Published on 10-20-2015 12:17 PM
I had a chance to try the new HTC One a9 the other day. HTC is calling it their new flagship but if you follow HTC closely youíll know that they typically announce their ďheroĒ phone in the first quarter of each year.
Time to put on my conspiracy hat; I reviewed HTCís 2015 hero phone, the One M9 a few months back and found it left me wanting. On paper, it had the right mix of ingredients for a flagship, Qualcommís first 64bit top of the line, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 5Ē 400+ PPI display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, 20 megapixel camera, etc. But while they got the ingredients right, the recipe wasnít follow properly and we were left with a phone that didnít really distinguish itself from itís predecessor, the M8.
It could be argued that the M9 was a mistake - that said, in the past HTC also usually releases something interesting later in the year. Last year it was the Nexus 9 (a tablet), while previous Q3/Q4 oddities include the HTC One Max (a Phablet), HTC One X+ (they donít typically do ď+Ē versions) and the Butterfly (one of the first 1080P phones).
The Q3/Q4 surprises are typically not aimed at the market as a whole like the Q1 heros. The One Max and Butterfly only saw limited distribution across carriers.
Anyways, since the M9 has had a difficult life and they already have the a9 waiting in the wings, theyíre saying that itís going to be their new flagship for the entire market to help them through the the holiday season.
I wondered if the a9 represented the end of the M line but was assured that thatís not the case.
Letís check it out.