 16GB, but includes microSD support.


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The One A9 features only limited support for NFC –  it only works for Android Pay, in the regions where the payment service from Google is available. You won’t be able to make file transfers or use NFC for pairing various devices.

The Nexus 5X, the Axon, and the Moto X Style all feature full support for NFC. Standing out, the Nexus 5X features a USB Type C port, which is reversible and supports fast charging.


Due, at least in part, to its small and thin footprint, the One A9 comes with a rather small 2,150 mAh battery. Granted, the A9’s specs may be less taxing on the battery, but you will probably still have troubles going through a full day of usage. However, HTC has an ace in its sleeve – the A9 supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2 fast charging standard, and support for the more efficient Quick Charge 3 standard will roll out to the device, via software update, in the following weeks.

By comparison, the Nexus 5X packs a 2,700 mAh battery (with fast charging), while the Moto X Play and Axon come with 3,000 mAh batteries (Quick Charging 2). None of our competitors feature wireless charging.


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The One A9 comes with support for 24-bit, 192KHz high-resolution audio and a dedicated headphone amplifier, which HTC says can produce up to 2x the volume compared to competing smartphones. It comes with a single bottom-facing speaker, which actually sounds pretty decent so far.

In contrast, the Nexus 5X, Moto X Style and Axon all feature front-facing speakers. While it wouldn’t appear this way, the 5X and Axon only have one speaker, while the Moto X Style has two. Audio quality is pretty great on all three devices. Front-facing speakers are certainly the way to go, and given that the One M7 was one of the first devices to feature front speakers, we would have thought HTC has done away with bottom speakers for good.

See also:

A closer look at the Axon phone’s “Hi-Fi Audio”

July 20, 2015


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On the camera front, the One A9 comes with a 13MP rear camera and an UltraPixel front camera. Unfortunately we haven’t really gotten a chance to check it out yet, but HTC is saying it has a much improved interface that’s easier to use. It also has a sapphire glass lens cover, optical image stabilization (OIS), auto-focus, hyperlapse video support and the ability to shoot in RAW.

The Nexus 5X has a 12.3MP rear camera and an 5MP front, both of which we’ve found to be quite good so far. Google has definitely improved the cameras in its Nexus devices this year, and we’re excited to see how well they do against the competition.

The Moto X Style comes with a massive 21MP rear shooter and a 5MP front. In our full review, we told you that the Moto X’s camera is surprisingly great is most lighting conditions, save for low-light. It’s certainly not the best smartphone camera on the market, but it’s sure up there.

As for the ZTE Axon, this device features dual rear-facing cameras (13MP and 2MP) and an 8MP front-facing camera. The inclusion of a second camera on the back makes for easier depth refocusing after the fact, which has grown pretty popular as of late. In our full review, we found that both the rear and front-facing cameras were very good. The camera interface is simple, fast and overall a joy to use.


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The HTC One A9 is the first non-Nexus device to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s also running the latest version of HTC Sense, which we’ve found to be pretty snappy so far. When the device was announced, HTC also said that the unlocked One A9 will get the latest version of Android a mere 15 days after the Nexus devices are updated. That’s huge news, especially coming from a company who has struggled with timely software updates in the past.


Unlocked HTC One A9: software upgrades within 15 days of every Nexus update

October 20, 2015

Of course, nothing beats the software experience on the Nexus 5X. It’s running the latest stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will continue to be among the first Android devices to receive new updates for a few years.

The Moto X Style runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, but will be updated to Marshmallow soon enough. Motorola has been pretty good at providing timely software updates in the past, so Moto X Style owners probably don’t have very long to wait. It has a mostly-stock Android experience with just a few Motorola software features added in, which we’ve grown quite fond of over the years.

As for the ZTE Axon, this device comes with a pretty clean version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. For the most part, the Axon’s software is relatively stock, only with a few customizations thrown in. We’re still not entirely sure how timely ZTE plans to be with software updates, so there’s no telling when the Axon will be updated to Marshmallow.

What do you think about HTC’s newest device? If given the option, which smartphone on this list would you choose? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • hdplus

    Fun fact: The price of all smartphones in Europe (Axon=449€ Nexus 5X=479€ One A9=499-599€ X Style=499€ ) are higher then the ones’ from the LG G4 for example (430€) and even the Galaxy S6 is availabe for 499€ and was a week ago here for only 449€. I think Mid-Range has a new definition from some smartphone companies. Google and HTC definetly missed the mark here. The price of the ZTE and Motorola phone are acceptable. But I don’t know how HTC wants to stay in the competition, when they’re eliminating a whole region with their prices. The A9 might sell good in US, especially with these special guarantees and other special things, but that’s not the best way for a new-begin.
    To take in one sentence:
    HTC failed once again.

    • Xchris

      Where did you get that price from on the a9?

      • hdplus

        @Xchris It’s 579€ for the 16GB model btw. You can read it on basically every European tech-website.
        To the others:
        I understand that it’s more expensive here, but how do LG, Samsung and Sony sell their phones for standard prices here and others not? Are the prices from LG, Samsung and Sony higher in the US than in EU?
        It might also be that Samsung, LG, Sony (and Huwei) are the only real popular phones here. So HTC (and Google) don’t want to focus on the European market, while the companies I named before want to.

        • Xchris

          I would agree with you on that. Htc Wants to crack America and Europe is a distraction. It’s a real shame but to be fair I can wait for the m10. I have a feeling that it will be killer!

    • Fabio

      It is very disappointing. I think the problem here is the separation of the European market itself. Since there are so many different markets in Europe (Germany, France, Italy etc.), I guess the manufacturers face much higher marketing and sales cost overall in Europe than they do in the US.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      hi hdplus, i don’t think this is a problem with smartphone manufacturing companies. This is a problem with import duties. for example in the US the nexus 5x is 379$ while in india it’s a whooping 100$ more. And this is just the 16 gb that we are talking about. The import duties is the issue. And the government over here has recently increased the import duties to promote the ‘make in india’ scheme here. Where it invites manufactures to make and assemble products here rather than importing them.

    • Dani T.

      Well the G4 is the bargain phone of the year so far(at least in Europe).I dont know what HTC is thinking lately, Its allmost as if they want to fail. Nvm the specs/price they might even find themselves in a lawsuit with Apple with that design.(And even that doesnt happen who would buy a phone that looks like an iPhone ripoff).

      • Merewoodbebox

        htc had that design language before apple so i doubt they will. the back looks the same as the htc one from ages ago while apple had the iphone 5.

        • Dani T.

          1.The M7 has a curved back rather than flat like this one but i guess thats enough to dissmiss any court action.
          2.People wont see it that way tho and alot wont buy it to avoid being told they have knockoffs .

          • Merewoodbebox

            fair enough, its a shame though. they did start the unibody trend

          • Dani T.

            True the M7 was the first popular(or maybe even the first im not sure)premium buit android phone.They`ve built a nice brand around it too just to fk it up.(Its not too late and i do hope they wake up , poor managent killed alot of companies just look at Nokia)

          • Dexter Calvillo

            The iPod touch 5 with its aluminum unibody and flat back predate the m7.

          • Fred Brown

            But yet, no-one says anything about the iPhone copying HTC … HTC combined the HTC eye, which had the same camera, same rounded edges, and same flat body, with the HTC One series which has an all metal body and antenna bands, with a along slender shape, both of these phones predate the iPhone 6. HTC has had all of these features first, and aside form that the finger print sensor is found on most phones now, and was first featured by Motorola. These phones look alike due to the iPhone having the same all metal body and antenna Bands, and long slender shape, nothing else. The boots speaker is the very least of what makes these phones look alike. Also for the iPhone to sue HTC, the features would have he be strictly found on the iPhone, which none of the iPhone features are, yet all the features the iPhone copied form HTC, are either strictly found on HTC devices or were originally first featured or developed by htc. The phones bottom speakers, and finger print sensor, we’re all first featured on other phones, before the iPhone so therefore apple couldn’t sue HTC for also featuring it because the iPhone. Copied these features as well on top of what the iPhone copied from HTC.

      • Fang

        Lawsuit not likely to happen. Apple and HTC reached a ten year licensing agreement back in 2012. The amount of uninformed people trying to take jabs at HTC is a reflection of what’s wrong with our society. Everyone is always so quick to grab their virtual torch and pitchforks while remaining ignorant to why. No one has a gun pointed at your head forcing you to buy the A9. I’m sure this phone will be a success…already pre-ordered mine.

        • Dani T.

          I like your optimistic point of view and I hope you`re right but I’m not convinced.The reason some of us take out our “virtual torch and pitchforks ” is becouse we know that HTC allready has financial troubles and would not want them to fall in to the same abyss Nokia and Blackberry went into.

      • Fred Brown

        IPhone rip off lol. Where do you think the iPhone got it’s design from ? The iPhone copied HTC’s all metal body, antenna bands, long slender shape for easier one handed use. The iPhone copied HTC’s 5MP front facing camera and the iPhone copied HTC’s Zoe camera which apple calls live photos… finger print sensors are found on most phones now days and we’re first featured by Motorola , and as far as bottom speakers this is also featured on other phones as well not just at the iPhone .the Samsung Note 5 has a finger print sensor and bottom speakers yet it looks nothing like the iPhone. HTC has had this design since late 2012, with the HTC One m7, and the iPhone 6 copied it. The HTC One m9 has the same antenna bands, and long slender shape and all metal body. The A9 is simply thinner and now features a ginger print sensor (like most phones do) and put the speaker on the bottom due to the finger print sensor. The A9 also costs almost half the price of the iPhone and yet the A9 has better specs….

    • Fred Brown

      The HTC A9 has the design quality of the iPhone (due to the iPhone copying HTC design) but the HTC A9 can be bought from the HTC website unlocked for 400$, out bought for 500$ from a carrier. The HTC A9 costs FAR less the the iPhone 6 and yet the A9 has more memory, better display, more ram (3 gigabytes to be exact) the A9 has more CPU cores, more battery life, better audio, some of the fastest charging of any phone if not the fastest, the A9 l maybe considered a mid-range device, but it’s cheaper then the iPhone and has more to offer. The A9 has just as much ram as the Samsung s6 and the s6 may have a bigger battery and higher resolution display, but the higher resolution Display is quite pointless on a 5″ device and comes at a cost of performance and battery life, along with loads of bloatware and pointless apps all which drain the battery and slow the phone down. Your looking at the specs on paper, I actually own the A9 and have compared it to the galaxy s6, iPhone 6 and 6s, and the LG g4. The A9 feels more fluid and smoother then all of them, due to its minimalist design. Specs are only part of the story. The iPhone should run like crap with the specs it’s has listed yet it bears most phones in performance this is due to it having the same minimalist design as the A9. Also most phones screw up and slow down and start to lag after a few months , I have never had this issue with an HTC. Do a hands on comparison and then tell me what you think.

  • robert fish

    definitely the moto x style or nexus 5x

  • Another Fun Fact:

    HTC sucks. They are obviously driving blind on the wrong way of the highway.

  • JRB

    im sorry….but this isnt even close to interesting. If this was HTC’s hail mary pass to help it stay relevant. EPIC FAIL. Its a low-spec iphone clone. These phone manufacturers have to live by the moto…go big or go out of business.

    • It’s a mid-range phone for $399 unlocked, not their next flagship. The One M10 (or whatever they end up calling it) will come out around March 2016 with bleeding edge specs and a higher price to match the specs.

  • neonix

    The A9 is certainly is a very attractive iPhone copy—especially in that red color—but that’s about all it’s got going for it.

    I’m sure it will sell well to all the less-informed consumers who walk up into their phone carrier’s store and buy a phone based on looks and marketing alone.

  • Daggett Beaver

    On paper, I’d pick the HTC, primarily for the AMOLED display. But I don’t want any of those phones.

  • Fang

    Would absolutely pick the HTC, will be putting in preorder once I decide on color. Been on the iPhone train since the 4s-6 and getting bored of the UI. All these complaints about the snapdragon 617 is kind of crazy to me. I don’t really see it as a major flaw as i’m sure the phone will run everything just fine. What stands-out is the micro sd card slot, the uh-oh protection and the pedigree in which HTC holds in the Android market. Nexus 5X and Moto X just don’t stand out to me in terms of design. Yes, the A9 looks a lot like the iPhone 6 but let’s not forget that Apple has taken influences from HTC as well in the past. I’m just not buying into the who copied who arguments. If Apple has a problem with HTC, we’ll hear about it in the tabloids anyways.

    • HTC themes are great and were the big thing that made me pick the M9 vs the iPhone 6 or Samsung S6 (this one has themes but most are for kids or girls…). After the updates the heating issue is over (it’s much cooler then my father’s Note 3) and the battery life is very good.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      what complaints have you heard about the 617. and what do you mean htc holds the pedigree.

      • Fang

        Are these real questions? As for the 617, this article answers that directly. As for the the pedigree, do some research on Android OS and which players were there from the beginning. You might find yourself with a new appreciation for HTC. Their slogan used to be “Quietly Brilliant” and I personally think that slogan stands true throughout the years.

        • Asif Hasan

          Say what you want but Snapdragon 617 is underpowered compared to Nexus 5X. The truth of the matter is that Nexus 5X offers much more for the price- better processor, better display, and most probably a better camera too (HTC cameras have not been very good recently, compared to the flagships). When it comes to design, you just said that Apple took influences from HTC One for iphone 6. True but “influece” and “blatant copy” are not the same thing. But this time, HTC just blatantly copied back the iphone 6 rear design which is quite shameful considering HTC is the one who was innovating on design in the past. Buy this phone and I can almost guarantee that most people you bump into will mistake it for an iphone, which feels quite unpleasant, trust me. The same cannot be said for HTC One M7, M8(They still look A LOT better than this “blatant copy/paste” in my opinion). I still think M8 and M9 are better choices than this crap. And, don’t even get me started on that ugly new home button they included with this one.

          • Hussein Abdullah

            and i thought i m the only one hating home Buttons, damn it android is supposed to be with ON-SCREEN BUTTONS daaaamn it no home button!!!!

          • Alex Mott

            That’s not a home button, it’s a fingerprint scanner

  • T.J.

    Hey, the black bar is back! Hooray!

    • 404

      I actually like it haha

  • makinthemagic

    2100 mAh battery? Lol, no thanks.

  • Philippe L.

    I want tat model with “16GB of RAM”

  • Greg


    Please remember that Axon also has a International version – ZTE Axon Elite – with sd card support and more LTE bands.

    Have a nice day.

  • mefistobata

    my xiaomi mi4c worth 220 USD and have same spec like nexus

    • Btort

      go away, nobody wants those shitty phones here. they don’t even have LTE bands compatible in U.S

      • mefistobata

        crying and overpay further

        • Hussein Abdullah

          well i wouldnt buy a Xiaomi even if they would Support the LTE bands here in Europe, Meizu on the other Hands got it right, just saying, Meizu Pro 5 with exynos 7420 …

  • M2

    A spec comparison like this really misses the point. Axon may have decent spec but ZTE uses a crazy internal partition system that leaves you with only 4GB for app and app data storage, no matter how big the total storage is. It makes ZTE devices completely unuseable in real life

    • Justas Same

      also, Axon doesnt have gorilla glass. I’ve had ZTE Nubia z5s. Fell from around 1.5 m – gg screen broken.

  • Thomson Mkumbadzala

    This looks like an iPhone, i was hoping for something real this year from HTC, why cant these companies learn something from Motorola, yes Moto its not doing that good but its moving forward trying to pull itself from the pit
    Patiently waiting for Oneplus X

  • classique

    Honestly, I like the A9. It has nice materials, it more likely than not will feel nice in the hand, the display is more than good enough, the chipset should work well for my use and the camera has OIS which not enough smartphones have. Maybe it’s not for the spec hungry internet comments crowd but I’m more of a fan that’ll work and feel nice in hand than an elitist powerhouse

  • Singkawang

    I think current (2015) midrange real competition is last year (2014) flagship.
    Galaxy Note 4 can be had for US$450-500 right now, and it’s battery life is one of the best.
    LG G3 is also in US$350-400 price range.
    Nexus 6 2014 is also in US$300-400 price range.

    … that’s just a few that stuck in my head right now.

  • Joshua Noone

    So funny. This site loads terrible on my nexus 5. :(

  • Fred Brown

    I traded my HTC One m8 in for the A9. The A9 is very smooth with snappy performance. The specs of the A9 are actually quite good when Considering it’s minimalist design. Yes the phone only has a 1080p display which is less then some phone but a 2K or 4K display is quite pointless on a 5″ device not to mention the cost in performance and battery life. With that said the A9 is considered a mid-range device Combining both the HTC eye and HTC One series phones. HTC is one of the most innovative phone company’s around. It was HTC who first had the an all metal body and antenna bands, copied by many other phones, and also pushed other phone makers to stray from cheap plastic designs. HTC was the first to feature a good front facing canera, now most phones feature a 5MP front facing camera, HTC was the one who took audio quality to the next level, featuring front facing stereo speakers (alot of phones have copied) and featuring powerful amps, dac’s and hi-res audio. HTC was the first to feature 4g, the first to feature a 1080 display, the first to feature a dual camera (which many phone makers have started to do as well). HTC was the first to feature facebook, the list goes on.

  • Fred Brown

    Slot of people have called the HTC A9 a copy cat for copying apples iPhone… this simply is not true. The iPhone copied HTC’s all metal body, antenna bands, long slender shape for easier one handed use. The iPhone 6s copied HTC’s 5MP front facing camera, and the iPhone copied HTC’s Zoe camera which apple calls “live photos”. HTC has had this design since late 2012 long before the iPhone. To biggest kick it that the HTC A9 is considered a mid-range device combining the HTC eye and HTC One series phones. But the HTC A9 only costs 400-500$ which is almost half the price of the iPhone and yet the A9 has more ram, more, more CPU power, more battery life, more memory, better display, faster charging, and better cameras, all while having extremely fast charging. On top of it all the HTC A9 has amazing audio, playing 24-192 hi-res audio and featuring Dolby surround sound, and a powerful amp and DAC. The A9 may have a smaller battery then slot of phones, but usually phones with slot of ram and battery life have higher resolution displays and loads of bloatware and pointless apps which drain the battery and slow the phone down. It’s not about he battery life it’s about the battery consumption. The A9 solves this issue by using a 1080p display which looks great by the way, and it uses 40% less battery then a standard 1080p display, meaning the display will use about 1/4 of the power a uhd display will. The iPhone is a good example of a minimalist phone which has mediocre specs while maintaining a good performance and descent battery life. The HTC A9 just does it better and has more to offer for a much lower price !! I have to say for 400-500$ I found the HTC A9 to have a better design, better camera, better audio, better display, and more memory then most phones costing almost double in price … HTC phones are very dependable and HTC is the only phone I have had that never slowed down, never froze, and never lagged . I will only buy HTC now. I actually bought the HTC A9 to hold me over until the HTC One m10 comes out this spring.

  • Fred Brown

    I would put the HTC A9’s cameras up right along with the Samsung s6 cameras. The HTC A9’s front camera is definitely better the the phones, and it does a little better the the s6 in low light. As far as the back cameras goes the A9 has the ability to snap shots at a lower resolution for better lighting, or you can use the pro mode and shot in raw, or adjust the lighting and everything to your preference. The A9 is the only camera I have used that allowed me to take a clear picture of the stars at night. If the HTC One m10 features the dual camera like the m8 with the benefit of a higher resolution the m10 will have the best camera on the market, considering how good the m8’s camera was with only 4MP’s. The HTC A9’s front camera is the same ultra pixel camera found on the back of the m8. I have a comparison of the HTC One m8 and the iPhone 6 rear cameras, on a side by side comparison and the m8 proved better. So the HTC A9 has this same camera as a selfie camera so that should tell you how good it is. If you don’t believe me check out the picture I have linked above.

  • Fred Brown

    HTC revolutionized the smart phone industry. HTC built the first smart phone as well as the first Android phone. HTC use to design the iPhone and even designed the greatness device. HTC was the one who first featured a premium design, pushing others to stray away from their cheap plastic body’s. HTC featured many of the new destination phones first. HTC was the first to have a good front facing camera, 5MP-13MP front cameras (which is now found on most phones) HTC was the first to feature a dual camera, the first to feature front speakers and or stereo speakers which many phones have started to do. HTC was the first to feature hi-res audio, HTC was the test to feature a 1080p display, HTC was the first to feature facebook, HTC was the first to feature phone protection, HTC was the first to feature “live photos” I mean the list goes on. Without HTC phones would still be cheap plastic devices with crappy from cameras, basic rear cameras, with crap audio, and crap speakers… HTC just hasn’t done as well with due to their lack of marketing. Samsung and apple do slot of marketing. But the thing about HTC, is they aren’t out to skimp on features to make more money. With as with expandable storage, something slot of phones companies has gotten rid of, so they can charge more money for a device with more internal storage and then make more money off cloud storage. But HTC gives you the ability to expand your storage up to 2tb which they loose money by doing. Also HTC offers a no questions asked phone replacement for 1 yr, HTC is the only one who will replace your phone no matter what and they are the only ones who do it for free, apple is the only other one who will replace your phone , but it’s a more strict policy and costs you 99$.

  • Fred Brown

    If your paying more then 500$ for your HTC A9 device then it’s your country or carrier , not HTC that’s has raised the cost ! So don’t say the A9 costs 599$ when it’s actually only 400$-500$. Maybe you should buy it straight from HTC if your being charged 200$ extra… but don’t compare phones with some bogus price for the A9, to try and prove some point.