Can HTC’s One A9 Go Head-to-Head with Apple’s iPhone?

Taiwanese handset maker HTC just rolled out the latest model in its One family. Dubbed the HTC One A9, the smartphone runs Android 6.0 -- the latest Google mobile operating system -- and has a sleek design. But can it compete with Apple and Samsung?

HTC is giving it a shot, sending a clear reminder to the market that it delivered the first Android smartphone, the first Windows smartphone, the first 4G smartphone and the first all-metal smartphone. Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO at HTC, also took a direct jab at the competition in the company's announcement.

"Today we're taking that heritage of innovation to the next level, unveiling a phone that stands apart in a market increasingly dominated by a company which controls every aspect of your phone,EU Wang said. The One A9 breaks from this trend and gives you the EUfreedom to take full control of your smartphone experience," she noted. The insinuation seems to be that Apple and Samsung donEUt.

Impressive Specs

The new device comes with a five-inch, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and Full HD AMOLED screen. Front and rear cameras are standard but the main rear camera offers 13-megapixel quality with optical image stabilization to minimize shaking. HTC claims the front camera captures 300 percent more light than conventional smartphone cameras but the company hasn't offered any evidence to support that claim. Initially, it will available in opal silver and carbon gray. Deep garnet and topaz gold phones will be made available in the coming weeks.

In terms of performance, the device sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with integrated X8 LTE and 64-bit octa-core CPUs. The phone is available in both 16 GB and 32 GB configurations and features expandable memory that supports up to 2 TB in SD card storage. This iteration of the One comes...

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